• What is High Blood Pressure?

    High Blood Pressure

    To ensure that enough oxygenated blood reaches the organs and peripheral tissues, the heart must pump blood with a certain amount of force. This force contributes to the measured blood pressure, or the amount of pressure that blood exerts on the artery walls.  Blood pressure is measured as two numbers: systolic pressure and diastolic pressure. The systolic pressure (top number) is a measurement of the pressure within the arteries as the heart beats, while diastolic pressure (bottom number) is measured in between heartbeats. In a healthy person, blood pressure is typically 120/80 mmHg or lower.  

    High blood pressure, also called hypertension , occurs when blood pressure is consistently elevated (140/90 mmHg or above) for long periods of time. When left unmanaged, this condition can lead to arterial damage and serious health complications, including stroke, kidney failure, and blindness. Hypertension is commonly called a “silent killer,” as sufferers often experience no symptoms until their cardiovascular system has already been damaged. 

    Are you at risk for high blood pressure? Below are some of the factors known to contribute to the development of this serious chronic disease.

    • Excessive alcohol use
    • Tobacco use or cigarette smoking
    • Use of birth control pills
    • Inactive or sedentary lifestyle
    • Family history of high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease
    • Kidney disease
    • Diabetes or obesity
    • High-sodium or high-fat diet
    • Chronic stress

    Although the cause of essential high blood pressure is unknown, there are ways to manage and treat the condition. Maintaining a healthy weight, staying physically active, and eating a low-sodium, nutritious diet can all help to keep blood pressure low. There are also certain prescription medications that can be used to control high blood pressure. 

    If you are interested in finding an experienced cardiovascular specialist in the Thousand Oaks area, contact Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center at (805) 497-2727. Our Heart Center is nationally recognized for its high standard of care and positive outcomes. Call us today for more information about our comprehensive diagnostic and treatment options.

  • What is High Blood Pressure?

    High Blood Pressure

    To ensure that enough oxygenated blood reaches the organs and peripheral tissues, the heart must pump blood with a certain amount of force. This force contributes to the measured blood pressure, or the amount of pressure that blood exerts on the artery walls.  Blood pressure is measured as two numbers: systolic pressure and diastolic pressure. The systolic pressure (top number) is a measurement of the pressure within the arteries as the heart beats, while diastolic pressure (bottom number) is measured in between heartbeats. In a healthy person, blood pressure is typically 120/80 mmHg or lower.  

    High blood pressure, also called hypertension , occurs when blood pressure is consistently elevated (140/90 mmHg or above) for long periods of time. When left unmanaged, this condition can lead to arterial damage and serious health complications, including stroke, kidney failure, and blindness. Hypertension is commonly called a “silent killer,” as sufferers often experience no symptoms until their cardiovascular system has already been damaged. 

    Are you at risk for high blood pressure? Below are some of the factors known to contribute to the development of this serious chronic disease.

    • Excessive alcohol use
    • Tobacco use or cigarette smoking
    • Use of birth control pills
    • Inactive or sedentary lifestyle
    • Family history of high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease
    • Kidney disease
    • Diabetes or obesity
    • High-sodium or high-fat diet
    • Chronic stress

    Although the cause of essential high blood pressure is unknown, there are ways to manage and treat the condition. Maintaining a healthy weight, staying physically active, and eating a low-sodium, nutritious diet can all help to keep blood pressure low. There are also certain prescription medications that can be used to control high blood pressure. 

    If you are interested in finding an experienced cardiovascular specialist in the Thousand Oaks area, contact Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center at (805) 497-2727. Our Heart Center is nationally recognized for its high standard of care and positive outcomes. Call us today for more information about our comprehensive diagnostic and treatment options.

  • Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Procedures

    Surgery

    Traditionally, physicians have performed surgery through long, open incisions to achieve an adequate degree of visibility and access to a surgical site. Today, with the introduction of robotic surgical systems and minimally invasive techniques, many surgical procedures can be performed through incisions only centimeters in length. The advanced robotics and monitoring capabilities of the da Vinci® surgical system provide surgeons with unparalleled accuracy and precision even in the most delicate of procedures, including the prostatectomy and hysterectomy.

    • da Vinci® Prostatectomy
      Men diagnosed with prostate cancer are often concerned about how their urinary continence and sexual function may be affected by the prostatectomy procedure. The robotic arms of the da Vinci® surgical system have the ability to filter out any of the surgeon’s hand tremors and also have a much larger range of motion than the human hand. This amazing precision significantly improves the outcome of these procedures and helps to reduce any post-surgical complications. In fact, 92.9 percent of patients who have undergone the da Vinci® prostatectomy regain urinary function within three months, compared with only 54 percent of patients who received open surgery.
    • da Vinci® Hysterectomy
      Women suffering from uterine fibroids, cancer of the uterus, heavy vaginal bleeding, or chronic pelvic pain may opt for a partial or total hysterectomy. In the past, the traditional open procedure came with the risk of a long recovery, painful symptoms, and possible damage to the surrounding tissues. With the da Vinci® surgical technology, the entire procedure can be performed through tiny “keyhole” incisions that minimize blood loss, post-op pain, and recovery time while dramatically improving surgical precision.

