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Blog Posts in 2017

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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