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Common Reasons for Patients to Require Emergency Services

Emergency Room

When you are feeling miserable because of illness or injury and have a pressing need for medical attention, you may decide that a visit to the emergency room is the best option. You are not alone—read on to learn the most common reasons that patients visit a hospital’s emergency care center for immediate medical assistance:

  • Heart attack symptoms
    Individuals experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, or myocardial infarction, require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of a heart attack include chest pain, upper body discomfort, nausea, cold sweat, and shortness of breath. If treatment is not started quickly (within 1 hour of the onset of symptoms), there may be irreversible damage to the heart muscle.

  • Stroke symptoms
    Stroke is a serious event that can lead to permanent brain damage and death. The symptoms of stroke include numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, sudden vision changes, trouble speaking or understanding, problems with walking, and a sudden, severe headache that can be called ‘the worst headache of your life’. 

  • Abdominal discomfort
    Stomach pain is a common reason that patients will visit the emergency room. With or without vomiting, intense stomach pain can be indicative of a serious medical issue, such as appendicitis, gallstones, poisoning, or other conditions.

  • Fever
    Families with young children will often visit the emergency room if their child develops a fever. Small children and older adults tend to have weaker immune systems and have more difficulty fighting infection.

  • Head pain
    Patients with frequent migraine headaches may not be able to get their pain under control without the intervention of a physician. As mentioned before, a severe headache may also be a sign of stroke.

West Hills Hospital & Medical Center prides itself on short emergency room wait times, access to the latest technology, and comprehensive services. Learn more about our emergency care and accredited Chest Pain Center by contacting our staff at (818) 676-4000.

Camera on Cancer Research: Eradicating Multiple Myeloma

Multiple myeloma is cancer of the plasma cells found in the bone marrow. These plasma cells, when healthy, help your body to fight off infection by producing antibodies. When affected by cancer, these cells proliferate out of control and develop into tumors in areas of solid bone.

In this video, the host provides an overview of the research being conducted on two pre-myeloma conditions. He shows the viewer how his studies of patients with these precursor conditions will try to find treatments to intervene before the disease progresses into the life-threatening disease.

If you or a loved one is seeking treatment for multiple myeloma or any other cancer condition, let the Cancer Care Center at West Hills Hospital help you. Our experienced and compassionate team of physicians is dedicated to the effective treatment of this disease. To learn more about our services, contact us at (818) 676-4000.

5 Common Sources of Burns

Burn Prevention

A burn is damage to the skin, and depending on the severity of the injury, possibly the underlying tissues. Burn injuries are categorized according to the depth and extent to which they cause damage. Burns can be caused by heat, flame, chemicals, sunlight, electricity, and even radiation. Read on to learn some of the most common ways that people get burned.

  • Clothing irons and curling irons
    Both of these irons are commonly left on low surfaces to cool (or heat up) and can therefore be very tempting for a young child to grab. Never leave irons or their cords in a place where a child could access them, as accidents with these items can cause serious burns.
  • Cigarettes
    The hottest portion of a cigarette can heat up to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Although the injury is small, it can still cause damage and scarring to the skin.
  • Fireworks
    New Year’s Day and the Fourth of July are big days for fireworks. It is very common for burns of the first and second degree to result from the improper use of these festive lights.
  • Barbeque grills
    Barbeques can pose a major burn risk to both adults and children. Even when the open flame is not hot enough to cook on, it can still burn.
  • Fireplaces
    One should always be careful while lighting, maintaining, or putting out a gas or wood fire. The glass and metal doors that guard a fireplace can also get very hot and cause a burn long after the fire has been extinguished.

Suffering a burn injury can be a very frightening event. Trust the skilled medical staff of the world-renowned Grossman Burn Center to provide the highest quality care possible. Our comprehensive burn treatment ranges from acute care and reconstruction to rehabilitation and psychological counseling. You can learn more about our burn centers by contacting West Hills Hospital & Medical Center at (818) 676-4000.

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