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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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 ...

Safety Guidelines for Dogs and Kids

Most children love to play with cute animals, but unfortunately, this isn’t always safe. Even if a puppy or dog is usually gentle, it’s easy for a dog to interpret a child’s quick ...

Can Driving Yourself to the ER Delay Your Treatment?

Despite knowing that a 911 dispatcher’s job is to handle emergencies, many people hesitate to call 911 when they need emergency care. Some patients mistakenly assume that driving to the hospital ...

How to Help Your Child Care for a Rash

Most skin rashes are relatively harmless, although they can cause uncomfortable itching. Still, it’s always a good idea to consult a pediatrician at your community hospital, especially if this ...

What to Do in the Event of an Eye Injury

During the warmer months, emergency care physicians tend to treat eye injuries more frequently than in other months. It’s a wise decision to wear protective eyewear when using power tools, ...

What Not to Do in the Face of Heart Attack Symptoms

If you or someone you love is experiencing heart attack symptoms, the only answer is to get emergency care as fast as you can. When treatment is delayed, more heart tissue is allowed to die, which can ...

Stroke Symptoms Unique to Women

When it comes to strokes, every second counts. The longer it takes for a stroke patient to receive emergency care, the more brain tissue they will lose, which can lead to permanent disability and loss ...

Essential Care Tips for Patients with a High Risk of Heart Disease

Do you know your risk of heart disease? If not, review your risk factors with your doctor. If you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, or if you are generally inactive, smoke, or ...

Why You Should Head to the ER for Shortness of Breath

As Dr. Natalie Shum of West Hills Hospital & Medical Center explains in this video, shortness of breath is always a cause for concern. Whenever you or someone you love experiences it, it is ...

Start This Year as a Volunteer at West Hills Hospital

If you are looking for a fun and fulfilling way to give back to the community, then West Hills Hospital & Medical Center has an opportunity for you. Our volunteer program matches motivated adults ...

Understanding the Effects of Prolonged Labor

When you go to the maternity hospital to have your baby, you’re probably anxious to meet this new addition to your family. If your labor lasts for longer than expected, however, that excitement ...

How to Get Rid of Expired or Unused Medications

Whether you have leftover pain medications from spine surgery or unused antibiotics from your trip to the hospital for emergency care, how you get rid of those medications matters. Safe medication ...

Preventing Sinus Infections During Flu Season

When you have a cold or the flu, a sinus infection is a common complication. Although a sinus infection may not be as severe as other flu complications that require emergency care, like chest pain or ...

Helping Older Adults Prevent Fall-Related Injuries

Seniors are susceptible to disabling and life-threatening falls for several reasons. Age is often accompanied by a reduction in coordination, balance, flexibility, and vision. Seniors are also at an ...

Staying Safe Every Way You Travel This Holiday Season

Countless Americans plan to hit the roads, board a train, or take off in a plane to visit with loved ones this holiday season. If you’re one of them, taking a few simple precautions can help you ...

How Stress Can Make You Sick

It’s perfectly normal to experience stress now and then, such as when a major medical problem arises or when one’s schedule gets hectic. But stress isn’t always benign. Chronic ...

What to Do If Winter Brings on Sinusitis

The human skull contains hollow cavities known as sinuses. Sometimes, the tissue lining these hollow spaces can become inflamed. This condition is called sinusitis and it is often associated with ...

Raising Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

Pancreatic cancer accounts for about 3% of all cancers in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society, and approximately 7% of all cancer deaths. It is considered to be a particularly dangerous ...

Is It Possible to Prevent Alzheimer's?

Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating illness that robs people of their memories—and, eventually, their lives. Although there is no single way to prevent Alzheimer’s, there are ...
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What Is GERD?

Usually, the muscle at the end of the esophagus closes to prevent the contents of the stomach from ...

Why You Should Not Wait to Address GERD Symptoms

It’s normal to suffer from heartburn on an occasional basis. However, if you experience ...