• Why That Indoor Tan May Not Be Worth the Risk

    Wearing sunscreen is an important part of skin cancer prevention. As this video points out, avoiding indoor tanning beds is also key for protecting your skin.

    Cancer care experts caution the public to minimize sun exposure because of UVA and UVB rays, which can damage the skin and contribute to melanoma and other forms of skin cancer. What some individuals may not realize is that indoor tanning beds emit the same UVA and UVB rays, and can be just as dangerous to the skin as lying out in the sun.

    Let your current lifestyle choices provide the foundation for a future of good health. To learn more healthy living tips, call West Hills Hospital at (818) 676-4000 and ask about our h2u Health to You program for West Hills residents.

  • Understanding the Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery

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    West Hills Hospital strives to provide patients with the most effective treatment options available. Among our many advanced care services, we offer minimally invasive surgery in place of several traditional surgical procedures, including hysterectomy and appendectomy. Eligible patients who undergo these leading-edge surgical treatment options often enjoy the following benefits:

    Less Postoperative Discomfort

    Conventional surgery uses significant incisions to access the body part requiring treatment. Though incisions are integral to surgical care, they often require the cutting of skin, muscle, and even bone. As a result, patients sometimes experience considerable pain after surgery that limits their mobility. Minimally invasive surgery involves the use of smaller incisions to reduce tissue trauma and postoperative pain.

    Minimal Surgery Scarring

    Some surgeries take place in conspicuous area of the body, such as the neck and midsection, making postoperative scars highly noticeable to others. Thanks to the use of minute incisions, minimally invasive surgery can lessen the appearance of scarred skin, making it an attractive alternative to conventional surgery. Less scarring can also make it easier for surgeons to provide follow-up treatment should additional surgical procedures be necessary.

    Swifter Recovery Period

    Traditional surgical treatment requires weeks or even months of reduced activity or bed rest as the incisions and affected tissues heal. This consequence of traditional surgical procedures is highly inconvenient to individuals who wish to return to their work, domestic, and social obligations. Since minimally invasive surgery demands less substantial trauma to the body, patients can heal more quickly and get back to their daily routines. With reduced trauma, minimally invasive surgery recipients may also experience fewer instances of excessive bleeding and infection, which can likewise hamper recovery efforts.

    Find out how minimally invasive surgery can play a part in your treatment needs. To find out more about the minimally invasive procedures that West Hills Hospital provides, call (818) 676-4000. Our Consult-A-Nurse representatives in West Hills are available to discuss your questions and concerns. 

  • What Is the Cause of Your Chronic Headaches?


    A day of too few fluids or too many allergens can bring on the occasional inconvenient and painful headache. Headaches of a chronic nature, such as those that persist for days or weeks, may point to a more serious condition that requires professional attention. West Hills Hospital encourages local residents to contact our West Hills facility if they suffer from chronic headaches, which may develop for any of the following reasons:


    Too many people dismiss stress as an insignificant presence in their lives. However, the anxieties of work, family, finances, and other pressing concerns can have a substantial impact on health. Studies have found that chronic stress can contribute to many conditions, including depression and heart disease. It is also a common factor for chronic headaches. Finding healthy ways to combat stress can alleviate feelings of anxiety and the ongoing headaches that arise from them.


    Concussions can occur from any incident that causes serious trauma to the brain. Though athletes are at a greater risk for suffering concussions —especially those who participate in contact sports—anyone may experience this condition. When a slip and fall accident, car crash, or forceful collision causes the brain to contact the interior of the skull, it can lead to dizziness and loss of consciousness. Concussions can also contribute to chronic headaches even after immediate symptoms disappear.

    Brain Tumor

    If stress or a concussion is not to blame for chronic headaches, an existing brain condition may be the culprit. A brain tumor can put pressure on nearby nerves and produce ongoing discomfort. Though researchers are still looking into the reasons why brain tumors develop, numerous treatment options are available to individuals with them. Depending on the nature of the growth, a neurology team may use medication, surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation to address the tumor and its headache-producing side effects.

    Let West Hills Hospital help you find relief from your ongoing headache problems. Our neurological department offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for individuals in the West Hills community. Call us today at (818) 676-4000 for more information .

  • Is Your Health Suffering Due to Common Cholesterol Myths?

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    Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States for a variety of reasons: millions of people have hypertension, too few exercise as regularly as they should, and many people suffer from high cholesterol as well. Though a common factor in heart disease, cholesterol is still a widely misunderstood subject, which is why West Hills Hospital hopes to resolve some of the more prevalent myths about it.

    All Cholesterol is bad

    Some people may think of cholesterol as a highly dangerous substance that can have potentially fatal consequences when present in the bloodstream. While elevated levels of low-density lipoproteins, or LDL cholesterol, can collect in arteries and contribute to arterial blockages, not all forms of cholesterol will damage the cardiovascular system. In fact, high-density lipoproteins, or HDL cholesterol, can bolster heart health. The body needs this substance to clear away LDL cholesterol and clean the arterial walls. When present in high amounts, HDL cholesterol can prove beneficial to overall cardiovascular wellness .

