• Breastfeeding for New Mothers

    Mother Breastfeeding

    Breastfeeding is an ideal way to nourish your baby, as breast milk contains all of the fat and nutrients your baby needs to gain weight, as well as antibodies that will protect him or her from illness. Although breastfeeding is a natural process, many women don’t realize that the technique is not always intuitive and that lactation consultants can provide helpful guidance, including help with:

    Getting Comfortable
    Before nursing, make sure that you are in a comfortable position with back and arm support. Bring your baby toward your breast, keeping his or her ears, shoulders, and hips aligned. Avoid leaning over your baby, as this can strain your back and lead to breast soreness.

    Choosing a Position
    There are a variety of ways you can support your baby during nursing, so experiment to see which methods feel most comfortable and natural. Very young babies are easily held in the cross-cradle position, where the child rests on pillows in your lap and nurses from the opposite breast of the arm holding his or her head. Mothers who have had a cesarean section may be more comfortable with the football hold, which holds the baby on the same side as the breast being used.

    Alternating Breasts
    It’s important to switch breasts halfway through each feeding and begin on the alternate side from where you left off the previous time. This will help you avoid plugged milk ducts and ensure that your baby gets adequate nutrition.

    Feeding On-Demand
    Showing your baby that you anticipate his or her needs by recognizing early signs of hunger and providing regular feedings can strengthen your bond. Nursing every couple hours for 5-15 minutes on each side will keep your baby comfortable and help him or her get on a schedule. Note that babies resort to crying once they are extremely hungry, so try to observe your child for more subtle signs of hunger, such as searching for a nipple or sucking on items.

    Riverside Community Hospital offers a free breastfeeding clinic to provide support and education to new mothers in the Riverside area, and has received international recognition as a Baby-Friendly birth facility by Baby-Friendly USA. Call (951) 788-3000 for 24-hour over-the-phone assistance.

  • Paying Attention to Portions

    Many people unintentionally overeat because they don’t know what a healthy serving size is. Watch this video to learn how proper portioning plays a role in weight management and why you should monitor your food intake.

    Although items such as muffins and hot dogs may seem reasonably-sized for a meal, many restaurants and food markets offer larger portions in order to entice customers and increase profits. This causes people to consume more calories than they intend, and can sabotage healthy eating plans.

    To learn more about controlling portion size and making good food choices, call Riverside Community Hospital’s Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (951) 788-3000. Our nurses are available 24 hours a day to provide health information and physician referrals.

  • Heart Healthy Foods

    Heart Healthy Foods!

    Following a healthy diet can both taste good and be good for you! Research shows eating right may help prevent heart disease, the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States.

    Heart hospital nutrition experts say a good first step is to learn to read food labels so you are aware of the calories and ingredients in the foods you choose. As you write up a shopping list, plan meals that emphasize fiber-rich whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean meats and fish, along with dairy products that are fat-free, one-percent and low fat.

    Eat fruits and vegetables in a variety of colors like red tomatoes, orange sweet potatoes and dark green leafy vegetables like broccoli and spinach.  Aim for five or six servings per day.

    Stay away from fatty meats and fried foods. Instead, choose lean meats and poultry without skin and prepare them without adding saturated or trans fat. 

    The American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least twice a week. Oily fish like salmon, mackerel, trout and sardines contain omega 3 fatty acids, which are good for the heart. Its guidelines also suggest if you drink alcohol, drink in moderation which means one drink per day for women, two drinks per day for men. 

    Cut down on sugary, high fat and high sodium foods like cakes, cookies, hot dogs, sausages and pizza.  Aim to eat less than 1,500 milligrams of salt (sodium) per day.

    Avoid trans fat because it lowers HDL or good cholesterol while increasing LDL or bad cholesterol in the blood. If a label says “partially hydrogenated” in the ingredient list that’s a sign that the food contains some trans fat.  Trans fat is found in many processed foods like crackers, chips and other snacks. 

