Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center
Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life. We strive to deliver high quality, cost effective healthcare in the communities we serve.

Do you need to be screened for colorectal cancer?

Screening for colorectal cancer is lifesaving. Because polyps associated with colorectal cancer tend to grow slowly, screenings allow doctors to find them and remove them, often long before they become cancerous. As with all kinds of cancer, getting an early diagnosis of colorectal cancer makes treatments easier and more effective. Is screening right for you? Here are some of the factors your physician will consider when making the right choice for you about colorectal cancer screenings.

How old are you?
The risk of colorectal cancer increases with age. Most people over age 50 can benefit from periodic screening tests. How often you should be screened after 50 depends on a number of different factors, including the type of screening you had and the results of those tests.

The typical schedule for testing is every 10 years if you have a colonoscopy, and every five years if you have another kind of screening, such as CT colonography, flexible sigmoidoscopy or double-contrast barium enema.

Do you have a family history of colorectal cancer?
If you have a first-degree relative—a parent, sibling, or child—who has had colorectal cancer, then you have a heightened risk of the disease. In this case, your physician may recommend that you start colorectal cancer screenings before age 50 and that you have them more often.

Your risk of colorectal cancer can be further heightened if your relative was diagnosed before he or she turned 45 or if you have more than one relative with the disease. These factors will also influence screening recommendations made by your physician.

Have you had colon polyps?
If you have had a previous screening during which colon polyps were discovered, then you may need to have additional screenings more frequently. The number of polyps that were discovered and whether they were removed in pieces will impact when you need further screening tests.

The Cancer Center at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center offers comprehensive cancer diagnostic testing and treatments in Thousand Oaks with a multidisciplinary team of healthcare providers. Get more information about our cancer team by calling (877) 888-5746.

Eating right during pregnancy if you are underweight

Maintaining a healthy weight is more important than ever during pregnancy. Many people focus on avoiding excessive weight gain, but being underweight can be equally as damaging to you and your baby. Being underweight increases the risk of premature labor and your baby having a low birth weight. Healthy eating and monitoring your weight gain with your doctor will make it easier to gain an appropriate amount of weight. Here is a look at what you need to know.

Healthy pregnancy weight gain for underweight women
You are considered to be underweight if your BMI, or body mass index, was less than 18.5 before pregnancy. If you fall into this range, then your physician will likely recommend that you gain between 28 and 40 pounds during your pregnancy.

When you gain this weight, the baby will account for approximately seven to eight pounds of the weight, while about seven pounds will be in fat and nutrient stores for the baby. The rest of the weight will be distributed throughout the placenta, uterus, blood, amniotic fluid, breast tissue, and your uterus.

Time of pregnancy weight gain
Most women gain between one and four pounds during the first trimester, though your physician may recommend that you gain more if you are underweight. Keep in mind that weight gain may be difficult during this time because of morning sickness.

During the second and third trimesters, most women gain between one and two pounds per week. However, your physician may recommend that you gain more if you remain underweight.

Healthy eating habits during pregnancy
If you are underweight during pregnancy, your physician will want you to increase your weight by eating healthy foods. Consider these eating tips to help you gain weight in a way that is healthy for you and your baby:

  • Never skip breakfast. Add extra protein, such as peanut butter or cheese, to your usual meal.
  • Snack on yogurt or dried fruit between meals.
  • Increase the amount of high-quality fasts, such as olive oil and avocados, in your meals.
  • Drink fruit juice made with real fruit without added sugars.
The Birthing Center at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center helps moms-to-be stay healthy through every stage of pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Contact our hospital in Thousand Oaks today by calling (877) 888-5746 to learn more about our family-centered birth center or to request a referral to a women’s services specialist.

What happens at the hospital when a patient has stroke symptoms?

When a stroke occurs, every second counts. It’s essential to get to an emergency room as soon as possible so treatment can begin right away. Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center is a certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, which means our treatment program has met strict requirements set by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association regarding the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients. We are the first facility in Ventura County to earn this distinction and provide life-saving care for patients across the area through a multidisciplinary team of healthcare providers. Take a look behind the scenes at what happens when you go to the hospital with stroke symptoms.

Stroke alert
When a patient is experiencing stroke symptoms, the members of our stroke care team receive an alert. This lets them know that emergency stroke care is necessary, so that they immediately assemble in the ER to treat the patient.

