• How Hologic 3D Mammography Is Making a Difference in the Diagnosis of Breast Cancer

    Mammograms have long been the gold standard for detecting breast cancer in its early stages, but with the latest development, mammography technology is more powerful than ever before. Hologic 3D mammograms are the latest tool your doctor has in the fight against breast cancer.

    Watch this video to learn what makes Hologic 3D mammograms different from traditional mammograms. Thanks to the 3D imaging, doctors are now able to see one-millimeter sections of breast tissue from all angles. This means that suspicious tissue growth is far less likely to be obscured, allowing for even earlier diagnosis.

    Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center is pleased to offer this advanced imaging technology to patients of our Thousand Oaks hospital. Our hospital also has cancer care on-site should you need to be referred for treatment. Find out more by calling (805) 497-2727. 

  • Get a Look at the Facilities at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center

    At Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, we are committed to providing the most advanced care possible in an environment designed for the comfort of our patients and their loved ones. You can take a virtual tour of our hospital in this video. In this clip, you’ll see our patient rooms, surgery suites, diagnostic testing rooms, and our emergency room, as well as our welcoming waiting rooms and cafeteria.

    You can put your trust in Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks for all of your family’s healthcare needs. For more information about our hospital services , please call (805) 497-2727 or visit our website. 

  • Coping with Food Cravings When You Quit Smoking

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    The decision to stop smoking is one of the most important ones you can make for your health, but many people put off giving up the habit because they fear gaining weight. It’s true that weight gain is possible in the immediate period after you quit, but the good news is that there are steps you can take to curb food cravings and weight gain when you quit.

    Keep your hunger in check by eating several small, balanced meals throughout the day instead of three larger ones. Try to find ways to reward yourself for victories that don’t revolve around food. Try to minimize your alcohol intake, which can spark your appetite and lead to bad food choices. Since you’ll be breathing easier, get more physical activity, which will help burn calories while controlling your appetite.

    Talk to a Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center nurse or physician if you need help quitting or have questions about how smoking impacts your heart health. You can find out more about our Thousand Oaks hospital services by calling (805) 497-2727. 

  • What to Do When Someone Is Having a Stroke

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    When a person is having a stroke, every second counts. The faster a stroke patient gets to the emergency room , the more brain tissue can be saved. Would you know what to do if you saw someone having a stroke? Here are the steps you need to know that just might save someone’s life.

    Spot the Signs

    Symptoms of stroke can sometimes be subtle, but if you know what to look for, you can spot them. During a stroke, victims may begin to slur his or her words or have difficulty speaking. You may notice that the face begins to droop on one side. If you suspect someone is having a stroke, ask him or her to raise both arms. If one drifts downward, a stroke could be to blame. Severe headaches, vision problems, and loss of coordination are also possible stroke symptoms. If you see these signs in someone, act quickly to get help.

    Call 911

    For the best possible outcomes, stroke patients should receive emergency treatment within 60 minutes of the onset of symptoms. Sooner is even better. If you’re very close to a hospital, bring the person to the emergency room for care. If you’re more than a few minutes from the hospital, dial 911 for ambulance, for faster hospital transfer and so treatment can begin while in transit.

    Stand By

    Emergency room doctors may have questions about the symptoms you saw, so stay at the hospital if possible. Depending on your relationship with the stroke victim, you may also be able to provide crucial information about the patient’s medical history and chronic conditions that can help doctors treat the stroke.

    The Certified Primary Stroke Center at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks provides comprehensive stroke care, from emergency room to rehabilitation. For questions about stroke treatment and other services in our hospital, please call (805) 497-2727.

  • A Look at the Warning Signs for Alzheimer’s Disease

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    Alzheimer’s disease typically comes on slowly. Most patients experience a gradual decline in mental functioning that at first is easy to chalk up to other causes. However, because early detection of Alzheimer’s may allow treatments that can slow the progression of the disease, it’s important to be aware of the warning signs so you can report them to your doctor if you experience them.

    Memory loss that interferes with daily life is one of the first indicators of Alzheimer’s, but there are others. In the early stages of the disease, people may suddenly struggle with planning or problem solving and become unable to complete familiar tasks. It may get harder to follow conversations or come up with the right word. Change in mood or personality is common, as is a sudden withdrawal from usual activities.

    If you are concerned about Alzheimer’s symptoms in yourself or someone you love, request a referral to a physician at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center. Contact our Thousand Oaks hospital today by calling (805) 497-2727. 

  • Teaching Your Child Healthy Living With Type One Diabetes

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    Adjusting to diabetes is a process for patients of all ages, for but kids with type one diabetes, there are unique challenges. For parents, this is also an opportunity to help their children adopt healthy habits that will stay with them for life. A good place to start learning about how to support your child’s health is to take a diabetes education class at a local hospital . These tips will also help.

