• The Truth behind CPR Myths

    One of the most pervasive myths about cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is that it’s easy to hurt someone by doing it without having the proper training. In fact, injuries such as broken ribs caused by CPR are uncommon. When they do occur, they are vastly preferable to death. You can watch this video to hear more about the importance of acting quickly when someone’s breathing ceases.

    You’ll hear the story of Jessica, who collapsed and stopped breathing when she was a teenager. Her mom quickly performed chest compressions, likely saving her life. Shortly thereafter, Jessica received an organ transplant. Today, she is a healthy adult who owes her life to CPR.

    Riverside Community Hospital provides Riverside County’s sole organ transplant program, serving the needs of those who require kidney transplants. You can visit our website to read more about organ transplants or call (951) 788-3000 to speak with a registered nurse.

  • Diabetes-Friendly Dishes to Try in the New Year

    If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, your physician or dietitian can help you learn about making healthy food choices. It’s important to select a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins. When you watch this video, you’ll see a demonstration of a recipe that meets all of these requirements. Chef Steve walks viewers through the step-by-step preparation of his grilled seafood and quinoa salad with mango and avocado.

    To prepare this delicious dish, use a grill pan on your stove to grill shrimp and scallops. Cook quinoa just as you would prepare rice. Combine the quinoa with some black beans, peppers, fresh tomatoes, scallions, avocado, mango, and a citrus dressing. You can even add some minced jalapenos if you enjoy spicy foods. Toss all of these ingredients together with your grilled seafood for a light dinner.

    Riverside Community Hospital is pleased to serve our community members with comprehensive diabetes services, including consultations and diabetes education for our hospitalized patients. Riverside residents who have questions about our services, including robotic surgery and bariatric weight loss, can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (951) 788-3000.

  • Recipe Ideas to Use after Bariatric Surgery

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    Bariatric weight loss requires an ongoing commitment to healthy lifestyle choices. After undergoing bariatric weight loss surgery, you may wish to work with a dietitian to help you adhere to a healthy meal plan. One way to maintain your weight loss is to find healthier substitutes for the foods you enjoy, such as pasta.

    Instead of starchy noodles, try cooking some barley along with a low-sodium bouillon cube. Barley is a whole grain, which means it will release energy slowly instead of spiking your blood sugar. Combine some ground turkey with your favorite spices, such as garlic, onion, parsley, and balsamic vinegar. Form into meatballs and sauté for about 10 minutes or until fully cooked. Heat some low-sodium marinara sauce, combine with the cooked barley and meatballs, and serve with a side of greens.

    Bariatric weight loss patients can find the support and patient education they need at Riverside Community Hospital. To speak with a registered nurse about the healthcare services at our hospital, call (951) 788-3000.

  • Reasons to Choose Riverside Community Hospital for Your Bariatric Surgery

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    Bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery, isn’t right for everyone. However, for individuals who are obese and haven’t found lasting success with diet and exercise, bariatric weight loss may provide an effective solution. You can work with the bariatric weight loss specialists at Riverside Community Hospital to determine if this type of procedure might be right for you. The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Riverside Community Hospital has been named as a Center of Excellence for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. This designation reflects our hospital’s commitment to helping patients reclaim their health through bariatric weight loss.

    Patient Education

    One of the reasons why you might choose Riverside Community Hospital for your bariatric weight loss procedure is our dedicating to ensuring each of our patients is fully informed about the procedure and the way in which it will affect their lives. Before undergoing weight loss surgery, you’ll be required to attend a nutrition education and pre-operative education class. These classes can help get you on track for success after weight loss surgery.

    Patient Support

    Bariatric weight loss patients can expect to make some significant adjustments to their lifestyle choices. Many patients find that they can more easily adhere to these changes when they have a support system. The Center for Surgical Weight Loss Support Group is available for those who have had a weight loss surgery and those who are considering it. At our support group, you can learn about the options available to you and hear others share their insight with their experiences. Our support group may also assist you with developing behavior modification skills, following an exercise program, and learning about post-operative issues.

    Residents of Riverside and beyond are invited to learn more about bariatric weight loss at Riverside Community Hospital. You can request a referral to our Bariatric Coordinator by calling our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (951) 788-3000. Or, visit us on the Web to read more about bariatric weight loss.

  • BMI, WC, and Other Ways to Assess Your Weight

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    Obesity has long been associated with an increased risk of chronic diseases, including diabetes, coronary heart disease, liver disease, and certain cancers. To assess your general health, you could consider your body mass index (BMI), waist circumference (WC), and A Body Shape Index (ABSI). Bear in mind that these are all general assessments of health; your doctor can explain your specific risk factors of medical conditions.

    Your BMI is a measurement that factors in your height along with your weight. It can help guide you in determining whether you’re within a healthy weight range. However, your BMI doesn’t assess other measures of health, such as lean muscle mass. You could also consider your waist circumference, which enables you to assess the amount of abdominal fat you have. Excessive abdominal fat is a health concern because it may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Another general measurement of health, A Body Shape Index, factors in your weight, height, and waist circumference for a more comprehensive picture of your well-being.

    Families throughout the Riverside community can find the healthcare solutions they need at Riverside Community Hospital, which offers robotic surgery, bariatric weight loss, and more. Call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (951) 788-3000 to learn more.

