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    West Hills Hospital & Medical Center provides an extensive array of prevention and treatment services for those in the West Hills region. To find out more about our healthcare options, call (818) 676-4000. We also offer our Consult-A-Nurse referral system for those wanting to learn more about their symptoms and healthcare needs. To learn more about our recent blog posts, please visit the links below:

  • Ways You Can Reduce Your Risk for Lung Cancer

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    Though countless types of cancer affect millions of Americans each year, no cancer causes more deaths than lung cancer. This disease afflicts both men and women and is preventable in many cases. To ensure your pulmonary health, the cancer care specialists of West Hills Hospital & Medical Center advise that individuals keep in mind the following suggestions for lowering their risk of lung cancer:

    Minimize Exposure to Toxic Substances
    The air you breathe directly affects the health of your lungs. That’s why it’s important to be aware of what you might be bringing into them. Consider where you work and live. Since the majority of your time is spent in these two environments, be sure to do your research before buying or renting a home or moving into a new office space. Ask the landlord about any asbestos content in the walls, and if possible, request written documentation that confirms that no toxic substances are present.

    Avoid Second-Hand Smoke
    Many people assume that if they do not smoke, they are not at risk for lung cancer. Unfortunately, cancer care research indicates that second-hand smoke is a very real concern. While many California commercial spaces no longer allow public smoking, the law cannot mandate bans in residential locations. If you have a family member who smokes, encourage him to quit as soon as possible for the sake of his health and yours.

    Cease Smoking Immediately
    The relationship between smoking and lung cancer is clear. It doesn’t matter if you smoke cigarettes, cigars, or pipes, you put yourself at an elevated risk for lung cancer whenever you engage in such activities. Even sporadic smoking can increase your chances for this disease. If you don’t know how to begin your path to a smoke-free future, ask a cancer care specialist to direct you to a cessation program.

    Are you concerned about your risk for lung cancer? If so, call West Hills Hospital & Medical Center at (818) 676-4000. Our cancer care center can help you identify possible risk factors and safeguard your future lung health. If you are suffering from lung cancer-related issues, please take advantage of our iTriage Symptom Checker for immediate medical assistance.

  • HIV Among African Americans

    HIV is a debilitating disease that can rob sufferers of a long and healthy life. This video discusses the need for HIV education and prevention within the African American community.

    African Americans represent the demographic group with the highest occurrence of HIV transmission and fatalities in the United States. In particular, African American adult women and gay men are suffering from HIV in large numbers. That’s why the medical community urges all individuals regardless of race to practice safe behaviors for the prevention of HIV. If you are sexually active, be sure to use protection during every encounter. Doctors also stress the importance of regular HIV testing for early detection and treatment.

    West Hills Hospital & Medical Center offers HIV screenings for our West Hills patients. For more information on our preventative healthcare options, call (818) 676-4000 or visit our website .

  • How Lap Band Surgery Can Help You Get Back to a Healthy Weight

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    An overabundance of fast food options and too few hours of physical fitness have left many people unable to recognize the person in the mirror. If overweight or obesity issues have left you searching for new ways to take off the pounds, lap band surgery may be the right alternative for you. Though surgical weight loss experts strongly advise individuals to maintain their weight with diet and exercise, some patients may still have difficulty bringing down their weight in this manner. In such cases, lap band surgery can provide a safe and effective alternative. Here’s why you may want to consider lap band surgery for your weight loss needs:

    Eliminating Extra Pounds
    The lap band procedure surgically reduces the size of a patient’s stomach . This allows the body to begin shedding extra weight. Though diet and exercise may influence a person’s size, sometimes an extensive measure like lap band surgery can provide more substantial weight loss results. Lap band surgery can also offer immediate intervention for those whose extra weight may be putting them at risk for other health conditions.

    Preventing Overeating
    When a person’s stomach is smaller, he or she cannot eat as much. Lap band surgery effectively limits the size of each patient’s meals. Reduced food quantity can both facilitate the weight loss process and prevent an obesity relapse. Surgical weight loss experts recommend lap band surgery because the procedure can also change a patient’s desire to eat certain foods. Because lap band recipients can eat only a restricted amount of food, they must follow an exact diet to ensure that they receive all necessary nutrients.

    Encouraging Physical Activity
    When a person is overweight or obese, he or she may have difficulty finding the energy to stick with an exercise program. After lap band surgery, however, patients typically find that they have renewed enthusiasm and stamina to maintain a physical fitness regimen, which can support their efforts to uphold a healthy weight.

    West Hills Hospital & Medical Center offers surgical weight loss services for eligible patients. To schedule a consultation for your lap band options, call our West Hills facility at (818) 676-4000. Visit our website to learn more about our upcoming events and classes.

  • Learn More About Your Health With These Resources

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    Knowledge is the first step toward creating a healthier and happier future for you and your family. These articles discuss how to protect your health with prevention and treatment.

