Maintaining healthy blood pressure is a critical part of maintaining general health. Blood pressure is the force blood exerts against the walls of your arteries. This force is primarily a function of how hard your heart is pumping and how much resistance to that blood flow your arteries are exerting. Resistance can come from the narrowing of arteries as we age or as a function of poor diet, inflammation, and other factors.
February is American Heart Month! Did you know that people who have close relationships at home, work, or in their community tend to be healthier and live longer? One reason, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), is that we’re more successful at meeting our health goals when we join forces with others. NHLBI launched the #OurHearts movement to inspire us to protect and strengthen our hearts with the support of others in the Hispanic/Latino communities.
Southern California Hospital at Culver City Named Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery by Blue Cross/Blue Shield
West Los Angeles residents interested in weight-loss surgery now have access to a nationally designated program in Culver City. Southern California Hospital at Culver City has been named a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
Sometimes grocery shopping can be a dangerous task. We tend to go to the grocery store when we are hungry, ready to scoop up all the delicious-looking, ready-made food or sweets from the bakery.
Next time the sensation to grab the first box of cookies you see takes over, think about your heart! Did you know that each year about 800,000 people die from heart disease? It’s up to you to keep your heart healthy, and you can start by making sure your fridge and pantry are stocked with heart-healthy foods.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. Despite increases in awareness over the past decades, only about half (56%) of women recognize that heart disease is the No. 1 killer, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Many believe it’s cancer, yet heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined.
For this reason, The American Heart Association created the Go Red for Women awareness campaign. The campaign is designed to increase women’s heart health awareness and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both women and men. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.
The good news is that healthy choices can help manage or prevent heart disease. Many of us set up a New Year’s Resolutions in January related to lifestyle improvements, such as eating healthier, exercising more, and reducing stress. These lifestyle changes not only help you, but creates a framework that your children will take into adulthood. February Heart Month provides another opportunity to keep those positive lifestyle changes.
There is a reason that National Heart Month falls in February—the same month that Valentine’s Day is celebrated. As Valentine’s Day is all about the heart, this is a good match. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both American men and women; almost one in every four deaths in the United States is caused by heart disease. African-American men are especially susceptible.
So many positive changes have been made over the last year in the behavioral health services that Barbara Neefs, program director, even surprised herself when she listed them: Detox unit renovations; new inpatient and outpatient program protocols; and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) expanded services, increased patient safety and satisfaction.
Knowing which foods to eat more of and which foods to limit is a powerful way to prevent heart disease and improve your overall health. Use the steps below to work toward a more heart-healthy diet. Here are 6 easy ways to eat smart for your heart.
More nurses are opting to make their careers at Southern California Hospital at Culver City, thanks to the “Grow Your Own” retention and recruitment initiative.
You just joined a gym as part of your New Year’s Resolution to get into shape, and maybe feel a little intimidated by the whole new environment. Congratulations on taking the first step toward fitness. You may feel confused and conspicuous the first few times you walk in the gym. However, the best place to begin is with the new member orientation.
It’s official! You’re the proud owner of shiny new fitness tracker as part of your New Year’s Resolution to walk 10,000 steps a day. Sure, you can hit that number when it’s gym day, but it can be a bit more difficult on your off days. This hurdle can be overcome by making a few little changes in your daily routine.
Is weight loss your 2020 New Year's Resolution? Like many of us, the answer is likely yes. However, if you have a BMI score of 40 or more (about 100 pounds overweight) and have tried diet, exercise and other lifestyle changes and have not achieved your ideal weight, consider weight-loss surgery. You also may be a candidate for bariatric surgery if you have a BMI of 35-39 with specific significant health problems like Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea or high blood pressure.
Does your back give you pain? Well, you are not alone. About 31 million Americans experience low back pain at any given time. So, when should you be concerned that your back pain is too severe to cope with on your own? Read on to see if surgery or other interventions are right for you.
Employees at Southern California Hospital at Culver City opened their hearts and wallets in December so local children in need had toys to unwrap during the holidays. In a partnership with the Culver City Fire Department, employees donated hundreds of toys to the annual Spark of Love Toy Drive.
Despite gaining 40 pounds after having her third child, Sose Antebelian said she rarely thought of herself as being overweight; that is, until she saw pictures of herself. “When I saw picture of myself, I would think, that isn’t really me,” she recalled.
For many people looking to lose weight in 2020 or maintain current weigh, the greatest nemesis is food cravings. The seemingly insurmountable desire for something very specific (and usually very unhealthy) is more than normal hunger. Some research shows that these strong yearnings are linked to habits, hormones, and emotions.
Cravings differ from person to person, but the foods that usually cause us to blow are clean eating habits are processed and full of salt, chemicals, fat, and sugar. It’s because of these cravings that many of us struggle with losing weight and keeping it off.
