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.

Pregnancy Health Tips - Eating Well During Pregnancy

It is important to maintain a balanced diet both before and during your pregnancy to ensure the health of your growing baby.

In this video, NHSChoices.com provides several healthy eating tips to follow during the course of your pregnancy. One of the most important things you’ll want to obtain, even before you become pregnant, if possible, is folic acid. Folic acid helps to prevent neural tube defects such as spina bifida. You can get your recommended dose of folic acid by taking oral supplements or consuming plenty of whole grains, fruit juice, spinach, and other leafy greens. Learn more about which foods to eat, as well as which food to avoid, in this full clip.

West Hills Hospital & Medical Center is one of the region’s best maternity hospitals. Let our family take care of your family by calling (818) 676-4000 for more information.

Halloween Safety Tips from West Hills Hospital & Medical Center

West Hills Hospital & Medical Center would like to wish you and your family a safe and happy Halloween!

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The Importance of Physical Therapy after Total-Joint Replacement Surgery

Physical Therapy

Knee replacement surgery is one of the most common total-joint replacement surgeries done today. In fact, studies by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons show that approximately 581,000 knee replacements are performed each year in the United States. Physical therapy is a crucial part of the recovery process, and most patients use a continuous passive motion machine immediately after surgery. The machine is designed to slowly move the knee to restore function, decrease swelling, and improve circulation.

Physical therapy provides evaluation and treatment services to help restore function for individuals following a joint replacement procedure or those patients suffering from impairments that limit their mobility. These rehabilitation treatments are designed to improve one’s balance, strength, endurance, cognition, and overall safety.

Here at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center, our Center for Fitness and Rehabilitation provides physical therapy and rehabilitation services to help patients increase their mobility, restore movement, and strengthen their joints following a total knee replacement. We also provide functional assessments, functional training, discharge planning, guided home physical therapy programs, and educational services to help patients and their families understand the steps necessary to recondition one’s joints following a replacement procedure.

Without proper rehabilitation or physical therapy, patients who have undergone a total knee replacement are at risk for re-injury, decreased range of motion, joint stiffness, and lack of mobility. It is not uncommon for an individual to suffer from minor muscle atrophy following a joint replacement procedure. Fortunately, physical therapy programs can help rebuild weakened muscles in order to support the knee joint and provide stability to other crucial tissues.

Whether you are interested in inpatient rehabilitation or outpatient physical therapy services, West Hills Hospital & Medical Center is here to help. For more information, visit our website or contact us at (818) 676-4000.

Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Awareness

The National Cancer Institute estimates that there will be close to 230,480 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in 2011 alone. The month of October celebrates National Breast Cancer Awareness month, so there’s no better time to consider the ways you can reduce your risk of breast cancer.

Limit Estrogen Exposure
One of the first ways to reduce your risk of breast cancer is to limit your exposure to estrogen whenever possible. This is especially true for older women who are taking hormone replacement medications after menopause.

Maintain a Healthy Weight
Women who are overweight have a greater chance of developing breast cancer than those who maintain a healthy weight, especially after menopause. Most of the estrogen in a woman’s body comes from their fat tissue following menopause, which means that the more body fat a woman has, the higher her chances of developing breast cancer. In addition to following a healthy diet, exercise has been shown to modulate high levels of estrogen and enhance the immune system to reduce the risk of breast cancer.

Lifestyle Habits to Avoid
It is crucial to avoid smoking and limit your alcohol consumption to lower your risk for breast cancer. Studies show that women who consume 2-4 alcoholic drinks per day have a 40% higher risk of developing the disease than women who do not drink.

Undergo Screenings
One of the best ways to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer is to undergo routine screenings with your cancer care facility. Clinical breast exams and mammograms can help diagnose the signs of breast cancer during the early stages, making it easier to obtain effective treatments and destroy the cancer cells before they metastasize.

The Women’s Diagnostic Center at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center is fully accredited by the American College of Radiology and specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. For more information on our cancer care services, visit our website or contact us at (818) 676-4000.

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