Last updated 1 month ago
Smoking has been implicated in the development of numerous diseases, and is a significant factor in the deaths of millions of people every year. If you’re currently a smoker, resolving to quit smoking in 2014 is one of the best things you can do for your health. However, quitting smoking is notoriously difficult, which is why the doctors of Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center offer the following pieces of advice for success.
Listen to Your Doctor
Quitting smoking is an important decision for your health; so naturally, your doctor should be involved. Seeking the advice of medical professionals can be especially helpful if you’ve struggled with quitting in the past. Your doctor will gladly discuss the various cessation methods and help you find one that works.
Seek Support from Your Loved Ones
Even if you find a method that suits your lifestyle, you still need a lot of willpower to quit smoking. For help finding strength, turn to your friends and loved ones. These individuals can help you find alternative activities and hold you accountable for your moments of weakness. You might also seek out a support group of former smokers and let their advice guide you toward a smoke-free life.
Don’t Let Setbacks Get You Down
Though you should make an earnest effort to quit smoking on your first attempt, you shouldn’t be surprised if you suffer a setback. If you light up one cigarette or burn through an entire pack, don’t resign yourself to failure and revert to your old habits. Instead, have a conversation with your doctor, form a new plan, and recommit yourself to quitting. In time, you’ll find that your willpower will prevail.
The doctors at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center are dedicated to helping you become your healthiest self. If you have any questions about how you can quit smoking, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral service at (877) 888-5746. We’re proud to provide excellent healthcare services to the people of Thousand Oaks and the surrounding areas.
Last updated 1 month ago
Every year, influenza makes millions of people sick and even causes a few thousand deaths. When caring for someone who is sick with the flu, you should be careful to avoid contracting the disease yourself.
In this video, a doctor discusses how you can simultaneously care for a flu sufferer while taking care of your own health. An important first step is to make sure you get a flu vaccine every year. To further reduce your chances of coming down with the flu, encourage your loved one to sneeze and cough into a tissue or his/her sleeve. Lastly, you should both wash your hands frequently to prevent transmission of the disease.
For more tips on how to stay healthy during the flu season, call Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center at (877) 888-5746. We’re dedicated to your well-being.
Last updated 1 month ago
New Year’s presents an excellent opportunity to make commitments that improve your life. If you recently had a stroke or if you know someone who has, you might resolve to reduce your chances of suffering a stroke in 2014. Fortunately, many of the steps you might take to prevent stroke—including eating healthier, quitting smoking, and getting more exercise—can also enhance your overall wellbeing. Here are a few tips from Los Robles Hospital to help you make smart resolutions and stick to them.
People often give up on their resolutions because their goals are unrealistic. Instead of vowing to lose 20 pounds in January, you might promise to lose five pounds a month and work up from there. Instead of quitting cigarettes cold turkey on January 1st, make a promise to taper your smoking habit and be completely off them by February 1st. Making specific, realistic goals can help you improve your health and reduce your chances of suffering a stroke.
Exercising five days a week, altering one’s diet, and reducing one’s blood pressure can be hard work. For many, being healthy isn’t enough of a motivation to keep going. For help sticking to your stroke prevention goals, give yourself occasional rewards. One slice of cake after a month of healthy meals isn’t going to cause a stroke.
Don’t Give Up
One small setback can make some people abandon their stroke prevention resolutions. Even if you indulge in a cigarette or a night of heavy drinking, it doesn’t negate everything you’ve worked for. You owe it to yourself and your family members to shake off your moment of weakness and recommit yourself to living a healthy, stroke-free life.
For help avoiding stroke in the new year and for the rest of your life, visit the medical professionals at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center.For more wellness information, call us at (877) 888-5746 or visit our website.
Last updated 2 months ago
Here at Los Robles Hospital, we understand that growing children have unique medical needs. That’s why we’ve dedicated ourselves to providing a superior standard of pediatric care for families throughout Ventura and Los Angeles Counties for children of all ages.
From neonatal care to general pediatrics, our family of medical specialists has experience in all aspects of child healthcare. Our areas of specialization include general surgery, cardiology, gastroenterology hematology, nephrology, neurology, orthopedics, rheumatology, urology and genetics. In the event of a medical emergency, we also have the distinction of being a Los Angeles EDAP (Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics) center.
Don’t wait until a medical emergency to find out the difference in care with Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center. Just contact our 24-Hour Consult-a-Nurse healthcare referral line at (877) 888-5746 to order a free Emergency Kid Care Card. Join us online for even more health and wellness tips and take advantage of our free iTriage Symptom Checker app to get the latest medical information at your fingertips.
Last updated 2 months ago
Los Robles Hospital Opens a Weight-Loss Surgery Center
By Hannah Guzik Special to The Star
Posted December 27, 2013 at 2:13 p.m.
Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center is hoping to become a top destination for people seeking weight-loss surgery in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.
The Thousand Oaks hospital opened a Center for Weight Loss Surgery this month, offering three types of bariatric surgery for obese patients.
“It’s a growing problem, but the more we know the more we realize it’s complex and we know there are a lot of barriers to access to bariatric care,” said Dr. Donald Waldrep, a bariatric surgeon and co-director of the center. “There are a lot of misconceptions about it and this really provides a resource for the community.”
Waldrep and Dr. Amir Mehran, also a bariatric surgeon and co-director of the center, have been performing bariatric surgeries for a number of years in the Thousand Oaks area and focus on minimally invasive surgery.
The center offers gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric banding surgeries, all of which are designed to reduce the size of the stomach, thus reducing the amount of food patients can eat. Gastric bypass surgery also bypasses part of the intestinal tract.
The procedures are typically performed laparoscopically, or through small incisions in the abdomen.
“A lot of doctors here in the area are treating overweight patients or obese patients, but they’re not treating obesity itself, because of limitations of time and access,” said Waldrep, who said he’s performed more than 3,000 bariatric surgeries over the past 14 years. “Now they’ll have more definitive and impactful treatments available.”
It is estimated that more than half of people in the U.S. will be considered obese by 2030, according to the hospital.
Those who fit certain health criteria can be considered for gastric surgery. Typically, insurance companies that cover weight-loss surgery require patients to be morbidly obese, Waldrep said.
Gastric surgery can cause blood clots, gastrointestinal leaks and other problems, so candidates must be carefully screened. In rare cases, death occurs.
Doctors determine obesity using body mass index, a calculation based on a person’s weight and height. A BMI over 25 is considered overweight and one over 30 is considered obese. Morbid obesity occurs in those with BMIs over 40, or those who have BMIs over 35 and other health problems, such as high blood pressure, diabetes or sleep apnea.
Those who are morbidly obese face higher risks of other health problems, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, infertility and depression. Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., according to the National Institutes of Health.
The Thousand Oaks center, which also offers nutrition counseling and psychosocial support, is able to take on a high volume of patients and perform as many as 20 surgeries a week, Waldrep said.
In the coming months, the center will hire bariatric nurses and clinicians to help care for patients, he said. The center also will offer online support services for patients.
In addition to performing surgeries on morbidly obese patients, Waldrep is exploring offering weight-loss surgery to those who fall beneath the traditional guidelines but who have not been able to lose weight another way, he said.
“There are more procedures being performed and investigated for those lower-weight patients who are still overweight and still have health risks but are kind of in a gray area,” he said.
© 2013 Ventura County Star. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Read more: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/dec/27/los-robles-hospital-opens-a-weight-loss-surgery/#ixzz2p4ZXj3C8