• What is Trauma? Symptoms and Treatment

    Trauma Care

    Trauma occurs when the body is subjected to a shock due to a fall, blow, violence, or accident. These injuries do not only include physical damage—trauma can be exacerbated and complicated by psychiatric, social, and behavioral factors. For this reason, many traumatic injuries can lead to long-term disability that extends far beyond the physical symptoms. At Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, our emergency medical team works around the clock to help victims of traumatic injuries receive the prompt, quality care that they need to achieve the best possible outcome. 

    The symptoms of trauma can vary significantly depending on the cause of injury and the situation in which the injury occurred. If you experience any of the following symptoms, consider seeking your doctor’s help:

    • Multiple injuries to any part of the body
       
    • Obstruction of the airway leading to difficulty breathing
       
    • Bleeding
       
    • Cardiac or respiratory failure
       
    • Damage to the body’s vital organs
       
    • Injury to the central nervous system, which includes the brain and spinal cord
       
    • Sepsis , or infection of the bloodstream
       
    • Psychological symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, inappropriate calmness, anger, post-traumatic stress disorder, or acute stress problems

    The treatment of traumatic injuries will vary from person to person and depend on the type of injury suffered. Based on a variety of factors, the physician will formulate a treatment plan that typically includes the following:

    • Resuscitation or stabilization
      These steps involve restoring healthy body function through minimizing blood loss, normalizing vital signs, and restoring the functioning of any damaged vital organs.
       
    • Surgery or medical treatment
      After achieving stabilization, the physician may choose to perform surgery or another medical treatment to promote optimal health.
       
    • Cognitive and behavioral therapy
      Traumatic injuries can lead to ongoing psychological symptoms. Cognitive and behavioral therapy can help to minimize these symptoms.

    To reduce your risk of traumatic injury, wear safety equipment during sports activities, use the recommended safety precautions for automobiles, and know the basics of fire prevention. You can also contact the healthcare experts at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center at (805) 497-2727 for more information.

     

  • What is Trauma? Symptoms and Treatment

    Trauma Care

    Trauma occurs when the body is subjected to a shock due to a fall, blow, violence, or accident. These injuries do not only include physical damage—trauma can be exacerbated and complicated by psychiatric, social, and behavioral factors. For this reason, many traumatic injuries can lead to long-term disability that extends far beyond the physical symptoms. At Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, our emergency medical team works around the clock to help victims of traumatic injuries receive the prompt, quality care that they need to achieve the best possible outcome. 

    The symptoms of trauma can vary significantly depending on the cause of injury and the situation in which the injury occurred. If you experience any of the following symptoms, consider seeking your doctor’s help:

    • Multiple injuries to any part of the body
       
    • Obstruction of the airway leading to difficulty breathing
       
    • Bleeding
       
    • Cardiac or respiratory failure
       
    • Damage to the body’s vital organs
       
    • Injury to the central nervous system, which includes the brain and spinal cord
       
    • Sepsis , or infection of the bloodstream
       
    • Psychological symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, inappropriate calmness, anger, post-traumatic stress disorder, or acute stress problems

    The treatment of traumatic injuries will vary from person to person and depend on the type of injury suffered. Based on a variety of factors, the physician will formulate a treatment plan that typically includes the following:

    • Resuscitation or stabilization
      These steps involve restoring healthy body function through minimizing blood loss, normalizing vital signs, and restoring the functioning of any damaged vital organs.
       
    • Surgery or medical treatment
      After achieving stabilization, the physician may choose to perform surgery or another medical treatment to promote optimal health.
       
    • Cognitive and behavioral therapy
      Traumatic injuries can lead to ongoing psychological symptoms. Cognitive and behavioral therapy can help to minimize these symptoms.

    To reduce your risk of traumatic injury, wear safety equipment during sports activities, use the recommended safety precautions for automobiles, and know the basics of fire prevention. You can also contact the healthcare experts at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center at (805) 497-2727 for more information.

     

  • Preventative Screenings for those Age 60+

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    (THOUSAND OAKS, CA) – Preventative health screenings are an effective way to identify hidden health risks. It can be the first step in early intervention to prevent potential health events later on.

    If you’re 60 years of age or older, these screenings are exceptionally important. Understand what they can tell you. Join Munria Husain, M.D., Family Physician on staff at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, at a seminar where she will discuss these screenings and the right steps towards a healthy future. 

    The free seminar will be held Thursday, June 28, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Oaks Mall, lower level, near Macy’s Men’s and Home Store.

    Sponsored by Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, Health Chats is a free community seminar held the third and fourth Thursday of the month at the Oaks Mall by Macy’s Men’s and Home Store on the lower level. Light refreshments are served.

  • Preventative Screenings for those Age 60+

    Los-Robles-Cast-Page-Centered-Logo

    (THOUSAND OAKS, CA) – Preventative health screenings are an effective way to identify hidden health risks. It can be the first step in early intervention to prevent potential health events later on.

