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    Fun Exercise Moves to Help You Get Active

    Last updated 5 months ago

    While there is a general agreement that physical activity is necessary for good heart health, there are no rules about what kind of exercise is needed to stay in shape. If you do not enjoy traditional methods of working out, you might try some fun exercise moves to get on your feet.

    This video shows off Andia Winslow’s moves for heart healthy activity, which involve dancing and jumping to stay fit. With just a few minutes of activity, you can get your heart rate up and boost your calorie burn while having fun.

    If you are in search of more heart healthy changes you can add to your routine, call Los Robles Hospital at (877) 888-5746.  For a complete line of cardiac services, please visit

    What You Need to Know About Heart Healthy Eating

    Last updated 5 months ago

    One of the most effective ways to prevent heart disease is by changing your diet to reduce your intake of saturated fats and expand the profile of nutrients you consume. You may be surprised how easy it is to start eating a more heart-friendly diet, as you do not have to give up all the foods you love to be healthy. Below is a look at the basics of heart-smart eating to help guide your decisions as you make changes in your diet.

    Not All Fats are Alike
    You may think of fats as all bad, but there are actually some types of fat that you should eat more often. Fat is part of a balanced diet, but you need to choose fats wisely. Animal fats such as butter and fatty cuts of meat will have negative effects, but foods like olive oil, avocados, and nuts have the right fats to reduce inflammation and boost your circulation.

    Fruits and Veggies are Best Enjoyed Fresh
    The best way to get more fruits and vegetables into your diet is by buying them fresh and cooking them yourself. Canned and frozen varieties can be a suitable alternative, but you will want to check for added sugars and preservatives. The fruits and vegetables you should eat most often are those that have dark, rich colors. These include kale, blueberries, and sweet potatoes.

    Substitutions can Make a Big Impact
    When you make some of your favorite recipes, you can dramatically change the nutritional content by using some simple substitutions. Instead of full-fat milk, you might use low-fat varieties or alternatives like soy milk. Egg whites can take the place of whole eggs in nearly any baked recipe, and whole wheat flour is a great alternative to regular white flour.

    For more guidance on heart-healthy eating for American Heart Month, visit Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks. You can  learn more by visiting our website or by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (877) 888-5746. 

    What Are the Most Common Signs of Stroke?

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Stroke is the third-leading cause of death in the United States, claiming about 140,000 lives every year. That number could be significantly reduced if more people understood the symptoms of stroke and knew when to seek emergency care.

    A stroke occurs when not enough oxygen-rich blood reaches the brain, usually as a result of a blood clot or hemorrhage. A stroke sufferer may experience weakness in the face or arm, usually on one side of the body. Confusion, difficulty speaking, and trouble seeing in one or both eyes are other common symptoms of stroke. Some sufferers also experience difficulty walking, dizziness, and a sudden, severe headache. If you suspect that someone you love is suffering a stroke, do not hesitate to call an ambulance—the sooner a sufferer receives treatment, the likelier it is that he/she will survive the episode.

    Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center is prepared to handle stroke cases 24 hours a day – 7 days a week. To find a physician near you, please call our dedicated physician referral line at (877) 888-5746. 

    Planning for Success During Cardiac Rehabilitation

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans, and millions undergo life-saving heart surgery every year. Unfortunately, heart surgery does not guarantee that a patient will be spared from heart disease in the future. If you undergo heart surgery at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, it’s important that you alter your lifestyle habits so you can maximize the benefits of your surgery and live a long, healthy life.  

    Following Your Doctor’s Instructions
    Throughout the inpatient, outpatient, and maintenance phases of your cardiac rehabilitation, it’s important that you show up to all your follow-up appointments and adhere to your doctor’s instructions as closely as possible. If your doctor says rest, rest; if they say stay away from sugary treats, eat fruits and vegetables instead. There may be times when your doctor’s instructions are unclear—in these instances, don’t hesitate to ask clarifying questions. 

    Taking Your Time
    A heart attack is a major life event that can prevent you from engaging in your favorite activities for a long time. Though you may grow impatient with the recovery process, it’s essential that you give your body the time it needs to heal. Most people can return to their normal activities within a few weeks of a heart attack, while those who undergo heart surgery may require several months.

    Maintaining a Healthy Heart
    In a way, cardiac rehabilitation is never complete. Whether you have a heart attack or undergo heart surgery, you must alter your habits to make sure your heart problems don’t recur. The maintenance phase of cardiac rehabilitation involves periodic medical appointments, during which your doctor evaluates your dietary practices and exercise regimen.

    Cardiac rehabilitation can be tough, but it’s a lot better than living with severe heart troubles. If you have any questions for the board-certified cardiologist at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, call (877) 888-5746.

    Know How to Spot Unhealthy Diets

    Last updated 5 months ago

    It seems that everywhere you look there is an advertisement for a miracle weight loss treatment. These treatments almost never work and many can be dangerous. 

    This video from the Food and Drug Administration can help you identify and avoid fraudulent weight loss treatments. Exaggerated claims that sound too good to be true usually aren’t true—and many weight loss “supplements” contain drugs that cause cancer, stroke, heart attack, or other serious ailments. When looking for a safe and effective means of weight loss, it’s important to speak with a medical professional.

    Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center can provide professional assistance as you embark on your journey to lose weight. Call (877) 888-5746 to make an appointment, or visit our hospital if you require emergency care.  

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