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    Understanding Common Neurovascular Conditions

    Last updated 1 day 8 hours ago

    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 (877) 888-5746 to reach our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. 

    Thousand Oaks Community Support Services for Breast Cancer Patients

    Last updated 5 days ago

    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 (877) 888-5746 to begin seeing the difference of community outreach for your recovery. 

    Reasons to Trust Los Robles Hospital for Your Breast Cancer Care

    Last updated 7 days ago

    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 (877) 888-5746. 

    Food Safety Tips for Expecting Moms

    Last updated 26 days ago

    When people come into contact with food-borne bacteria, many individuals may experience no ill side effects, as their immune systems can readily fight off these dangerous germs. As this video explains, pregnant women must take special precautions to avoid food-borne illnesses.

    Pregnant women have suppressed immune systems, which make it more difficult to combat food-borne bacteria. As a result, germs lurking in certain foods can cause serious side effects in expecting mothers and their unborn children. To avoid prenatal complications, healthcare experts recommend that pregnant women eat only thoroughly cooked meals and properly refrigerated dishes. Avoiding non-pasteurized products can also help to reduce food-borne illnesses.

    Do you have more food safety questions? The Consult-A-Nurse Hotline at Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks can help. Call (877) 888-5746 to speak with a knowledgeable associate. 

    Should You Be Seeking Professional Care for Your Back Pain?

    Last updated 28 days ago

    Back pain affects the overwhelming majority of adults in the United States. In some cases, a sports injury might cause a temporary muscle strain that eventually recovers on its own. Under other circumstances, a day of moving boxes might result in discomfort that rest gradually remedies. Yet for many people, back pain persists for weeks. It might also develop for unknown reasons, frustrating efforts to address it. Knowing when to see a professional for back pain depends on several factors. Individuals should initially assess how their discomfort affects their normal abilities. People with pain so severe that it limits their capacity to walk, sit, or sleep should consider a professional evaluation. If pain gets in the way of work responsibilities or social engagements, medical treatment might also be necessary.

    You don’t have to suffer from chronic back pain. Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center offers an online questionnaire that can help back pain sufferers better assess the severity of their symptoms. For more information on our questionnaire or back pain services, call our Thousand Oaks hospital at (877) 888-5746.

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