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Did our recent articles about stroke, minimally invasive surgery, or our other health topics pique your interest? You can learn more about any of these subjects by looking through the resources below. If you have any remaining questions, please contact West Hills Hospital & Medical Center by calling (818) 676-4000.

  • Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. This article from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke provides more information about the causes, symptoms, and consequences of stroke.
  • You can also read some of the statistics and facts associated with stroke on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
  • The National Stroke Association has created a simple and easy way to remember and recognize the symptoms of stroke. You can learn more about this helpful method by visiting their website, Stroke.org.
  • Do you have questions about the basics of minimally invasive surgical procedures? This overview from KidsHealth.org presents some helpful information about how these surgeries are normally performed.
  • There are three burn degrees that are assigned based on the severity of the injury. More information on the three levels of burns and their causes can be found on the MedlinePlus online medical reference.
  • For burns that are not life threatening, being aware of basic first aid procedures can help to promote proper healing and avoid infection. You can find out more about the basics of burn first aid on the American Academy of Family Physicians website.
  • Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. This PubMed Health medical reference provides more information about the causes, incidence, and risk factors for this type of cancer.
  • The National Cancer Institute website contains a digital booklet explaining the basics of colorectal cancer, including the recommended screening and how the disease is staged.
  • Fortunately, colon cancer can easily be detected and prevented through basic screening exams. In this article, the American Cancer Society emphasizes the importance of early detection in the treatment of colorectal cancer.
  • Are you looking for additional resources to help you eat a healthier diet? The United States Department of Agriculture outlines the recommended dietary guidelines in this helpful article.

The Revlon Run Walk

Join the West Hills Hospital team at the Revlon run Walk in the fight against Cancer May 12, 2012.  Visit our team webpage to find out how:  www.revlonrunwalk.com or contact Melissa Major, Oncology Patient Navigator, melissa.major@hcahealthcare.com.  DEADLINE to receive team t-shirts is April 20.  SIGN UP NOW!!

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Increase Your Awareness: Colon Cancer

The colon and rectum compose the last two sections of the digestive tract.  When the cells that compose the lining of these structures begin to grow and proliferate out of control, this condition is known as colorectal cancer, or simply colon cancer. 

In this video, a representative from the American Cancer Society demystifies the science of colon cancer and discusses the importance of regular screenings. Because it is the third most common cause of cancer deaths in the United States, it is vital that families discuss their risk and speak with their doctors about what they can do to prevent the disease.

If you are unaware of your risk factors or would like to know more about the screening guidelines for colon cancer, contact West Hills Hospital & Medical Center by calling (818) 676-4000 today. 

Burn Prevention and Support Programs Offered by the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills

Burn Prevention

At West Hills Hospital & Medical Center, we understand that burn injuries can be a traumatic and frightening experience. That is why our Grossman Burn Center team is dedicated not only to the expert burn treatment, but also to burn prevention. As a part of the comprehensive services offered by our burn center, our healthcare team offers burn education programs to prevent burn injuries in all ages. A few of these programs are listed below.

  • Careful, That’s Hot! is a prevention program that, in partnership with the Children’s Burn Foundation, provides parents with more information about the main issues surrounding childhood burn injuries. The program also supplies many resources for the prevention of childhood burns.
  • Burn Prevention for Seniors is a program offered in partnership with the Circle of Care Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of burn survivors and their families. This program prioritizes the safety of older adults, reaching out to seniors and care professionals to improve awareness of common burn injuries.
  • Burn Education focusing on the Professional includes a variety of first aid and life support programs aimed at the medical professional.

The Grossman Burn Center also provides the West Hills community with many burn survivor support programs, offering patients the opportunities to share their similar experiences with one another. Our Burn Survivor Support Group is an excellent meeting place for adults and children, families and loved ones to provide loving support for one another. Grossman’s School Reentry Program utilizes the Phoenix Society’s “Journey Back” format to help children who have suffered from burn injuries to comfortably return to the classroom.

In addition to its world-wide reputation as a leader in the treatment of burn injuries, the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital is a nurturing, team-centered environment focused on the complete healing of body and mind. Contact our staff at (818) 676-4000 to find out more about the services and programs we offer.

How to Recognize the Symptoms of Stroke

Stroke Care

Strokes are one of the leading causes of death in American men and women and are the number one cause of long-term adult disability. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 6.2 million Americans have suffered from a stroke, and the disease causes the deaths of approximately 150,000 men and women each year. Although a stroke occurs in the brain, it can adversely affect any part of the body and can result in mild to severe disability. Cognitive problems, numbness, emotional issues, and pain are all possible long-term disabilities associated with a stroke.

One of the most important ways to avoid the unfortunate consequences associated with a stroke is to know the symptoms and act as quickly as possible. Seeking care from a specialized emergency medical services department may help to minimize the damage and prevent disability. The warning signs of a stroke will typically occur very suddenly and be quite severe, with symptoms including:

  • Sudden, severe headache of no known cause
  • Sudden weakness or numbness of the arm, leg, or face, especially if it occurs only on one side of the body
  • Sudden difficulty seeing or blurriness of vision (can occur in one or both eyes)
  • Sudden difficulty speaking or understanding what is spoken to you
  • Sudden trouble walking, including dizziness, loss of balance, or lack of coordination

When a medical emergency strikes, consider trusting the West Hills Hospital & Medical Center Emergency Services department to care for your medical needs. Our staff of specialty physicians and emergency health care professionals is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide a high standard of medical care when our community needs it most. You can find out more about our advanced and comprehensive emergency care services by calling (818) 676-4000 today. You can also get our emergency room wait times sent directly to your mobile phone by texting ‘ER’ to 23000 and responding with your West Hills zip code.

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