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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.

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.

Cardiac Rehabilitation following a Heart Attack

Heart Health

Experiencing a heart attack can be the most frightening event in a person’s life. Lowering the risk of future cardiac problems and receiving guidance in life choices can go a long way in giving a heart attack survivor peace of mind. Cardiac rehabilitation, commonly called cardiac rehab, is a professionally supervised program dedicated to exactly that; aid in the healthy recovery of these cardiac patients through education and increased cardiovascular function.

It is a medically supervised inpatient and outpatient program designed to help each patient make the necessary changes to improve their cardiac and overall health through:

  • Increasing exercise tolerance, and therefore, also increasing overall cardiovascular function
  • Decreasing the anxiety associated with heart disease to enhance self-confidence
  • Educating each patient to make the lifestyle changes necessary to control the factors increasing their risk for heart disease, which include high cholesterol, obesity, stress, smoking, and a sedentary lifestyle
  • Helping each patient to regain the confidence they need to perform their everyday tasks.
  • Having each patient evaluated by all relevant disciplines
  • Designing a specific program of exercise, activities, stress management, and group activities for each individual patient
  • Providing each patient with the community resources available to them, such as support groups, exercise groups, and American Heart Association activities
  • Following up with the patient to ensure a successful outcome

Cardiac rehab is divided into three phases. Phase I is the acute hospital phase in which the patient is educated by a team from multiple disciplines and is closely monitored by licensed staff. Phase II is an outpatient monitored exercise program that is supervised by ACLS-trained staff. Phase III is supervised but unmonitored and serves as a gym and support group for recovered cardiac patients.

At West Hills Hospital & Medical Center, we offer a cardiac rehabilitation program to those who suffer from heart attack and other cardiovascular issues. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of this program, contact our staff at (818) 676-4000 or visit our website.

Sleeping with Arthritis

Arthritis is a joint disorder in which a person experiences pain and inflammation in one or more of their joints, or the places where two bones articulate. The symptoms are usually due to the breakdown of the cartilage that protects the joint and allows it to move smoothly. Without this protective barrier, the joints grind together, resulting in pain and stiffness.

In this video, you can learn some helpful tips for living with arthritis. The hosts specifically deal with how to be comfortable and sleep at night despite the pain associated with this condition.

If you are suffering from pain and inflammation resulting from arthritis, consider visiting West Hills Hospital & Medical Center. We are proud to be our community’s resource for better health, including our Arthritis Program.  Contact our staff at (818) 676-4000 today.

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