Riverside Community Hospital
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Eye Conditions and Injury Prevention

Eye Health

It’s important to always wear protective eye equipment when playing sports, handling chemicals, and for any activity that may allow particles or debris to enter the eye. Studies show that half all eye injuries that occur each year take place in or around the home. While half of eye injuries are caused by activities, the other half of eye injuries refer to actual conditions that affect or interfere with one’s visual capacity. Some of the most common eye ailments include:

  • Presbyopia
    Many individuals over age 40 suffer from a type of refractive error known as presbyopia, or a condition in which an individual cannot see items unless they are an arm’s length away. This is often the result of a change in the lens due to the natural aging process.
  • Glaucoma
    Glaucoma is characterized by increased pressure in the eye that presses on the optic nerve, distorting vision and leading to blindness if not treated.
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
    This is an eye condition suffered by diabetics in which the blood vessels break open and leak, distorting vision and making the eyes appear red.
  • Cataracts
    A Cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye that lessens visual ability. However, cataracts are slowly progressive which means that patients may not realize that they are losing sharpness in their vision for a long period of time.

The best way to reduce your risk for eye injury or a degenerative eye condition is to undergo an eye screening every two to three years. Individuals who are over than 65 years of age, have a family history of eye conditions or diabetes, or have suffered a serious eye injury in the past should undergo more frequent screenings. Let the highly trained physicians and nurses at Riverside Community Hospital help you maintain the best eye health possible. We also provide emergency and trauma services for serious eye injuries. Contact us online or give us a call at (951) 788-3000.

Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness

The month of October celebrates National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a month dedicated to educating patients and consumers on the importance of breast health and reducing the risk of breast cancer. Consider the following information on breast cancer to learn more about how you can maintain your long-term breast health and reduce your risk of breast cancer.

What is Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer refers to a disease in which cancer cells or tumors grow within the tissue of the breasts. While some types of breast cancer may be localized within the breast tissue, the cancer cells may also metastasize and spread to other areas of the body.  Studies show that approximately 1 in every 8 women will suffer from breast cancer over the course of their lifetime; however, breast cancer may develop in men as well.

Risk Factors
While the direct cause of breast cancer is unknown, there are several factors that may increase the risk of developing cancer, including:

  • Increased age
  • Family history of cancer
  • Changes in breast tissue or increased breast density
  • Gene mutations
  • Tobacco use
  • Overuse of alcohol
  • Early onset of menstruation

Signs and Symptoms
Early stages of breast cancer may not demonstrate any symptoms, but as the cancer grows, the common signs include:

  • A lump or the thickening of the tissue in the breast or in the underarm
  • Change in size or shape of breast
  • Nipple discharge
  • Changes in the feel or look of the breast tissue, areola, or nipple

Prevention and Treatment
The best way to treat breast cancer is to find it early through the use of clinical breast exams, self-breast exams, and mammograms. However, individuals suffering from breast cancer have a number of treatment options, including a lumpectomy, mastectomy, sentinel lymph node biopsy, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, biologic therapy, and hormonal therapy.

Here at Riverside Community Hospital, our Cancer Center provides ongoing cancer support services, diagnostic imaging, and treatment services to help cancer patients beat this devastating disease. Learn more about National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by contacting us at (951) 788-3000 today!

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Medical Research

Are you interested in your weight loss surgery options? What are some of the most commonly used radiology and medical imaging technologies? If you’re looking for more information on heart health, bariatric weight loss surgery, radiology and imaging techniques, or organ transplantation, then check out some of these great resources.

  • Learn more about obesity statistics with this link from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Find out more information regarding bariatric weight loss surgery methods with this article from win.niddk.nih.gov.
  • Is your weight putting you at risk for certain health risks? Find out with this overview from webmd.com.
  • Check out this link from gehealthcare.com for more information on the GE Innova 3100.
  • This link from pbs.org provides an overview on the anatomy and function of the human heart.
  • Are you at risk for heart disease? Visit this heartdisease.about.com link to assess your risk.
  • Why are mammograms so important? Find out with this link from cancer.gov.
  • This link from livestrong.com discusses the main reasons to undergo a diagnostic mammogram or ultrasound.
  • Visit this emedicinehealth.com link for more information on kidney transplants.
  • How is a pancreas transplant performed? Check out this mayoclinic.com overview for more information on the reasons for and procedural steps for pancreas transplantations.

For more information about Riverside Community Hospital and our services, call at (951) 788-3000 or visit our website.

The Heart Care Institute at Riverside Community Hospital

Heart Care

Here at Riverside Community Hospital, our physicians and medical specialists are devoted to treating and combating heart disease using the most comprehensive, high-tech services in the Inland Empire. In fact, our Heart Care Institute is the first designated STEMI Receiving Center in Riverside County—with a time-to-treatment goal of 90 minutes or less and with the quickest time-to-treatment recorded at a mere 23 minutes!

Our Heart Care Institute also serves as the first hospital in California accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. With over 50 beds in our emergency room and three new GE Innova 3100 catheterization labs, our Heart Care Institute provides easy access during the entire hospitalization process. Additional services at the Heart Care Institute include the following:

  • Catheterization Laboratory
  • Rapid Response AMI Program
  • Cardiac Patient Transfers
  • Diagnostic and Intervention Peripheral Procedures
  • Diagnostic and Intervention Coronary Procedures
  • Electrophysiology Studies and Ablations
  • Cardiac Rhythm Management (including pacemakers and internal defibrillator implants)
  • Cardiovascular Surgery (including open heart surgery, MAZE procedures, and AAA stent grafting)
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation for Phases I, II, and III
  • Transfusion-Free Blood Management Programs

If you’re interested in more information on our heart health services or treatment options for a number of heart conditions, then contact the Heart Care Institute at Riverside Community Hospital. Visit our website to review our cardiac physicians and locations or give us a call at (951) 788-3000. Your heart health is our number one priority, so contact us today.

iTriage Symptom Checker App


When it comes to a medical emergency, you can’t wait for an 8am appointment with your general physician. Unfortunately, determining whether or not an illness or injury constitutes an emergency is not always easy.

Available for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, the new iTunes iTriage Symptom Checker app allows you to research your symptoms for possible causes, look into treatment options, and even locate the closest hospital in the Riverside area. For the most updated and comprehensive medical information, download this free app today!

No matter what your emergency, Riverside Community Hospital is here to help. Learn more by visiting our website or by calling (951) 788-3000.

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