    You can replace saturated fats with healthy unsaturated fats like canola oil and olive oil.  You don’t want to outlaw fat completely from your diet, but use it sparingly. Your total fat intake should be no more than 25 – 35% of your total daily calories.

    Other heart healthy tips include keeping an eye on portion size and staying away from tobacco and tobacco smoke.

    With the wide variety of foods available today, it is possible to make heart healthy choices from morning ‘til night, whether you’re eating at home or going out. 

    The HeartCare Institute at Riverside Community Hospital is dedicated to effectively treating and combating heart disease. To find out more about our comprehensive services, call Riverside Community Hospital at (951)788-3463.

  • Benefits of Robot-Assisted Surgical Techniques

    Medical Information

    As technology advances, medical procedures become increasingly more precise and easier on patients. One such example is surgery, which has become far less invasive with the advent of robotic assisted surgeries. Riverside Community Hospital offers robot-aided urologic, thoracic, and cardiac procedures for the following reasons:

    • Increased Precision
      Although minimally-invasive surgical techniques have become common over the past few years, their scope and accuracy are generally limited by the surgeon’s range of motion and the instruments used to maneuver within small incisions. However, robotic surgery techniques allow doctors far better control over their tools, as the computer can translate larger motions into extremely fine movements. The instruments also have the ability to move in more directions than a human hand could, allowing difficult tasks to be accomplished more quickly.
    • Smaller Incisions
      While open surgery involves long incisions and often requires the displacement of muscle and even bone, robot-assisted surgery uses small “keyhole” incisions through which the instruments are inserted. This results in a reduced risk of infection as well as less overall blood loss, which facilitates healing. Smaller incisions also minimize the amount of scarring that occurs, which is important to many patients for both cosmetic and privacy reasons.
    • Faster Recovery
      Because robot-assisted surgery is minimally invasive, there is less damage done to healthy tissues, which means less healing time is required. In general, patients are encouraged to resume light physical activity, such as walking, within a few days, and full recovery may be expected within several weeks.

    For help determining whether you are a candidate for robot-aided surgery, call Riverside Community Hospital’s Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (951) 788-3000 and arrange to meet with a surgical specialist. Whether you require heart surgery or bariatric weight loss, robotic surgery may help you enjoy a faster recovery and a better overall outcome.

  • Check Out These Links to Learn About the Services Offered By Riverside Community Hospital

    Health Information Online

    Do you still have questions about weight loss surgery or other treatments for obesity? Read through these helpful resources or contact Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3000 for more information.

    • Obesity is a common, serious, and costly medical condition. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website to learn more about this health epidemic.
    • Becoming obese can lead to a variety of serious health conditions, including diabetes and osteoarthritis. Read more about the consequences of obesity on ObesityInAmerica.org.
    • Robotic surgery has revolutionized the approach to many surgical procedures. Check out this website for more information about the benefits of robot-assisted surgery.
    • Do you know the many types of heart disease? Find out more on the American Heart Association website.
    • Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of American men and women. Visit the CDC website for more statistics and data on heart disease in the United States.
    • This article from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute provides more information about coronary heart disease, the most common form of cardiovascular disease.
    • Bariatric surgery can provide obese patients with a variety of benefits. Visit the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery to learn more.
    • Do you know your BMI? Use this online body mass index calculator to find out.
    • Many patients suffering from morbid obesity can benefit from a bariatric surgery procedure. This MedlinePlus entry provides a variety of resources where you can learn more about these procedures.
    • If you have any remaining questions about surgical weight loss, read through these frequently asked questions found on the Weight-Control Information Network.

  • Eating for a Healthy Heart

    Heart disease is the number one cause of death in American men and women.  Fortunately, the complications of cardiovascular illness can be avoided, even in those who have an increased risk. Making healthy lifestyle changes, such as increasing physical activity levels and eating a nutritious, balanced diet, can help prevent heart disease and promote excellent overall health. This video provides helpful advice for eating to obtain a healthier heart. 

