• Staying Smart About Health Scams

    Magazine, television, and online advertisements bombard the public with claims that certain beverages can provide more energy, rapid weight loss, or other impressive health benefits. This video aims to educate consumers about these unproven products.

    A diet that contains fresh fruits and vegetables can improve health; however, fruit juices that claim to work wellness wonders often are too good to be true. The FDA recommends that all consumers do their research before purchasing these products. Especially when an item comes with a hefty price tag that seems to substantiate its remarkable benefits, finding out what it can or cannot do is worth the time and money.

    Want to know the facts about how to achieve good health? Call West Hills Hospital at (818) 676-4000 to sign up for our Health to You program, which provides regular nutrition and exercise informational articles.

  • Are You Prepared for a Visit to the Emergency Room?

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    Emergency care is often a circumstance of surprise and commotion. One minute you are preparing a family dinner, and the next minute, you might be rushing to the ER with a lacerated finger. During the rush of trying to get medical attention, you can overlook several important factors, including where to find the best emergency care available. To ensure that you receive the quality ER treatment you need, West Hills Hospital asks that you keep in mind these emergency care tips:

    Know Where to Receive Emergency Care

    If you or a loved one was suffering from a serious illness or injury , would you know how to get to the nearest ER? Not knowing ahead of time where you should go can result in misdirection and frustration. Before a medical crisis occurs, talk to your doctor about the location of the emergency care department that can best suit the needs of your family. You may also want to do a test drive to the facility to ensure that you know the most immediate route to it.

    Bring Essential Personal Belongings

    Even under the best of circumstances, an ER visit may take hours to complete. It might even require hospital admission. To make sure that you or your loved one has the items you need for a comfortable experience, pack a small bag that contains all requisite belongings, including clothing, toiletries, and books.

    Have Medical Information on Hand

    To provide the best possible emergency care, the ER staff needs a complete medical picture of you or your loved one. Having immediate access to your medical history or that of your family can facilitate treatment decisions made by the emergency care doctors and nurses. It’s never too soon to sit down with your family and create a comprehensive medical history that lists all past and present conditions that may influence future treatment.

    Let the emergency care staff at West Hills Hospital help you find swift relief from the injury or illness that brought you to our facility. We offer comprehensive ER treatment for patients of all ages who reside in the greater West Hills region. Call (818) 676-4000 today to find out more about our full range of services or current ER wait times

  • What Can a High Sugar Diet Cost You?

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    Trans fat and salt are two products that multiple healthcare organizations have highlighted as dangerous to your health. Trans fat contains unhealthy cholesterol, which can accumulate in the arteries over time. Salt has sodium, an element that negatively affects blood pressure, causing it to increase and subsequently damage arterial walls. Now healthcare experts are citing sugar as another factor that can contribute to these same cardiovascular dangers. Just as a high sodium and high cholesterol diet can bring on heart disease, so too can a nutritional regime centered on the consumption of excessively sugary foods and beverages produce heart-related problems. Lowering your intake of added sugar, which is often found in sweetened juices and baked goods, can reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.

    Early stage heart disease often shows no apparent symptoms. To have your heart health evaluated at West Hills Hospital, call (818) 676-4000. You can also use our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral system to discuss your cardiovascular concerns with a nurse before your appointment at our West Hills facility.

  • Understanding Proper Nutrition for Brain Health

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    Like your body, your mind requires preventive care to protect it from decline. Neurological disease such as Alzheimer’s disease affects millions of Americans. Though a number of factors can contribute to these conditions, you can make your lifestyle habits work for you and your brain health. West Hills Hospital hopes to increase awareness of how nutrition can help in the fight against neurological decline.

    Use Food to Ward Off Neurological Disease

    Research indicates that inflammation in the brain can increase the risk of neurological disease. So to reduce the danger of neurological decline , increase your intake of foods that suppress inflammatory responses. Many of these foods, including nuts, fish, and fresh produce, are items that healthcare experts already recommend to achieve a healthy lifestyle. In particular, vegetables and fruits that contain ample antioxidants can provide the greatest brain health benefits.

