• What Are the Most Common Signs of Stroke?

    Stroke is the third-leading cause of death in the United States, claiming about 140,000 lives every year. That number could be significantly reduced if more people understood the symptoms of stroke and knew when to seek emergency care.

    A stroke occurs when not enough oxygen-rich blood reaches the brain, usually as a result of a blood clot or hemorrhage. A stroke sufferer may experience weakness in the face or arm, usually on one side of the body. Confusion, difficulty speaking, and trouble seeing in one or both eyes are other common symptoms of stroke. Some sufferers also experience difficulty walking, dizziness, and a sudden, severe headache. If you suspect that someone you love is suffering a stroke, do not hesitate to call an ambulance—the sooner a sufferer receives treatment, the likelier it is that he/she will survive the episode.

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    Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center is prepared to handle stroke cases 24 hours a day – 7 days a week. To find a physician near you, please call our dedicated physician referral line at (805) 497-2727. 

  • Planning for Success During Cardiac Rehabilitation

    Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans, and millions undergo life-saving heart surgery every year. Unfortunately, heart surgery does not guarantee that a patient will be spared from heart disease in the future. If you undergo heart surgery at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, it’s important that you alter your lifestyle habits so you can maximize the benefits of your surgery and live a long, healthy life.

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    Following Your Doctor’s Instructions
    Throughout the inpatient, outpatient, and maintenance phases of your cardiac rehabilitation, it’s important that you show up to all your follow-up appointments and adhere to your doctor’s instructions as closely as possible. If your doctor says rest, rest; if they say stay away from sugary treats, eat fruits and vegetables instead. There may be times when your doctor’s instructions are unclear—in these instances, don’t hesitate to ask clarifying questions.

    Taking Your Time
    A heart attack is a major life event that can prevent you from engaging in your favorite activities for a long time. Though you may grow impatient with the recovery process, it’s essential that you give your body the time it needs to heal. Most people can return to their normal activities within a few weeks of a heart attack, while those who undergo heart surgery may require several months.

    Maintaining a Healthy Heart
    In a way, cardiac rehabilitation is never complete. Whether you have a heart attack or undergo heart surgery, you must alter your habits to make sure your heart problems don’t recur. The maintenance phase of cardiac rehabilitation involves periodic medical appointments, during which your doctor evaluates your dietary practices and exercise regimen.

    Cardiac rehabilitation can be tough, but it’s a lot better than living with severe heart troubles. If you have any questions for the board-certified cardiologist at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, call (805) 497-2727.

  • Know How to Spot Unhealthy Diets

    It seems that everywhere you look there is an advertisement for a miracle weight loss treatment. These treatments almost never work and many can be dangerous. 

    This video from the Food and Drug Administration can help you identify and avoid fraudulent weight loss treatments . Exaggerated claims that sound too good to be true usually aren’t true—and many weight loss “supplements” contain drugs that cause cancer, stroke, heart attack, or other serious ailments. When looking for a safe and effective means of weight loss, it’s important to speak with a medical professional.

    Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center can provide professional assistance as you embark on your journey to lose weight. Call (805) 497-2727 to make an appointment, or visit our hospital if you require  emergency care .  

  • Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center Names Natalie Mussi as New President and Chief Executive Officer

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    THOUSAND OAKS, CA (Jan. 21, 2014) – Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Natalie Mussi to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer effective immediately. In this position Mussi will oversee all operations for Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, including the three campus locations: the main hospital; Thousand Oaks Surgical Hospital; and the East Campus, all dedicated to serving residents of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties and the Greater Conejo Valley and its surrounding communities.  

    Prior to being named President and CEO, Mussi served as the Chief Operating Officer of Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center since October 2008 and has served as the Interim CEO for Los Robles for the past month. As COO, Mussi has led Los Robles through its Level II Trauma Center verification, acquisition of Thousand Oaks Surgical Hospital and oversight of the hospital’s construction and expansion projects.

    Mussi previously served as COO for Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, MO, where she oversaw the development of a new 221-bed facility and hospital merger. As part of HCA’s Chief Operating Officer Development Program, Mussi started with HCA at Riverside Community Hospital in Riverside, CA, where she worked in tandem with Bryan R. Rogers as her CEO-mentor to assume responsibility and authority over multiple hospital departments. She continued her development at the HCA Midwest Division in Kansas City, MO, where she was an instrumental part of the acquisition team for Health Midwest.

