• Looking for a Heart Healthy Snack? Reach for Roasted Nuts

    Eating a healthy diet is one of the most effective ways to prevent heart disease, and a recent study shows that people who eat nuts regularly are 20 percent less likely to die from heart disease. Read on to learn how a few servings of nuts can provide a much-needed boost in nutrients.

    A daily serving of one to one and a half ounces of nuts can provide plenty of unsaturated fats to help your body lower its LDL cholesterol. Any type of nut can be healthy as long as it’s raw or roasted, but be aware that serving sizes vary depending on the size of the nut; an ounce of pistachios is about 48 kernels, an ounce of almonds is 22 kernels, and an ounce of walnuts is 14 halves.

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    Heart disease symptoms are difficult to identify, which is why it’s important to schedule regular heart screenings with a trusted specialist.  Riverside Community Hospital  is committed to providing a superior level of healthcare throughout Riverside County, and our HeartCare Institute is fully equipped to handle a wide range of cardiac emergencies. Call (951) 788-3000 with questions about our services.

  • Bad Habits to Break for Your Heart Health

    Developing healthy diet and exercise habits are great for lowering your risk of heart disease, but they aren’t as effective if you also indulge in plenty of not-so-healthy habits. Developing healthy habits while getting rid of others can seem daunting at first, but there are ways to make the transition to a heart-healthy lifestyle easier:

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    Just as it takes a long time to develop unhealthy habits, it also takes time to cultivate healthy ones—approximately 60 to 90 days for most people. However, good habits are ultimately easier to live with than bad ones, and the payoff is well worth it if you stick to your goals. Don’t beat yourself up if you slip up, but be tenacious about  making healthy choices  a priority in your everyday schedule.

    Setting Difficult Goals
    It’s important to set small and realistic goals at first. Quitting long-term habits such as drinking and smoking “cold turkey” can set yourself up for big discouragement if you make a mistake. Many people find that cutting down on bad habits gradually eases the side effects and provides more motivation to pursue their health goals, though medical intervention may be necessary to control the health effects of more severe withdrawal.

    Letting Exercise Become Boring
    Exercise doesn’t have to be boring or embarrassing. Get outside and enjoy the sights of a popular running or biking trail, or take the chance to try out new hobbies, such as water sports or backpacking. If you prefer indoor exercise, try setting up a TV or book in front of your exercise station to stave off boredom. The most important thing is to stick to the routine and avoid making excuses.

    Riverside Community Hospital  is an award-winning hospital in Riverside County, and we have the resources and experience to provide high-quality emergency care and personalized ongoing treatment. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more health tips and call our 24-Hour Consult-a-Nurse Healthcare Referral line at (951) 788-3000 with any healthcare questions.

  • Discover the Truth Behind Common Heart Health Myths

    Dieting is a great way to control your weight and lower your risk of heart disease, but there is plenty misinformation about what is and is not healthy for your heart. A heart-healthy diet isn’t all about losing weight; it should also satisfy all your nutritional needs. Get the facts about heart-healthy dieting with this brief guide from Riverside Community Hospital :


    Myth: A Low-Fat Diet Is All You Need to Prevent Heart Disease
    Fatty foods and high cholesterol are certainly major risk factors for heart disease, but there are good and bad types of fat and cholesterol. Saturated fats, trans fats, and LDL cholesterol can cause plaque to build up in your veins and arteries, increasing your risk for heart attack and stroke. However, HDL cholesterol and unsaturated fats can help lower LDL cholesterol.

    Myth: Dieting Isn’t Important If You Exercise Regularly
    Exercising can burn off extra calories, but it won’t necessarily address all the effects of poor dieting. A diet high in LDL cholesterol and trans fats but low in essential nutrients can make it difficult for you to maintain a consistent exercise routine and cause harmful plaque to build up in your arteries.

    Myth: Vitamins and Supplements Alone Can Control Heart Disease Risk.
    Just as exercise alone won’t erase all of the effects of a poor diet, there is also no scientific evidence proving that vitamins and supplements alone can prevent or treat heart disease. Be aware that holistic supplements are not strictly regulated by the FDA, and certain types can react with over-the-counter medications. That’s why it’s important to work with a doctor to develop a healthy diet and exercise plan for your individual medical needs.

    Riverside Community Hospital has been providing families throughout Riverside County with reliable and high-quality healthcare since 1901, and we are committed to maintaining our role as a trusted healthcare provider with our state-of-the-art facilities and personalized care. Connect with us online for more health tips, or contact our 24-Hour Consult-a-Nurse Healthcare Referral line at (951) 788-3000 for a physician referral.

  • Is Your Weight Putting Your Heart at Risk?

