• New Technology to Improve Comfort During Mammograms

    Women have long been counseled that receiving a yearly mammogram at their local hospital is the best way to detect breast cancer in its early stages. However, some women may delay getting a mammogram because they fear the discomfort it can sometimes cause. Now, Dutch researchers have developed a new device that can reduce the patient’s discomfort.

    Watch this video to hear about this simple solution for mammography discomfort. The device fits over the plates that compress the breast and measures the pressure being exerted. This enables technicians to standardize pressure used for each mammogram.

    The Breast Center at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center provides sensitive and compassionate care for women within a high-tech environment. Women throughout the Thousand Oaks area can speak with a registered nurse at our hospital by calling (805) 497-2727.

  • What You Need to Know to Choose a Primary Care Provider

    Doctor and patient

    A primary care physician is typically a general practitioner who will be your main point of contact for your healthcare needs. You’ll visit this physician at your local hospital for your regular wellness exams and screening tests, and to discuss any symptoms that you may have noticed. Your doctor can diagnose and treat a wide range of healthcare issues, and refer you to a specialist if need be. Because your primary care physician plays such an integral role in your well-being, there are a number of factors you should consider when choosing a doctor at your community hospital.

    Understanding the Types of Healthcare Providers

    At your community hospital, there may be many different types of physicians who can provide primary care . Many people choose family practitioners, who treat both children and adults. If you’re a parent, it’s a good idea to select a pediatrician to care for your infant, child, or adolescent. Some women choose obstetricians/gynecologists as their primary care doctors, particularly if family planning considerations are especially important to them. Or, you might decide to select an internist, or a specialist in internal medicine, as your primary physician.

    Evaluating Your Healthcare Plan Coverage

    For many people, insurance coverage plays a significant role in selecting a primary care doctor. Check with your insurance company to see if a particular doctor or hospital is within your healthcare plan network. Alternatively, you could call a few doctors’ offices to ask if they accept your insurance plan.

    Schedule an Interview with the Physician

    It’s a good idea to meet with the physician before making your final decision. Since communication between patients and physicians is vital, assess whether you feel comfortable discussing personal medical details with the doctor. Consider other factors such as the doctor’s communication style, office hours, and ease of scheduling appointments.

    You can use the physician locator tool to find a healthcare provider at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center. Browse through our website to learn more about our healthcare services, including emergency room care and cardiology services. Or, call (805) 497-2727 to speak with a registered nurse at our hospital in Thousand Oaks.

  • Spotlight on Women’s Heart Health

    Heart Care

    In the U.S., more women die of heart disease than any other cause, including breast cancer. Women can learn how to protect themselves from this deadly disease by visiting a heart hospital and discussing their risk factors with their physicians. Many risk factors are modifiable, such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Physical inactivity and smoking are other controllable risk factors.

    Another way women can protect themselves is by being aware of the subtle symptoms that can indicate a heart attack and by calling for transportation to an emergency room if these symptoms are observed. The symptoms of a heart attack often differ in women as compared to men. Women are more likely to suffer from dizziness, unusual fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, and back pain, although they may also experience chest discomfort.

    At Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, a heart hospital in Thousand Oaks, we are committed to helping women and men become better informed about their heart health. Call our hospital’s Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (805) 497-2727 to speak with a registered nurse and consider attending our free Women’s Heart Health Seminar Series.

  • Answers to Your Questions About Heart Attacks

    Heart with heartbeat

    Thanks to the swift responses of emergency room physicians, tens of thousands of patients in the U.S. survive heart attacks each year. However, it is still undeniably preferable to avoid this life-threatening health problem whenever possible. If you’ve been told that you have a heart condition and you’re at risk of a heart attack, consider visiting a cardiology specialist at a heart hospital. You can learn more about your risk factors and how to identify a possible heart attack.

    Am I at Risk of a Heart Attack?

    It is possible to suffer a heart attack without having any of the risk factors for it. However, as a cardiology specialist can advise you, having one or more risk factors can increase the chances of suffering a cardiovascular event. If you lead a sedentary lifestyle, you could be doubling your risk of a heart attack. However, bear in mind that you’re also at risk if you’ve been physically inactive, and then abruptly increase your physical activity. Other risk factors include excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, testosterone therapy, illicit drug use, hypertension, high cholesterol, and obesity.

    What Symptoms May Occur?

    The classic sign of a heart attack is pain or pressure in the chest. However, chest pain may not always occur, especially in women. Other symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, shortness of breath, jaw pain, and back pain.

    When Should I Call 911?

    Many people delay calling 911 for transportation to the nearest emergency room because they’re unsure if having just a few symptoms of a heart attack is truly a medical emergency. In fact, most people who suffer a heart attack do not experience all of the symptoms. If you’ve experienced any of the possible symptoms, they continue to worsen, and they persist for more than five minutes, call 911 right away.

    The nationally recognized Los Robles Cardiac and Cardiovascular Center at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center is dedicated to saving lives by providing advanced medical technologies and highly trained cardiology specialists. If you or a loved one may be experiencing a heart attack, please call 911 immediately. Otherwise, you can learn more about the cardiology services available in Thousand Oaks by calling (805) 497-2727.