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Heart Attack Symptoms - Know the Warning Signs

Heart Attack

Studies show that 1.5 million heart attacks occur each year. In fact, heart disease and heart attacks are among the leading causes of death for individuals in the United States. The best way to protect yourself is to understand the signs and symptoms of a heart attack.

Causes of Heart Attacks
Heart attacks are caused when the flow of oxygenated blood to the heart becomes blocked. These blockages are most often the result of coronary artery disease in which a waxy plaque substance builds up within the walls of the coronary arteries. In some cases, a heart attack may be caused by a spasm or tightening of the coronary artery often associated with heart failure and arrhythmia.

Signs and Symptoms
It is important to remember that the signs of a heart attack may differ between men and women.

  • Symptoms in men:
    Chest pain or discomfort such as a feeling of fullness, squeezing, or uncomfortable pressure in the chest. This may last for only a few minutes or may come and go periodically. Additional symptoms include pain or discomfort in other areas, including the arms, jaw, neck, back, and stomach. Men may also experience abdominal discomfort much like that of indigestion, as well as shortness of breath, nausea, lightheadedness, and sweating.

  • Symptoms in women:
    Pressure or a squeezing pain in the center of their chest that may radiate to the neck, jaw, or shoulders. They may also experience lightheadedness, nausea, shortness of breath, sweating, and fainting. However, 71% of women experiencing a heart attack report flu-like symptoms for two weeks to a month prior to any chest discomfort or shortness of breath. In fact, approximately one-third of all women do not experience any chest pain when having a heart attack.

Here at the West Hills Hospital & Medical Center, we provide a full array of cardiac services and treatments options for your needs and are an Accredited Chest Pain Center. Visit our website or contact us today at (818) 676-4000 for more information.

 

Disclaimer:
The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing medical advice. You should contact your doctor to obtain advice with respect to any particular medical issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create a doctor-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the medical office or any individual doctor or physician.


What is Chemotherapy? What Can You or Your Loved One Expect?

Cancer Survivor

Millions of individuals are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States. Learn more about chemotherapy and what to expect if you or someone you love has recently been diagnosed with cancer.

What is Chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy refers to the use of medications to treat a specific cancer; unlike radiation therapy or surgery which is designed to remove, kill, or damage cancer cells in a localized area, chemotherapy treats cancers in all areas of the body. This means that chemotherapy can be used to kill cancer cells that are in a single location or those that have metastasized to other areas. Chemotherapy may also be used to slow the cancer’s growth, keep the cancer from progressing, and to relieve cancer-related symptoms.

What to Expect
Most chemotherapy medications are administered using a catheter inserted into a vein in the hand or forearm. This intravenous treatment can be administered using a brief IV push, an IV infusion lasting 30 minutes to a few hours, or continuous infusion that can last anywhere from one to seven days. Other patients may receive chemotherapy orally with a pill, capsule, or liquid, while others may undergo intrathecal chemotherapy in which the medication is put directly into the spinal canal. Additional chemotherapy procedure options include intra-arterial, intracavity, intramuscular, intralesional, and topical treatments.

Possible Side Effects
The side effects of chemotherapy will vary based on the type of treatment; however, the most common side effects include anemia, fatigue, hair loss, increased chance of bruising, bleeding and infection, nausea, and vomiting. Patients will want to contact their doctor or oncologist if they experience:

  • A fever of 100.5 degrees or higher
  • Allergic reaction
  • Chills
  • Intense headaches
  • Shortness of breath
  • Bloody stool or urine
  • Long-lasting vomiting or diarrhea

The best way to determine if chemotherapy is the right option for you is to contact your Cancer Care Center. Let our highly trained staff members with West Hills Hospital & Medical Center help you determine the best cancer treatment for your needs. (818) 676-4000

Disclaimer:
The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing medical advice. You should contact your doctor to obtain advice with respect to any particular medical issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create a doctor-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the medical office or any individual doctor or physician.


Ovarian Cancer Overview | West Hills Hospital & Medical Center

According to the National Cancer Institute, there were an estimated 21,990 new cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed in 2011 alone. Consider this overview to learn more about ovarian cancer, including causes and risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options.

Female REPRODUCTIVE system

What is Ovarian Cancer?
Ovarian cancer forms within the tissues of the ovaries, which are the female reproductive glands in which the eggs are formed. Most types of ovarian cancers are classified as ovarian epithelial carcinomas, or those that begin within the cells on the surface of the ovary, or malignant germ cell tumors that begin within the egg cells.

Causes and Risk Factors
While the direct cause of ovarian cancer is unknown, studies show that certain factors may put some woman at greater risk than others. Some of the most common risk factors for ovarian cancer include:

  • Family history of ovarian cancer
  • Inherited gene mutations
  • Previous cancer diagnosis, such as cancer of the breast, rectum, uterus, or colon
  • Increasing age
  • Hormone replacement therapy used for menopause

Symptoms
The symptoms of ovarian cancer may differ depending on the type; however, the most common symptoms of ovarian cancer include:

  • Pelvic discomfort
  • Abdominal pressure, swelling, or bloating
  • Changes in bowel or bladder habits
  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased abdominal girth
  • Lack of energy
  • Low back pain
  • …and more

Diagnosis
Ovarian cancer can be diagnosed in several ways, including a pelvic examination, ultrasound, CA 125 blood test, or surgical biopsy to analyze tissue samples from the ovaries.

Treatment Options
Women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer may be treated with chemotherapy or surgical removal of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, omentum, and lymph nodes.

The best way to prevent the development of ovarian cancer is to undergo routine screenings with your cancer care hospital. Whether you’re interested in a screening, diagnostic imaging, or an overview of your treatment options, the West Hills Hospital & Medical Center is here to help. Our cancer care team and oncology specialists provide a centralized cancer treatment program to meet the needs of each individual patient. Contact us to find a doctor specializing in cancer care, an oncologist, or talk to a nurse about cancer and symptoms, call our 24-hr, toll free Consult-A-Nurse® service at (818) 676-4000.

* Disclaimer :
The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing medical advice. You should contact your doctor to obtain advice with respect to any particular medical issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create a doctor-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the medical office or any individual doctor or physician.


Derek Thomas - A True Hero

Derek Thomas, voted class heartthrob of 2010, was looking forward to playing football for Occidental College when his life changed drastically.

In this video, we take a closer look at Derek Thomas’ amazing struggle after suffering from a car accident on his way home from a track trip. With burns to 85% of his body, Derek was only given a 1% chance of survival after the accident. However, after 33 skin grafts and hyperbaric oxygen treatments, Derek is now walking after only 11 months following the incident. Learn more about his journey in this full clip.

The Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center is honored to have had the chance to meet Derek and work with him throughout his journey to recovery. Grossman Burn Center uses only the most advanced technological tools to treat our patients. Learn more about our services by calling (818) 676-4000 or contact us online today.


Derek Thomas - A True Hero

Derek Thomas, voted class heartthrob of 2010, was looking forward to playing football for Occidental College when his life changed drastically.

In this video, we take a closer look at Derek Thomas’ amazing struggle after suffering from a car accident on his way home from a track trip. With burns to 85% of his body, Derek was only given a 1% chance of survival after the accident. However, after 33 skin grafts and hyperbaric oxygen treatments, Derek is now walking after only 11 months following the incident. Learn more about his journey in this full clip.

The Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center is honored to have had the chance to meet Derek and work with him throughout his journey to recovery. Grossman Burn Center uses only the most advanced technological tools to treat our patients. Learn more about our services by calling (818) 676-4000 or contact us online today.


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