    • A healthy heart is essential for overall wellness. The American Heart Association gives readers some tips on how to incorporate more heart-healthy fruits and vegetables into their daily diets.
    • Obesity is a problem for millions of Americans. The U.S. National Library of Medicine offers ways to decrease your risk for this life-endangering condition.
    • Some obese individuals may consider bariatric surgery to reduce their weight and obesity risks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration provides a detailed explanation of how the gastric band procedure works .
    • Heart disease is a pressing problem for both men and women. WomensHealth.gov reports on the heart health hazards that many women face.
    • Lung cancer is a largely preventable disease. USA.gov tells readers how they can lower their chances of getting lung cancer.

    West Hills Hospital & Medical Center provides an extensive array of prevention and treatment services for those in the West Hills region. Our cancer care and cardiovascular centers can help you ward off disease for a lifetime of wellness. To find out more about our healthcare options, call (818) 676-4000. We also offer our Consult-A-Nurse referral system for those wanting to learn more about their symptoms and healthcare needs.

  • How Getting Proper Exercise Can Help You Beat Prostate Cancer

    Physical activity has many health benefits , including preventing the spread of prostate cancer. This video explains the link between exercise and the occurrence of prostate cancer.

    Some men with prostate cancer decide against surgery or other forms of treatment. However, cancer care specialists have found that consistent and vigorous exercise can prevent the growth of prostate cancer in those diagnosed with the disease. Even without medical intervention, men who engage in physical activity on a regular basis are less likely to die from prostate cancer or see the disease spread further.

    Would you like to learn more about what you can do to prevent prostate cancer? Call West Hills Hospital & Medical Center at (818) 676-4000. Our cancer care facility can help West Hills residents protect themselves against this disease with prevention information and comprehensive treatment options.

  • The Components of a Heart Healthy Lifestyle

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    Though heart disease is the single-most widespread health condition among American men and women, it is completely preventable. As many cardiovascular experts can attest, maintaining heart healthy habits can significantly decrease the risk of heart disease in all people. To safeguard your cardiovascular wellness , consider these components to a healthy heart:

    Nutritious Diet
    What you put into your body largely determines how well it can function. The foods you eat not only provide fuel to sustain bodily functions, but also influence cardiovascular health. Meals with high sodium or fat content can quickly result in high blood pressure or elevated cholesterol levels. To make sure that your diet leads to a healthy heart, include a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.

    Healthy Weight
    Your diet directly affects your weight, too. If you consume more calories than you expend, you will add pounds. Extra weight forces the heart to work harder to ensure that blood flows to every part of the body. Over time, this added burden could cause the heart and arteries to weaken. In some cases, excessive weight can lead to heart attack or stroke. If you suspect that you may weigh more than is healthy for your heart, ask a cardiovascular expert how you can reduce your weight. For the clinically obese, bariatric surgery may be the best option for weight loss.

    Consistent Exercise Regimen
    To maintain a healthy weight, cardiovascular specialists recommend regular and rigorous exercise. Physical activity can help you expend those additional calories and strengthen the heart muscles. As a result, the heart will pump more easily and efficiently. Exercises like running, biking, swimming, and even walking can get you on your way to a consistent physical fitness routine.

    West Hills Hospital & Medical Center wants you to enjoy a lifetime of heart wellness. To speak with a cardiovascular expert about your heart concerns, contact our West Hills facility at (818) 676-4000. To learn more about how to maintain your cardiovascular strength, we encourage you to take advantage of our Consult-A-Nurse referral system.

  • Colorectal Cancer Screening: Who Is It for?

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    Colorectal cancer is a disease that can affect both men and women. Like most cancers, this condition develops when cells in the colon tract grow abnormally and form tumors. Cancer care specialists are still researching the causes of colorectal cancer, and have found links between the disease and certain demographics. If you fall into one or more of the following groups, be sure to consult a cancer care facility for further help.

    Older Individuals
    Studies have shown that the highest occurrence of colorectal cancer is among those who are 50 years old and above. No matter a person’s current state of health, all individuals who are 50 or older should undergo a fecal occult blood test a minimum of every five years. Cancer care specialists also recommend that older patients receive a double-contrast barium enema twice each decade past 50 and a colonoscopy every 10 years.

    Gastrointestinal Inflammation Sufferers
    Doctors have also determined a relationship between gastrointestinal inflammation and colorectal cancer. Though you may never suffer the onset of colorectal cancer, you are at a higher risk for the disease if you have either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. For this reason, cancer care experts advise individuals with either condition to see a colorectal cancer specialist for the appropriate screenings as soon as possible.

    Genetically Predisposed Persons
    Many cancers run in families, and colorectal cancer is no exception. If you have an immediate family member who suffers from this disease, your chances of contracting it are higher than normal. Be sure to discuss family history with your loved ones to determine if you are at risk for colorectal cancer—if so, see a cancer care professional for consultation and screening.

    The earlier you catch colorectal cancer, the better chance you have of surviving it. The colorectal cancer care facilities at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center offer comprehensive screening services for patients. If you live in the greater West Hills area and would like to set up a screening appointment , call (818) 676-4000.

  • Don’t Miss the Next Free Seminar in West Hills Hospital’s Seminar Series on March 16th!

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    On Saturday, March 16th, West Hills Hospital will be hosting the next free seminar in the West Hills Hospital Seminar Series: Spotlight on Erectile Dysfunction & Male and Female Incontinence.  To find out more information, check out the flyer above, or call us at (818) 676-4000.