    If you’re 60 years of age or older, these screenings are exceptionally important. Understand what they can tell you. Join Munria Husain, M.D., Family Physician on staff at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, at a seminar where she will discuss these screenings and the right steps towards a healthy future. 

    The free seminar will be held Thursday, June 28, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Oaks Mall, lower level, near Macy’s Men’s and Home Store.

    Sponsored by Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, Health Chats is a free community seminar held the third and fourth Thursday of the month at the Oaks Mall by Macy’s Men’s and Home Store on the lower level. Light refreshments are served.

  • How Stress Can Affect Your Heart Health

    Stress

    What’s going on in your mind can affect your body , and that connection is often noticeable in our heart health . Researchers have repeatedly found that stress – and other factors associated with feeling stressed-out – may raise our chances of having heart problems.

    Here are some of the connections between stress and poor heart health:

    • Work stress
      Researchers have found that men whose jobs are stressful – perhaps because they’re demanding or the workplace offers little support – may be 50 percent more likely to develop heart disease.
       
    • Home stress 
      Arguments, conflicts, and other stressful problems at home have also been found to raise people’s risk of heart disease, particularly women’s.
       
    • Harmful coping strategies
      Many people deal with their stress by eating too much, smoking, drinking alcohol, and avoiding exercise. These types of unhealthy coping strategies can harm your heart, in part by raising your blood pressure. 
       
    • Isolation
      Having friends and staying socially active can help protect us from chronic stress. (Our friends can listen when we’re stressed-out and remind us that we’re not alone with our problems). People who are isolated because they don’t have good support networks, however, have been found to have a higher risk of dying at a younger age from heart disease.
       
    • Emotional struggles
      Depression and anxiety – two concerns that often go hand-in-hand with stress – can be related to heart problems. A number of studies have shown that people with depression are more likely to develop heart disease. And people who develop heart disease who are also depressed tend to have a worse outcome from the heart problem. Anxiety may also raise your chances of developing heart disease.
       
    • Personality factors
      Research has found that people who tend to be angry or hostile are more likely to develop heart problems.

    Dealing better with stress can improve your overall health and elevate your quality of life, though it’s not clear whether managing your stress better can help prevent a heart attack or other heart problems, according to the American Heart Association.

    Still, if you already know you have heart disease and you’re feeling stressed, the organization recommends talking with your doctor about it. A specialist in a heart hospital is also a good resource to consult about the links between stress and your heart health.

    Healthy ways of coping with stress include exercise, following a nutritious diet and keeping a healthy weight, getting enough sleep, and working to keep a positive outlook.

    Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center has been providing top-notch cardiology care for more than four decades. We provide a full range of heart care, from diagnosing heart problems to open heart surgery to cardiac rehabilitation. To find a Los Robles Hospital physician who specializes in heart care, contact Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center toll-free at (805) 497-2727.

  • How Stress Can Affect Your Heart Health

    Stress

    What’s going on in your mind can affect your body , and that connection is often noticeable in our heart health . Researchers have repeatedly found that stress – and other factors associated with feeling stressed-out – may raise our chances of having heart problems.

    Here are some of the connections between stress and poor heart health:

    • Work stress
      Researchers have found that men whose jobs are stressful – perhaps because they’re demanding or the workplace offers little support – may be 50 percent more likely to develop heart disease.
       
    • Home stress 
      Arguments, conflicts, and other stressful problems at home have also been found to raise people’s risk of heart disease, particularly women’s.
       
    • Harmful coping strategies
      Many people deal with their stress by eating too much, smoking, drinking alcohol, and avoiding exercise. These types of unhealthy coping strategies can harm your heart, in part by raising your blood pressure. 
       
    • Isolation
      Having friends and staying socially active can help protect us from chronic stress. (Our friends can listen when we’re stressed-out and remind us that we’re not alone with our problems). People who are isolated because they don’t have good support networks, however, have been found to have a higher risk of dying at a younger age from heart disease.
       
    • Emotional struggles
      Depression and anxiety – two concerns that often go hand-in-hand with stress – can be related to heart problems. A number of studies have shown that people with depression are more likely to develop heart disease. And people who develop heart disease who are also depressed tend to have a worse outcome from the heart problem. Anxiety may also raise your chances of developing heart disease.
       
    • Personality factors
      Research has found that people who tend to be angry or hostile are more likely to develop heart problems.

    Dealing better with stress can improve your overall health and elevate your quality of life, though it’s not clear whether managing your stress better can help prevent a heart attack or other heart problems, according to the American Heart Association.

    Still, if you already know you have heart disease and you’re feeling stressed, the organization recommends talking with your doctor about it. A specialist in a heart hospital is also a good resource to consult about the links between stress and your heart health.