    Being overweight isn’t just a cosmetic problem. Over time, it can significantly increase your risk of heart disease. The symptoms of heart disease are often unnoticeable, since they tend to resemble the effects of normal fatigue and stress, but blockages in your arteries can result in serious complications, such as stroke or heart attack. Learn more about the health risks of obesity below:


    Type 2 Diabetes
    Type 2 diabetes is a condition where the body is unable to produce enough insulin to control blood sugar levels. Diabetes is a major risk factor of heart disease—in fact, a person with diabetes is two to four times more likely to die from heart attack or stroke than a person without it. A poor diet can also lead to various other metabolic complications, such as high triglyceride levels, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and low HDL (good) cholesterol.

    Coronary Artery Disease
    Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a condition where plaque builds up in the arteries and reduces blood flow to the heart (atherosclerosis). This reduced blood flow can result in angina (chest pain), heart attack, or heart failure. CAD is currently the #1 cause of death in American men and women.

    Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome
    Obesity hypoventilation syndrome (OHS) is a breathing disorder that can impair lung function, causing the blood to have too much carbon dioxide and too little oxygen. If left untreated, OHS can lead to swelling in the legs, pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the lung arteries), cor pulmonale (failure of the right side of the heart), and even death.

    Aside from affecting the heart, obesity also raises a person’s risk for various types of cancer and other health conditions. At Riverside Community Hospital, we understand the difficulty of maintaining significant and long-term weight loss, and our specialists at the Surgical Center for Weight Loss can help you explore your options for addressing the health risks of obesity. To inquire about our services or to schedule an appointment with a specialist, call (951) 788-3000.

  • Why it’s Not Too Hard to Turn Your Health Around

    A surprising number of adults think it’s too late to develop healthy habits and lower their risk of heart disease and other health conditions, but that is far from the truth. There are plenty of low-impact ways to start exercising and improving your overall health without many major changes to your everyday lifestyle.

    This brief PSA serves as a reminder that diet and exercise are a crucial part of preventative care for common conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Every year, more than 1 million people die from these ailments, which is why it’s important to get regular health checkups from a trusted doctor and develop a treatment plan early.

    At Riverside Community Hospital, our passion for excellence is unparalleled, and our team of highly trained specialists has the experience to provide compassionate and personalized care for the entire family’s medical needs. Learn more about our award-winning facilities online, or contact us at (951) 788-3000 to speak with a Registered Nurse today.

  • Why You Can Rely on the HeartCare Institute at Riverside Community Hospital

    The HeartCare Institute at Riverside Community Hospital is more than just an emergency room; it is fully equipped with the state-of-the-art technology to diagnose heart conditions and provide advanced treatment options. We also maintain the largest emergency room in Riverside County and we have a team of highly skilled cardiac specialists on call and ready to respond at a moment’s notice.

    As the first designated STEMI Receiving Center in Riverside County and the first hospital in California to be accredited by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (Level II), we have been at the forefront of cardiovascular care for years. Thanks to our hard work and commitment to patient care, we are proud to offer the quickest STEMI time-to-treatment at just 23 minutes.

    Riverside Community Hospital has been serving the Riverside County area since 1901, and we continually strive to provide compassionate, personalized, and high-quality healthcare. Visit us online to learn more about our HeartCare Institute or call (951) 788-3000 today to receive more information about our services and accepted healthcare plans.

  • 3 Fun Exercises to Try During American Heart Month

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that the average adult get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity (or 75 minutes of intense aerobics) and 2 days of muscle-strengthening exercise every week. Staying in shape is often easier said than done, but there are plenty of simple exercises you can easily incorporate into your life so you can start burning calories. Try out these exercise tips from Riverside Community Hospital to start your exercise resolutions off on the right foot:

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    Many people try to set aside a few hours for exercise, but it’s often easy to let school, family, or work obligations get in the way of a consistent routine. The benefits of exercise are cumulative, so try to avoid the excuse that “there isn’t enough time in the day,” and spread out your exercise over the week in short 15-minute bursts. Do you dislike walking? Get out and try some light outdoor sports such as Frisbee or trail biking to get your blood pumping while having fun.

    Outdoor Hobbies
    Exercise doesn’t have to be limited to the gym and running track. Take the opportunity to  explore different hobbies, such as dancing instead of aerobics, or backpacking in place of strength training. The possibilities are endless, and bringing along a friend will help you stick to a routine and avoid any last-minute excuses.

    Weightless Water Aerobics
    Water-based activities open up a whole new range of aerobics and stretching exercises. Without the constraints of gravity, you have more freedom to stretch and work out both your upper and lower body.

    Riverside Community Hospital has been a trusted healthcare provider in Riverside County since 1901, and we value patient care and satisfaction above all else. We can help patients explore their options for healthy and sustainable weight loss through diet and exercise or surgery.  Contact us online  or call (951) 788-3000 to schedule an appointment or to receive a physician referral.