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Are You a Candidate for TAVR Surgery?

Aortic valve stenosis is a serious and often fatal heart condition. It occurs when the aortic valve becomes narrower and less able to allow blood to flow from the heart. This results in the accumulation of blood and the buildup of pressure in the heart, causing symptoms such as rapid heartbeat and shortness of breath. Until recently, the only way to replace the damaged heart valve was to undergo open heart surgery, which can be very risky for certain patients. Now, patients who are unable to undergo open heart surgery may have the option of undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) surgery. This is a minimally invasive type of heart surgery that is offered by the cardiology team at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center.

TAVR Evaluation Process

When you meet with the cardiology team to determine if you’re a good candidate for TAVR surgery, you’ll undergo a thorough TAVR evaluation process. This typically involves an examination by an interventional cardiologist and two cardiac surgeons. In addition to the physical evaluation, you can expect the cardiology team to review the results of medical tests and imaging studies, review your medical history, and perform cardiac testing.

Candidacy Determination

The cardiology team may determine that you’re a good candidate for TAVR surgery if you have severe, symptomatic aortic stenosis, your blood vessels and aortic valve are the right size for the surgery, and if it is possible to perform the technical aspects of the procedure. Additionally, you must not be a good candidate for open heart surgery because you are considered to be a high-risk patient. For example, high-risk patients include those who are of advanced age.

The cardiology team at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center is the first heart hospital in Ventura County to offer the transcatheter aortic valve replacement surgery to our heart care patients. If you’ve been diagnosed with aortic valve stenosis, you could meet with our cardiology team to find out if you’re a good candidate for TAVR surgery. For general information about our cardiology services, call us at our Thousand Oaks location at (877) 888-5746.


Knowing When Your Child Is Too Sick for School

It can be difficult to differentiate between the common cold, influenza, and other respiratory infections, so you may not always know if your child needs to stay home because of symptoms like a runny nose, cough, and congestion. This article will take a look at some of the ways that you can identify the right environment for your child so that he or she stays well without missing too much school.

Symptoms

Typically, children who are not running a fever, don’t have diarrhea or vomiting, and are able to get up and out of bed will be able to attend school and participate in classroom activities without posing a health risk for other students. When diarrhea and vomiting are present, you should not send your child to school. Instead, offer water and an electrolyte beverage to prevent dehydration while the stomach bug persists. Usually these symptoms will clear up in a day or two. In the case of a fever, you will want to wait until 24 hours after the fever breaks to send your child back to school.

School Policies

Some schools may have policies on when children are able to attend school with certain illnesses. If your school does have such a policy and your child is too sick to be in class, your child might be sent home in the middle of the school day.

When to see a Doctor

Just because your child is unable to go to school does not necessarily mean that a doctor’s appointment is necessary. You might call the pediatrician ahead of time for a recommendation about your child’s care, or wait to see if symptoms clear up in the next few days.

When you are unsure about what type of care your child needs, you can call Los Robles Hospital 24/7 at (877) 888-5746 and speak with one of our registered nurses. Our staff is available to take your call anytime for answers to healthcare questions, physician referrals, and registration in our hospital’s classes and events.


A Look at the Specialized Care Needed to Treat STEMI Heart Attacks

Not all heart attacks are alike, and not all hospitals are readily equipped to provide the right treatment for every type of heart attack. With STEMI (ST-segment elevation myocardial infraction) heart attacks, special care is required to increase the chances of survival and reduce long-term damage resulting from lost blood flow to the heart. Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center is a dedicated STEMI-Receiving Center in Thousand Oaks, which means that we incorporate the following elements into our emergency cardiovascular care.

PCI

In non-STEMI heart attacks, the blockage responsible for restricted blood flow in the arteries is often temporary or only partial. With STEMI heart attacks, this is not the case, so an emergency procedure called percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is needed. An electrocardiogram will reveal when a STEMI heart attack is taking place, at which point balloon angioplasty or cardiac stent will be used to restore blood flow to the heart.

Door-to-Balloon Time

The American Heart Association sets guidelines for STEMI-receiving centers across the nation, and among the most important of these guidelines is door-to-balloon-time. This figure represents how long it takes for a patient showing heart attack symptoms to receive lifesaving interventional care. At Los Robles Hospital, we strive to outperform the guidelines with door-to-balloon times consistently lower than the national average.

Public awareness

Along with quality care, it is important for hospitals to reach out to their surrounding communities with public awareness events that will teach patients when to go to the ER for heart attack symptoms and how to prevent heart disease.

Los Robles Hospital works in a number of ways to increase patient awareness and involvement in their care. With regular events such as free blood pressure screenings and resources such as our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line, patients will always know exactly what type of care they need to stay well. To speak with one of our registered nurses about our clinical cardiovascular services, give us a call at (877) 888-5746.


What You Need to Know About Back-to-School Vaccinations for Your Child

Vaccinations are an essential part of your child’s health, because they will help to protect against a wide range of illnesses that may have long-term complications. Many diseases that vaccinations protect children from have no other cures, so immunization is the best line of protection. As your child goes back to school this year, you should remember a few key facts about immunization:

California state law mandates immunizations

A recently passed California law has eliminated exemption from school-mandated vaccinations for any religious or personal beliefs, which means that all children will need to be vaccinated before they can enroll in school. With recent outbreaks of measles and whooping cough due to a decline in vaccination rates, this law will protect all students from these and other harmful diseases while promoting greater public health overall.

Your child may need booster vaccinations

A number of immunizations require a schedule of shots, which may include booster shots around middle school age. At ages 11-12, your child may need vaccinations before the school year begins. Upon enrollment in middle school, your pediatrician may also point out any missed shots that will require a catch-up immunization schedule.

Vaccinations can take place without a doctor’s visit

You do not have to schedule a full doctor visit for your child to receive regular immunizations, so you can avoid the worry of fitting vaccinations into your busy routine and paying the copay for a full visit.

If you are seeking medical care in Thousand Oaks, Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center can cater to the needs of your whole family with emergency care, maternity services, and surgical care. To find resources that will help you manage your family’s healthcare, visit our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (877) 888-5746.


How to Ensure Quality Care in a Medical Emergency

While the emergency room at Los Robles Hospital strives to maintain low wait times and a higher standard of care, there are steps that patients can take to further reduce wait times and streamline the process of receiving care. With the following strategies, you can be sure that your ER visit will go smoothly, even if you have special concerns with your medical care.

Use medical alert jewelry

Medical alert jewelry can be lifesaving, since it will indicate to paramedics and ER staff that you have specific allergies or health conditions that may influence the outcome of your care. If, for example, you have an allergy to a specific medication, a medical alert bracelet or necklace could communicate this information even in situations where you are unconscious or unable to speak.

Keep an I-C-E card

Even if you do not have any known allergies or conditions that will pose a risk in your care, and in-case-of-emergency card can be very helpful when you are taken to the ER. This card should contain your personal information along with your height and weight and the number of your preferred emergency contact. An I-C-E card can easily be kept in your purse or wallet, and it might prove very helpful when you need to be brought to the ER by ambulance after an accident or sudden health emergency.

Answer all triage questions honestly and concisely

When you are conscious and well enough to walk in to the ER, you will go through triage, which will determine the severity of your case and facilitate immediate treatments for certain conditions. The triage nurse may ask a series of questions to assess your care needs, so it is important to be honest when answering these questions. Using simple, direct language will ensure the clearest communication and prompt service at the ER.

To hear current wait times for Los Robles Hospital’s emergency room, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (877) 888-5746. You can also visit us on our website for a wealth of healthcare resources for the whole family.


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