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Why do women live longer than men?

June is Men’s Health Month, which is the perfect opportunity to consider why women tend to outlive men, and what men can do about it. There are a number of different factors that contribute to this statistic, from delays in preventative care to behaviors that increase the risk of heart disease. Here is a look at some of the factors that contribute to men dying before women.

Lifestyle factors

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, but it is more common in men. There are many different things that can lead to the increased risk for heart disease, including many lifestyle factors:

  • Obesity
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Smoking
  • Lack of physical activity

Although women also engage in these same behaviors that are risky for heart health, men tend to embrace them in higher numbers. Because these lifestyle choices increase the risk of heart disease, men have a greater risk of dying from heart disease because of them.

Delayed care

Men often delay seeking medical care for longer than women. This includes both preventative care and emergency care.

Delaying preventative care means that serious medical conditions are often not caught in their early stages. As a result, a disease that is often treatable in early stages, such as colon cancer or prostate cancer, may advance to an untreatable stage before it is diagnosed. High blood pressure and high cholesterol, which both contribute to heart disease, may also not be discovered until damage is done to the cardiovascular system.

When emergency care is delayed, a heart attack or stroke that may have been survivable with early intervention could turn deadly.

Emotional health

Stress, depression, anxiety, and other emotional health issues can shorten your lifespan, and men are generally hesitant to speak up and ask for help with these problems. Men frequently see asking for help when they are overwhelmed or showing their feelings as being un-masculine, so they allow emotional health problems to fester. Without treatment, these health problems can increase the risk of everything from heart disease to suicide.

You don’t have to become a statistic. Take control of your health today by contacting Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks and requesting a referral to a physician who can you on the road to better health. Dial (877) 888-5746 to get a physician referral or find out more about our hospital services.

Surprising health benefits of donating blood

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Most people know that donating blood saves lives, but they are often less aware of the health benefits of blood donation for themselves. However, in addition to ensuring the emergency rooms and surgical suites have the blood supplies they need to help patients who need urgent care, donating blood can have a profound effect on your own well-being, beyond the knowledge that you are saving someone else’s life. If you’re trying to decide if donating blood is right for you, consider these health benefits.

Reduced heart disease risk

If you donate blood on a regular basis, it could help to reduce your risk of heart disease. Blood donations reduce the risk of iron in your body, which is beneficial for people with high levels, as excessive iron in your blood can lead to oxidative damage to your internal organs.

Oxidative damage is linked to heart disease because it often affects blood vessels and the heart itself. This damage can lead to both heart attacks and strokes. Men are particularly at risk for oxidative damage, which regular blood donations can help to manage.

Reduced cancer risk

Oxidative damage doesn’t just increase the risk of heart disease. There is also evidence that it is linked with some kinds of cancer. As donating blood reduces the amount of iron in your body, it could also decrease your cancer risk. Research is ongoing to explore this link.

One thing doctors do know for sure is that donating blood does not increase your risk of cancer, which is a myth that has persisted about blood donation in the past.

Free health check-up

You have to be in good physical health to donate blood, so every time you make a donation, you get a mini health checkup for free. Your temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and hemoglobin levels will all be checked, which could alert you to a potential health issue you should review with your physician.

Donated blood plays a critical role in the care we provide at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center. Consider talking to your physician about whether you are healthy enough to donate blood, or call our hospital in Thousand Oaks at (877) 888-5746 to learn more about blood donation in our community.

Know what to do if your child is drowning

Parenthood is incredibly rewarding, yet it can also be downright scary. Medical emergencies like near-drownings leave little time to think before acting, so it’s important to be prepared beforehand. Knowing what to do just might save your child’s life. When medical emergencies arise in the Thousand Oaks area, parents trust the Emergency Room doctors at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center.

Take your child out of the water

Every second counts in a drowning emergency. As soon as you notice a child in distress in the water, jump in and get him or her out by any means necessary.

If there are other people in the vicinity, you should yell for help while going in the water. If there is a flotation device within easy reach, grab it and take it with you. You can use it to help keep your child’s head above the water while you get him or her to safety.

Check for breathing

Lay your child on the side of the pool or on the shore. Check him or her for breathing.

Begin CPR

If your child isn’t breathing, begin CPR immediately. It’s a good idea for all parents and caregivers to take a pediatric CPR course, just in case this sort of emergency happens. Pediatric CPR begins with delivering two rescue breaths in the following manner.

  1. Lay your child on the back and tilt the head back slightly. Raise the chin slightly.

  2. Pinch the child’s nose closed.

  3. Make a complete seal with your mouth over the child’s mouth.

  4. Deliver two breaths into the child’s mouth.

If your child does not respond to the rescue breaths, begin chest compressions.

