• Help your child deal with bullying

    Look for the warning signs
    Children and teens will often try to hide the fact that they are being bullied at school, but that doesn’t mean it’s an issue that should be avoided. If you notice that your child is more anxious or frequently in a bad mood, has changed their eating habits, or is avoiding school or other activities they typically enjoy, it may be time to sit down with your child and start a conversation about what your child is experiencing.

    It is important to address signs of bullying sooner rather than later, because bullying can have serious consequences, such as depression, suicide, and long-term psychological trauma.

    Discuss the problem at school
    Bullying often happens at school, and, unfortunately, it may go unaddressed until you bring the situation to the attention of the principal or administration. Don’t hesitate to talk to someone at your child’s school and talk about strategies that can be implemented in and out of the classroom to reduce bullying incidents. 

    Offer coping strategies
    Bullies may not be quick to back down, and it can be tempting to tell your child to stand up to a bully and fight back. However, this will likely only escalate the situation and potentially lead to physical harm. Instead, talk to your child about avoiding situations where an encounter with their bully is likely, using a buddy system at school, or finding ways to ignore the bully or firmly tell them to stop what they’re doing.

    Talk to your child’s pediatrician
    Physical and emotional injuries can result from bullying, so it may be necessary to consult with your child’s pediatrician to treat these injuries and discuss child therapy options to cope with any emotional trauma.

    Riverside Community Hospital cares about the issues facing the residents of Riverside, because our hospital staff is part of that group. If your child is dealing with bullying, reach out to us at (951) 788-3463 to explore available resources with one of our registered nurses. You can also count on us for emergency care 24/7 in our state-of-the-art ER.

  • Gain a better understanding of heart disease and cardiac arrest

    The heart is the body’s most important muscle, and, unfortunately, it is also among the most vulnerable to disease and physical damage. In fact, heart disease is the leading killer of both men and women in the United States, and, in some cases, the direct cause of death is cardiac arrest. But what exactly is cardiac arrest, and how does it relate to heart disease? Read on for answers to these questions as well as some insight from Riverside Community Hospital interventional cardiologist, Syed Bokhari, MD in the accompanying video.

    What is heart disease?
    As you’ll hear Dr. Bokhari explain, heart disease is a term that encompasses many different conditions, including diseases of the heart muscle, valves, and arteries. Any type of heart disease is a significant threat to your health, as the risk of heart attack and cardiac arrest will be much higher with a diagnosis of heart disease. However, these risks may be managed with interventional therapies to repair the heart tissue or cardiovascular structures as well as lifestyle changes to better care for the heart through daily activities.

    What is cardiac arrest?
    Cardiac arrest is often mistaken for a heart attack, but the two are not the same. Where a heart attack occurs because the heart’s supply of oxygenated blood is cut off or significantly restricted, cardiac arrest occurs when the heart’s electrical system shuts down and the heart actually stops beating. Cardiac arrest may be the direct result of a heart attack, or it may occur due to existing electrical malfunctions in the heart, or arrhythmias. Sudden cardiac arrest may also occur due to factors unrelated to heart disease, such as drug use.

    The risk of cardiac arrest is certainly scary, but you can gain some peace of mind by taking charge of your heart health with the help of Riverside Community Hospital. Our Heart Care Institute is staffed by skilled, compassionate cardiovascular specialists who perform more than 250 heart surgeries per year and provide rapid interventions for heart attack and cardiac arrest in our state-of-the-art emergency room. To find the right doctor to help care for your heart, call (951) 788-3463 for a cardiologist referral in Riverside.

  • Celebrating National Health Education Week

    Quality healthcare means more than visiting the doctor once a year for checkups. For patients to truly thrive, health education is fundamental, because it allows patients to better understand their individual healthcare needs and recognize any future risks that may exist for them. Here at Riverside Community Hospital, we strive to provide every patient with information and resources to manage their health in the clinical setting and at home. We also look forward to National Health Education Week, which provides an opportunity to highlight the importance of patient education and public health awareness to promote a healthier community right here in Riverside.

    What is National Health Education Week?
    National Health Education Week (NHEW) is an annual event that has taken place since 1995 thanks to the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). It is focused on increasing awareness of national public health issues and the role of patient education in healthcare. This year, some of the issues highlighted will include gun violence, health equity and access, and the increasing role of technology in health education.

    How can you celebrate?
    Many of the activities and discussions for NHEW will take place on social media, so it’s easy to get involved. Search the hashtag #MyImpact to read stories and facts from health education professionals and follow @SOPHEtweets to be part of the discussion.

    You can also celebrate by improving your health education with classes and events held at your community hospital. With a greater understanding of the issues affecting your health and the health of your community, you can become empowered to take a more active role in your healthcare and make healthier lifestyle choices.

    Riverside Community Hospital goes great lengths to help our patients remain informed as we provide exceptional care in our ER, Cancer Center, and Heart Care Institute. To connect with us, visit our website or call (951) 788-3463 to speak with a member of our nursing staff at any time.

  • Who has the highest risk of breast cancer?

    No woman is immune to breast cancer, but there are many risk factors that can increase the chances that you will be diagnosed with breast cancer in your lifetime. Some risk factors you can control, while others will be unavoidable. However, you can control how much you know about breast cancer and how frequently you check in with your doctor for appropriate screenings, including mammograms. If you fall into any of the following categories, it is especially important to talk to your doctor, because you will be in the highest risk groups for the disease.

Women with an inherited genetic mutation.
If you have a family history of breast cancer, or you know that the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic mutation runs in your family, then it is likely that you have an inherited genetic mutation that can increase your risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Even if you do not have one of these genetic mutations, you might still be more proactive in your preventive care if you have a close relative, such as your mother, sister, or aunt, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Women over the age of 50.
Most breast cancer cases are diagnosed in women over the age of 50, which is why you will need more frequent breast cancer screenings as you get older.

Women with dense breast tissue.
Women with dense breasts have more connective tissue in the breasts than fatty tissue, which is harder to see through on a mammogram, so tumors may be more easily missed during routine screening. If you do have dense breast tissue, there are other imaging options, such as breast MRI that may be more suitable for you.

Women who have undergone hormone replacement therapy.
Hormone replacement therapy using the hormones estrogen and progesterone can increase the risk of breast cancer. Additionally, certain types of hormonal birth control may raise your risk. Talking to your OBGYN about the risks and benefits of any hormonal drugs is an important step for managing your breast health and getting the care you need.

For exceptional breast cancer care from screening to diagnosis to treatment to support, rely on Riverside Community Hospital’s Cancer Care Center. As a leading cancer treatment center in the Inland Empire, we are here to provide state-of-the-art care with compassionate patient support and education. For a physician referral in Riverside or guidelines for breast cancer screening, contact us today through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (951) 788-3463.