• What Is a TBI?


    As the name implies, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) typically occurs when a forceful blow to the head results in brain dysfunction. It may also occur with a penetrating injury to the skull, such as a bullet wound. If the TBI is mild, it typically results in short-term symptoms. Severe TBIs may involve bleeding on the brain, torn tissues, and bruising that can lead to serious, long-term complications. Sometimes, permanent disability may result.

    The symptoms of a TBI can vary widely. If you experience any possible symptoms of a brain injury after involvement in an accident, it’s best to call for emergency transportation to your nearest hospital. Some examples of symptoms include loss of consciousness, nausea and vomiting, headache, dizziness, confusion, and sensitivity to light or sound. The recommended treatment for a TBI depends largely on its severity. For mild cases, the patient may only require rest and close monitoring. Severe brain injuries may require surgical intervention, medications, and long-term rehabilitation.

    The Emergency Department at Riverside Community Hospital is a Level Two Trauma Center that features a helistop for swift transportation of the most critical of patients to our hospital. If you have a medical emergency in Riverside, please call 911; otherwise, you may contact our community hospital at (951) 788-3000.

  • Learning to Look at Nutrition Facts

    Registered dietitians often recommend that patients primarily shop around the periphery of the grocery store, since this is where fresh produce is typically located. However, when you do choose prepackaged food items, check the nutrition label. Evaluating the nutrition facts of food products can help you make better decisions for your overall wellness. One of the most important things to check on the label is the number of calories. Remember that this is expressed per serving and a food package may contain many servings. Be aware that if you consume more than one serving, you’re consuming more calories.

    You can hear more about the information you’ll find on nutrition labels by watching this video. This video offers a step-by-step breakdown of the main components of nutrition labels, including how to evaluate your ideal daily value of nutrients.

    To help you make informed decisions for your well-being, Riverside Community Hospital is pleased to offer regular classes and events on various health topics. Call our hospital at (951) 788-3000 with any questions you may have about our services, including bariatric weight loss and organ transplants.

  • Training Tips to Celebrate Athletic Training Month


    Each March is designated as National Athletic Training Month in honor of the valuable services provided by professional athletic trainers. Whether you’re an amateur athlete, highly competitive, or you’re considering starting a fitness routine for the first time, you can benefit from following some simple training tips to reduce your risk of injury. If you do suffer a sports injury, stop your workout and visit a community hospital.

    Prevent Heat-Related Illnesses

    If you plan to train outdoors, schedule your workout for the early morning or evening hours to avoid the midday sun. Wear appropriate clothes for the weather and remember to apply sunscreen to all exposed areas of skin. Carry enough water with you to avoid heat-related illnesses during your workout. Serious athletes may wish to invest in a hydration backpack, which features a tube for drinking water on the go.

    Schedule Rest Days

    Overtraining is a common cause of injury among athletes. You can reduce your risk of injury by scheduling rest days between challenging workouts. Additionally, it’s best to increase the intensity and duration of your training sessions gradually.

    Use Proper Form

    Whether you’re in the gym working on the weight machines or out on a field playing soccer, it’s critical to use the proper form for a particular activity. You’ll achieve better results and reduce your risk of injury by concentrating on how an activity is performed, rather than on how quickly you can complete it.

    Vary Your Fitness Routine

    Even the most dedicated of athletes can sometimes experience boredom when performing the same workout over and over again. Maintain a positive attitude toward physical fitness by enjoying a wide variety of activities. If your favorite activity is running, for example, go for a swim now and then to reduce stress on your joints.

    The state-of-the-art Orthopedic Unit at Riverside Community Hospital provides comprehensive care for those who have suffered orthopedic injuries. In addition to our joint replacement surgeries and fracture treatments, our community hospital provides the Riverside community with heart health services, robotic surgery, organ transplants, and Ob/Gyn care. You can speak with a registered nurse at our hospital by calling (951) 788-3000.

  • National Nutrition Month: Getting to Know Good and Bad Fats

    Nutritional label

    National Nutrition Month, which takes place in March every year, is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the many benefits of healthy eating. While you may already know, particularly if you’ve visited a heart hospital, that following a low-fat diet is beneficial for your cardiovascular health. You may be less clear on exactly which types of fats you should eat however. Just as certain fats can harm your body, other fats are essential for its proper function.

    Saturated Fats

    Saturated fat is a type of fat that you should strive to minimize in your daily diet. The majority of saturated fats are found in animal sources, such as meat and dairy. Tropical oils, such as coconut oil and palm oils, also contain high amounts of saturated fats. Saturated fats are harmful for your body because they elevate levels of bad cholesterol while lowering levels of good cholesterol. Consuming a diet high in this type of fat can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.

    Trans Fats

    Trans fatty acids, or trans fats, are particularly dangerous for your health. Trans fats are found in vegetable oils that have undergone hydrogenation or partial hydrogenation. For example, you might see partially hydrogenated oil listed as an ingredient on a product. Trans fats have the same effect as saturated fats on your cholesterol levels; however, they also elevate your triglycerides, and increase your risk of heart attack, coronary heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.

    Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated Fats

    Monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) and polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) are beneficial for your body. They can lower levels of bad cholesterol, and reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. These healthy fats are found in plant-based oils, fatty fish, seeds, and nuts. For example, avocados, walnuts, salmon, and olive oil are good sources of MUFAs and PUFAs.

    If you’ve been struggling with your weight, consider exploring The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Riverside Community Hospital. In addition to bariatric weight loss, our community hospital offers Ob/Gyn care, robotic surgery, and organ transplants to members of the Riverside community and beyond. You can reach our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (951) 788-3000 for more information.