• Hydration Tips for Athletes

    Many people stick to the advice that eight 8-ounce glasses of water is sufficient to stay hydrated throughout the day, but hydration needs differ depending on how active a person is and the environment he or she is in. With this short clip from KFI AM 640, you can hear some hydration tips from Dr. Carlos Reyes at Los Robles Hospital. He explains that sweating diminishes hydration, so it’s important to drink plenty of water before beginning practice. Dr. Reyes also recommends building up to intense activity gradually so that the body has a chance to adjust to the heat.

    When you need emergency care for sports injuries or guidelines to help you stay safe and prevent major illnesses, you can rely on Los Robles Hospital in Ventura County . You can reach us on our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (805) 497-2727 for some quick health tips. 

  • Patient Education on Heart Failure

    Heart failure is often thought of as a sudden event, similar to heart attack or cardiac arrest. However, heart failure is actually a progressive condition that requires ongoing management following an accurate diagnosis with modern screening techniques.

    This video from the American Heart Association discusses some of the modern treatment strategies for heart failure that are creating more hope for patients. Heart failure arises at different stages, and the treatment plan will not look the same for every patient.

    At Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, we utilize the latest treatment modalities and care coordination to ensure that every heart failure patient gets the specific care they need. As technology improves, our care evolves for the patients of the Thousand Oaks community. You can explore more details of our Heart Center and dedicated cardiovascular team on our website or by calling (805) 497-2727. 

  • Clean Living Tips for a Healthy Liver

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    The liver functions as a filtering system for the body. It is a part of the digestive system that cleanses the body of toxins, regulates hormone production, produces blood proteins and enzymes, and stores energy from the food you eat. To make sure your liver is able to maintain its function, you should care for your liver with positive daily habits because any damage done from consuming alcohol, fatty food, or recreational drugs is not reversible.

    To maintain a healthy liver, you will want to focus on cleaner living. This includes a diet primarily consisting of whole foods like fresh fruits and veggies, organic lean meats, and whole grains. The simpler your diet is, the cleaner it will be for your liver. Drinking alcohol is one of the fastest ways to destroy your liver, so you will want to carefully monitor how much you drink when you do indulge, which shouldn’t be more than once or twice per week.

    Los Robles Hospital is always there to help you make healthier decisions and find specialized care when you need it. To explore our upcoming classes and community events in Thousand Oaks, visit our website or call (805) 497-2727 to reach our healthcare referral line. 

  • Are You Informed About Spinal Injury Prevention?

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    Lower back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and it’s the second most common reason for American adults to visit the doctor . Back pain is mostly caused by mechanical issues rather than serious conditions such as arthritis or fractures, but the pain can still be severe and debilitating. It’s important to be aware of what leads to acute spinal injuries that might cause significant pain down the road and keep you from enjoying the activities you once loved. Here is a look at some of the basics of spinal injury prevention that everyone should keep in mind.

    High-risk activities

    While physical activity can be beneficial for preventing back pain, high-impact sports may put the spine at risk for traumatic injuries. If you are an athlete at any level, you should have a comprehensive training routine to help you stay strong and agile so that injuries can be avoided. Jobs involving heavy lifting, frequent bending, and other demanding movements are another high-risk area that should be addressed with smarter work practices and compliance with workplace rules.

    Prevention through healthy habits

    Maintaining strength in the core muscles of the body will help support the spine through unnatural activities like sitting for long periods or sustaining impact in contact sports. Activities like weight training, yoga, and swimming all promote strength in the core muscles and take pressure off of the spine. Other healthy habits like maintaining a neutral sleep posture, drinking plenty of water, and eating a nutritious diet can also help to keep back pain away.

    Early treatment and management

    When you do begin to notice back pain, you won’t want to ignore your symptoms and let them get worse. Imaging tests like X-rays and MRIs can allow your physician to see how the tissues in the spine have been damaged and reveal the proper techniques for minimizing further damage with these injuries. Back pain rarely goes away on its own without recurring shortly after, so you won’t want to risk future injuries by neglecting your care early on.

    Whether you are coping with a degenerative spinal condition or an acute injury, the Spine Program at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center will let you get back on your feet quickly. We utilize state-of-the-art, minimally invasive treatment modalities that allow patients to find complete relief without extensive surgical downtime and rehabilitation. To locate a physician who can help you get on the road to treatment, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (805) 497-2727 or visit our website today.

  • Understanding Common Neurovascular Conditions

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    Neurovascular conditions are among some of the most frightening diseases; they are often life-threatening and tend to arise suddenly with little or no warning. With the right knowledge and reliable emergency care, however, it is possible to live without fear of these complex circulatory conditions that can affect the brain and spine. We take a look at a few of the most common neurovascular diseases to help you stay smart about your neurological health.