    “Natalie’s dedication and expertise have continued to elevate her professional growth within HCA,” said Bryan R. Rogers, FACHE, President of HCA Far West Division. “Having witnessed her continued knowledge and leadership, I know she will be successful in her new role at Los Robles Hospital.”

    Mussi holds a Master of Health Administration degree, a Graduate Certificate in Management of Ambulatory Care Systems and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science all from the University of Southern California. She is a Board Member of the Boys and Girls Club of Moorpark and serves on the Southwest Region Trauma Executive Committee.

    “We will miss Greg Angle. He was the right person at the right time for Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center,” stated Rick Lemmo, SVP of Caruso Affiliated and Board Chairman of the hospital. “Natalie has acted as interim CEO twice now and I am very pleased that she is receiving this appointment. It is the right time for her. She is our first female CEO and it is very well deserved.  The board is engaged and ready to continue to work with Natalie as we keep elevating healthcare for area residents.  

    “I have thoroughly enjoyed running the operations of our facilities for the past five-years. I am ready to step into the role as President and CEO and to continue to work with the talented staff and physicians at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center,” said Natalie Mussi, CEO, Los Robles Hospital. “As a regional destination for care, we will continue to expand and offer new services to our growing community and surrounding areas.”

    Natalie lives in the area with her husband and two daughters.

    Mussi replaces Greg Angle who was promoted to President of HCA’s Mountain Division based in Salt Lake City, UT. A search for Chief Operating Officer at Los Robles is currently underway.  

  • Types of Bariatric Surgery You Might Consider for Your Weight Loss Goals

    To lose weight, most doctors recommend that patients opt for a healthy diet and regular exercise. Unfortunately, these solutions don’t work for everyone all the time. If you’re looking to lose weight but have been unsuccessful after months of hard work, you might consider bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery. Keep reading to learn about the types of bariatric surgery offered at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center. 

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    Gastric Bypass
    The first procedure to consider is gastric bypass surgery, which has been successfully performed for years and is the most studied weight loss procedure.  Gastric bypass surgery , also known as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, involves rerouting a section of the small intestines and the creation of a small gastric pouch. After the surgery, the patient will feel full sooner during meals and his body will absorb fewer calories. 

    Sleeve Gastrectomy
    During a sleeve gastrectomy, a surgeon removes a significant portion of the stomach—specifically the portion that encourages the patient to continue eating after he/she is full. Like patients who undergo gastric bypass, those who opt for a sleeve gastrectomy achieve fullness after eating much smaller portions of food. The long-term effects of sleeve gastrectomy are unclear, but the procedure has so far had very promising results.

    Adjustable Band
    Another option is a laparoscopic adjustable band, which involves the placement of a silicone balloon around the upper stomach. The idea is to reduce the amount of food the patient needs to feel full. Lap Band and Realize adjustable bands are popular weight loss options because the bands can be adjusted as patients’ needs change. Adjustable band procedures are also completely reversible.

    To learn more about the above weight loss procedures, schedule an appointment at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center. You can also call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral service at (805) 497-2727 to discuss your options. If you or a loved one experiences heart trouble or another kind of emergency, don’t hesitate to visit our   emergency room .

  • Heart Health by the Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Heart health is something that everyone must take seriously. Heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S. for both men and women. In fact, according to The Heart Foundation, someone dies of heart disease every 33 seconds. Protecting your heart heath is easier than you might think. It all comes down to the numbers. Keeping your blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, and blood glucose in healthy ranges can keep you out of the emergency room. Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks breaks down the numbers of a healthy heart in this infographic. Please share it with your friends and family so they too can take control of their health. Remember, if you experience any signs of a cardiac issue, call 911 and go to the emergency room right away for urgent medical care. 

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  • Healthy Ways to Lose Weight in the New Year

    Americans are thinking about their New Year’s resolutions as 2014 is here. For many, losing weight sits at the top of the list of resolutions—however, losing weight is much easier said than done.

