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    Stay Connected with West Hills Hospital's ER through our Text Services

    Last updated 1 day 21 hours ago

    You may not always see a medical emergency coming, but it’s important to stay prepared so that you get the care you need right away. If you are facing an emergency situation, you can get the fastest care possible with West Hills Hospital’s text services, which are detailed in this video clip. All you need to do is text ‘ER’ to 23000, and we will text you back with average ER wait times for the area.

    Don’t be surprised if West Hills Hospital is frequently at the top of the list for the lowest wait times, because we strive to offer a higher level of care with optimal efficiency where it matters most. If you prefer to avoid standard messaging fees, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line for wait time updates at (818) 676-4321. 

    Tips for Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery

    Last updated 3 days ago

    The decision to get weight loss surgery may take a significant amount of time, because this surgery does mark the beginning of some big, permanent lifestyle changes. Weight loss surgery has been shown to facilitate complete recovery from conditions that lead to heart disease as well as diabetes, but this does not come without some serious work from the patient.

    After weight loss surgery, your diet will look much different. Your meals will be small but nutrient-dense, and you will have to start out on a primarily liquid diet as you recover. Doing some pre-operative research will let your prepare your pantry adequately so that temptation is not lingering in the form of junk food and sugary beverages. If you are a smoker, you will need to quit before surgery to minimize surgical risks and kick-start your healthy new lifestyle. Attending a weight loss surgery support group is another helpful measure that will give you a good idea of what you can expect once your stitches heal.

    If you are considering surgical weight loss to help you manage your weight for good, West Hills Hospital will allow you to receive the best possible care with minimally invasive surgical techniques that reduce recovery time. Start exploring your candidacy for weight loss surgery with us by calling (818) 676-4321 or visiting our website today. 

    What Happens If You Are Diagnosed with Breast Cancer During Pregnancy?

    Last updated 5 days ago

    The thought of a cancer diagnosis during pregnancy may sound like a nightmare, but it is a possibility—especially as women are getting pregnant later and later in their childbearing years. While the chances of encountering breast cancer in pregnancy are rare, women should know how to cope with this diagnosis if it does come up.

    Not all pregnant women with breast cancer will undergo treatment during pregnancy. The decision to start therapies will depend on how far along the pregnancy is, the location of the tumor, the spread of the cancer, and the size of the tumor. Surgery is typically the preferred method of treatment when the patient is pregnant, because it has the fewest risks for the developing fetus. Treatments like radiation and chemotherapy will likely be delayed until after pregnancy, because they can have serious side effects for a developing baby.

    Facing a breast cancer diagnosis is tough in any circumstances, but the multidisciplinary cancer care team and care coordinators at West Hills Hospital can help you get through it. You can reach us to discover more information about our prenatal care and cancer treatment services online or at (818) 676-4321. 

    How to Improve Your Lung Health

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Lung cancer and COPD are both high on the list of the leading causes of death in the United States, and this is in large part due to the lingering effects of industrial pollution and irresponsible environmental practices from decades past. Now that the general public is more aware of the health risks of polluted air, there is a bigger push for more eco-friendly practices in industrial settings. However, there is still plenty of work that can be done on an individual level to improve air quality and improve respiratory health on a community level. The important measures below are all great ways to keep your lungs healthy so that you stay protected from deadly respiratory diseases along with chronic conditions like asthma that can impair your daily activities.

    Beware of outdoor pollution levels

    Living in the Los Angeles area, you may be no stranger to outdoor air pollution. What you may not realize that pollution levels change throughout the days and seasons, so you should keep track of when pollution is at its highest. During these times, try to stay indoors or use a facial mask to breathe easier.

    Get your annual flu shot

    Minor respiratory infections like the flu can do damage in the long run—especially if you tend to come down with the flu every year. With a quick flu shot, you can save yourself some sick days and keep your lungs in better working condition.

    Test radon levels

    Radon is a radioactive gas released as uranium breaks down, and it may leak into the home, silently diminishing indoor air quality. To test for this invisible, odorless, and otherwise unnoticeable gas, pick up a radon testing kid and consider radon reduction if the levels are between 2 and 4 pCi/L. No level of radon is known to be safe, so lower numbers are always favorable.

    These are just a few of the ways that you can clean up the air around you and preserve your respiratory health. For more helpful tips from registered nurses available 24/7, call West Hills Hospital through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (818) 676-4321. 

    A Quick Overview of Common Liver Diseases

    Last updated 9 days ago

    The liver is a hardworking organ that allows you to digest food properly, store energy, and filter toxins from certain foods, drugs, and alcohol. While you may not think about your liver much, it serves several vital functions that you could not live without. Therefore, liver disease should not be taken lightly when symptoms like easy bruising of the skin, abdominal pain, yellowing skin, or bloody stools appear. These symptoms may be present with a number of varying conditions affecting the liver, which means that you should discuss them immediately with your physician. Below is a look at a few of the possible outcomes that may be diagnosed when the characteristic symptoms of liver disease are present.


    Cirrhosis describes scarring of the liver, which may result from injury, alcohol use, or other liver diseases. Obesity combined with high-fat diets has contributed to the development of cirrhosis, making it much more common over the past few decades. When there is scar tissue in the liver, the function of the organ is impaired. This might lead to increased sensitivity to medication, jaundice, internal bleeding, and swelling in the abdomen and lower body. Cirrhosis cannot be reversed, but measures may be taken to slow down the rate of scar tissue formation and preserve healthy tissue.


    Hepatitis comes in several forms, and these are all viral infections of the liver that may be spread through sharing needles, blood transfusions, or unprotected sex. Medication can manage hepatitis, but it is best treated through prevention with vaccinations during childhood.

    Liver cancer

    Primary liver cancer, or cancer that develops in the liver, is somewhat rare, but may be caused by cirrhosis, hepatitis, heavy drinking, or certain chemical exposures. Cancer that originates elsewhere in the body and travels to the liver is more common than primary liver cancer in most western countries, though the opposite is true in Asia and Africa, likely due to higher rates of hepatitis infections.

    Take the time to have an annual checkup and ask about your liver health. From preventive care to imaging services to state-of-the-art cancer care, West Hills Hospital can cover your health needs with convenient, accessible care in the western San Fernando Valley. 

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