    Healthy ways of coping with stress include exercise, following a nutritious diet and keeping a healthy weight, getting enough sleep, and working to keep a positive outlook.

    Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center has been providing top-notch cardiology care for more than four decades. We provide a full range of heart care, from diagnosing heart problems to open heart surgery to cardiac rehabilitation. To find a Los Robles Hospital physician who specializes in heart care, contact Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center toll-free at (805) 497-2727.

  • Heart Health PSA with Mariah Carey

    According to the American Heart Association, heart attack is the leading cause of death in the United States. Stroke, also known as a brain attack, is the fourth leading cause of death in American men and women. Do not become a part of these statistics—evaluate your risk factors and actively improve your health today. In this video, Mariah Carey discusses the importance of cardiovascular health and what you can do to stay healthy every day.

    Are you in need of a compassionate and experienced medical specialist? Contact the Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line today at (805) 497-2727 to schedule a consultation with a physician associated with our hospital.  Our nurses are available all hours of the day to help you find a doctor to suit your needs.

  • Heart Health PSA with Mariah Carey

    According to the American Heart Association, heart attack is the leading cause of death in the United States. Stroke, also known as a brain attack, is the fourth leading cause of death in American men and women. Do not become a part of these statistics—evaluate your risk factors and actively improve your health today. In this video, Mariah Carey discusses the importance of cardiovascular health and what you can do to stay healthy every day.

    Are you in need of a compassionate and experienced medical specialist? Contact the Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line today at (805) 497-2727 to schedule a consultation with a physician associated with our hospital.  Our nurses are available all hours of the day to help you find a doctor to suit your needs.

  • What Is Gamma Knife and How Does It Work?

    Medical Technology

    The Gamma Knife Center at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center is proud to offer some of the most advanced medical treatment for tumors, lesions, and other disruptive disorders of the brain. Utilizing the Gamma Knife technology, many conditions can be effectively treated that were considered “untreatable” in the recent past. If you are curious to learn more about this revolutionary technology and its capabilities, read on.

    What is Gamma Knife?
    Gamma Knife is a form of stereotactic radiosurgery . Although its name suggests that it is a form of surgery involving stitches and scalpels, it is actually not a surgical treatment at all. The Gamma Knife, using advanced medical imaging techniques, focuses 201 beams of gamma radiation onto the tumor or other abnormal area of the brain. No incisions are needed, minimizing side effects and eliminating the risks associated with general anesthesia. This approach makes it possible to effectively treat hard-to-reach, deep-seated brain tumors that are not reachable through traditional surgical means.

    How does the technology work?
    Gamma Knife treatment requires the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of medical specialists and support staff. A titanium imaging frame is secured to the skull to facilitate optimal precision for the administration of gamma rays. High-definition images are then taken of the brain using MRI or CT scanning and used to formulate a unique, personalized treatment plan. Radiation is administered with amazing precision to minimize damage of healthy tissue and maximize damage to abnormal tissue. Treatment is typically required only once to provide optimal results.

    Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center has been offering this amazing technology to the Thousand Oaks community for almost five years. To find out more about Gamma Knife and whether or not it may benefit you, contact us at (805) 497-2727 today. Our nurses can help you to schedule an appointment with one of our Gamma Knife specialists.

  • What Is Gamma Knife and How Does It Work?

    Medical Technology

    The Gamma Knife Center at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center is proud to offer some of the most advanced medical treatment for tumors, lesions, and other disruptive disorders of the brain. Utilizing the Gamma Knife technology, many conditions can be effectively treated that were considered “untreatable” in the recent past. If you are curious to learn more about this revolutionary technology and its capabilities, read on.

    What is Gamma Knife?
    Gamma Knife is a form of stereotactic radiosurgery . Although its name suggests that it is a form of surgery involving stitches and scalpels, it is actually not a surgical treatment at all. The Gamma Knife, using advanced medical imaging techniques, focuses 201 beams of gamma radiation onto the tumor or other abnormal area of the brain. No incisions are needed, minimizing side effects and eliminating the risks associated with general anesthesia. This approach makes it possible to effectively treat hard-to-reach, deep-seated brain tumors that are not reachable through traditional surgical means.

    How does the technology work?
    Gamma Knife treatment requires the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of medical specialists and support staff. A titanium imaging frame is secured to the skull to facilitate optimal precision for the administration of gamma rays. High-definition images are then taken of the brain using MRI or CT scanning and used to formulate a unique, personalized treatment plan. Radiation is administered with amazing precision to minimize damage of healthy tissue and maximize damage to abnormal tissue. Treatment is typically required only once to provide optimal results.

    Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center has been offering this amazing technology to the Thousand Oaks community for almost five years. To find out more about Gamma Knife and whether or not it may benefit you, contact us at (805) 497-2727 today. Our nurses can help you to schedule an appointment with one of our Gamma Knife specialists.