• Knowing When to Go to the ER for Chest Pain

    Chest pain can often be a cause of concern, but it may not always demand emergency care . Some serious symptoms often associated with chest pain require swift medical attention, as they typically indicate the presence of a heart attack. West Hills Hospital stresses the importance of knowing common heart attacks signs. If you experience any of the following conditions while suffering from chest pain, seek emergency care as soon as possible.

    Businessman Suffering From Heart Attack.

    You Feel Sick to Your Stomach
    A heart attack may bring on more than pain; it can also cause you to feel nauseated. In some cases, sufferers even vomit. Without chest pain, this symptom may be indicative of the flu or food poisoning. If you are already having chest pain, however, nausea  can point to a heart attack . Should you suddenly feel sick to your stomach, or if you experience bouts of vomiting, call 911 or have someone take you to the ER.

    You Can Sense Pain Beyond Your Chest
    Many people believe that heart attacks produce pain only in the chest. On the contrary, this condition can lead to extreme discomfort in other regions of the body, too. Women in particular are susceptible to pain symptoms that present in areas other than the chest. If you experience intense discomfort in your shoulders, arms, or face—with or without chest pain—contact 911 or your nearest emergency care facility for help.

    Your Chest Pain Presents in an Abrupt Manner
    Chest pain can develop in a variety of ways. Some people may experience chest pain over the course of a few days or weeks if they have heartburn or pneumonia. Other conditions can also lead to the occurrence of chest pain. If your pain comes on suddenly, though, it may require emergency care.

    West Hills Hospital can provide the quick and comprehensive care you need if you suffer a heart attack including not one, but two cardiac CATH LABs which matters a great deal when seconds count. To learn more about the range of treatment services we offer for heart attack patients, call (818) 676-4000 to speak with our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. You can also visit our website to view our current  ER wait times

  • What to Do When You Are Having a Heart Attack

    When a heart attack occurs, immediate medical care can mean the difference between life and death. Still, too many people either ignore their heart attack symptoms or are unaware of them. Knowing what might happen when you have a heart attack could save your life. Heart attacks can come with one or more symptoms. Sudden difficulties in breathing can signal a heart attack. Feeling queasy or excessively tired may also indicate the presence of a heart attack. Of all the symptoms, chest pain is likely the most recognizable and common. Upon noticing these symptoms, call 911 as soon as possible. As you wait for the paramedics to arrive, stay warm and comfortable. Refrain from doing any activities, as they can place additional strain on your heart.

    Heart attack: Man with sudden chest pain

    Do not ever wait for heart attack symptoms to subside. If you would like to learn more about what to do in the event of a heart attack, call West Hills Hospital at (818) 676-4000. Our West Hills facility offers comprehensive  cardiovascular services  for individuals with heart problems. 

  • What Is a Healthy Body Weight for Your Heart?

    Your heart performs the continuous function of pumping blood throughout your body for the entirety of your life. When you gain weight, your heart must work harder to pump blood, which is why monitoring your weight is essential for heart health. No one weight is ideal for everyone. A man who measures six feet tall can weigh much more than a woman who falls below five feet tall, and both can still be at a healthy weight. Instead of focusing on the number on the scale, you should consider your body mass index. Your BMI takes into account your height and weight. Any person with a BMI of 30 or above is considered obese. If your BMI reaches this marker, you may want to take steps to lower your weight for the sake of your heart.

    White Scale and Stethoscope

    Are you finding it difficult to control your obesity issues? West Hills Hospital provides  surgical weight loss  services for patients with life-threatening obesity concerns. Call (818) 676-4141 to speak with the program coordinator, or call (818) 676-4000 to schedule a consultation with a weight loss specialist West Hills Hospital. 

  • Habits You Should Give Up for Your Heart

    Of the many factors that can contribute to heart disease, few of them are beyond your control. Your lifestyle habits can significantly impact the health of your heart. West Hills Hospital offers several wellness programs and classes to help you protect your heart from the dangers of heart disease. By giving up these damaging habits, you can enjoy optimal heart health for many years.

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    Using Tobacco Products
    Any product that contains tobacco has the potential to deteriorate your health. Smoking cigarettes, puffing on a pipe, or chewing tobacco can raise your risk of suffering from a wide range of health problems, including heart disease. Tobacco usage can  cause great harm to your arteries  by making them less elastic. It can also make arterial passageways smaller. Both side effects may increase your chances for a future stroke or heart attack. Quit your tobacco habit now to avoid future heart complications.

