• Steering Clear of Common Emergencies This Summer

    Summer is a great time to enjoy the warm, sunny weather by spending time outdoors and engaging in healthy and fun physical activities. However, this increase in activity is often accompanied by an increase in emergency room visits as well. Fortunately, there are several easy ways you can keep safety in mind while enjoying summertime activities this year to steer clear of some of the most common medical emergencies, like the ones discussed in the video above.

    Falls

    Falls are one of the most common injuries treated in the emergency room at any time of year. During the summer, falls are often associated with physical activities such as riding bicycles or skateboards, in addition to falls sustained due to sports activities or environmental hazards associated with tripping and loss of balance. Wearing high-quality, well-fitted shoes and protective gear during sports or while riding bikes, skateboards, and scooters is a simple way to prevent injuries associated with falls. Maintaining any play equipment you may have at home, such as trampolines or swing sets, can also help to reduce falls as well.

    Foot Injuries and Infections

    Swimming and beach activities are popular pastimes during the summer; however, pools and beaches can be hazardous environments without proper footwear. Avoid walking barefoot, even at the local pool or beach, and opt for swim shoes over flip-flops, which are more likely to cause trips, falls, and other injuries. Practice daily foot care by washing your feet with soap and water before drying them completely, and bandage any injuries you may have to prevent infection. If you do have cuts on your feet, avoid swimming until they have healed completely.

    Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center wants you and your family to enjoy a fun, healthy, and safe summer this year. Our hospital in Thousand Oaks is proud to provide comprehensive healthcare services, including emergency care, cardiology, surgery, and joint and spine care. We invite you to learn more about managing your health on our informative website or call our Consult-A-Nurse hotline for personalized answers to your health questions at (877) 888-5746.

  • What Is the Long-Term Picture of Cancer Treatment?

    Cancer is one of the top health concerns faced by both men and women today. As hospital research and medical understanding of cancer has improved, so too has the number and efficacy of cancer treatment options available, as well as treatment options to reduce or eliminate potential short- and long-term side effects associated with cancer treatment.

    Surgical Side Effects

    In some cases, cancer treatment includes the surgical removal of a tumor or an area of the body at high risk for cancer. This type of treatment can permanently change the way the body looks or functions, which may have effects on general health, daily lifestyle management, or body image. Certain surgical treatments may also cause physical disability or infertility. If you require surgery as part of your cancer treatment, your physician will discuss both the short-term and long-term changes that may result.

    Chemotherapy Side Effects

    Chemotherapy uses a combination of drugs and chemicals to eliminate cancer cells in the body; however, chemotherapy often targets healthy tissues as well, which can increase your risk for several general health concerns. Patients who undergo chemotherapy treatment may be at higher risk for the development of cataracts, heart problems, early menopause, nerve damage, and osteoporosis, or may be more likely to develop these conditions at a younger age.

    Radiation Therapy Side Effects

    Radiation therapy utilizes high-energy photons to destroy cancer cells; while radiation can often be targeted to reduce collateral damage, healthy tissues and immune system function may still be compromised by this treatment. The long-term effects of radiation therapy can include changes in metabolism, immune response, and heart function, as well as changes in the appearance of the skin.

    At Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, our Cancer Center offers cutting-edge cancer treatment with a compassionate human touch. You can find out more about our hospital and surgery center when you click through our comprehensive website or contact us at (877) 888-5746 for additional healthcare information and physician referrals.

  • Taking Action During Men’s Health Week This June

    National Men’s Health Week is a countrywide effort to improve public education about the health concerns most common among men of every age. This year, National Men’s Health Week will be held from June 13-19, highlighting the information and wellness tools you need to enjoy better health today and throughout your lifetime. We invite you to celebrate this important event in Thousand Oaks with the staff of Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center by taking proactive steps toward improving and maintaining your health.

    Learn Your Risk Factors

    Many of the most common men’s health concerns are associated with genetic and lifestyle risk factors, including your age, your family history, your diet, and even your daily schedule. Taking the time to learn about your personal risk factors can help you develop a long-term health plan that will reduce these risks wherever possible to improve your health or help you manage some of the most common chronic health conditions faced by men today, including diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.

    Increase Daily Physical Activity

    As modern lifestyles focus more than ever before on computing and desk-bound work tasks, getting enough physical activity each day has become a challenge. Making a commitment to increasing the amount you move each day can have many beneficial effects, including better weight management, improved general health, and a positive self-image. Learning more about the recommended amount of physical activity that you should be getting and breaking this total up into smaller, more manageable periods throughout the week can help you easily enjoy a more active and healthier lifestyle.

    Would you like to know more about taking action for better lifelong health? At Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, our hospital serving Thousand Oaks is proud to maintain high-quality healthcare programs that include cardiology , surgery, and emergency and trauma care. You can learn more about us and our dedication to our community’s health online, or by calling our Consult-A-Nurse hotline at (877) 888-5746 to explore your personal health and wellness needs.

  • How Can You Tell If You’re Suffering from a Migraine?

    Headaches are a common reason to visit the hospital or emergency room for professional care. Migraines are severe headaches that can cause debilitating pain, as well as many other uncomfortable or serious symptoms. There are several characteristics that differentiate migraine headaches from other types of headaches; recognizing that you are suffering from a migraine can help you seek the medical care needed to manage this chronic health condition.

    Visual Changes

    Visual changes are a common side effect of migraines; many migraine sufferers experience increased sensitivity to light and blurry vision associated with headache episodes. Additionally, approximately 33% of those who experience migraines also experience visual auras, which can cause temporary partial or total vision loss or visual illusions, such as flashes, zig-zags, or wavy, distorted lines. Visual auras often precede the migraine headache itself, and typically fade as the migraine increases in intensity.

    Dizziness, Nausea, and Vomiting

    Migraines are often so debilitating because they cause not only severe pain, but because they also cause other symptoms as well. These headaches are often associated with dizziness, lightheadedness, and vertigo, as well as nausea and vomiting throughout the duration of the headache. In some cases, migraine sufferers may be particularly sensitive to smells as well, which can exacerbate pain and nausea.

    June is National Migraine Awareness Month. While there is no cure for migraines, medical management through preventive and acute care can help you reduce the impact of this condition on your comfort and your quality of life. You can find out more about migraines and other common health concerns when you visit Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center on the web and check out our Health to You community resource page . If you have questions about migraines or other headaches you may be experiencing, please call our Consult-A-Nurse hotline at (877) 888-5746 for additional help or a physician referral.

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