• Breast Cancer: Beyond the Shock

    Breast Cancer - Beyond the Shock!

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Please join our Board Certified Oncologist, Omid Shaye, MD for a FREE seminar to learn more about Breast Cancer.

    Each year nearly 200,000 women and 1,800 men are diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Don’t let yourself be a victim of misinformation and the myths generated by fear.

    Breast Cancer: Beyond the Shock is part of the West Hills Hospital and Medical Center Seminar Series.

    Refreshments will be served, so more information or to RSVP, please call us at 818.676.4256. It will be located at the West Hills Hospital and Medical Center’s Cafeteria.

    West Hills Hospital and Medical Center
    7300 Medical Center Drive
    West Hills, CA 91307

  • Maintain Your and Your Family’s Health With These Helpful Resources

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    Here at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center, we have committed ourselves to providing our patients with access to advanced medical treatments, minimally-invasive surgical procedures, and reliable informational resources.

    West Hills Hospital & Medical Center is an accredited Chest Pain Center and Primary Stroke Care Center located in West Hills, CA. We have also been recognized by various other accrediting healthcare organizations, including the California Medical Association, the College of American Pathology, the JCAHO, and more. For more information about our facilities, call (818) 676-4000 today.

    Learn more about bariatric procedures, arthritis pain management, and more with these links below:

    • Obesity is about more than cosmetics or body image. Consider the various health risks of obesity with this guide from the National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute.
    • For more insight into the effects of bariatric surgery on diabetes , browse through this article from the ADA.
    • Get an overview of the different types of bariatric procedures and their respective risks/benefits from the Weight-Control Information Network.
    • Arthritis can significantly affect a person’s lifestyle and limit physical movement, but there are ways to cope with joint discomfort and stay active. This page from the Arthritis Foundation provides a list of resources for exercising with arthritis .
    • Get more information about different types of arthritis and possible treatment options with this comprehensive guide from the NIAMS website.
    • This page from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons covers some of the potential drug treatments for arthritis in the knees.
    • Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer killer in the U.S., and it does not show any noticeable symptoms in the stages of early development. Take a look at a few of the risk factors for colorectal cancer from the American Cancer Society to determine if you may be in need of an early screening.
    • Learn more facts about colorectal cancer with this overview from the American College of Gastroenterology.
    • The Safe Kids Worldwide foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the rate of unintentional childhood injuries. Browse through this research report to learn more about seasonal trends in childhood injuries and about how you can keep your children safe.
    • Though teenagers may not be as vulnerable as younger children, they are still at a significant risk for injury, particularly when they start driving. Read through this news release from the IIHS for some surprising statistics about teenage driver crash rates .

  • Mini Strokes (TIAs): Don’t Ignore Symptoms, Act FAST

    A transient ischemic attack (TIA), also known as a “mini-stroke,” is a serious warning sign of an increased risk for an actual stroke.  This video explains how to recognize and react to TIA/stroke symptoms.

    TIAs exhibit the same effects as a stroke, including sudden numbness, loss of vision, and trouble speaking.  While the effects of TIAs are temporary, the National Stroke Association estimates that approximately 40 percent of TIA victims will go on to suffer a full stroke.

    When it comes to stroke care, time saved equals brain cells saved, and our specialists here at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center have the resources and experience to provide you with accurate and timely emergency healthcare.  Call (818) 676-4000 today to schedule an appointment with a stroke care specialist if you exhibit the symptoms described in the video.

  • 2012 West Hills Hospital Health and Safety Fair

    2012 health and safety

    Co-Sponsored by Regal Medical Group and Lakeside Community Healthcare

    We are proud to announce the first annual West Hills Health Fair to host a fun-filled day of health and wellness, including a variety of health screenings, health and safety education as well as flu shots and more!

    West Hills Hospital and Medical Center – 7300 Medical Center Drive, West Hills, CA 91307

    Saturday, October 13, 2012
    10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    West Hills Hospital & Medical Center

    This year’s health and safety fair will offer lots of health and wellness information, free health screenings, prizes and giveaways and more!

    Bring the whole family. There’s something for everyone.

    Come join us for a fun and healthy day, which will include complimentary health and wellness activities such as:

                    – Flu shots
                    – Carotid artery screening
                    – Bone density screening
                    – Blood glucose
                    – DermaScan
                    – Skin Check
                    – Lung function
                    – PVD screening
                    – Body Fat
                    – Chiropractic consultation
                    – Breast cancer seminar
                    – Meet and greet consultations with local physicians

    Other activities will include: 

    • On site music and giveaways provided by KWVE

    • Emergency Preparedness Classes

    • An appearance by the Los Angeles Fire Department

    • Face painting and balloon artist

    • Prize Drawings

    • Snacks

    Be sure to bring out the whole family to this year’s fair!  For more information, be sure to check out the West Hills Hospital and Medical Center website!