    Cerebral aneurysms, also referred to as brain aneurysms, are weakened areas of blood vessels in the brain tissue. Small, non-ruptured aneurysms are not an immediate threat to brain health, but they could become life-threatening if they grow large enough to press on nearby nerves, leak, or burst. In these instances, aneurysms will mimic the symptoms of stroke and cause similar damage. If an aneurysm is diagnosed before it ruptures, it may be treated using minimally invasive techniques to place a stent or coils that support the weakened arterial walls.

    Neurovascular trauma

    Many neurovascular conditions like aneurysms occur without clear causes, but damage may also be sourced to traumatic brain injuries that damage the blood vessels in the brain or neck. When head trauma occurs, it may lead to internal bleeding that threatens the health of the brain tissue. The severity of head injuries may not always be clear at first, so it is always best to be safe with an immediate, thorough examination of the injury.

    Ischemic stroke

    Acute ischemic stroke is by far the most common type of stroke, accounting for about 80% of all stroke cases. It occurs when there is a sudden blockage of the blood vessels that carry oxygenated blood to the brain, and emergency response is needed to restore blood flow and minimize the damage to brain tissue. While the exact time a stroke will occur can’t be predicted, there are factors that may lead to a high stroke risk such as obesity, high cholesterol, hypertension, and previous occurrence of stroke or transient ischemic attack.

    With the Neuroendovascular Program and Trauma II Center at Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks, you can rest assured that you will get the quick, specialized care you need when the unexpected occurs. For a closer look at our neurological care and emergency department, visit our website or call (805) 497-2727 to reach our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line.

  • Thousand Oaks Community Support Services for Breast Cancer Patients

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    Facing a breast cancer diagnosis and undergoing treatment is both physically and mentally demanding for patients, so it is helpful for them to have a place to turn for support and cancer education. Through Los Robles Hospital, there are several programs available to patients who may be having difficulty with the side effects of treatments like radiation and chemotherapy.

    In partnership with the American Cancer Society, Los Robles Hospital offers women the chance to improve their self-image during cancer treatment with the Look Good…Feel Better program. Classes are held monthly and open to all patients undergoing breast cancer care. The Cancer Support Community lets patients, survivors, and their families connect and share their stories along with tops for healthier lifestyles during and after treatment. Finally, women can find some extra help at home with Cleaning for a Reason, which allows women undergoing chemotherapy to have free housecleaning once per month for four months.

    Our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line can allow you to take advantage of any of these helpful support services as you experience the highest level of care at Los Robles Hospital’s Breast Center. Call our referral line today at (805) 497-2727 to begin seeing the difference of community outreach for your recovery. 

  • Reasons to Trust Los Robles Hospital for Your Breast Cancer Care

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    Breast cancer is estimated to take 40,000 lives this year alone, but with the availability of various treatments today, survivorship with this devastating disease has increased over the years. While breast cancer remains among the most frequently diagnosed cancers among women, these diagnoses are coming more often in early stages of the disease when it is much more treatable. At Los Robles Hospital , we are proud to bring excellent breast cancer care to patients in Ventura County and the greater Conejo Valley so that quality care is not far from home. Below you’ll get a look at the ways that our breast cancer program excels over others in the area so that you know you’re in good hands for your ongoing care.

    NAPBC Accreditation

    With accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancer, Los Robles has proven year after year that they are offering the highest level of care from screening through treatment and follow-up. Only hospitals that demonstrate a commitment to their patients by investing in a highly trained, multidisciplinary staff, as well as providing the latest treatment options and nurse care coordinators to guide patients through the toughest days of treatment are given this accreditation.

    Comprehensive care and coordination

    During breast cancer treatment , patients may work with a number of different physicians and specialists while undergoing several therapies at once. Having a designated care coordinator at Los Robles Hospital allows patients to keep track of their treatments and have a trusted resource for questions, support group information, and recovery guidelines. Physicians also benefit from care coordination, as they are able to plan treatments that won’t interfere with existing therapies and medications prescribed by other specialists within the care team.

    Clinical trial accessibility

    In any type of cancer care, it is important for hospitals to remain on the cutting edge of care with state-of-the-art services and inclusion in clinical trials. Los Robles Hospital remains invested in clinical trials and new treatment options to provide each patient with the most personalized, effective care plan possible.

    To discover more information about the breast cancer care at Los Robles Hospital or find the closest center for your annual mammogram , call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (805) 497-2727.