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease that affects millions of people worldwide. Uncontrolled cases can cause blindness, kidney failure, heart disease and other serious conditions. Before diabetes is diagnosed, there is a period where blood sugar levels are high but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. This is known as prediabetes. It's estimated that up to 70% of people with prediabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes. Fortunately, progressing from prediabetes to diabetes isn't inevitable.
It's time again for your annual checkup. What your doctor does during your yearly exam will vary to some degree based on your age, changes in your health, and other variables. Different doctors may also check different things simply because exam protocols vary. Also, if there is something specific you need to have examined, it could require a specialist to diagnose the problem properly.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recognized Southern California Hospital at Culver City and its sister hospital in Hollywood for meeting or exceeding the Healthy People 2020 target of 90% influenza-vaccination coverage for healthcare personnel. “Congratulations on achieving greater than 90% influenza-vaccination coverage for your healthcare personnel during the 2018–2019 influenza season,” said Keith Gurtzweiler, LA County Public Health liaison nurse for Acute Communicable Disease Control.
Patients and employees have seen lots of changes in Southern California Hospital at Culver City’s 17-bed emergency department in 2019—from an attractive facelift to substantially faster times to see a doctor. The facelift created a more tranquil environment, which included adding soothing pale blue walls and contrasting flooring to welcome patients as they are assessed and triaged. And, thanks to the addition of a second triage nurse and other efficiencies, the average time for a patient to see a doctor from the time they walk in is now 13 minutes, down from 23 minutes.
Culver City Hospital Nationally Recognized for Heart Attack and Heart Failure Treatment for Fifth Year
Southern California Hospital at Culver City received five-star ratings for “Treatment of Heart Attack and Heart Failure” for the fifth year in a row by Healthgrades (2015-2019). Heart failure occurs when your heart is damaged and too weak to pump enough oxygen-rich blood to the body. In addition, the Culver hospital also was a Healthgrades’ five-star recipient for “Pacemaker Procedures” for two years in a row (2018-2019). To support the clinical achievements, the hospital is among the top 5% in the nation for Patient Safety Excellence (2018-2019).
As part of being a valued community partner, Southern California Hospital at Culver City is always looking for ways to expand needed programs and services. In 2019, the hospital launched a gender confirmation surgery program, providing comprehensive care by a hospital team that honors its patients undergoing a life-changing experience. “Our hospital staff has gone through sensitivity training to provide an experience that is welcoming, safe and inclusive,” said Kathren Alkasspooles, vice president of planning and business development. “It’s as simple as not forgetting the basics of human compassion and respect.”
Southern California Hospitals at Culver City and Hollywood Awarded Four Stars from Government Agency
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded Southern California Hospitals (SCH) at Culver City and Hollywood an impressive four out of five stars for high-quality health measures.
Most people never expect to get sick. But when it happens, it’s comforting to know you're already in a hospital.
Southern California Hospital at Culver City among Top 5% in Nation for Patient Safety Excellence in 2019
Southern California Hospital at Culver City received the 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades, putting the hospitals in the top 5% in the nation among acute care hospitals for patient safety for the second year in a row.
Many of us want to lose weight and many of us want to be healthier. Many of us want to change aspects of our lives or substantial parts of our lives that we don’t feel are serving us well.
As a behavioral health tech at Southern California Hospital at Culver City, Ruben Trejo enjoys developing a rapport with patients and many often call him Uncle Ruben.
The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to the pathology/clinical lab at Southern California Hospital at Culver City based on a recent accreditation inspection.
Whether we like it or not, winter is coming. Avoid cold and flu season this winter by building up your immune system with these great health hacks.
Southern California Hospital at Culver City is a national recipient of the Healthgrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™ 14 Years in a row (2005-2018), which makes it among the top 10% in the nation for pulmonary care.
National Study: Southern California Hospitals at Culver City and Hollywood Recognized as Five-Star Recipients
Southern California Hospitals at Culver City and Hollywood are recognized with five stars—the highest rating—in five clinical areas for 2019, according to Healthgrades.
Going back to school after the summer break, especially when transitioning from elementary school to middle school, from middle school to high school or from high school to college, can be an especially stressful time for many adolescents.
Southern California Hospital at Culver City received the 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ from Healthgrades, putting it in the top 5% in the nation among acute care hospitals for patient safety for a third year.
Undiagnosed, Untreated Bipolar Disorder in Women in their Late 40s Can Lead to Increased Risk of Suicide
Women are most at risk for developing bipolar disorder at two key stages of their lives: in their later teenage years and when they reach their late 40s, when the risk of suicide may increase.
Southern California Hospital at Culver City's bariatric surgical center has been named an Accredited Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).
Southern California Hospital at Culver City has been accredited as a Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (COEMBS) by the Surgical Review Corporation.