The stroke alert will reach our team if patients arrive in the emergency room with symptoms or if they call 911 and come to the hospital by ambulance. The hospital communicates continually with EMS while a patient is en route.

The stroke team will determine if the patient is having a stroke, and if he or she is having an ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke. As stated in the video, this information is essential to determining a treatment plan.

To make an accurate diagnosis, the healthcare team may use these tests:

  • Physical exam

  • CT scan or MRI

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    Cerebral angiography

  • Blood tests

  • Carotid duplex

  • Heart monitor

As soon as a diagnosis is made, treatment can begin. The initial treatment depends on the type of stroke and how long the stroke has been occurring and may include medication, surgery, or a combination of the two.

After the initial treatment, patients will be referred for rehabilitation and other aftercare services as needed to help with their recoveries.

Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center has extensive services to provide care at every stage of a stroke, from our emergency room to our neuroendovascular program and Neuro ICU. Call 911 or come to our hospital in Thousand Oaks when stroke symptoms occur, or call (877) 888-5746 to learn more about our Comprehensive Stroke Center distinction.

Improving your safety when you have low vision

Low vision can occur as the result of a number of different eye diseases, including glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, as well as eye and brain injuries. Fortunately, there are several things you can do learn to live safely with low vision and reduce the risk of injuries or the need for emergency care. Boost your safety when you’re living with low vision with these techniques.

Add additional lights
The amount of lighting in your home can dramatically impact your ability to see. By installing additional lights, you can improve your vision and reduce your chances of tripping or bumping into items that could cause injury.

Start by replacing your existing bulbs with higher wattage bulbs. In areas where overhead lighting is not sufficient, add additional lamps. Adjust your bulbs and the number of light sources in a space according to your needs.

Create contrast
Color contrasts are easier to see than colors in the same shade when you have low vision. Take advantage of color contrasts to increase your ability to see.

For example, consider laying a colored blanket across the back of a white or lightly colored piece of furniture. You may also benefit from putting a black cloth or contact paper down on a surface on which you store white paper. Don’t store trip hazards, like shoes, on similarly colored carpet or flooring.

Use talking medical devices
If you have a chronic medical condition that requires you to use a device to manage it, then your needs don’t stop because you have low vision. Talking devices, which tell you a reading rather than requiring you to see it, will make your care easier.

Diabetics, for instance, who need to check their blood sugar levels multiple times per day can benefit from having a talking glucose meter that reads out their test results. This allows people to make decisions about insulin dosing and meal planning without having to read the meter.

Help is available for low vision. Make an appointment at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center with a specialist who can help you make decisions about your care. To get a referral to a physician, call our Thousand Oaks hospital today at (877) 888-5746.

What are the common signs of a UTI?

Urinary tract infections, or UTIs, are extremely common. Although women are more likely to get a UTI than men, anyone can get one at any age. Because UTIs can spread and affect other parts of the body, it’s important to know the signs so you get treatment as soon as possible and avoid the risk of complications. Here’s a look at the most common symptoms of a UTI. Consider calling your physician if you experience any of these signs.

Pain during urination
Pain during urination is the most frequent sign of a UTI. Most people with a UTI describe an intense burning while urinating. This symptom is usually the first sign of a UTI.

In addition to pain during urination, you may also experience the sense that your bladder is not being emptied completely, coupled with an increase in the frequency of urination. Often, people with a UTI feel an urge to urinate but actually release very little urine.

As explained in the video, a UTI can cause symptoms in other part of the body. As with all many other kinds of illnesses, a UTI can cause a fever, as your body fights off infection.

In addition to having a fever, you may feel a general sense of being unwell. Many people feel fatigue or shakiness when they have a UTI. You may also feel achy or experience pain in your back or below your ribs on your flanks.

Changes in the smell or appearance of urine
Often, you can see the evidence of a UTI in your urine. It may look cloudy, or it may look reddish or similar in color to soda or tea. You may also see a small amount of blood in your urine.

With a UTI, urine may also have a foul odor or may otherwise smell stronger than normal.

If you suspect you have a UTI or are struggling with another health issue, Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center is here to provide the care you need. Our emergency room in Thousand Oaks is open around the clock for your urgent needs, and our specialists provide a comprehensive range of healthcare services. Request a referral to a physician affiliated with our hospital by calling (877) 888-5746.

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