• Creating Diabetes-Friendly Snacks at Home

    If you’re a diabetic, it’s particularly important to avoid skipping meals because this can destabilize your blood sugar levels. In fact, the American Diabetes Association recommends that diabetics eat three meals and two snacks each day. Choose low-calorie snacks with wholesome ingredients, such as fresh fruit and lean protein. One healthy snack idea is a diabetes-friendly smoothie.

    Watch this video for two diabetes-friendly smoothie ideas. This cookbook author demonstrates how to make a 93-calorie smoothie flavored with cranberries, oranges, and bananas. She also makes a 138-calorie virgin pina colada smoothie. Instead of using sugary yogurt for her smoothies, she uses inventive ingredients such as liquid pasteurized egg whites.

    The Certified Diabetes Educators at Riverside Community hospital can help you understand how to manage diabetes effectively. Residents of the Riverside area can contact our hospital at (951) 788-3000 for information about our other services, including bariatric weight loss, robotic surgery, and organ transplant.

  • Riverside Community Hospital Has Your ER Needs Covered

    Riverside Community Hospital is among the largest emergency care facilities in the area. We accept patients from the Riverside community and beyond 24/7, seven days per week. As a Level II Trauma Center, our hospital has the resources you need to recover from serious medical conditions. Our heart hospital is also an accredited Chest Pain Center, with board-certified ER physicians who promptly diagnose and treat patients suspected of suffering cardiovascular events.

    As you’ll learn when you watch this short video, the emergency care department at Riverside Community Hospital goes the extra mile to provide exceptional patient services. This video demonstrates how you can quickly ascertain our current wait times.

    For decades, Riverside families have placed their trust in Riverside Community Hospital for emergency care, heart care, OB/GYN services, and much more. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911; otherwise, you can learn more about our emergency services by calling (951) 788-3000.

  • How to Maintain Good Bone and Joint Health

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    Bone and joint problems are particularly common among adults of advancing age. There are a number of lifestyle changes you might consider making to preserve your bone and joint health. However, it’s important to remember that lifestyle changes cannot take the place of medications that your physician may have prescribed for an orthopedic condition.

    Consider adding foods that contain calcium and vitamin D to your diet to help your body maintain bone density. Your doctor may also recommend taking a supplement. You can reduce the stress on your joints by staying within a healthy weight range. If you already have a condition such as osteoarthritis, maintaining a healthy weight may help to slow its progression. You may also benefit from a low-impact exercise routine. Consider applying an ice pack to joints such as your knees after exercising. The ice encourages the drainage of synovial fluid from the joints, which can help preserve the integrity of your cartilage.

    At Riverside Community Hospital, you’ll find a comprehensive orthopedic program that provides inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation for patients recovering from joint replacement and other procedures. Riverside residents are welcome to call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (951) 788-3000 to request general information about robotic surgery, organ transplant, or other services available at our community hospital.

  • Should You Consider Screening for Depression?

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    Depression is a serious mental health condition that can reduce your quality of life. If you feel that you may be suffering from depression, it’s a good idea to visit your community hospital and speak with a physician about your symptoms. Only a physician or mental health professional can diagnose you with depression; however, you can consider whether you are experiencing symptoms such as lingering feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, worthlessness, and sadness.

    Some of the other symptoms of depression can include anxiety or irritability, and feeling restless. You may find yourself no longer interested in participating in previously enjoyed activities. You may also experience physical symptoms, such as unintentional weight gain or loss, changes in appetite, sleep disturbances, and fatigue. Many people with depression have trouble concentrating on tasks and making decisions. Some may entertain thoughts of suicide. If you find yourself dwelling on death and suicide, consider visiting the ER of your community hospital.

    The compassionate physicians at Riverside Community Hospital are here to help you. You can reach the Consult-A-Nurse referral line for our community hospital by calling (951) 788-3000.

  • Understanding the Benefits of Deep Brain Stimulation for Patients with Parkinson’s

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    Parkinson’s disease is a devastating diagnosis that involves progressively worsening symptoms. Although experts at research hospitals have yet to develop a cure, there are treatments available to manage the symptoms. One of those treatments is deep brain stimulation (DBS). If you or a loved one has Parkinson’s disease, consider visiting your community hospital to explore whether DBS might be a good treatment option. Be sure to ask the physician at your local hospital about all of the potential risks of DBS before undergoing the procedure.

    Healthy Tissue Preservation

    DBS involves neurosurgery at a hospital to implant an electrode in the brain. Another component, known as the implantable pulse generator (IPG), is implanted in the chest. The system works by sending electrical impulses from the IPG to the electrode. This interferes with the electrical signals in certain areas of the brain to relieve some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The manner in which DBS works is a significant benefit for Parkinson’s patients. Since the system relies on the interruption of electrical impulses, rather than on the destruction of nerve cells, healthy brain tissue is preserved. This is in sharp contrast to previous surgical options for Parkinson’s patients.

    Symptom Improvement

    DBS has the potential to improve quality of life for Parkinson’s patients by helping them manage their symptoms. Although DBS is not capable of improving all of the symptoms of Parkinson’s, it can help control motor symptoms such as walking impairment, muscle rigidity, and muscle stiffness.

    Medication Reduction

    It is typical of Parkinson’s patients to still require medications following DBS surgery. However, many patients find that they can enjoy a reduction in medication. This may help alleviate some of the side effects of medications for Parkinson’s.

    The multidisciplinary team at Riverside Community Hospital includes highly skilled neurosurgeons, which can perform advanced treatments such as DBS for Parkinson’s patients. At our community hospital in Riverside, you’ll also find state-of-the-art robotic surgery, heart care, bariatric weight loss, and organ transplants. You can request a referral to a specialist at our neurology department by calling (951) 788-3000.