    To successfully lose weight in the new year, it’s important to set achievable goals. For example, you might tell yourself that you’re going to lose five pounds a month. When it comes to losing weight , you should be prepared to work hard; there aren’t any miracle treatments that will help you lose weight without regular exercise and a healthy diet. Doctors recommend getting at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, five days a week. Instead of eating fatty foods, consider incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet. You might also switch out red meats for fish and other lean, healthy sources of protein.

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    The medical professionals at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center are standing by to help you achieve your weight loss goals for the new year. Call (805) 497-2727 to learn more about our hospital and the services we provide.

  • Sticking to Your Resolution to Quit Smoking

    Smoking has been implicated in the development of numerous diseases, and is a significant factor in the deaths of millions of people every year. If you’re currently a smoker, resolving to quit smoking in 2014 is one of the best things you can do for your health. However, quitting smoking is notoriously difficult, which is why the doctors of Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center offer the following pieces of advice for success.

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    Listen to Your Doctor
    Quitting smoking is an important decision for your health; so naturally, your doctor should be involved. Seeking the advice of medical professionals can be especially helpful if you’ve struggled with quitting in the past. Your doctor will gladly discuss the various cessation methods and help you find one that works.

    Seek Support from Your Loved Ones
    Even if you find a method that suits your lifestyle, you still need a lot of willpower to quit smoking. For help finding strength, turn to your friends and loved ones. These individuals can help you find alternative activities and hold you accountable for your moments of weakness. You might also seek out a support group of former smokers and let their advice guide you toward a smoke-free life.

    Don’t Let Setbacks Get You Down
    Though you should make an earnest effort to quit smoking on your first attempt, you shouldn’t be surprised if you suffer a setback. If you light up one cigarette or burn through an entire pack, don’t resign yourself to failure and revert to your old habits. Instead, have a conversation with your doctor, form a new plan, and recommit yourself to quitting. In time, you’ll find that your willpower will prevail.

    The doctors at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center are dedicated to helping you become your healthiest self. If you have any questions about how you can quit smoking, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral service at (805) 497-2727. We’re proud to provide excellent healthcare services to the people of Thousand Oaks and the surrounding areas.

  • Caring for Flu Patients while Protecting Your Health

    Every year, influenza makes millions of people sick and even causes a few thousand deaths. When caring for someone who is sick with the flu, you should be careful to avoid contracting the disease yourself. 

    In this video, a doctor discusses how you can simultaneously care for a flu sufferer while taking care of your own health. An important first step is to make sure you get a flu vaccine every year. To further reduce your chances of coming down with the flu,  encourage your loved one to sneeze and cough into a tissue or his/her sleeve. Lastly, you should both wash your hands frequently to prevent transmission of the disease.

    For more tips on how to stay healthy during the flu season, call Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center at (805) 497-2727. We’re dedicated to your well-being .

  • Make a New Year’s Resolution to Prevent Stroke

    New Year’s presents an excellent opportunity to make commitments that improve your life. If you recently had a stroke or if you know someone who has, you might resolve to reduce your chances of suffering a stroke in 2014. Fortunately, many of the steps you might take to prevent stroke—including eating healthier, quitting smoking, and getting more exercise—can also enhance your overall wellbeing . Here are a few tips from Los Robles Hospital to help you make smart resolutions and stick to them.

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    Be Realistic
    People often give up on their resolutions because their goals are unrealistic. Instead of vowing to lose 20 pounds in January, you might promise to lose five pounds a month and work up from there. Instead of quitting cigarettes cold turkey on January 1st, make a promise to taper your smoking habit and be completely off them by February 1st. Making specific, realistic goals can help you improve your health and reduce your chances of suffering a stroke.

    Reward Yourself
    Exercising five days a week, altering one’s diet, and reducing one’s blood pressure can be hard work. For many, being healthy isn’t enough of a motivation to keep going. For help sticking to your stroke prevention goals, give yourself occasional rewards. One slice of cake after a month of healthy meals isn’t going to cause a stroke.

    Don’t Give Up
    One small setback can make some people abandon their stroke prevention resolutions. Even if you indulge in a cigarette or a night of heavy drinking, it doesn’t negate everything you’ve worked for. You owe it to yourself and your family members to shake off your moment of weakness and recommit yourself to living a healthy, stroke-free life.

    For help avoiding stroke in the new year and for the rest of your life, visit the medical professionals at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center.For more wellness information, call us at (805) 497-2727 or visit our website .

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