    Cholesterol-lowering Medication Can Avert Heart Disease

    If a person’s overall cholesterol count is above the recommended target of approximately 200 mg/dL, his physician may advise him to take cholesterol-lowering drugs to reduce it. While this type of medication can help in averting cholesterol buildup in the arteries, individuals using it should not depend on it solely to control their high cholesterol. Poor lifestyle habits can offset the positive effects of cholesterol-lowering drugs, so individuals using those medications should also cultivate healthy everyday behaviors.

    There’s Nothing I can do to Lower My Cholesterol

    Before resorting to prescription drugs, many physicians may urge their patients to change their daily habits so they can naturally improve their health. Many individuals suffer from high cholesterol because of their diets. Especially when they eat an abundance of trans fats and saturated fats, people can quickly spike their LDL cholesterol counts. Sedentary practices can also make it harder to control cholesterol. However, by eating nutritious foods and working out regularly, many people can improve their cholesterol numbers and cardiovascular health.

    Knowing your cholesterol numbers is the first step to controlling them. If you would like to learn more about how cholesterol can affect your heart, call West Hills Hospital at (818) 676-4000. Our West Hills staff can help you get on the path to better heart wellness. 

  • What Is Lymphoma?

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    September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month—a great time for West Hills Hospital to increase awareness of lymphoma, a type of cancer that affects the lymph system. The lymph system is part of the body’s immune system. It moves fluids from tissues and organs into the bloodstream, where white blood cells can find and eradicate bacteria and other harmful microorganisms.

    Lymphoma develops when the body produces mutated white blood cells. These irregular white blood cells can overwhelm the immune system and contribute to any number of warning signs, including chest pain, chronic fatigue, and fever. After diagnosing lymphoma, cancer care specialists can administer several types of treatment such as radiation and chemotherapy to eliminate cancer cells from the body.

    Would you like to learn more about lymphoma? Call West Hills Hospital in West Hills at (818) 676-4000. Our Consult-A-Nurse representatives are available to answer any questions you might have about this type of blood cancer.

  • Looking Out for the Signs of Sickle Cell Anemia

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    Sickle cell anemia is an inherited disease that affects the health of red blood cells. Normal red blood cells have a rounded disc shape that allows them to flow easily throughout the bloodstream. When red blood cells are affected by sickle cell anemia, they take on a crescent shape that can cause them to stick together and accumulate in blood vessels. This common side effect of sickle cell anemia can lead to severe pain. Because sickle cell anemia can make it more difficult for oxygenated blood to reach the cells of the body, individuals with this condition may feel frequent exhaustion. Breathing difficulties and feelings of faintness can occur as well. If left untreated, sickle cell anemia can cause significant damage to organs, making professional symptom management essential for sickle cell disease sufferers.

    If you are exhibiting signs of sickle cell anemia, West Hills Hospital can help. Call our Consult-A-Nurse services at (818) 676-4000 today to speak with a qualified nurse about your condition. You can also go to our website for more information about our healthcare options for the West Hills community.  

  • How to Care for Your Prostate Health

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    Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers among American men. Though heredity and age can play a part in the development of prostate cancer, controllable components also factor into one’s risk of this condition. By becoming proactive about your prostate health, you can reduce your chances of getting prostate cancer. For more information on the risk factors for prostate cancer , contact West Hills Hospital.

    Monitor Your Weight

    Multiple studies indicate a strong connection between weight problems and cancer. Obesity has been found to influence the onset of kidney, colon, and pancreatic cancers, and cancer care experts believe that it can also impact the rate of prostate cancer. As a result, they highly recommend that all men take steps to keep their weight at a healthy level. Weight regulation depends on several factors, including physical activity. When calorie consumption exceeds calorie expenditure, weight gain occurs. By working out and burning calories, you can lower your risk of becoming overweight or obese. 

    Make Nutritious Eating a Habit

    A wholesome diet can also decrease the chances of obesity. Even aside from the role it plays in weight maintenance, your eating habits may help or hurt your prostate health. Researchers have found a link between high animal protein consumption and the rate of prostate cancer. A diet low in fruit and vegetables can also potentially raise prostate cancer risk. Therefore, cultivating nutritious eating behaviors can bolster your prostate health.

    Get Regular Prostate Checkups

    Prostate cancer may not show any noticeable warning signs until it is in an advanced stage. That is why cancer care experts urge all eligible men to undergo prostate cancer screenings as recommended by their physicians. A prostate cancer screening can alert a physician to the presence of a problem when it requires less invasive treatment measures. With consistent checkups, men can ensure the health of their prostates and address any problems before they evolve into potentially life-threatening conditions.

    When was the last time you underwent a prostate cancer screening? If you are due for a checkup, call West Hills Hospital at (818) 676-4000. Our facility provides extensive cancer care services for those living in West Hills and the surrounding communities.