  • Helpful Tips to Remember during Children’s Health Month

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    For adults, soft bedding and window-blind cords pose little, if any danger. But for a young child, these everyday items could prove deadly. October has been designated as Children’s Health Month. Consider taking a few minutes to evaluate whether your home may have hidden health hazards that could send your child to the ER at the local hospital. You might also consider talking to a physician at your community hospital about some of the common health hazards for young children and how to address them.

    Be Mindful of Fire and Carbon Monoxide Risks

    Walk around your home to assess the number and location of smoke alarms. Experts recommend having smoke alarms installed on every floor, inside each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area. It’s a good idea to test your smoke alarm batteries every month and to change them every six months. Also, it’s best to replace smoke alarms after 10 years. Remember to install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home. Check these batteries and replace them as often as you would for a smoke alarm.

    Prevent Burns and Electrocution

    Inquisitive children are at a high risk of suffering burns and electrocution. Make sure that your hair dryer has an immersion protection device, which prevents electrocution if it is accidentally dropped into water. Additionally, adjust your hot water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent scalding. Place containers with hot liquids out of reach of your child’s grasp.

    Reduce the Risk of Strangling and Suffocation

    Small children can easily be strangled if they play with window-blind cords. Be sure to cut the loops of these cords to prevent strangulation. If your baby is on an adult bed, remove suffocation hazards such as pillows and soft bedding. Eliminate gaps between the bed and the wall, headboard, or footboard to prevent entrapment.

    At Riverside Community Hospital, our team of caring healthcare providers is dedicated to helping members of the Riverside community lead healthy lifestyles. Our community hospital provides comprehensive healthcare services, including bariatric weight loss, robotic surgery, organ transplants, heart care, and much more. If you wish to get a referral to a physician or specialist, contact our Consult-A-Nurse line at (951) 788-3000.

  • Don’t Be Fooled by Common Breast Cancer Myths That Could Prevent Proper Screening and Care

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    Awareness about breast cancer has been increasing in recent years, thanks in part to an aggressive awareness campaign, including Breast Cancer Awareness Month. However, many myths about breast cancer still persist. Some of them may even interfere with the early detection of breast cancer in some patients. You can be proactive about your health by scheduling a wellness exam at your community hospital. Consider exploring the breast health resources available at your hospital, and talking with your physician about prevention and early detection.

    Myth: Breast Cancer Has Few Symptoms

    One of the most common myths about breast cancer is that a lump is the only indication of a cancerous growth. In fact, some women may never notice a lump. Other warning signs of breast cancer include changes in the appearance of the breasts, nipples, and skin. For example, the nipple may turn inward, and the skin may turn red and scaly. It’s advisable to visit your community hospital as soon as possible if you notice any changes with your breasts.

    Myth: Regular Mammograms Aren’t Necessary

    Experts tend to agree that screening mammograms are quite literally lifesavers. They allow for the early detection of cancer, which means that cancer treatments are more likely to be effective. Consider speaking with your physician about when you should start scheduling regular mammograms.

    Myth: Men Cannot Develop Breast Cancer

    Breast cancer is indeed much more common among women. However, men can also develop breast cancer. Experts advise men to visit their physicians if they notice unusual breast lumps or any of the other possible indicators of breast cancer.

    In 2003, Riverside Community Hospital was pleased to open our new Cancer Center, enabling members of the Riverside community and beyond to seek comprehensive cancer treatment close to home. In addition to our cancer support services and breast imaging center, our community hospital offers sophisticated robotic surgery, OB/GYN services, organ transplants, and more. If you wish to speak with a registered nurse, you may call the Consult-A-Nurse referral line for our community hospital at (951) 788-3000.

  • Diabetes and Liver Health: What’s the Connection?

    If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you should be aware that you may be at further risk of other health problems. Consider working with a diabetes educator at your  community hospital  to develop strategies for managing your condition. A diabetes educator at your hospital can also help you understand how diabetes increases your risk of complications such as compromised liver health.

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    Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

    Fatty liver disease occurs when fat accumulates within the liver. This causes the cells to become inflamed and the liver to become larger. Having fatty liver disease places you at risk of cirrhosis of the liver. However, experts note that diabetes itself does not necessarily cause fatty liver disease. Rather, the two conditions tend to co-occur. The development of fatty liver disease may be associated with insulin resistance and obesity. Lifestyle modifications can help control this condition.


    Cirrhosis is characterized by deterioration of the liver, causing inhibition of proper function. Over time, scar tissue develops in place of healthy tissue, which interferes with blood flow in the area. As the damage of cirrhosis becomes progressively more severe, it can lead to chronic liver failure. Liver cirrhosis increases the risk of diabetes because it causes insulin resistance.

    Liver Cancer

    Consider exploring cancer prevention resources. Having diabetes may slightly increase your risk of developing liver cancer. While more research is needed in this area, it may be possible that certain diabetes medications affect the suppression of these diseases. However, it’s important to continue to take all of your medications as prescribed by your doctor. Visit your physician at your community hospital to discuss any concerns you may have about your medications.

    Families throughout the Riverside community will find comprehensive healthcare services at Riverside Community Hospital. In addition to our bariatric weight loss program, heart care, organ transplants, and robotic surgery, our community hospital offers extensive diabetes education for patients. The compassionate physicians at our community hospital can help you learn how to manage your condition to reduce your risk of complications and improve your quality of life. If you would like to request general information about our hospital, please call (951) 788-3000.