West Hills Hospital & Medical Center
West Hills Hospital & Medical Center is your community resource for better health. We have the capability and expertise to perform emergency open heart procedures, perform brain and spine surgery.
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How volunteering can help you with depression

When you’re suffering from depression, even the most mundane activities can seem overwhelming. The idea of volunteering may sound like the last thing that could help you, but it could change ...

Get educated about ovarian cancer

The ovaries play an essential role in human reproduction and female hormone regulation. Most often, ovarian cancer originates in the epithelial cells, which form a layer of tissue that covers the ...

Essential infant safety tips

Infants are delicate, and new parents often feel overwhelmed with the immense responsibility of keeping their babies safe. We empathize with these challenges. At West Hills Hospital, our compassionate ...

Women's nutrition: Understanding your unique needs

People are often confused by constantly evolving dietary information. One study might suggest that tofu is the healthiest protein, while another declares that salmon is best. The good news is that ...

What is the role of genetic testing in cancer prevention and treatment?

You’ve probably heard before that DNA is the blueprint for what makes you “you.” Your genes dictate your eye color, hair color and blood type. You can also inherit certain genetic ...

Managing the unique stresses of being a parent

If you’re a parent who is coping with the pressure of being pulled in all directions, then you’re not alone. Parents have a unique kind of stress that people without children can’t ...

Facts you didn't know about breast milk

Breast is best for babies, but what is it about breast milk that makes it so unique? For starters, every breastfeeding mother produces her own unique blend, which even has its own unique smell that ...

Stay afloat with these swim safety tips

Summer isn’t summer without swimming, but days at the beach or pool don’t come without risks. Each day in the US, approximately 10 people die in accidental drownings, and for kids between ...

Acquaint yourself with these common knee injuries

Your knee is a weight-bearing joint, which makes it particularly susceptible to injuries. Each year, millions of patients in the U.S. seek medical care because of knee pain. If you become one of them, ...

Busting common sun safety and skin cancer myths

Skin cancer is extremely common— one in five people in the US will get it in their lifetimes—but fortunately, it is also often curable when patients receive cancer care in the ...

Getting to know the patient experience of visiting a cardiologist

For many patients, the first experience of meeting a cardiologist occurs in the emergency care department. Cardiologists do, however, prefer to meet with patients before a major cardiovascular event ...

Should you be worried about painful menstrual cramps?

Many women experience cramps during their periods, but how do you know when your cramps are a sign of something serious? If you’re suffering from painful cramping during menstruation, consult ...

How do you know when you've begun menopause?

Menopause is a journey that is experienced a little differently for every woman. Since the signs of menopause vary from person to person, it might be tricky for you to tell when you’ve entered ...

What to do when your water breaks

If this is your first pregnancy, you might assume that it’s easy to tell when you’re going into labor. But reality can be quite different, as you’ll learn when you watch this ...

How to find relief from migraines

Migraines can be debilitating. The symptoms may keep you out of work and away from your family, but you can regain control of your life with help from the neurologists at West Hills Hospital. Here, ...

Common reasons men don't see the doctor

Men have a reputation for health care avoidance. But for every excuse men give for not seeing the doctor, there’s at least one compelling counterargument. If the men in your life haven’t ...

What are the most common injuries in runners?

If you’re looking for a challenging workout that doesn’t require special equipment and that you can enjoy with friends or family, why not lace up a pair of running shoes? June 7 is Global ...

Is your backyard pool safe for your family?

Having a backyard swimming pool means you can count on fun all summer long, as long as you have taken the appropriate measures to keep it safe. Unfortunately, swimming pools can also derail your ...

What are the best sports for adults to take up?

Who says that kids get to have all the fun? There are plenty of sports that are ideal for adults who may have let a little time go since their last workout and even more time pass since they were last ...

Why women may need hysterectomies

May 14 through May 20 is National Women’s Health Week this year, which creates the ideal opportunity to discuss one of the most difficult women’s health issues : hysterectomy. Having a ...

How is melanoma different from other skin cancers?

Skin cancer is the most common kind of cancer in the United States, and melanoma is the most aggressive, dangerous form of the disease. If you have melanoma, getting an early diagnosis and beginning ...

What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapists are specially trained to help individuals identify challenges, overcome these challenges and get back to doing the things they love. Occupational therapy can help people of all ...

What raises your risk for testicular cancer?

The more you know about your health, the easier it is to make your own healthcare decisions. During Testicular Cancer Awareness Month this April, consider talking to your doctor about your risk ...

Restoring your strength after spinal surgery

When nonsurgical treatments aren’t doing enough, spine surgery may help you reclaim your health and quality of life. For the best possible outcome, it’s essential that spine surgery ...

Recognizing National Public Health Week this April

From April 3-9 this year, West Hills Hospital joins other medical centers and healthcare organizations around the country in celebrating National Public Health Week. This year, the public awareness ...
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What Is Lupus?

Lupus, also called systemic lupus erythematosus, is an autoimmune disease affecting the connective ...

Screening Guide for Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. Fortunately, it ...