    If you have been diagnosed with a medical condition that may require surgery, ask your doctor if robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery is right for your situation. At Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center , our expert da Vinci®-accredited physicians offer our patients all of the benefits of these surgical techniques. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line today at (805) 497-2727 to schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons.

  • Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Procedures

    Surgery

    Traditionally, physicians have performed surgery through long, open incisions to achieve an adequate degree of visibility and access to a surgical site. Today, with the introduction of robotic surgical systems and minimally invasive techniques, many surgical procedures can be performed through incisions only centimeters in length. The advanced robotics and monitoring capabilities of the da Vinci® surgical system provide surgeons with unparalleled accuracy and precision even in the most delicate of procedures, including the prostatectomy and hysterectomy.

    • da Vinci® Prostatectomy
      Men diagnosed with prostate cancer are often concerned about how their urinary continence and sexual function may be affected by the prostatectomy procedure. The robotic arms of the da Vinci® surgical system have the ability to filter out any of the surgeon’s hand tremors and also have a much larger range of motion than the human hand. This amazing precision significantly improves the outcome of these procedures and helps to reduce any post-surgical complications. In fact, 92.9 percent of patients who have undergone the da Vinci® prostatectomy regain urinary function within three months, compared with only 54 percent of patients who received open surgery.
    • da Vinci® Hysterectomy
      Women suffering from uterine fibroids, cancer of the uterus, heavy vaginal bleeding, or chronic pelvic pain may opt for a partial or total hysterectomy. In the past, the traditional open procedure came with the risk of a long recovery, painful symptoms, and possible damage to the surrounding tissues. With the da Vinci® surgical technology, the entire procedure can be performed through tiny “keyhole” incisions that minimize blood loss, post-op pain, and recovery time while dramatically improving surgical precision.

    If you have been diagnosed with a medical condition that may require surgery, ask your doctor if robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery is right for your situation. At Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center , our expert da Vinci®-accredited physicians offer our patients all of the benefits of these surgical techniques. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line today at (805) 497-2727 to schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons.

  • Are You Prepared for an Emergency or Disaster?

    Disasters and medical emergencies are never expected. Fortunately, with a little planning, you can be more prepared for anything that may affect you and your family. This video is a brief introduction to the ways you can prepare for any flood, earthquake, or medical crisis that may come your way. Watch the video to learn more.

    At Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center , we have formulated a Disaster Response Plan that will allow us to respond promptly and efficiently to any crisis that may occur in our service area. If you are interested in learning more about our plans to help mitigate the effects of any harmful disaster or medical crisis, contact our staff today at (805) 497-2727. Our hospital is dedicated to the continued health of our Thousand Oaks community.

  • Are You Prepared for an Emergency or Disaster?

    Disasters and medical emergencies are never expected. Fortunately, with a little planning, you can be more prepared for anything that may affect you and your family. This video is a brief introduction to the ways you can prepare for any flood, earthquake, or medical crisis that may come your way. Watch the video to learn more.

    At Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center , we have formulated a Disaster Response Plan that will allow us to respond promptly and efficiently to any crisis that may occur in our service area. If you are interested in learning more about our plans to help mitigate the effects of any harmful disaster or medical crisis, contact our staff today at (805) 497-2727. Our hospital is dedicated to the continued health of our Thousand Oaks community.

  • CPR for Children and Young Teens

    CPR for Children

    Cardiopulmonary resuscitation , or CPR, can help to circulate oxygenated blood when a medical emergency strikes. When performed properly, this simple act can help to improve a victim’s ability to survive a cardiac or traumatic event. Below are the basic steps for performing CPR on a child or young teen that has become unresponsive and is not breathing.

    • Check immediately to see if the child is responsive. If he or she does not respond, call immediately for medical help and retrieve an AED if one is available.
    • If the child is not breathing , begin chest compressions in the lower half of the chest directly over the sternum (chest bone). Lock your elbows and press down in a straight motion, compressing two inches deep at a rate of 100 compressions per minute.
    • If you are trained in CPR , begin rescue breaths at a rate of two rescue breaths after every 30 chest compressions. Each breath should last about one second in duration.
    • If you are not trained in CPR , continue to perform chest compressions until the AED is ready, the scene becomes unsafe, the child regains consciousness, or until professional medical help arrives. If another person is there with you, take turns to avoid fatigue. 
    • If an AED becomes available, turn it on, place the pads, and follow the instructions on the machine.

    It is possible that CPR can result in fractured ribs, a punctured lung, or soreness in the chest, especially in frail children. The risk of death from these complications, however, is far less than if CPR is never initiated. If you or a loved one experiences any medical emergency, you can trust that Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center will provide you with quality, prompt care. We are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to offer our expert assistance—contact us today at (805) 497-2727 to learn more about our emergency care services.

