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    Everything You Need to Know About Blood Donation

    Last updated 2 months ago

    In the U.S., someone is in need of blood every two seconds. Donated blood is frequently needed for patients at emergency rooms who have suffered from traumatic injuries, along with those at surgery centers who are undergoing procedures. You can help save lives and contribute to the welfare of your community by becoming a blood donor.

    Safety

    Many first-time blood donors are concerned about the safety of the procedure. You can rest assured that the process is safe and generally well-tolerated. You may feel a little dizzy for a few minutes after donating blood at your local hospital or other community venue. Also, you should be aware that the physicians at blood drives use new, sterile needles for each donor, eliminating the risk of transferring infectious diseases to donors.

    Criteria

    Not everyone is eligible to donate blood. When you arrive at the blood drive, you’ll be screened for eligibility. Candidates for blood donation are in good overall health and do not have a history of cancer, hepatitis B or C, autoimmune diseases, or HIV infection. Additionally, a previous history of drug abuse or a serious chronic disease can preclude you from donating blood.

    Frequency

    You may wish to consider becoming a regular blood donor. Men may donate blood every three months, while women may donate every four months. Each time you donate blood, up to 450 ml will be taken from your body. Your body is capable of producing this amount within 24 hours.

    Considerations

    Sometimes, it may be necessary to postpone your blood donation, such as if you’ve had a respiratory infection, vaccination, tooth extraction, major surgery, or tattoo. You may also need to postpone your donation if you’ve taken certain medications or traveled to high-risk locations.

    At Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, you’ll find more than 600 highly trained physicians, servicing more than 50 medical and dental specialties. Our hospital staff is dedicated to providing compassionate care within our state-of-the-art facility. Residents throughout the Thousand Oaks area can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (805) 497-2727 to inquire about our specialty services, including cardiology and emergency room medicine. 

    Women Taking Charge of Their Heart Health

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S., but most women underestimate their own risks. Women are far more likely to be concerned about diseases like breast cancer than heart disease, but now, thanks to other women sharing their stories about living with heart disease, more and more women are waking up to the risk.

    Watch this video to hear from women who survived heart attacks and are living with managing their heart health. Many of them ignored their risk factors for heart problems and paid the price. They offer their stories so you can avoid the same mistakes.

    Don’t ignore your heart health. The heart hospital at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center can help. Ask your physician for a referral to one of our cardiology experts or call us today at (805) 497-2727 for more information. 

    How Is Childhood Obesity Being Managed Today?

    Last updated 3 months 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 (805) 497-2727. 

    How Los Robles Hospital Is Advancing Cancer Care in Southern California

    Last updated 3 months 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 (805) 497-2727. 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 3 months 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 (805) 497-2727. 




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