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How to Monitor Your Blood Pressure at Home

Taking your blood pressure at home can help you to better control your levels. It is a very simple procedure, but a few steps should be taken to ensure an accurate pressure.

In this video, you can learn how to monitor your blood pressure at home. Taking an accurate pressure each day will help your doctor to formulate the best possible plan for your health.

If you have questions regarding blood pressure or your health in general, let Riverside Community Hospital be your resource. Contact us at (951) 788-3000 or visit our website for more information.

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Organ Donors Give the Gift of Life

Organ Donation

Organ transplantation has given many people new leases on life, allowing them to continue living productive lives. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of donors, which has resulted in many patients passing away before receiving a transplant. Over 100,000 Americans are currently waiting for a kidney, heart, lung, liver, or pancreas transplant—a person can wait up to 503 days for a heart and up to 2,446 days for a transplant liver.

Organ donation and transplantation is very carefully regulated. The candidates for organ transplantation are carefully evaluated by a physician and a transplant team before their names can be submitted for surgery. These teams usually consist of a surgeon, a specialty physician, a psychologist, pastoral care staff, a nurse, the health care plan’s case manager, and a social worker. Before the transplant, candidates are usually treated with counseling and given advice about exercise, diet, and other lifestyle changes that occur after the procedure.

Life-long doses of anti-rejection medications are necessary after any organ transplant, which may cause a number of different side-effects. Organ recipients must monitor their eating habits, exercise regimen, and overall health very closely, but they can otherwise live normal and active lives.

The sooner a surgeon can get a donated organ to a sick patient, the better their chances for survival. Although most people support the idea of organ donation, lack of communication and misinformation prevent many from donating. Anyone can become a donor, and donation costs nothing. If you would like to learn more about giving someone else a fighting chance for life, contact Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3000.

Bariatric Procedure Profile: LapBand Surgical Weight Loss Procedure

Weight Loss

The Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band, or LapBand procedure, is a surgical treatment for obesity. It is performed through very small incisions in the abdomen with the help of a small camera, making it one of the least invasive bariatric surgical options. The surgery causes weight loss with the use of an adjustable band that is placed around the stomach, effectively decreasing the amount of food that can pass into it.

To perform the procedure, the doctor makes several keyhole incisions in the abdomen. Gas is pumped into the incisions to inflate the abdomen and make it easier for the doctor to see through the laparoscope, which is a tiny camera mounted on a lighted flexible tube. Using the camera to send images to a monitor, the doctor then places an adjustable band around the top of the stomach and fastens it into place. Tubing is placed from the band to a port in the abdominal wall, allowing the band to be adjusted with a needle syringe at a later date, if needed. The incisions are then closed.

The LapBand procedure is meant for those with a BMI (body mass index) of 40 or greater or those with a BMI of 35-39.9 with life-threatening, obesity-related medical conditions. The procedure itself normally takes 30-60 minutes, with a hospital stay of one to two days on average.

The success of the surgery depends on the patient’s dedication to continued weight loss. If the patient makes the necessary changes in exercise habits and diet and continues to follow up with the doctor, it will be possible to experience the surgery’s benefits. These benefits include:

  • Improvement in diabetes, sleep apnea, arthritis, high cholesterol, and other obesity-related conditions
  • Weight loss
  • Reduced risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Improved exercise tolerance and stamina
  • Improved mood, self-confidence, and overall quality of life

Riverside Community Hospital’s Center for Surgical Weight Loss provides bariatric weight loss procedures for our patients who are committed to living a healthier life through weight loss. Speak with one of our nurses by calling (951) 788-3000, or contact us online.

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