• Explore New Ways to Get Moving with This Video

    In order to stay in good health, you need to get regular physical activity throughout each week. There are two types of activity to include in your routine—aerobic and anaerobic exercises.

    As you will hear in this video, aerobic activities increase your heart rate for an extended period of time. These exercises burn calories and cause you to breathe heavier, and they range from light to vigorous. You will see examples of activities at all intensity levels so you can choose which exercises are best for your fitness level.

    When you get moving, check-in with your total health by visiting Riverside Community Hospital. Connect with us on our website or call us at (951) 788-3000 to learn about the classes and seminars we offer to help you stay in tune with healthy living.

  • 4 Ways to Get Your Heart Back in Good Health

    The majority of adults in America are at risk for heart disease, but many individuals have no idea that they carry this serious risk. This is one of several reasons that heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. If you want to avoid being part of this statistic, you can start lowering your heart disease risk with better habits that you can implement today.

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    Change your diet

    The common diet in America has shifted from sensible meals cooked at home to large portions of processed foods that tend to be high in fattening ingredients like high fructose corn syrup. Bringing more fresh foods and portion control into your diet will help your heart by giving you more of the nutrients you need. Plus, it will be easier to maintain a healthier weight that puts less pressure on your heart.

    Start exercising

    Physical activity is not an optional component of good health. You need exercise for more than just weight control. Exercise helps to improve your circulation and strengthen your heart so you are less likely to have elevated blood pressure or blockages in the arteries.

    Quit smoking

    Smoking is hard on your heart because it forces your heart to work faster as a result of reduced lung capacity and poor respiration. Cigarette smokers tend to have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and a high resting heart rate. These conditions all elevate a person’s risk for heart disease, but they will all start to improve almost immediately after smoking cessation.

    Manage stress

    Everyone experiences stress, but not all people feel the mental and physical effects that stress can lead to. Those who avoid the negative effects of stress utilize techniques to promote relaxation so they can let go of daily stress that might build to long-term health issues.

    You can begin to incorporate these healthy heart habits into your life today by consulting the Heart Care Institute at Riverside Community Hospital. Make an appointment to speak with one of our cardiologists or get answers to your heart health questions by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (951) 788-3000.

  • Get In Touch With Your Health In 2013

    If you are looking to make healthier resolutions for the New Year, Riverside Community Hospital can help you achieve your goals with medical care across all specialties along with free health education through classes and seminars. Check us out online or call us at (951) 788-3000 for more information about our state-of-the-art facilities and comprehensive services.

    Pregnancy Hands

    Visit AmericanPregnancy.org to see what you need to pack for the birth center before you deliver.

    WomensHealth.gov discusses the importance of breastfeeding your newborn.

    See some new information about mental health and stroke risk published by the American Stroke Association.

    The National Stroke Association has an easy-to-use interactive guide to stroke.

    Understand how portion sizes affect your weight and your health by taking the Portion Distortion Quiz at NIH.gov.

  • Start Nourishing Your Heart with These Practical Tips for the New Year

    If your New Year’s resolution is related to your heart health, there are several simple steps that you can take to accomplish your goals.

    In this video from the American Heart Association, you will learn one of seven steps for better heart health: eating right. There are tips for cooking meals at home, shopping smarter when you buy groceries, and cutting out the junk food that could be putting extra weight on your body.

    For more tips on managing your nutrition for the sake of your heart, contact Riverside Community Hospital. Our H2U program can offer the ongoing support you need to continue making positive decisions for your health. Learn more on our website or reach us through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (951) 788-3000.

  • Make a Resolution to Take Control of Your Diabetes This Year with Riverside Community Hospital!

    Living with diabetes can make staying healthy more of a challenge, but it is possible to be well and avoid common health risks when you get informed about diabetes. Riverside Community Hospital offers a comprehensive Diabetes Education program that can help you learn about managing your condition and get a healthier start for the New Year. Here is a look at some of the subjects you might cover in your visits to your Certified Diabetes Educator.

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    Blood sugar testing

    You should test your blood sugar regularly to check for spikes or falls that could lead to problems later on. Our staff will guide you through the testing process and introduce you to the latest available technologies appropriate for your age and condition. This way you can self-manage at home and be less likely to need hospitalization for diabetes-related issues.

    Diabetes-friendly eating

    Proper nutrition is key in diabetes management, and it is important to understand the foods you should eat everyday as well as those best consumed strictly in moderation. Along with learning what to eat, you might learn some techniques for monitoring portion control and reading food labels to avoid accidentally consuming too much salt or sugar.

    Potential complications to avoid

    Along with daily habits to manage your blood sugar, you may need to make some changes to your routine to care for your eyes, skin, heart, and teeth. These areas are all subject to problems related to diabetes, so you will want to learn how to protect them for a lifetime of good health.

    If you have diabetes or you are at risk for type-II diabetes, explore more about the Diabetes Education offered at Riverside Community Hospital by visiting our website or calling us at (951) 788-3000. For general health information to make your daily routine even better for your body, sign up for our H2U Program, which includes exclusive classes and publications on healthy living.diabewt

  • Can You Recognize the Signs of a Stroke?

    When a person is having a stroke, every second that passes before emergency care is received makes a difference in the outcome of treatment. When immediate medical attention is given, the chances for recovery from stroke are rather high. However, as moments pass, the likelihood of disability and death increase. In order to ensure that you or someone close to you gets the rapid care needed to make a complete recovery after a stroke, you should learn to identify these characteristic signs.

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    Body Language

    If you suspect that a person is having a stroke, it is likely that he or she may have trouble controlling the movement of his or her extremities. Have the person lift both arms and look to see if one begins to drift downward. This along with trouble maintaining balance, feelings of dizziness, and evidence of clumsiness are all typical of a stroke.

    Facial Expressions

    You may notice that one side of the person’s face is drooping, and this will be most evident when the person is smiling. Generally, the drooping is isolated to only one side of the face and body because the stroke only affects part of the brain. If you are having a stroke, you might find it difficult to move your face and notice changes in your vision.

    Ability to Communicate

    A stroke can impact speech in two ways. First, a person may not understand what they are being told, so they might respond with nonsensical or unrelated statements. Second, language production could be affected. This would show through slurred speech and the inability to repeat a simple sentence back to someone.

    When any of these signs appear in yourself or someone around you, call 9-1-1 right away so you can get to the Emergency Room at Riverside Community Hospital. We provide stroke care based on national guidelines set by the American Stroke Association, so you can feel confident that you and your loved ones will get the best immediate stroke care available. Learn more about our Acute Stroke Protocol by visiting our website or calling us at (951) 788-3000.