  1. Position the heel of one hand on the center of the chest.

  2. Put the heel of the second hand on top of the first. Lace the fingers together.

  3. Do 30 rapid compressions, pressing down about two inches into the child’s chest.

  4. Give two more rescue breaths.

  5. Continue to alternate compressions and rescue breaths until your child breathes or an emergency responder arrives.

Call 911

It’s ideal if someone else is available to call 911 while you’re performing CPR. If you’re the only person there, continue to perform CPR until your child begins breathing again. Then, call 911.

Do not try to drive your child to the Emergency Room yourself. Emergency responders can continue medical interventions while on route to the Emergency Room.

Our Emergency Room is fully staffed and equipped around the clock, although we sincerely hope your child will never need it. Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks is committed to providing the family-centered, compassionate care that each of our patients deserves. Call 911 immediately for transportation to the Emergency Room or call a registered nurse at (877) 888-5746 for general healthcare inquiries.

Bike safety reminders for adults

Bicycling is fun for all ages, and it’s also a great way to stay in shape. If you’re looking for ways of incorporating more physical activity into your daily routine, join the countless Americans who choose to bike to work. May 19, 2017 is Bike to Work Day, which gives you and your co-workers the perfect opportunity to embrace eco-friendly transportation in Thousand Oaks. The Emergency Room staff at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center encourages our neighbors to brush up on their bicycling safety knowledge before heading out this May.

Wear a properly fitted helmet

One of the most effective ways to protect yourself while bicycling is to always wear your helmet. Getting into this habit just might save your life or perhaps keep you out of the Emergency Room altogether.

Select a helmet that features the label of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. This indicates that it has met high safety standards.

Follow traffic laws

Bicyclists should always know the state and local traffic laws that apply to them. Since bicycles are legally considered to be vehicles, bicyclists must:

  • Ride in the direction of traffic

  • Obey lane markings, traffic signs and traffic lights

  • Use hand signals in advance of turning

  • Yield to traffic and pedestrians when appropriate

Avoid cycling while distracted

It’s well-known that driving while distracted is one of the top causes of auto accidents. Bicycling while distracted is also a major safety risk.

Avoid wearing headphones while bicycling. Riding on sparsely populated country roads gives you an opportunity to enjoy the scenery. However, you should always maintain keen alertness while riding in town.

Increase your visibility

It’s always a smart idea to boost your visibility on the road, as bicycles are considerably smaller than motor vehicles. Add front and rear reflectors to your bike. Consider installing a flashing red light for even better visibility.

It’s advisable to avoid riding a bicycle near dusk and after dark. If you do ride when visibility is particularly low, you should wear bright, neon colors and have lights on both ends of your bike.

The Emergency Room at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center features East Ventura County’s only Level II Trauma Center. When a patient arrives at our hospital, our Emergency Room team immediately gets to work initiating life-saving interventions. For non-emergency questions only, you can contact a registered nurse in Thousand Oaks by calling (877) 888-5746.

Making smart decisions for your health

Your doctors and nurses are always available to offer medical guidance, but ultimately, you are in charge of your own healthcare. At Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, we are a team of dedicated doctors and nurses who live and work in the same community as our patients. As your neighbors in Thousand Oaks, we genuinely want to help you live life well. Our hospital gives you the tools, resources and superior patient education you need to make smart decisions for your healthcare.

Choosing a hospital

Watch this featured video to hear from an administrator at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center. He explains some of the factors you might consider when choosing a hospital. It’s always a smart idea to research the hospital’s patient satisfaction and patient safety scores, for instance.

You could also take a look at the support services the hospital offers and the medical specialties available. If you have a heart condition, you’ll probably want to choose a hospital with an outstanding reputation for cardiology services.

Choosing a primary care physician

It’s important to establish a long-term relationship with a primary care physician with whom you feel comfortable. When you feel confident with your choice of doctor, you may be more willing to discuss the sensitive, personal information that will inform your treatment plan.

Your family physician will also track your health changes over time, coordinate your care and provide referrals when needed.

Being a proactive patient

A proactive patient is one who seeks health information, asks questions and, in general, takes an active role in his or her healthcare. If you have a medical condition, you can proactively work with your doctor to ensure your treatment plan suits your needs.

Even for those who are generally healthy, being a proactive patient is important. It means you’re willing to assess your lifestyle, make changes if needed and remain alert to changes in your health.

For comprehensive healthcare in every stage of life, you can count on the highly skilled providers at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks. We are leading providers of emergency care, cardiology services, neuroscience and surgery. Learn more about our uncompromising commitment to quality care on our website or by calling a nurse at (877) 888-5746.

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