Blog Posts in 2015

  • It Takes a Team

    What 21-year-old pregnant woman thinks her brain will start bleeding unexpectedly? Brenda Rodriguez was only five months pregnant when she suddenly lost consciousness. Luckily, her sister was there to call 911. She was transported by ambulance to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC), and, once in our Emergency Department, the team discovered that she had a ruptured arteriovenous ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Can Exercise Help Prevent Brain Decline as We Get Older?

    By Amy Newmark, PT, NCS PVHMC Physical Therapist Older people who are physically active might help protect themselves from small areas of brain damage that can affect their movement abilities just by getting off the sofa and moving more. A recent study published in March in the journal Neurology found that the most physically active seniors did not suffer a loss in their movement abilities, even ... Read Full Article [+]
  • How to Enjoy a Happier, Healthier Holiday

    Nancee Perez, RD, a registered dietitian at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, shares a few tips on how to enjoy a happier, healthier holiday meal! Be active - maintain a normal workout routine as much as possible. Go for a walk after Thanksgiving dinner to keep the blood flowing and prevent the resulting fatigue that is often blamed on the turkey, but is actually from simple overindulgence. ... Read Full Article [+]
  • A Woman Finds Peace in the Chaos of Cancer

    Julie Henderson had always been interested in Buddhism, and when she visited the Middle Land Chan Monastery in Pomona in 2013, she realized it was where she belonged. Through the practice of Buddhism – which she describes as a lifestyle rather than a religion – Julie, 68, learned to think positively, live in the moment and let go of hindrances. It’s not a coincidence, she said, ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Exercise During Breast Cancer Treatment - What are the Benefits?

    By Elizabeth Jimenez, PVHMC Cancer Nurse Navigator Exercise…the quintessential love-hate relationship. Oh how we could all reap its health benefits without having to lift a finger, but we all know the magic of exercise requires effort. Now what happens when you throw a breast cancer diagnosis, or for that matter any other chronic medical condition, in the mix? Well the love-hate ... Read Full Article [+]
  • National Atrial Fibrillation Month

    By Debbie Keasler, RN, Director, Stead Heart and Vascular Center Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat that increases the risk of stroke and heart disease. Treatment involves medication and procedures such as cardioversion, ablation, pacemakers, or surgery. Atrial Fibrillation also called AFib or AF is a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that can lead to stroke and other ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Fruits and Veggies Matter More Month - Kale

    Why settle for iceberg lettuce that is lacks in nutrient density? You can get more “bang for your buck” with kale. First, you may ask, “what does nutrient dense mean?” Nutrient dense foods are foods that have a higher amount of nutrients in comparison to the amount of calories they provide. There are many nutrient dense foods out there, but none like kale. So, let’s ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Can Physical Therapy be as Effective as Surgery for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?

    A recent study sought to answer this question, and found that physical therapy achieved similar results to surgery in the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis. Lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) is a condition characterized by pain in the lower back and legs, and sometimes numbness and weakness of the legs. People with LSS often have limited standing and walking tolerance due to pressure on nerves as ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Breastfeeding is the Best Feeding

    In recognition of National Breastfeeding Awareness month, held each year in August, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC) honors each and every breastfeeding mother who walks through its doors, whether you're a patient, visitor or Associate of the Hospital. PVHMC empowers every mom and her baby's right to breastfeed, wherever and whenever there is a need. While many mothers ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Where Does It Hurt: Swimmer's Shoulder

    Question: My right shoulder has been hurting during my swim workouts for the past few months. Recently, my shoulder has been aching almost all the time and seems to be aggravated by any reaching or lifting activity and wakes me up if I turn on my right side in my sleep. My shoulder no longer tolerates any swimming at all. I’ve been a swimmer for most of my life and don’t want to give ... Read Full Article [+]
  • The Truth About Colorectal Cancer Screening

    The American Cancer Society estimates that 152,820 people will be diagnosed in 2015 and that 50,830 will die from colon cancer in the United States yet people accept myths (though inaccurate) as common knowledge making the disease even more dangerous than it is. Some of the most common myths are that the screening is embarrassing, painful or that this is a disease that only older men get. ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Piriformis Syndrome: A Pain in the Butt

    Piriformis Syndrome is literally a pain in the butt. It causes pain in the buttock area and may include pain or tingling in the back of the thigh and calf. The piriformis muscle is one of your hip rotator muscles and is located deep in the buttock area. It is adjacent to the sciatic nerve where the nerve exits from the pelvis on its way down the leg. In some people, the sciatic nerve actually runs ... Read Full Article [+]