• Getting Familiar with Lung Cancer at Riverside Community Hospital

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    Lung cancer is among the most fatal types of cancer in the United States, but it is also one of the most preventable. During the month of November, there are several awareness events that can help you see the devastation caused by lung cancer and the ways that it could be avoided. Smoking is by far the leading risk for this disease, so November may be the month that you choose to quit.

    At Riverside Community Hospital, you can learn more about the risks and prevention tactics for lung cancer so that this disease does not continue to take the lives of millions of Americans each year. The hospital will be hosting a community lecture and dinner that will bring a panel of experts to Riverside to discuss the best strategies for prevention and treatment.

    If you want to RSVP for the community lecture and dinner, call Riverside Community Hospital through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (951) 788-3000. You can also connect with us online to see a complete calendar of our upcoming community events. 

  • How the Winter Season Can Be Hard on Your Heart

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    When you get wrapped up in the excitement of the holidays, you might start to let your fitness routine slide, which is a common trend for the winter season. Combine a declining workout schedule with the rich cuisine of the holidays, and you may begin to feel less energetic as you notice a few extra pounds accumulate around your waistline. These effects can put added stress on your heart, especially when you consider the other ways that the winter season can negatively impact your health.

    Decadent Diet

    It’s not just the holidays that you have to worry about when it comes to unhealthy food choices. Winter meals are generally heavier and richer with ingredients like cream, butter, and cheese that can be detrimental for your cholesterol. You may notice more temptation around the office as coworkers bring in baked goods and other seasonal treats that further destroy your diet. You don’t have to give up your favorite winter foods completely to stay healthy, but you might swap out some of the more decadent ingredients and try to pass on the holiday cookies where possible.

    Seasonal Chores

    As you dig out heavy boxes of holiday decorations and prepare to hang outdoor lights, remember that these chores may be more activity than your body is expecting. Take your time as you complete seasonal chores so that you are able to rest and avoid sudden, intense stress that can limit cardiac function.

    Holiday Stress

    Through all the festivities of the holidays, stress may be lurking as your schedule fills up and your shopping list gets longer. Stress can be very hard on your heart along with the rest of your body, so you’ll want to make sure that you stop and breathe when you feel stress getting the best of you.

    Are you worried about your heart health? The HeartCare Institute at Riverside Community Hospital can help you explore your risk factors for heart disease and learn new strategies for boosting your cardiac health. Visit us online or call (951) 788-3000 to find a member of our cardiac team who can help you.

  • What Is the Great American Smokeout?

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    Every November, millions of Americans join together to improve their health by taking control of their worst habits with the Great American Smokeout, led by the American Cancer Society. This annual tradition has taken place since the 1970s, and it has shown millions of smokers the immediate and long-term benefits of quitting.

    Within just 20 minutes of quitting, your heart rate and blood pressure will drop. After 12 hours, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops down to normal. Once you have quit for weeks or months, your health continues to improve, with your cancer risk eventually declining by half. Quitting begins with the first day of smoking cessation, which may be much easier with the group effort made during the Great American Smokeout.

    If you want to participate in this Great American Smokeout and stick to your resolution to quit, call Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3000 for resources that can help you

  • Riverside Community Hospital as a Leader in California’s Healthcare

    Riverside Community Hospital has been serving the Inland Empire region since 1901, continually growing through the years to meet the growing needs of the community. As this video explains, the hospital boasts the largest ER in the region with accreditation as a Chest Pain Center to offer the highest level of care possible. Today, Riverside Community Hospital is investing in the community once more by expanding with a multi-million dollar project expected to be completed in 2017.

    You can learn more details about what you will see in the future at Riverside Community Hospital by visiting our website or calling (951) 788-3000. We are committed to maintaining quality care with the latest technologies offered within a modern, comfortable setting where every member of the community can feel welcome. 

  • What You Need to Know About Probiotics

    Probiotics have become popular dietary supplements making big claims about their benefits for weight loss, recovery, and immune health. Where they may be some benefits to probiotics for the digestive system, these bacteria are often found in the foods you eat, so you may not need any supplements to reap these benefits.

    This video takes a closer look at the claims of the probiotic cure-all, which is common for probiotic supplements. Unfortunately, these claims are not at all regulated by the FDA and have not been backed by any substantial research. Therefore, it may be best to steer clear of those probiotic pills unless they are explicitly recommended by your doctor.

    If you have questions about the supplements you include in your daily routine, the nurses available through Riverside Community Hospital’s Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line can offer answers 24/7. Call us today at (951) 788-3000 with your questions, or visit our website to explore more of our hospital’s services.  

