• What is Diabetes?

    Diabetes is a common condition that can affect all ages and all body types. Diabetes keeps your cells from absorbing glucose, the fuel your body needs to make energy and function properly. In this video, you can learn more about the types and causes of diabetes mellitus.

    The certified professionals at Riverside Community Hospital provide individual diabetes education and support for the effective self-management of this chronic disease. Whether you are an adult, child, or pregnant diabetic, it is valuable to know the facts about your disease and be aware of the latest developments in care and treatment of diabetes. Learn more about our diabetes education services by contacting our staff at (951) 788-3000.

  • Are You At Risk for Heart Disease?

    Heart Disease

    Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and can present as one of many different serious conditions. Some of these conditions are congenital, while others can develop over the course of time and cause serious problems later in life. Those that develop heart conditions later in life are likely to have one or more known risk factors, or factors that have shown to increase your risk of heart disease and heart attack.

    Are you at risk for heart disease? Some of the factors that you can control by living a healthier lifestyle include:

    • High blood pressure (hypertension)
    • Being overweight (obesity)
    • High cholesterol and triglycerides
    • Diabetes
    • Smoking
    • Sedentary lifestyle
    • Chronic stress
    • Unhealthy diet

    Most people have at least one of these risk factors. As your number of risk factors increases, so does your likelihood of developing heart disease or experiencing a heart attack. Some of these factors are more severe than others; for example, being diabetic and smoking put you at greater risk than some of the other factors.

    To help control these factors, you can choose to lead a healthier lifestyle. Adults and children can both benefit from heart-healthy choices, such as maintaining a healthy body weight, eating a heart-healthy diet, staying active, and avoiding smoking. Making good decisions can keep you at low risk for heart disease, which has shown to increase your life expectancy for an average of 10 years.

    These are not the only possible risk factors for heart disease—new risk factors are found as researchers learn and study more about the disease. Riverside Community Hospital’s Heart Care Institute is committed to the effective treatment of heart disease. Learn more about our services by visiting our website or contacting our staff at (951) 788-3000.

  • Types of Robot-Assisted Procedures

    Robot-Assisted Procedures

    Modern technology has allowed for the use of robotic arms in surgical procedures, resulting in a less invasive and more precise approach to a wide variety of operations. For surgeries that do not require open access, the use of robots, endoscopes, and monitors allows the incisions to remain very small. This minimally-invasive surgical approach has been shown to decrease scarring, recovery times, risk of infection, blood loss, and trauma to the body. Read on to learn more about the common types of robot-assisted surgical procedures.

    • Cardiac procedures
      Robots can assist surgeons to repair the mitral valve of the heart, effectively treating stenosis (narrowing) and regurgitation, or leakage, of the valve. Robot-assisted surgery may also be used to treat blockages in the heart’s arteries, angina, and septal defects and to place biventricular pacemaker leads. These leads are utilized to treat heart failure due to atrial fibrillation by electrically maintaining a normal heart rhythm.
    • Thoracic procedures
      Thoracic surgery is performed on the chest, but does not include surgery to the heart. Robot-assisted surgeries to the chest are performed through tiny keyhole incisions. Some of the procedures that typically utilize robot technology include: thymectomy (removal of the thymus gland), lobectomy (removal of a lung lobe), esophagectomy (removal of the esophagus), mediastinal tumor resection, and sympathectomy (removal of part of the sympathetic nerve).
    • Urologic procedures
      The urologic system consists of the kidneys, ureter, bladder, prostate (males), and urethra. Robots are typically utilized to aid in prostatectomy, cystectomy, and nephrectomy or in the removal of the prostate gland, bladder, or kidney respectively. This technology can also be used to disconnect and reinsert the ureter from the bladder to keep urine from flowing backwards, known as a ureteral reimplantation.

    Riverside Community Hospital utilizes robots in many surgical procedures to allow our surgeons to achieve a greatly improved range of motion and increased precision. If you would like to know more about robot-assisted surgery, contact our friendly staff at (951) 788-3000.

  • A Look at High-Risk Pregnancy

    High Risk Pregnancy

    While many women need only to focus on maintaining a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle during pregnancy, others develop conditions that cause high-risk pregnancies. A high-risk pregnancy increases the chances of complications during the development of the baby, which can result in chronic health issues and other serious medical implications for both the mother and child.

    The factors that contribute to a high-risk pregnancy can be present before conception or can develop during pregnancy.

