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If you frequently experience stiffness, soreness, and reduced mobility in your joints, you may be one of the 27 million Americans who suffer from osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is one of the most common types of arthritis, and is a chronic condition that results in a breakdown of joint cartilage. By managing your risk factors, such as body weight and overuse, you may be able to delay or prevent the onset of this disease. However, because risk factors like age and heredity are out of your control, it is important to take care of your joints even if you lead a healthy lifestyle. West Hills Hospital & Medical Center can help you address joint pain with joint replacement surgery and physical therapy. Explore this infographic to learn more about joint pain and how to care for it. Please feel free to share this information with your friends and family.
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Chest pain can often be a cause of concern, but it may not always demand emergency care. Some serious symptoms often associated with chest pain require swift medical attention, as they typically indicate the presence of a heart attack. West Hills Hospital stresses the importance of knowing common heart attacks signs. If you experience any of the following conditions while suffering from chest pain, seek emergency care as soon as possible.
You Feel Sick to Your Stomach
A heart attack may bring on more than pain; it can also cause you to feel nauseated. In some cases, sufferers even vomit. Without chest pain, this symptom may be indicative of the flu or food poisoning. If you are already having chest pain, however, nausea can point to a heart attack. Should you suddenly feel sick to your stomach, or if you experience bouts of vomiting, call 911 or have someone take you to the ER.
You Can Sense Pain Beyond Your Chest
Many people believe that heart attacks produce pain only in the chest. On the contrary, this condition can lead to extreme discomfort in other regions of the body, too. Women in particular are susceptible to pain symptoms that present in areas other than the chest. If you experience intense discomfort in your shoulders, arms, or face—with or without chest pain—contact 911 or your nearest emergency care facility for help.
Your Chest Pain Presents in an Abrupt Manner
Chest pain can develop in a variety of ways. Some people may experience chest pain over the course of a few days or weeks if they have heartburn or pneumonia. Other conditions can also lead to the occurrence of chest pain. If your pain comes on suddenly, though, it may require emergency care.
West Hills Hospital can provide the quick and comprehensive care you need if you suffer a heart attack including not one, but two cardiac CATH LABs which matters a great deal when seconds count. To learn more about the range of treatment services we offer for heart attack patients, call (818) 676-4321 to speak with our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. You can also visit our website to view our current ER wait times.
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When a heart attack occurs, immediate medical care can mean the difference between life and death. Still, too many people either ignore their heart attack symptoms or are unaware of them. Knowing what might happen when you have a heart attack could save your life. Heart attacks can come with one or more symptoms. Sudden difficulties in breathing can signal a heart attack. Feeling queasy or excessively tired may also indicate the presence of a heart attack. Of all the symptoms, chest pain is likely the most recognizable and common. Upon noticing these symptoms, call 911 as soon as possible. As you wait for the paramedics to arrive, stay warm and comfortable. Refrain from doing any activities, as they can place additional strain on your heart.
Do not ever wait for heart attack symptoms to subside. If you would like to learn more about what to do in the event of a heart attack, call West Hills Hospital at (818) 676-4321. Our West Hills facility offers comprehensive cardiovascular services for individuals with heart problems.
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Your heart performs the continuous function of pumping blood throughout your body for the entirety of your life. When you gain weight, your heart must work harder to pump blood, which is why monitoring your weight is essential for heart health. No one weight is ideal for everyone. A man who measures six feet tall can weigh much more than a woman who falls below five feet tall, and both can still be at a healthy weight. Instead of focusing on the number on the scale, you should consider your body mass index. Your BMI takes into account your height and weight. Any person with a BMI of 30 or above is considered obese. If your BMI reaches this marker, you may want to take steps to lower your weight for the sake of your heart.
Are you finding it difficult to control your obesity issues? West Hills Hospital provides surgical weight loss services for patients with life-threatening obesity concerns. Call (818) 676-4141 to speak with the program coordinator, or call (818) 676-4321 to schedule a consultation with a weight loss specialist West Hills Hospital.
Last updated 25 days ago
Of the many factors that can contribute to heart disease, few of them are beyond your control. Your lifestyle habits can significantly impact the health of your heart. West Hills Hospital offers several wellness programs and classes to help you protect your heart from the dangers of heart disease. By giving up these damaging habits, you can enjoy optimal heart health for many years.
Using Tobacco Products
Any product that contains tobacco has the potential to deteriorate your health. Smoking cigarettes, puffing on a pipe, or chewing tobacco can raise your risk of suffering from a wide range of health problems, including heart disease. Tobacco usage can cause great harm to your arteries by making them less elastic. It can also make arterial passageways smaller. Both side effects may increase your chances for a future stroke or heart attack. Quit your tobacco habit now to avoid future heart complications.
Eating a High-Calorie Diet
Obesity has become a significant problem in the United States. Its effect on heart disease is one reason why more people in this country die of heart disease than any other condition. The ubiquitous nature of fast food restaurants, convenience stores, and prepackaged foods continues to fuel both of these problems. The snacks and meals that can be cooked and eaten quickly often contain dangerously high amounts of salt, fat, and calories. If you often partake in these types of meals, find ways to incorporate healthier options into your diet. By lowering your calorie count and weight, you can help your heart function more efficiently.
Engaging in Sedentary Pastimes
Like any other muscle, your heart requires a regular workout. Exercise benefits the heart in many ways. It helps the heart pump blood with less strain, minimizes weight issues that might put stress on the heart, and lowers the amount of unhealthy cholesterol in the blood stream. If you sit at a desk all day or relax on your couch all night, find an activity that you enjoy and make a habit of doing it on a consistent basis to increase your heart health.
Periodic physicals can also aid in your heart wellness. If you are due for an examination, call (818) 676-4321 to speak with a Registered Nurse at West Hills Hospital. Our facility offers a diverse array of healthcare services for residents of West Hills. Ask about our Speaker’s Bureau to learn how you can bring a heart healthy talk to your place of employment.