  • Focus on Type 1 Diabetes

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    When most people think of diabetes, they likely think about adult onset, or type 2 diabetes. This is no surprise, because type 2 diabetes accounts for the majority of cases. However, it is important to understand type 1 diabetes and its effect on patients, because this disease can be much more difficult to manage. With type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce enough insulin, which is responsible for breaking down sugars and starches into energy the body can use. This is different from type 2 diabetes in which the body builds up a resistance to insulin, often due to inactivity and poor diet. This article will take a closer look at type 1 diabetes to help patients understand the best ways to manage this condition.

    Causes

    Type 1 diabetes is most often diagnosed in children and young adults, and the causes remain relatively unclear. Genetics likely play a role in type 1 diabetes, but certain viruses and environmental conditions could be to blame as well. What is known about this type of diabetes is that the most likely times for diagnoses are between the ages of 4 and 7 and again between 10 and 14.

    Management

    Living with type 1 diabetes means knowing your body’s insulin and blood sugar levels at all times. For children with type 1 diabetes, parents are likely to play an integral role in daily care. Proper care for diabetes includes both lifestyle planning and medication like insulin pumps or pens that will deliver insulin to the body.

    Research

    While only about 5% of diabetes cases are type 1 diabetes, 40% of research by the American Diabetes Association is dedicated to this disease. The reason is because type 1 diabetes does not appear to be preventable, and there are many emerging technologies that could be integral in curing or dramatically improving type 1 diabetes care.

    At Riverside Community Hospital, we provide Diabetes Education with free classes open to the whole community. Through these courses, we help patients reduce hospital visits and live healthier lives while managing diabetes. Register for an upcoming class at our hospital by calling us at (951) 788-3000 or visiting our website.

  • Understanding the Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s Disease

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    Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia among older adults; it is also a progressive and irreversible disease that has no known cure. This means that the best hope in Alzheimer’s disease treatment is prevention, which comes from an understanding of the risk factors for this disease. Research related to Alzheimer’s disease is ongoing, and there is more information known about this condition every day. Currently, the most well-known risk factors are those discussed below, but it is important to continue reading the news related to Alzheimer’s to better understand the progression of this devastating disease.

    Advancing Age

    Alzheimer’s disease is incredibly rare in individuals under the age of 65, but the risk rises exponentially after reaching this age. Every five years after the age of 65, a person’s risk for Alzheimer’s doubles. With the fastest growing section of the population in the 85+ range, there may be a spike in Alzheimer’s cases, since these individuals have the highest risk.

    Heredity

    The rarer type of Alzheimer’s disease, early-onset, is almost always caused by permanent genetic mutations inherited from one parent. In cases of late-onset Alzheimer’s, genetics may play a role, but the risk is not as clear-cut. Some people carrying risk factor genes may still never have the disease, while those without these genes can still develop Alzheimer’s. This means that those with a family history of late-onset Alzheimer’s are more likely to have the disease, but prevention may still be possible.

    Inactive Lifestyles

    Ongoing research has indicated that there is a strong link between physical activity and lasting brain health. Therefore, living a sedentary lifestyle could be putting you at a greater risk for Alzheimer’s in addition to a number of other serious health problems. Mental activity and engagement is important too, since the brain needs to stay active in order to maintain optimal function.

    If you are concerned about your risk for Alzheimer’s disease, you can explore more facts about this condition with Riverside Community Hospital. Connect with us on our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (951) 788-3000 to tap into the resources we have to offer. 

  • What Are the Leading Concerns for Men’s Health?

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    During the month of November, you might see men growing out their moustaches in celebration of Movember, which has become much more than a fad among college students. The month-long event is actually a campaign in support of men’s health awareness that could serve as a wake-up call to men who are behind on important screenings or have neglected to see a doctor to address specific symptoms. Statistically, men die at a younger age than women, and this article will take a look at some of the conditions responsible for this trend.

    Cancer

    The leading causes of cancer deaths among men in the United States are prostate, lung, colon, and skin cancer. Two of these—prostate and colon cancer—have dedicated screening exams that men should ask their doctors about around age 50. Lung cancer can be widely prevented by not smoking and by avoiding secondhand smoke. To reduce the rates of skin cancer deaths, men should look for any abnormalities on the skin and always use sun protection before heading outdoors.

    Heart disease and stroke

    Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men in the United States, and stroke is not far behind in the number five slot. Incidentally, these conditions have many preventable risk factors in common, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sedentary lifestyles, diabetes, and obesity.

    To learn more health tips for the important men in your life, connect with Riverside Community Hospital by speaking with one of our registered nurses at (951) 788-3000. We strive to maintain a higher standard of care with ongoing classes and programs to promote healthy lifestyles for every member of the community. 

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