• Knowing How to Take Action in the Event of a Stroke

    When a stroke occurs, time is one of the most important factors in treatment, because damage will continue to take place in the affected area of the brain until blood flow is restored. Unfortunately, stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, taking about one life every four minutes, according to the American Stroke Association. However, you can do your part in reducing the impact of stroke by knowing what to do if you suspect that someone is having a stroke.

    Do Not Wait for Symptoms to Improve

    It can be difficult to distinguish between stroke, transient ischemic attack, and other neurological conditions, but you should never wait it out to determine whether or not someone has suffered a stroke. Even if another condition is the cause of symptoms like slurred speech, droopy facial expressions, confusion, or loss of muscle control, it is likely a condition that also requires emergency care. If a stroke is behind these symptoms, immediate care can lower the chances of death and reduce long-term disabilities caused by damaged brain tissue.

    Call 9-1-1

    With a life-threatening condition like stroke, you should not attempt to transport someone to the ER yourself. Calling 9-1-1 will allow emergency medical personnel to take action at the scene to facilitate more effective care once the patient arrives at the hospital. As registered ER nurse Karina Kilian explains in this video, the best thing you can do in the event of a stroke is get to the hospital right away.

    As a Certified Primary Stroke Center, Riverside Community Hospital can provide the care your loved one will need following a stroke. To learn more about what to do in a medical emergency or to hear our current ER wait times, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (951) 788-3463.

  • Is Knee Replacement Surgery Right for Your Arthritis Treatment?

    Many older adults suffer from osteoarthritis in one or both knees, as the aging process can cause cartilage to break down and reduce the cushioning that protects this heavily used joint. Osteoarthritis, also known as wear-and-tear arthritis or degenerative joint disease, has a number of treatment options, so not everyone with this condition will require joint replacement surgery. If you meet the criteria below, however, you may be a candidate for this surgical procedure to replace the structures in the knee joint.

    You have severe arthritis in the knees.

    Osteoarthritis is a progressive condition, meaning that it can continue to get worse over time without proper intervention. If you have had a late diagnosis of arthritis in the knee or you are simply unable to effectively slow down the progression of osteoarthritis, surgery may be the only solution to help you remain mobile and pain-free.

    You have exhausted alternative treatment options.

    As Dr. Brent d’Arc explains in the video above, there are alternative treatments for a degenerative joint disease that will be recommended prior to surgery. When these options—which include oral anti-inflammatory medications and joint injections—are no longer working to manage pain, surgery might be the next step in your care. While surgery can be more stressful on the body, it will help to improve your quality of life for years to come.

    You are able to remain active after your surgery.

    Another important consideration prior to knee replacement surgery is your physical ability to participate in rehabilitative therapy and remain active after the procedure. If you have other health problems that might limit your mobility or your body is unable to handle the physical stress of surgery, you might continue to work with alternative treatment options instead of committing to joint replacement.

    At Riverside Community Hospital, you can find exceptional orthopedic care with specialized minimally-invasive surgeries in our state-of-the-art facilities. To find an orthopedic surgeon to manage your care or explore all of your arthritis treatment options, call us today at (951) 788-3463.

  • Simple Strategies for a Better Night’s Sleep

    Regardless of your age or current state of health, there is one step that you can take to ensure a longer life in better health: Get plenty of sleep. The average adult requires about 6-8 hours of sleep nightly, but many people fail to reach this target for a number of reasons. When you do not get the sleep you need, you may suffer from daytime fatigue, poor memory, or a lack of focus. In the long-term, poor sleep can lead to cardiovascular complications, high blood pressure, and mental disorders. Therefore, identifying strategies to achieve better sleep is a worthwhile endeavor that will greatly improve your health and your quality of life. Read on for a closer look at some of the easiest ways to get better sleep each night during Better Sleep Month this May.

    Create a Bedtime Routine

    Many people have the misconception that you can catch up on sleep during the weekends by sleeping in, but you will be better off getting the same amount of sleep every night. You can do this by going to bed at the same time each day, which will make it easier to wake at the same time every morning. In addition to setting a regular bed time, you might practice a relaxing nighttime ritual to help you wind down and prepare for sleep.

    Design Your Bedroom for Sleep

    Electronic devices are one of the biggest obstacles when it comes to getting enough sleep, because these can be a distraction and a disruption to your circadian rhythm with the light they emit. Keeping phones, computers, and televisions out of the bedroom can ensure better sleep along with dark window shades, a cool temperature, and a comfortable bed.

    Get Exercise During the Day

    If you find that you are regularly not tired when your bedtime rolls around, you might need to get more activity during the day. Exercising at any time of day can help you sleep better, so fit in physical activity wherever you can in your daily routine.

    For more health tips and resources, consider participating in Riverside Community Hospital’s H2U program. To learn more about this program or to get information about other hospital services in your community, call us at (951) 788-3463 and speak with one of our registered nurses any time, 24/7.

  • A Look at Common Summer Shoe Injuries

    Whether you prefer to wear Crocs, strappy sandals, or flip-flops during the summer season, you should be aware of how these warm weather footwear options can affect the health and wellness of your feet. With a lack of arch support and exposure of the toes, summer shoes can be the source of a number of injuries that might land you in the ER this season. Read on to learn about some of the most common summer foot injuries and the ways you might avoid them.

    Ankle Sprains

    When you walk in flip-flops or other sandals, your feet will have minimal support, and your posture will change due to the fact that your feet must work harder to keep your shoes on. As a result, it might be easy to trip and fall, causing you to twist your ankle and suffer a painful sprain. To steer clear of ankle sprains, remember to wear supportive footwear on uneven terrain or during periods when you plan to walk.

    Cuts and Blisters

    Exposed skin means a greater risk for cuts and scrapes that can tear up the skin on your feet. Breaking in a new pair of sandals, you might develop painful blisters that could become infected without the right care. Additionally, you may have dry and calloused skin on the soles of the feet if you continuously wear open footwear.

    Broken Toes

    It does not take much to break your toe when you are wearing shoes that have your toes fully exposed. Simply hitting your foot on a hard surface or dropping an object on your toe could lead to a painful injury that limits your summer fun.


    Whenever you have exposed skin outside, you should remember to put on plenty of sunscreen. The tops of the feet are often neglected in sandals, so it is easy to develop a burn on the feet, even when the rest of your body is properly shielded from the summer sun.

    For emergency care, healthcare tips, and more, contact Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3463. Our nurses are available around the clock to serve as your resource for medical care and wellness in Riverside.