  • CPR for Children and Young Teens

    CPR for Children

    Cardiopulmonary resuscitation , or CPR, can help to circulate oxygenated blood when a medical emergency strikes. When performed properly, this simple act can help to improve a victim’s ability to survive a cardiac or traumatic event. Below are the basic steps for performing CPR on a child or young teen that has become unresponsive and is not breathing.

    • Check immediately to see if the child is responsive. If he or she does not respond, call immediately for medical help and retrieve an AED if one is available.
    • If the child is not breathing , begin chest compressions in the lower half of the chest directly over the sternum (chest bone). Lock your elbows and press down in a straight motion, compressing two inches deep at a rate of 100 compressions per minute.
    • If you are trained in CPR , begin rescue breaths at a rate of two rescue breaths after every 30 chest compressions. Each breath should last about one second in duration.
    • If you are not trained in CPR , continue to perform chest compressions until the AED is ready, the scene becomes unsafe, the child regains consciousness, or until professional medical help arrives. If another person is there with you, take turns to avoid fatigue. 
    • If an AED becomes available, turn it on, place the pads, and follow the instructions on the machine.

    It is possible that CPR can result in fractured ribs, a punctured lung, or soreness in the chest, especially in frail children. The risk of death from these complications, however, is far less than if CPR is never initiated. If you or a loved one experiences any medical emergency, you can trust that Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center will provide you with quality, prompt care. We are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to offer our expert assistance—contact us today at (805) 497-2727 to learn more about our emergency care services.

  • Food Allergies: Which Foods Most Commonly Trigger Allergic Reactions?

    Food Allergy

    Your immune system is essential for fighting off the dangerous foreign substances in the environment and keeping you from getting sick. In some cases, however, this complex system can become hypersensitive to agents in the environment that are not actually infectious or dangerous, such as pollen, dust mites, or food. This increased sensitivity can lead to a variety of frustrating symptoms, from hives to severe stomach pain. In some cases, allergic reactions can lead to anaphylaxis—a severe reaction that restricts the airway and requires emergency care

    Food allergies typically occur when the immune system becomes sensitive to a protein found in a food item. The foods that appear to be responsible for the majority of allergic reactions include cow’s milk, peanuts, eggs, sesame seed, wheat (gluten), fish, shellfish, tree nuts, such as walnuts or pecans, and soy.

    If you think that you may be allergic to a food item, there are ways that you can prevent any symptoms of allergic reaction. Avoid any food that may have your trigger as an additive ingredient. Read all food labels very carefully and be sure to speak with your server whenever you decide to eat out. If you share utensils during a meal, ensure that it is not contaminated with any allergens before using it. If your reaction to a food is a severe, anaphylactic-type reaction, consider wearing a medical alert bracelet to inform others and speak with your doctor about carrying a dose of epinephrine with you.

    An allergic reaction to peanuts, eggs, or any other food item can affect children and adults alike. If you or a loved one is ever in need of emergency medical care, visit the experts at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center . Our emergency room is open 24 hours per day, every day of the year to provide high-quality medical care when our Thousand Oaks community needs it most. Call us today for more information about our healthcare services: (805) 497-2727

  • Food Allergies: Which Foods Most Commonly Trigger Allergic Reactions?

    Food Allergy

    Your immune system is essential for fighting off the dangerous foreign substances in the environment and keeping you from getting sick. In some cases, however, this complex system can become hypersensitive to agents in the environment that are not actually infectious or dangerous, such as pollen, dust mites, or food. This increased sensitivity can lead to a variety of frustrating symptoms, from hives to severe stomach pain. In some cases, allergic reactions can lead to anaphylaxis—a severe reaction that restricts the airway and requires emergency care

    Food allergies typically occur when the immune system becomes sensitive to a protein found in a food item. The foods that appear to be responsible for the majority of allergic reactions include cow’s milk, peanuts, eggs, sesame seed, wheat (gluten), fish, shellfish, tree nuts, such as walnuts or pecans, and soy.

    If you think that you may be allergic to a food item, there are ways that you can prevent any symptoms of allergic reaction. Avoid any food that may have your trigger as an additive ingredient. Read all food labels very carefully and be sure to speak with your server whenever you decide to eat out. If you share utensils during a meal, ensure that it is not contaminated with any allergens before using it. If your reaction to a food is a severe, anaphylactic-type reaction, consider wearing a medical alert bracelet to inform others and speak with your doctor about carrying a dose of epinephrine with you.

    An allergic reaction to peanuts, eggs, or any other food item can affect children and adults alike. If you or a loved one is ever in need of emergency medical care, visit the experts at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center . Our emergency room is open 24 hours per day, every day of the year to provide high-quality medical care when our Thousand Oaks community needs it most. Call us today for more information about our healthcare services: (805) 497-2727