    Make a Plan for School

    Your child’s school needs to be your partner in diabetes care . You will need to ensure that the school is able to help your child take insulin shots and test his or her blood sugar throughout the day. Work with your child’s teacher to help him or her understand the warning signs of low blood sugar and develop an action plan for emergencies. Food can be one of the biggest issues at school for kids with type one diabetes. Find out what is on offer in the school cafeteria, and if there aren’t suitable choices, pack your child’s lunch while working with the school on boosting healthy options. Get your child’s teachers involved in finding non-food alternatives for class celebrations, such as extra recess time or a movie.

    Involve Your Child in Food Choices

    Although it may seem easier to simply choose the best foods for your child yourself, it’s a good idea to involve him or her in planning meals. This gives you a chance to teach your child about the carb counting needed to determine insulin dosing as well as to talk to him or her about smart food choices versus poor ones. These lessons will empower your child to make good food decisions when you’re not around.

    Embrace Activity

    Exercise plays an important role in diabetes management, so make activity part of your family’s life. Go for walks together, get outside and play games, or go for a swim. By seeing you take part, your child will get the message about the importance of being active.

    For more help with managing your child’s type one diabetes, see a pediatrician at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center . For more information about the services at our Thousand Oaks hospital, dial (805) 497-2727.  

  • Men’s Health Tips for Movember

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    Each November, men everywhere say good-bye to their razors and wear their moustaches proudly to raise awareness of men’s health issues. This annual event, known as Movember, is a great time for men to refocus on wellness and take steps to stay healthy. If you need a new physician this Movember to help you get on the road to better health, contact Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center for a referral. Here are some small changes you can make this Movember to boost your health.

    Know Where You Stand

    When was the last time you had a check-up? If you’re not sure where you stand with important health indicators, it’s time for an appointment. Aim to learn crucial health numbers, including your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood glucose levels. These numbers indicate many things about your health, including your risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. When you know where you stand, you can take action to improve your health. In addition to these numbers, know your family health history , so you have a better understanding of your risk factors for certain diseases.

    Quit Smoking

    Make a major impact on your health by giving up smoking. When you smoke, you double your risk of heart disease and your risk of lung cancer is 20 times that of a non-smoker. When you quit, however, your health starts improving the second you finish your last cigarette. If you want to quit but are struggling to fight the cravings, ask your doctor for help.

    Get Good Sleep

    Sleep is the foundation of good health. Lack of sleep can lead to depression, weight gain, heart disease, and other problems. Try to stick to a regular sleep schedule to give your body the rest it needs. If you’re having trouble sleeping, talk to your doctor.

    Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center has the services you need to make this Movember your healthiest one yet. From our emergency room to our heart hospital , our comprehensive care supports your well-being all year long. For more information about our Thousand Oaks hospital, dial (805) 497-2727.  

  • How the Gamma Knife Can Facilitate Treatment Where Conventional Surgery Is Not Possible

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    When illness strikes the brain, surgery is not always an option. Often, conventional surgery is simply too risky, or patients may not be well enough to have general anesthesia. The Gamma Knife gives new hope to these patients. At Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center , we rely on the Gamma Knife to treat a range of brain conditions. Here’s what you need to know about this revolutionary treatment and the promise it provides to patients with brain disorders.

    What Is the Gamma Knife?

    The Gamma Knife is a type of radiosurgery that requires no incisions. In fact, the “knife” in question is really made up of laser beams that can precisely target regions of the brain. Because the Gamma Knife is non-invasive, general anesthesia is not required. Often, the procedure can be performed at a hospital on an outpatient basis, though sometimes an overnight hospital stay is required. 

    What Can the Gamma Knife Treat?

    Many different conditions can be treated using the Gamma Knife. Benign and malignant brain tumors, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Essential Tremor, and arterial venous malformation (AVM) are some of the issues we address most often with the Gamma Knife, but it can provide relief for many different movement and functional brain disorders.

    What Are the Benefits of the Gamma Knife?

    The most significant advantage of the Gamma Knife is that it can be used even when conventional surgery is not possible. It’s an ideal procedure for people who can’t have general anesthesia, and it also allows doctors to treat very sensitive areas of the brain without any risk to surrounding healthy brain tissue. Gamma Knife treatment can also be repeated multiple times, unlike conventional surgery.

    Is Gamma Knife treatment right for you? Make an appointment with a physician at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center for a consultation to learn more. Our Thousand Oaks hospital also offers a range of other services, including cardiology and an emergency room. For more information about the Gamma Knife and other services, call (805) 497-2727.