West Hills Hospital & Medical Center
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What you need to know about cholesterol and stroke

Hundreds of thousands of Americans suffer from a stroke each year. Many of them don’t survive or develop long-term disabilities, and strokes are often preventable. Consider talking to a ...

What are the causes of painful menstrual cramping?

It’s normal for ladies to experience some mildly uncomfortable cramping during their periods. However, you may wish to consult an Ob/Gyn at West Hills Hospital if you experience severe cramps or ...

Make your home food allergy friendly

Every family has different routines and lifestyles. And so, although everyone with food allergies must avoid their allergen, exactly how this is accomplished can vary from home to home. It can be ...

Do you know about these common stress indicators?

If stress were an infectious disease, it would probably be considered at pandemic proportions. Stress isn’t necessarily harmful in small doses, but severe, unrelenting stress can result in ...

What to do after sexual assault

There are many types of sexual assault, including rape, forcible sodomy and any unwanted or coerced sexual contact, such as groping. After surviving an act of sexual violence, victims often feel ...

Can you treat IBS at home?

Irritable bowel syndrome is painful and uncomfortable, but fortunately, it doesn’t result in any permanent damage. When you speak with your doctor, let him or her know how long you’ve had ...

What happens in the lab? Common medical tests

A diagnosis can’t always be made solely by reviewing symptoms and doing a physical exam. Emergency care doctors may request certain lab tests to check for problems like infections. Primary care ...

What you need to understand about your blood pressure

Each time you visit the hospital, the doctor or nurse will check your blood pressure. Recording your blood pressure at each medical appointment allows your doctor to evaluate the changes in your blood ...

Do you know your diabetes risk?

An estimated 7.2 million Americans are currently living with diabetes, but unaware that they have it. Tens of millions more are living with prediabetes, which can progress to diabetes. If you’ve ...

Guidelines for living with MS

Multiple sclerosis is a devastating diagnosis to cope with. This disease, which can be disabling, affects the central nervous system. MS occurs when the immune system damages the myelin sheath that ...

How is colorectal cancer treated?

Your digestive system has a large and small intestine. The large intestine, also known as the colon, is the one closest to the rectum. When cancer cells grow within the colon or rectum, it’s ...

Understanding binge eating disorder

Binge eating disorder is a common but largely unrecognized and misunderstood eating disorder. Recovery is possible, often with a combination of treatments, including behavioral health services and ...

What to expect from your first cardiologist visit

If you have been referred to a cardiologist, you likely have many questions about what to expect during your appointment. As explained in the video, there are a multitude of reasons people may see a ...

What exactly are congenital heart defects?

Congenital heart defects include a range of structural problems that can have minor or complex effects. For patients with congenital heart defects, early diagnosis and treatment can help to prevent ...

How to prepare for labor and delivery

Labor and delivery are thrilling—and often a little scary—for moms-to-be. Getting prepared for the day you give birth is a good first step in having the most positive experience possible. ...

Reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning at home

Carbon monoxide poisoning is a dangerous condition that turns deadly for hundreds of families each year. The risk of poisoning goes up during the winter months, thanks to the use of space heaters and ...

Knowing when to schedule important women's health screenings

Preventive health screenings are an essential part of an overall wellness plan for women. Although your personal health history will dictate when and how often you need certain screening tests, there ...

Keeping your knee joints healthy

Knee pain is an extremely common complaint that causes people to miss days of work and to miss out on their favorite activities. If you’re experiencing knee pain caused by joint damage, an ...

Is robotic thyroid surgery the right choice for you?

If you have been referred for thyroid surgery, you may be concerned about the invasiveness of the procedure and the potential scar the surgery could leave on your neck. Robotic surgery could be an ...

How to get more exercise with your kids and grandkids

Getting active with your kids and grandkids is good for the whole family. It helps you protect your heart and orthopedic health, and it helps them get into the habit of incorporating exercise into ...

Should you worry if you're called back to discuss screening results?

When you’ve had a cancer screening test, getting a call to come back in to discuss your results can be unnerving. However, the most important thing you can do if you receive such a call is to ...

Is it safe to have toys in your baby's crib?

When you return home from the maternity hospital with your new baby, it’s natural to feel anxious about making sure your newborn’s environment is as safe as possible. One area that can ...

Knowing if you have a cold or the flu

When cold and flu season hits, every sniffle and cough could have you wondering which infection you have. Generally, telling the difference between the two based on the symptoms is difficult, and you ...

Distinguishing between age-related memory loss and dementia

While a person’s intelligence will remain the same their entire lives, cognitive function can change as we age. Memory changes are also common with advanced age. Because age-related declines ...

Keep your hands safe this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without a turkey on the dinner table. If you’re responsible for carving the bird, keep in mind some basic safety precautions to protect yourself from ...
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Differences Between Child and Adult Cancers

We may sometimes look at children and see smaller versions of ourselves, but deep down, we know that ...

A Look at the Care Team in the ER

When you are in need of emergency care in West Hills, an entire team of medical professionals will ...