• 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.

  • West Hills Hospital & Medical Center is Now a Los Angeles County Approved Stroke Center!

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  • 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.

  • Eye Health and Protection

    Studies show that approximately 90% of all eye injuries can be prevented with proper eye protection.

    In this video , GetEyeSmart.com provides an overview on how to protect the health of your eyes on behalf of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. It is important for all households to have protective eyewear on hand for use during everyday activities and at-home projects. Learn how to save your sight in this full clip.

    When it comes to your sight, every second counts. Let our compassionate caregivers, nurses, and physicians with West Hills Hospital & Medical Center provide you with the emergency care you need and the quality you deserve. Contact us at (818) 676-4000. You can also visit our website for a full listing of services and additional information.

  • Do You Want to Learn More About Our Recent Blog Topics? Dig Deeper With These Helpful Resources!

    Do you know the signs of a heart attack? What should you know about ovarian cancer? If you’re interested in more information on the heart attack warning signs, ovarian cancer, chemotherapy treatments, or why you may require the services of a neurologist, then check out some of these great resources.

    For more information about West Hills Hospital & Medical Center and our services, visit our website or give us a call at (818) 676-4000

  • Weight Loss Procedure Seminar

    The Center for Bariatric Surgery presents an informational seminar on weight loss procedures on October 11, 2011 at 5:45 p.m. at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center, a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.  To register, please email WHHO.Bariatrics@hcahealthcare.com or call 818/676-4141.  Please provide contact information.  See you there!

  • What is Neurology?

    Neurology

    Neurology refers to the study, diagnosis, and treatment of conditions and disorders of the nervous system, including the:

    • Brain
    • Spinal cord
    • Cranial nerves that connect to the face, eyes, nose, throat, and ears
    • Muscles of the body
    • Autonomic nerves that innervate sweat glands and blood vessels
    • Peripheral nerves of legs and arms

    Why Might You Need a Neurologist?
    Some of the most common neurological disorders  include multiple sclerosis, stroke, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and a number of spinal and brain injuries. According to the World Health Organization, neurological disorders such as migraines, epilepsy, dementia, and several of the aforementioned conditions affect up to 1 billion people globally. This number is only expected to rise as the years go on, increasing the need for neurological examinations.

    Here at the West Hills Hospital & Medical Center, our neurologists and neurosurgeon specialists are devoted to helping both young and senior citizens combat neurological disorders, including degenerative processes of the spinal cord and central brain, as well as the peripheral nervous system. This includes but is not limited to degenerative diseases of the lumbar and cervical spine, normal pressure hydrocephalus, failed spinal surgery, traumatic spine injuries, and pathologic spine disorders. Our neurosurgeons also provide image-guided surgical treatments for cancers of the brain and spine.

    If you’re searching for the best neurology services in the West Hills area, then look no further than the West Hills Hospital & Medical Center . For more information or to set up a consultation, visit our website or call (818) 676-4000.

     

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