    Monitor Neurological Disease Risk Factors

    Your diet can largely determine your risk of certain cardiovascular problems such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Studies show that the conditions that lead to serious heart problems can contribute to neurological disease as well. So to lower your chances of getting Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia, have your blood pressure and cholesterol checked on a regular basis. If these markers of brain health are found to be too high, you may need to adjust your eating habits to bring them under control.

    Keep Weight Under Control to Stem Neurological Disease

    What you eat can not only protect your brain and lower neurological disease risk factors, but also reduce the danger of weight problems that may bring on dementia. Research points to a strong link between neurological decline and overweight issues. When you take measures to control your calorie intake, you can lower your chances of getting dementia, too.

    The actions you take now can prevent neurological decline in the future. In the event that you or a loved one receives a diagnosis of dementia, West Hills Hospital can help. For more information on the neurological services that our facility offers to residents of West Hills and the surrounding neighborhoods, call (818) 676-4000 or visit our website.

  • Where to Find Answers to Your Health Questions

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    Quality healthcare should be available to everyone regardless of whether they are receiving hospital treatment. In fact, getting wellness guidance while healthy can help to prevent future medical problems. That is why West Hills Hospital offers regular speaking events for individuals who reside in the greater West Hills community. Our Speakers Bureau allows participants to discuss their most pressing healthcare questions and concerns with industry experts. This program was formed to increase public awareness of how to facilitate optimal health and what to do when illness compromises it. Our hospital selects speakers with the knowledge and experience necessary to educate others on a range of wellness topics, including nutrition, exercise, workplace activities, and cancer care.

    To provide our West Hills patients and residents with information pertinent to their everyday lives, we encourage topic requests that can be submitted online or with a phone call. To speak with an associate about our Speakers Bureau services, call (818) 676-4000. We would be happy to discuss our upcoming events and record your topic request.

  • How Patients Can Stay Safer in the Hospital

    People go to the hospital to have infections treated. What some individuals may not know is how their risk of infection can increase when in the care of a physician.

    This video discusses how organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are improving patient safety awareness. Infections can develop from many hospital procedures, including catheterization. An infection can happen even when a physician fails to clean his hands prior to handling a patient. Infections can also become resistant to antibiotics if these drugs are given out too frequently. Patients can become proactive about their health by discussing sanitation and treatment practices with their doctors.

    West Hills Hospital takes widespread precautions to protect our patients. To learn more about our infection prevention practices, call our hospital in West Hills at (818) 676-4000.

  • What Are the Benefits of Eating Right?

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    Many people look to proper nutrition as a way to keep their figures under control. While it’s true that eating right can provide numerous benefits that enhance appearance and self-confidence, establishing a wholesome diet can offer a wide array of important health advantages as well. West Hills Hospital urges the residents of West Hills to keep in mind these significant attributes of eating a well-balanced diet:

    Lower Cancer Risks

    Cancer can develop due to many reasons. Excessive sun exposure can lead to skin cancer. Tobacco usage can bring on lung cancer. However, diet can make a difference when it comes to many other forms of this disease. Especially when poor food choices contribute to weight issues, it can increase the risk of kidney cancer, colorectal cancer, and breast cancer. When individuals become proactive about eating nutritious meals and snacks, they can decrease their danger of suffering from these conditions.

    Reduced Danger of Type 2 Diabetes

    Unhealthy eating habits can bring on several chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes. This condition, which develops when the body becomes insulin resistant, often stems from high-calorie and high-sugar diets. Once type 2 diabetes presents, sufferers must make a lifelong commitment to monitoring their blood glucose levels to prevent the onset of diabetic complications, including infection, nerve damage, and loss of eyesight. Children and adults alike can avoid these problems by eating foods devoid of added sugars and excessive calories.

    Better Cardiovascular Function

    Heart disease leads all other illnesses when it comes to loss of life. Yet this condition is largely avoidable when healthy lifestyle habits are in place. Long before a heart attack or stroke occurs, individuals with heart disease typically develop high blood pressure or high cholesterol. These risk factors often stem from eating foods high in sodium and fat. To prevent becoming another victim of heart disease, enjoy foods that contain little salt and unhealthy fats.

    West Hills Hospital can help you take action to protect your health. Regardless of your current state of wellness, we can provide you with the tools you need to prevent or manage cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. To schedule a physical examination at our West Hills facility, call (818) 676-4000.