  • Preparing for Bariatric Surgery

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    For the estimated 93 million Americans struggling with obesity and extreme obesity, conventional methods of weight loss are often inadequate for addressing their immediate health risks.  Newer technology and minimally-invasive surgical techniques continue to reduce the risks of bariatric procedures, providing individuals with extreme weight problems and/or metabolic conditions with more treatment options.  Our medical team here at the West Hills Hospital Center for Bariatric Surgery is here to ensure that our patients have access to the resources to make sound medical decisions, which is why we’ve provided this general guide to preparing for bariatric surgery:

    Initial Consultation

    Bariatric surgery is generally reserved for individuals with a BMI greater than 40.0 (approximately 100 lbs. or more overweight), or a BMI greater than 30.0 with at least one obesity-related illness such as diabetes, sleep apnea, or hypertension.  The screening process includes a comprehensive physical and mental exam to ensure that prospective patients are adequately healthy to undergo a bariatric procedure.  A doctor will then perform an in-depth consultation covering the different types of weight-loss surgeries and their respective risks.

    Medications

    It is essential to inform your doctor of any medications and dietary supplements you are taking prior to surgery.  Even over-the-counter medications can affect surgery; for instance, regular aspirin can thin the blood and cause excessive bleeding during the procedure.  Additionally, a doctor may also prescribe certain medications prior to surgery in order to minimize the risk of complications.

    Pre-Operative Diet

    Depending on the type of bariatric procedure and your medical history, your healthcare provider will create a specialized pre-operative diet in order to prepare your gastrointestinal system for surgery.  Generally, this diet will consist primarily of clear liquids and possibly liquid protein supplements.  Because bariatric procedures permanently alter your digestive system, you may also be required to adhere to a strict post-operative diet as well.

    If you’d like to know more about the eligibility requirements of weight-loss surgery, then schedule a professional consultation here at the West Hills Hospital Center for Bariatric Surgery.  Our medical professionals are specially trained in minimally-invasive techniques, resulting in reduced surgical risk and quicker recovery.  Call (818) 676-4000 today to learn more.

  • Heart Attack Warning Symptoms

    Most people are familiar with the telltale signs of a heart attack, such as sudden chest pain and constriction, but heart attack symptoms can manifest themselves in several other ways too.  This informational video from the NHBLI covers some of the causes and lesser-known symptoms of heart attacks.

    A heart attack can induce nausea and vertigo and may be preceded by upper body pain in the chest, arms, back, or jaw.  Even if you’ve suffered a heart attack before, the symptoms may not be the same for another.

    Here at the West Hills Hospital Accredited Chest Pain Center, our cardiovascular specialists can help you determine your risk and treatment options for cardiovascular disease.  Learn more about heart attack symptoms with our free iTriage Symptom Checker app for android and iPhone devices, and call (818) 676-4000 today to schedule a medical exam

  • Common Childhood Emergencies

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    Any parent knows that active children are likely to encounter a few accidents during adolescence, but did you know that unintentional injury is the leading cause of death and disability in children between the ages of one and 14 nationwide?  We here at West Hills Hospital Emergency Care Services recognize that it’s impossible to protect your child from accidents at all times, but you can still anticipate and prevent some of the most common causes of childhood accidents.  Listed below are some childhood safety statistics:

    Auto Collisions & Pedestrian Accidents

    Studies from the IIHS show that the overall crash rate for teenagers between 16 to 19 years old is four times higher than it is for older drivers.  Younger children are also prone to passenger injuries within the vehicle, as well as pedestrian injuries outside of the vehicle (particularly in non-traffic areas such as driveways and parking lots).  Reduce the likelihood of auto-related injuries through proper driver education, appropriate safety restraints, and supervision in traffic-prone areas.

    Suffocation & Drowning

    According to a report from the Safe Kids Worldwide nonprofit organization, suffocation and choking incidents are the second-leading cause of death in children.  A chilling estimate in the same report states that nine out of 10 fatal events occur due to a simple lapse in supervision.  Prevent your child from playing unattended around water, even if your child knows how to swim; older children can still become stuck in pool filtration equipment underwater.

    Seasonal Trends

    Studies show that the summer months from May to August consistently pose the highest rate of unintentional childhood injuries.  During this period, the incidence of drowning increases by 89 percent, bike-related injuries by 45 percent, falls by 21 percent, and motor vehicle occupant injuries by 20 percent.

    If and when your child is in need of emergency care, our team here at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center is prepared to provide timely, high-quality medical services for your entire family.  Call (818) 676- 4321 or visit us online to see our live ER wait times.

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