  • What You Have to Gain by Donating Blood

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    Did you know that January is National Blood Donor Month? It’s the perfect opportunity to check your local hospital and other community locations for upcoming blood drives. Community hospitals across the country urgently need blood to fulfill the needs of trauma victims, cancer patients, and others who require surgical intervention. If you’re already in the habit of giving blood on a regular basis, consider becoming even more involved to help out your community. For example, you might encourage your friends and family members to give blood or you might volunteer at a local blood drive.

    Personal Fulfillment

    The primary benefit of donating blood is knowing that you’ve helped to save a life. In fact, each blood donation can serve up to three hospital patients. Many people donate blood because of the sense of personal fulfillment they gain from giving back to their community.

    Health Checkup

    You might be surprised that you can gain real health benefits from donating blood. Each blood donor is given a mini checkup. You’ll have your pulse, body temperature, blood pressure, and hemoglobin levels checked, and you’ll be alerted to any abnormalities. This is one more way you can keep track of your overall health.

    Iron Regulation

    Many people consume more iron than they need. This can pose a health concern because excessive iron levels can contribute to the formation of free radicals. Free radicals interfere with normal cell function and increase your risk of problems such as cancer and heart disease. When you donate blood, your iron levels drop slightly.

    The physicians, nurses, and other staff members at Riverside Community Hospital are committed to providing compassionate care and excellent service to our neighbors throughout Riverside. Our hospital is pleased to offer specialty programs, including robotic surgery, organ transplant, and bariatric weight loss, along with heart care services. If you wish to learn more about our healthcare services, visit our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (951) 788-3000.

  • How Losing Weight Can Protect Your Kidney Health

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    Weight loss with bariatric surgery or through diet and exercise has plenty of health benefits to offer. Not only can maintaining a healthy weight reduce your risk of diabetes, but it can also help support your kidney health. Your kidneys are responsible for filtering waste products out of the blood so that they may be released through urination. When chronic kidney disease (CKD) develops, waste levels build up in the bloodstream. Eventually, CKD may lead to kidney failure, at which point you may require an organ transplant.

    Causes of CKD

    Obesity can increase your risk of developing CKD in an indirect fashion. Individuals who are obese are more likely to develop high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. These health problems are the major risk factors of CKD. Obesity can even increase your risk of CKD in a more direct manner. Individuals who have a high body mass index (BMI) have metabolic demands that are higher than average. This means that the kidneys must engage in hyperfiltration, or excessive filtering activities, to fulfill the body’s needs. When the kidneys are placed under this extra strain, it increases the risk of CKD.

    Prevention of CKD

    Just as obesity can increase the risk of CKD, losing weight may help prevent it. If you’re concerned about your weight, you may wish to consider talking to a physician at your local hospital about a healthy weight loss program. Your physician may advise you to follow a balanced diet and to practice portion control. Increasing your physical activity can also help you achieve a healthy weight.

    Surgery for Weight Loss

    Many people have trouble maintaining weight loss through diet and exercise alone. If this describes you, you may be a good candidate for a bariatric weight loss procedure. Bariatric weight loss may improve your health in a number of ways, including supporting your kidney health.

    If you wish to explore whether bariatric weight loss might be right for you, reach out to the Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Riverside Community Hospital. Our Consult-A-Nurse referral line, which is available at (951) 788-3000, can put you in touch with a Bariatric Coordinator at our community hospital. Our hospital in Riverside also offers an exceptional organ transplant program at our Kidney Transplant Center.

  • Forecasting the Health and Wellness Trends of 2015

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    Health experts have noted a rising trend toward preventive and functional medicine in recent years, which is expected to continue throughout 2015. If you’re looking for inspiration to improve your wellness during the New Year, consider trying out trends such as meditation meet-ups, wellness trackers, and functional fitness. Before starting or changing your fitness program, you may wish to consider visiting a physician at your community hospital for a wellness exam, especially if you have an underlying medical condition.

    Meditation Meet-ups

    Meditation meet-ups are quickly replacing cocktail hour for networking events. You can search for a meditation meet-up near you to boost your career and develop a healthy mindset at the same time. Meditation may help you reduce stress, contributing to your overall wellness.

    Outdoor Exercise

    In 2015, more people are expected to take their workouts away from the gym and into the park, nature trails, and other outdoor venues. Enjoying the great outdoors while you exercise is one way to stay motivated and prevent boredom in your workout routine.

    Wellness Trackers

    Fitness tracker apps are all the rage among digital connoisseurs. Wellness trackers may help motivate you to adhere to an exercise program and they can help you track your weight. Some wellness apps even track your sleep, while others measure your daily movements.

    Functional Fitness

    Functional fitness is among the latest trends in preventive medicine to inspire gym enthusiasts. In terms of preventive medicine, functional fitness is about much more than exercising to reduce your risk of chronic diseases and manage your weight. It may also help you prevent debilitating injuries. Functional fitness refers to training your body to manage situations that you might encounter in your daily life.

    The team at Riverside Community Hospital encourages patients to learn more about preventive medicine by signing up for our H2U – Health to You – program, which includes interactive health tools, wellness information, and invitations to special activities. Our hospital in Riverside provides comprehensive healthcare services, including robotic surgery, bariatric weight loss, heart care, Ob/Gyn services, and organ transplants. For a referral to a specialist at our hospital, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (951) 788-3000.