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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.

Fever
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.


How to assess your heart health

Since heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S., knowing the state of your heart health is one of the most significant things you can do for your overall well-being. When you understand your personal heart health risks, you can take steps to keep them under control and lessen the chances that you will need cardiology specialty care. There are several easy things you can do to assess the heart of your health. Focus on heart health with these assessment tips.

Check your pulse
Your pulse can give you a great deal of information about your heart’s rate and rhythm. Follow these steps to check your own pulse at home:

  • Put the index and middle fingers of one hand on the inner wrist of the opposite hand in the area below the thumb. Move your fingers around until you can feel the tapping of your pulse.
  • Count the beats you feel for 10 seconds.
  • Multiple that number by 6—this will tell you the number of beats per minute.

Usually, people have resting heart rates between 60 and 100 beats per minute. This number can vary based on a number of factors, however. Keep in mind that fit people have lower heart rates. By performing this check regularly, you can get an idea of what is normal for you and recognize any changes that you may want to discuss with your doctor.

Check your blood pressure
Home blood pressure cuffs let you check your blood pressure without going to the doctor’s office. Healthy blood pressure is less than 120 over 80. If either of your numbers is higher, you could have high blood pressure.

You can have occasional abnormal readings for a number of different reasons, from stress to illness. Repeated high readings could indicate that you need treatment to control your blood pressure.

Know your numbers
See your physician regularly for tests that provide clues about your heart health. You should have regular screenings for:

  • Cholesterol
  • Blood glucose
  • Blood pressure

Your weight is another important number to know. Being overweight increases your risk of heart health problems.

You can also test your heart health by taking the Heart Risk Assessment from Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center. Should you need heart care, our Cardiovascular Institute offers renowned cardiology care in Thousand Oaks. To obtain a referral, please dial (877) 888-5746.


How does diabetes affect your child's risk of birth defects?

Women with diabetes can have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. However, it’s important to recognize the increased risk of having diabetes during pregnancy so you can take the appropriate steps to protect yourself and your baby. Diabetes can influence your baby’s risk of birth defects so you will need to work closely with your healthcare team both before and during your pregnancy. Here is what you need to know about the link between birth defects and diabetes.

Pre-existing diabetes
If you have diabetes when you become pregnant, the risk of birth defects is usually greatest during the first few weeks of your pregnancy. Because you may not know you are pregnant at the time when your baby is most at risk of birth defects, maintaining good blood sugar control at all times is essential.

If possible, plan your pregnancy so that you can have the healthiest possible A1C at the time of conception, which will lower the risk of birth defects for your baby. If you become pregnant unexpectedly, notify your diabetes specialist right away. You may need to make significant adjustments to your management plan to achieve blood sugar control quickly.

Gestational diabetes
Gestational diabetes is diabetes that develops during pregnancy. Although this kind of diabetes is generally less risky for developing babies, it can also cause complications and birth defects. The risk of defects related to gestational diabetes is especially high during the first trimester.

See your obstetrician at regular intervals during your pregnancy so that you can be monitored for gestational diabetes. Treating your high blood sugar levels as soon as possible will protect your baby.

Types of birth defects
Diabetes is linked to several types of birth defects. The defects that are most common when blood glucose is high early in pregnancy include:

  • Spina bifida
  • Limb defects
  • Oral Clefts
  • Heart defects

Both pre-existing diabetes and gestational diabetes are also linked to excessive fetal growth, or macrosomia. This increases the risk of birth injuries and of the need for a cesarean delivery. Babies may also be born with low blood glucose levels.

At Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, our Birthing Center in Thousand Oaks is committed to ensuring that every new mother has a healthy pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Get the care you need by calling (877) 888-5746 to request a referral to one of our obstetric specialists.

Essential health screenings you need this year

When it comes to maintaining good health, taking a proactive approach is more successful than simply reacting to problems as they emerge. With regular screening tests, your physician can help you understand your risk factors for certain diseases and diagnose health conditions in their early stages, when they are easier to treat and before they can cause complications. Here are some of the screening tests you can benefit from having.

Thyroid function tests
Thyroid function tests are performed to determine if your thyroid gland is supplying the appropriate amount of thyroid hormones to your body. If you have either too little or too much thyroid hormone, your metabolism will not function appropriately, which in turn will impact the way nearly every system in your body functions.

Your doctor can tell you if you should have a thyroid function test based on a number of different factors, including your age and any symptoms you’re experiencing, such as sudden weight fluctuations. Thyroid tests can be particular important for women, who tend to suffer from thyroid issues more often than men do.

Heart health tests
There are a number of different tests that can be used to assess your heart health. As mentioned in the video, combining these tests to look for a variety of risk factors for heart disease is most helpful. Some tests your physician may recommend include:

  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Blood glucose

Both men and women can benefit from having these tests regularly so that they have a better understanding of their heart health.

Colorectal cancer screenings
Colorectal cancers tend to grow slowly, so screening tests can be enormously effective in preventing cancer and diagnosing it in an early, treatable stage. During a colonoscopy, your physician can also remove polyps that could pose a future cancer risk.

Typically, colorectal cancer screenings should begin by age 50 for men and women. However, if you have a family history of this kind of cancer, you may need to begin screenings sooner.

At Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, we offer comprehensive inpatient and outpatient healthcare services in Thousand Oaks, including these essential screening tests. Take control of your health today and call us at (877) 888-5746 for a referral to one of our physicians.


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