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    How Is Childhood Obesity Being Managed Today?

    Last updated 2 days 17 hours ago

    Childhood obesity is no longer confined to developed nations. This serious pediatric health issue is now a global epidemic. Battling childhood obesity isn’t as simple as encourage kids to choose healthier snacks and swap video games for outside play. This video explores how a multidisciplinary approach can help make real change possible.

    Obesity isn’t just caused by poor food choices and sedentary lifestyles. Many economic, cultural, and physiological factors are also at play. A systems science approach that integrates research into all of these influences and makes partners of hospitals, policy makers, and empowered patients, may be the best chance of overcoming childhood obesity.

    At Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, we are committed to improving the health of our Thousand Oaks communities through conscientious care and patient education. From our ER to our cardiology hospital and pediatric specialists, find out how we can help your entire family achieve good health by calling (877) 888-5746. 

    How Los Robles Hospital Is Advancing Cancer Care in Southern California

    Last updated 5 days ago

    When you have cancer, where you choose to get your care matters. At Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, we are committed to bringing the very latest in cutting-edge cancer treatment to Southern California combined with the compassionate care that all patients deserve.

    Our Cancer Center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and has a proven record of treating patients throughout Thousand Oaks and the surrounding communities. We treat patients with all types of cancer diagnoses using chemotherapy, radiation, and surgical treatments. We also offer Gamma Knife treatment for patients with inoperable brain tumors. With a multidisciplinary medical staff that includes nutritionists, financial counselors, and social workers, we care for the whole patient, not just the cancer.

    If you have been diagnosed with cancer, learn more about the care we provide at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center by calling (877) 888-5746. We can help you explore your treatment options at our hospital and empower you to make smart choices about your care. 

    Taking a Closer Look at Coronary Artery Disease

    Last updated 9 days ago

    Coronary artery disease, also sometimes called coronary heart disease, is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. Although extremely common, coronary artery disease is largely preventable and can be controlled with a combination of medications and lifestyle changes. If you have coronary artery disease or have been told by your cardiologist that you are at risk, here is what you need to know to take control of your heart health.

    What Is Coronary Artery Disease?

    Coronary artery disease occurs when plaque build-up restricts the flow of the blood through the coronary arteries to the heart. The buildup of plaque, known as atherosclerosis, usually takes place over the course of many years and is caused by factors such as high cholesterol and a high fat diet. In addition to reducing the blood flow to the heart by narrowing the arteries, the plaque can also harden and cause blood clots that can cause heart attacks and strokes.

    What Are the Symptoms?

    Angina, or chest pain, is one of the most common symptoms of coronary artery disease. Angina pain can spread to the arms, neck, and jaw, and may feel like indigestion. Angina usually lasts from two to 10 minutes. If you experience angina that lasts for more than 15 minutes, go to the ER as you could be having a heart attack. Shortness of breath, nausea, and weakness are also possible with coronary artery disease.

    What Treatments Are Available?

    Your cardiologist may use medications to treat your coronary artery disease, including blood-thinners, beta blockers, and nitroglycerine for angina. Medications to lower cholesterol may also help. Eating a heart-healthy diet, getting exercise as recommended by your cardiologist, and stopping smoking will also help. In some cases, bypass surgery is necessary.

    The heart hospital at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center is staffed by skilled cardiologists who can help you control your coronary artery disease and reduce your chances of complications. Get answers to your questions about your condition and our Thousand Oaks hospital by calling (877) 888-5746. 

    Hand Washing Tips to Help You Avoid Illness This Winter

    Last updated 9 days ago

    If you want to avoid illness this winter, make hand washing a priority. By washing your hands, you clean away germs that can make you sick and that you could spread on to other people. How and when you wash your hands also makes a big difference in maintaining good health. Here is what you need to know.

    You should wash your hands before and after making food, before eating, after using the bathroom, and after blowing your nose. You should also wash up after interacting with someone who is sick. To wash your hands thoroughly, wet your hands with water, apply soap, lather and scrub for at least 20 seconds, and then rinse and dry your hands.

    Talk to your doctor at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center for more advice on things you can do to prevent illness. When health problems do strike, our Thousand Oaks hospital is here with comprehensive care, including an ER. For more information, call our hospital at (877) 888-5746. 

    What Patients Should Know About TAVR

    Last updated 10 days ago

    Transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, is a relatively new procedure for patients suffering from aortic stenosis. TAVR is minimally invasive and can be effective for many patients who cannot undergo traditional valve replacement. If your cardiologist has recommended that you have a TAVR procedure, here is what you need to know.

    What Is TAVR?

    TAVR is an alternative to full aortic valve replacement. During TAVR, your cardiologist will place an artificial valve inside of your existing, damaged valve, rather than removing the old valve. The valve is then expanded, pushing the old valve out of the way, so that blood will now flow through the new valve. The replacement valve will then regulate blood flow. The idea behind TAVR is similar to placing a stent in a clogged artery. Patients may also hear TAVR referred to as TAVI, which stands for transcatheter aortic valve implantation.

    What Happens During the Procedure?

    TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure, unlike traditional valve replacement, which requires open heart surgery. Your cardiologist will determine whether to approach the valve via the femoral artery in the groin or via a small incision through the chest. The valve is then guided to the appropriate location. After the procedure, patients usually require a three to five day hospital stay.

    Who Is a Good Candidate?

    TAVR is recommended for patients who cannot have open heart surgery. Most patients who undergo TAVR are elderly and have medical conditions that make surgery too risky. For these patients, TAVR offers a treatment option for valve damage where none was previously available.

    Is TAVR right for you? Schedule a consultation at the heart hospital at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center to find out. Our cardiology specialists can help you get the right diagnosis and find the best treatments for your needs. For a referral, talk to your physician or call us in Thousand Oaks today at (877) 888-5746. 

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