    Are you looking for more ways to keep your heart healthy? Let the physicians at Riverside Community Hospital provide you with the expert advice and support that you need to achieve optimal health and wellness. Call Riverside today at (951) 788-3000 to locate a primary care physician or specialty cardiologist affiliated with our hospital.

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  • Surgical Weight Loss – FAQ

    Weight Loss

    Despite concentrated efforts to exercise more and eat healthier, many men and women struggle to lose weight. For these patients, surgical weight loss can help to control weight gain and promote healthy weight loss. Riverside Community Hospital offers three bariatric surgical procedures and comprehensive support services to help our patients live longer, healthier lives. If you are considering surgical weight loss, read on to learn more from some frequently asked questions.

    Am I a good candidate for surgical weight loss?
    Although bariatric surgery can be a very effective treatment option for many obese patients, it is not right for everyone. A good candidate for weight loss surgery will have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, which translates to approximately 100 pounds or more of excess weight. Patients who have a BMI of 30 to 39.9 may also be considered if they suffer from chronic health conditions, such as sleep apnea, high blood pressure, or diabetes.

    What are the benefits of bariatric surgery?
    Surgical weight loss can provide patients with many health benefits. In addition to facilitating continued weight loss, these procedures may help to resolve many obesity-related health conditions. In fact, many patients experience improvements in sleep, venous stasis disease, asthma, cardiovascular disease, and many other conditions. In some cases, weight loss can even lead to the resolution of type-II diabetes mellitus.

    How will my life change after surgery?
    Weight loss surgery is only the first step to healthy, long-term weight loss. Each patient must commit to making the necessary changes in lifestyle to support their weight loss efforts. These changes typically involve a modified, nutrient-rich diet, increased physical activity, and vitamin supplementation.

    At Riverside Community Hospital, we offer our patients the surgical and support services that they need to have a successful weight loss surgery experience. For more information about our comprehensive weight loss services, contact our hospital today at (951) 788-3000. Our nurses can help you to schedule a consultation with one of our weight loss specialists.

  • Surgical Weight Loss – FAQ

    Weight Loss

    Despite concentrated efforts to exercise more and eat healthier, many men and women struggle to lose weight. For these patients, surgical weight loss can help to control weight gain and promote healthy weight loss. Riverside Community Hospital offers three bariatric surgical procedures and comprehensive support services to help our patients live longer, healthier lives. If you are considering surgical weight loss, read on to learn more from some frequently asked questions.

    Am I a good candidate for surgical weight loss?
    Although bariatric surgery can be a very effective treatment option for many obese patients, it is not right for everyone. A good candidate for weight loss surgery will have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, which translates to approximately 100 pounds or more of excess weight. Patients who have a BMI of 30 to 39.9 may also be considered if they suffer from chronic health conditions, such as sleep apnea, high blood pressure, or diabetes.

    What are the benefits of bariatric surgery?
    Surgical weight loss can provide patients with many health benefits. In addition to facilitating continued weight loss, these procedures may help to resolve many obesity-related health conditions. In fact, many patients experience improvements in sleep, venous stasis disease, asthma, cardiovascular disease, and many other conditions. In some cases, weight loss can even lead to the resolution of type-II diabetes mellitus.

    How will my life change after surgery?
    Weight loss surgery is only the first step to healthy, long-term weight loss. Each patient must commit to making the necessary changes in lifestyle to support their weight loss efforts. These changes typically involve a modified, nutrient-rich diet, increased physical activity, and vitamin supplementation.

    At Riverside Community Hospital, we offer our patients the surgical and support services that they need to have a successful weight loss surgery experience. For more information about our comprehensive weight loss services, contact our hospital today at (951) 788-3000. Our nurses can help you to schedule a consultation with one of our weight loss specialists.

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