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    Answers to Your Questions About Heart Attacks

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Thanks to the swift responses of emergency room physicians, tens of thousands of patients in the U.S. survive heart attacks each year. However, it is still undeniably preferable to avoid this life-threatening health problem whenever possible. If you’ve been told that you have a heart condition and you’re at risk of a heart attack, consider visiting a cardiology specialist at a heart hospital. You can learn more about your risk factors and how to identify a possible heart attack.

    Am I at Risk of a Heart Attack?

    It is possible to suffer a heart attack without having any of the risk factors for it. However, as a cardiology specialist can advise you, having one or more risk factors can increase the chances of suffering a cardiovascular event. If you lead a sedentary lifestyle, you could be doubling your risk of a heart attack. However, bear in mind that you’re also at risk if you’ve been physically inactive, and then abruptly increase your physical activity. Other risk factors include excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, testosterone therapy, illicit drug use, hypertension, high cholesterol, and obesity.

    What Symptoms May Occur?

    The classic sign of a heart attack is pain or pressure in the chest. However, chest pain may not always occur, especially in women. Other symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, shortness of breath, jaw pain, and back pain.

    When Should I Call 911?

    Many people delay calling 911 for transportation to the nearest emergency room because they’re unsure if having just a few symptoms of a heart attack is truly a medical emergency. In fact, most people who suffer a heart attack do not experience all of the symptoms. If you’ve experienced any of the possible symptoms, they continue to worsen, and they persist for more than five minutes, call 911 right away.

    The nationally recognized Los Robles Cardiac and Cardiovascular Center at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center is dedicated to saving lives by providing advanced medical technologies and highly trained cardiology specialists. If you or a loved one may be experiencing a heart attack, please call 911 immediately. Otherwise, you can learn more about the cardiology services available in Thousand Oaks by calling (805) 497-2727.

    Healthy Eating When Time Is Short

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Healthy eating is often difficult to manage with a busy lifestyle. However, if you get organized and do a little planning, you’ll likely save more time that may be used for cooking. For example, if you find yourself frequently running to the grocery store to pick up ingredients you forgot, it’s time to keep a shopping list on your counter. Add items to it throughout the week as you run out of them. Be sure to list plenty of healthy ingredients on your list, such as whole grain cereal, seasonal produce, and lean protein sources. Another way to save time is to cook large batches of healthy meals on the weekends, divide them into individual portions, and freeze.

    Hear more healthy eating tips by watching this video. This doctor offers some great ideas for quick, healthy breakfasts, and suggests getting the kids involved with grocery shopping and meal preparation.

    For guidance on keeping your whole family healthy, turn to the caring physicians at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center. You can reach our hospital in Thousand Oaks by calling (805) 497-2727 or visit our website to learn more about our services, including cardiology services.

    Understanding the Different Types of Birth Defects

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Each year, thousands of babies born in the U.S. are diagnosed with birth defects. There is a wide range of different birth defects, which are broadly defined as any health condition that is present at birth. Birth defects can affect the function of one or more body parts, and they may sometimes affect the shape of a body part. If your child has been diagnosed with a birth defect, the care team at your community hospital can help you understand his or her condition. You can also explore treatment options at the surgery center of your local hospital.

    Spina Bifida

    If the physician at your hospital diagnoses your child with spina bifida, it means that he or she has a problem that involves the spinal cord. Spina bifida is a type of neural tube birth defect that occurs when the bones in the spine or the spinal cord fails to form properly. This leaves an opening and can result in damage to the spinal cord and nerves. In some cases, spina bifida has little effect on a child’s daily life, while in other cases, the condition is debilitating. However, treatment is available at your local hospital to help youngsters with spina bifida lead productive lives.


    As the name implies, clubfoot is condition that involves the abnormal shape or position of a foot. Children born with clubfoot have tendons that are shorter than normal. This can occur in one or both feet. Since clubfoot can interfere with a child’s ability to walk, physicians generally recommend treatment shortly after birth.

    Congenital Heart Defects

    Congenital heart defects affect the function and structure of a child’s heart. These birth defects may be mild or severe. Sometimes, surgery is required to address the abnormality. Some examples of heart defects include atrial septal defect and ventricular septal defect.

    The Family Birthing Center at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center has been welcoming new members of our Thousand Oaks community since 1968. Within our spacious birthing suites, you’ll have access to compassionate, family-centered care, highly trained staff members, and our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for babies with extra healthcare needs. Reach out to our hospital by calling (805) 497-2727 or explore the amenities at our Family Birthing Center on our website.

    Kids Can Learn and Use CPR Too

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Thanks to an initiative from the American Heart Association (AHA), more than one million kids in America are learning to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). This video, presented by the AHA, urges all families to learn how to do hands-only CPR. This simple technique, which is being taught in schools across the country, involves calling 911 first and then doing chest compressions at the same tempo as the song, “Stayin’ Alive.”

    You can hear more about the importance of learning CPR by watching this video. You’ll hear the story of Jacob, who is now an emergency medical technician. When he was younger, he experienced a tragedy at summer camp. Two boys drowned because they were unable to swim. This experience inspired him to become a lifeguard and learn CPR.

    Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, located in Thousand Oaks, is pleased to offer emergency room services, cardiology care, and much more. Call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (805) 497-2727 for more information about our family centered care.

    Reasons to Rely on Los Robles Hospital's Pediatric ER

    Last updated 4 months ago

    At Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, we understand that the emergency room can be an overwhelming place for young children. That’s why we’re pleased to offer families in the Thousand Oaks area a special emergency room dedicated just for kids. When you bring your youngster to the pediatric Emergency Department at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, you can rest assured that he or she will receive unparalleled care.

    Our pediatric ER boasts 16 private rooms, along with a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for the youngest of patients. All of our nurses at our pediatric ER have received special training in providing healthcare to children. They’ve successfully obtained certification in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), which prepares nurses to address pediatric emergencies in a manner that may improve outcomes. Another reason why families can trust in our pediatric healthcare services is our LA County Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP) rating, which sets us apart from all other hospitals in Ventura County.

    For more information about our emergency room services, call Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center at (805) 497-2727. A registered nurse at our Consult-A-Nurse referral line will be happy to assist you.

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