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.

Donate Life: Become an Organ Donor

Without the generosity and kindness of organ donors, many people would not be able to live active and normal lives. April is National Donate Life Month. Improve your awareness and consider becoming a donor today.

By watching this short video, you can learn more about what you can do to become an organ and tissue donor in your state. The hosts also discuss what is involved in the donation process and the importance of donor organs in saving thousands of lives.

Want to learn more about becoming an organ and tissue donor in the state of California?  Visit DonateLifeCalifornia.org or contact Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center at (805) 497-2727 for more information about the registration and donation process.

What Your Family History Can Tell You About Your Heart Health

Family Health History

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one cause of death in both men and women in the United States. To help combat this dangerous chronic health condition, medical scientists have established several factors that can contribute to a person’s risk of heart disease. Some of these factors, such as diet, activity level, and tobacco use, are modifiable risk factors, while others, such as family history, are non-modifiable. Fortunately for patients with a positive family history of CVD, there are steps that can be taken to stay healthy and lower their risk.

When evaluating a patient for their risk for cardiovascular disease, family history is an important tool for physicians. If your parents, siblings, or children have had problems with CVD, heart attack, or stroke, your risk of the disease is increased. Past research has clearly defined this link between family history and heart disease—one Utah study found that although only 17 percent of families had a strong positive history of the disease, these families accounted for over 72 percent of heart attacks, heart surgery, and other cardiac events. 

Knowing your family history and evaluating your risk for CVD can help you to make the changes necessary to prevent further complications of the disease. If you have a family history of heart disease, consider modifying your other risk factors by doing the following:

  • Quit smoking
  • Reduce the amounts of saturated and trans fats in your diet
  • Reduce your sodium intake
  • Control high blood pressure and high cholesterol
  • Manage your weight
  • Control diabetes
  • Exercise regularly
  • Manage your stress levels
  • Moderate your alcohol intake

The Heart Center at Los Robles is nationally recognized for providing the patients in our community with some of the best cardiac outcomes. Our staff of heart and vascular experts works hard to offer the highest quality of cardiovascular care with the most advanced medical equipment available. If you would like to learn more about our comprehensive healthcare services, contact Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center at (805) 497-2727.

Distracted Driving Awareness: Mothers Against Texting and Driving

Cell phone use and driving is a deadly combination and is an epidemic in the United States. According to FocusDriven, the advocates for cell-free driving, phone use is a factor in one in four car crashes and results in the death of thousands of Americans every year. 

By watching this video, you can learn more about the dangers of texting, talking, and driving from the advocates at FocusDriven. April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month—improve your awareness and become a part of the solution. Keep yourself and others safe by keeping your phone turned off and out of your hands while on the road. 

If you have more questions about staying safe and living healthy, contact the Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center Consult-A-Nurse health line at (805) 497-2727.

Learn More About Staying Healthy

Checking Blood Pressure

You can learn more about robotic surgical systems, the benefits of cardiac rehabilitation, and more by visiting the helpful resources below. If you have any questions or if you’re in need of physician referral, contact Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center’s Consult-A-Nurse service at (805) 497-2727.

  • Knowing the symptoms of an emergency medical event can help you to seek treatment as soon as possible. This article found on the American Heart Association website provides more information about the warning signs of a heart attack.
  • Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Learn to recognize the symptoms by visiting the National Stroke Association website.
  • The daVinci® Robotic Surgical System has revolutionized many surgical procedures. Read more about this amazing technology from DaVinciSurgery.com.
  • You can also read about the benefits of robot-assisted surgery from the Brown University website.
  • Are you getting the nutrition you need to maintain good health? Nutrition.gov breaks down the major dietary guidelines for adults and children and provides some simple steps for healthier eating.
  • Hands-only CPR is a lifesaving action. You can learn more about the correct procedure and view tutorial videos on the American Heart Association website.
  • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website answers many frequently asked questions regarding nutrition and health during pregnancy.
  • There has been a steady increase of cesarean births in recent years. You can read more about the common reasons for cesarean births on the American Pregnancy Association website.
  • Cardiac rehabilitation increases cardiovascular strength and lowers the risk of future cardiac events. Visit the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website to learn more about the benefits of cardiac rehab.
  • Do you know your risk for cardiovascular diseases, such as coronary heart disease, heart attack, and arrhythmias? You can find out more about your possible risk factors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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