    Eating a High-Calorie Diet
    Obesity has become a significant problem in the United States. Its effect on heart disease is one reason why more people in this country die of heart disease than any other condition. The ubiquitous nature of fast food restaurants, convenience stores, and prepackaged foods continues to fuel both of these problems. The snacks and meals that can be cooked and eaten quickly often contain dangerously high amounts of salt, fat, and calories. If you often partake in these types of meals, find ways to incorporate healthier options into your diet. By lowering your calorie count and weight, you can help your heart function more efficiently.

    Engaging in Sedentary Pastimes
    Like any other muscle, your heart requires a regular workout. Exercise benefits the heart in many ways. It helps the heart pump blood with less strain, minimizes weight issues that might put stress on the heart, and lowers the amount of unhealthy cholesterol in the blood stream. If you sit at a desk all day or relax on your couch all night, find an activity that you enjoy and make a habit of doing it on a consistent basis to increase your heart health.

    Periodic physicals can also aid in your heart wellness. If you are due for an examination, call (818) 676-4000 to  spea k with a Registered Nurse at West Hills Hospital. Our facility offers a diverse array of healthcare services for residents of West Hills. Ask about our Speaker’s Bureau to learn how you can bring a heart healthy talk to your place of employment.

  • The Basics of Hands-Only CPR

    If confronted with an emergency situation, would you know how to administer life-saving measures? This video illustrates how to give hands-only CPR.

    Traditional CPR entails the use of both your breath and hands. However, you can engage in hands-only CPR instead to help someone who is unconscious and not breathing. As soon as you realize that a person is in need of medical help, call 911. Then, you can begin hands-only CPR. Place both hands, one on top of the other, on the middle of the chest. Proceed to push down with a rapid yet consistent pumping action. Continue this action until emergency care arrives.

    In the event of an emergency, West Hills Hospital is close to all of the major freeway arteries and is a top center in LA County for heart attack treatment response time. Call (818) 676-4000 to speak with a representative at our West Hills facility about our  emergency care  services.

  • How to Prevent Heart Disease at Any Age

    Heart disease does not discriminate by age. As this video demonstrates, women of all ages can suffer from this life-threatening disease.

    To lower the danger of heart disease, it’s important to monitor risk factors and engage in healthy lifestyle habits. Having your blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels checked can alert your physician to early and controllable risk factors. Maintaining a healthy body mass index can also lower your chances of heart disease at a young age. For a healthy BMI, take the necessary steps to eat nutritious foods and engage in physical activity.

    West Hills Hospital offers several wellness classes for residents of West Hills and neighboring communities including our comprehensive six-week training program offering you a personalized exercise plan and the tools to implement it. Call (818) 676-4000 and ask about Med-Fit.

  • Exploring the Unlikely Signs of Heart Disease

    Some people might assume that heart disease presents only with a heart attack or other emergency situation. Yet before a life-threatening condition like a heart attack or stroke occurs, you may be able to detect more subtle signs of heart disease. With early detection, you can receive the treatment you need to avoid more dangerous situations in the future. West Hills Hospital urges all our patients in the West Hills area to be aware of the following symptoms:

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    Heart failure is a form of heart disease that occurs when the heart cannot pump blood as efficiently as it should. In some cases, this condition can cause fluid retention in certain areas of the body. The lower extremities are particularly at risk, due to the added stress on the lower circulatory system to bring blood back to the heart and lungs. As a result, edema can present in the legs and feet.

    In addition to the wide variety of nutrients it carries, your blood also provides fresh oxygen to all the cells in your body. If your heart cannot pump blood as well as it should, your cells may suffer from a lack of oxygen. Poorly oxygenated cells can bring on chronic and severe exhaustion. If you feel tired on a regular basis, yet you sleep for the recommended amount of time, your fatigue may be an early sign of heart disease.

    Weight Fluctuation
    Heart disease can cause your weight to both increase and decrease. If you already suffer from fluid retention, those substances can add to your weight. Under some circumstances, however, abdominal swelling can bring on weight loss. If edema presents in the abdominal region, it may adversely affect your eating habits. When you do not get a sufficient amount of calories on a regular basis, you may lose weight as a result.

    Are you experiencing any of the aforementioned signs? Then call West Hills Hospital at (818) 676-4000. We have the first accredited Chest Pain Center in LA County, an official STEMI or critical heart attack receiving center and we are ranked among the top centers for heart attack treatment response time. Our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral system can help you determine whether your symptoms warrant a medical examination.