    • Pre-eclampsia is a condition that can develop during pregnancy. When a woman develops this condition, she experiences high blood pressure and protein in the urine. If pre-eclampsia goes untreated, the disease can adversely affect the mother’s liver, kidneys and brain and can be fatal to both her and her baby.
    • Gestational diabetes is another condition that occurs temporarily during pregnancy. With a proper treatment plan, a woman can control her diabetes and give birth to a healthy child; without maintenance of the disease, however, the consistently high blood sugar levels can lead to complications with delivery and an increased risk of newborn death or stillbirth.
    • HIV or AIDS can complicate a pregnancy if a mother carries the virus. HIV severely damages the body’s immune system, resulting in the reduced ability to fight infection. Without knowing the proper ways of preventing transmission from mother to baby, this virus can infect a developing child at any point during pregnancy or birth.
    • Pre-existing conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, or breathing, heart, or kidney problems can become exacerbated during a pregnancy, putting mother and child in danger. Seeking guidance from a physician regularly will help to ensure the health of both mother and child.

    The Riverside Community Hospital Women’s and Children’s Services Center offers comprehensive high-risk pregnancy services, providing assessment and diagnosis before your baby is born. Learn more about our treatment and management of pregnancy-related conditions by contacting us at (951) 788-3000.

  • Origami using the da Vinci Surgical System

    Technology has revolutionized medicine in many ways. Surgery is no exception; robotic devices have become a useful tool for surgeons in the operating room. In this video, you can observe the remarkable accuracy and control that the daVinci surgical system allows surgeons to achieve. Watch to see the daVinci surgical robot folds a tiny sheet of paper into an origami crane.

    At Riverside Community Hospital, we offer the dexterity and precision made possible by robot-assisted surgery as a part of a variety of procedures. If you would like to learn more about the procedures that utilize this technology, contact our staff at (951) 788-3000.

  • 3 Common Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Methods

    If managing your weight has felt like a losing battle, even with exercise and other lifestyle changes, bariatric surgery may help you live a healthier life. Being overweight can lead to serious medical conditions, such as diabetes, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and more. In addition to proper diet and an active lifestyle, weight loss surgery can be a great way to avoid these chronic issues. The three main bariatric surgery options offered by the Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Riverside Community Hospital include LapBand, gastric bypass, and sleeve gastrectomy.

    Weight Loss


    1. Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding
      This surgery, more commonly known as LapBand, limits stomach capacity using an inflatable band that is placed around the upper portion of the stomach. This band is adjusted in the clinic for optimal weight loss. The procedure itself rarely takes more than an hour and is performed on an outpatient basis, meaning you will be able to go home on the same day as the surgery.
    2. Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
      This procedure also reduces stomach size and capacity, but instead of using a band, the stomach is stapled to separate the upper portion. Part of the intestine is also bypassed to prevent the intestines from absorbing some ingested calories. This procedure typically takes 90 minutes and is done on an inpatient basis.

    3. Sleeve Gastrectomy
      When a sleeve gastrectomy is performed, a portion of the stomach is removed, creating a ‘sleeve’ or ‘banana-shaped’ stomach. This reduces the capacity of the stomach and increases the feeling of fullness. The surgery takes about 75 minutes and is performed on an inpatient basis.

    All of these procedures are minimally invasive (performed through tiny incisions), resulting in decreased scarring, pain, and chances of infection. To learn whether you are a candidate for any of these life-altering procedures, contact Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3000 or visit our website for more information.

  • Find Out More About Our Recent Blog Topics!

    Online Health Resources

    Are you interested in learning more about cardiac rehabilitation or any of the topics covered in our recent posts? You can read more valuable information about your health by clicking through the links below. If you have any additional questions, contact Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3000.

    • Cardiac rehabilitation has shown to decrease the risk of death in patients with heart disease or previous history of heart attack. The American Heart Association has some great information about cardiac rehab on their website.
    • The Heart and Stroke Foundation also describes some of the benefits of exercise-based cardiac rehab in this article.
    • Weight loss surgery may improve the quality of life of those eligible for the procedure—read this article from the Weight-Control Information Network to learn more.
    • This article from the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery provides information about the benefits of bariatric surgery.
    • The American Gastroenterological Association can also provide great information about the different weight loss procedures.
    • The AAFP (American Academy of Family Physicians) has articles on many medical topics, including bariatric surgery.
    • Organ donors give the gift of life. Explore OrganDonor.gov to read more about how you can help.
    • TransWeb.org is another excellent resource for information about organ transplantation and donation.
    • ACOG, or the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, recommends that each woman gets a wellness exam every year.
    • The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website provides an overview of high blood pressure in this article.

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