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From Age 40-70: Tests You Should Have!

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There are a number of screening tests you could have to ensure you are healthy.

As human’s age their health requirements change and the tests and procedures they need can often help prolong their lives. Early diagnosis and treatment of any condition can often make the difference between life or death and it offers a “footprint” or “plan” for the patient to follow along with advice and support from their physician.

The staff at Mountains Community Hospital reminds everyone that as people age they will need to have tests and procedures they did not require in their younger years. It’s part of getting older.

A good diet and exercise program are an important part of staying as healthy as possible. Getting enough sleep at any age is vital. Without restorative sleep it takes a toll on many of the body’s systems and it affects an older person’s reactions and reflexes.

Women and Men 35 and Over

Adults who 35 and older should have their thyroid checked and get repeat tests done every five years. The aging process, accompanied by untreated thyroid problems, can be the cause of a number of problems, particularly in women.

Women and Men Over 40

Women over 40 should get an annual mammogram to check for breast cancer. Women with a history of breast cancer in their family should get their first mammogram before their 40th birthday.

Men as well as women can get breast cancer so men should give themselves a “once over” in the mirror to check for discoloration or other “abnormal” issues around their breasts.

Women and Men Over 50

Aging adults need to monitor their blood pressure. If untreated, high blood pressure can harm the heart, brain, eyes and kidneys. Get tested! This is a killer!

People over 50 need to get a fasting blood sugar test at least once every three years.  While may laboratory tests must be ordered by your physician, that isn’t necessary for a cholesterol profile of blood sugar. Contact the MCH Laboratory (436-3140) for a complete list of other self-referred test that are available.

Women need to make sure they continue having pap smears and pelvic exams.

Men over 50 should have a prostate screening for colon cancer. Annual PSA tests and digital rectal exams are important for men starting at age 50.

Men and Women need to have their eyes checked every one to two years. As people age their eyesight slowly changes.

Skin cancer is another significant concern for adults over 50.  Ask your doctor to perform a visual exam during you next routine office visit.  Skin cancer can often be present in areas of the body that you cannot see on you own.

Men and Women 60 and Over

An estimated 60 percent of people over 60-years-old have some type of hearing loss. It is important for aging adults to have a hearing test at least once every three years.

The National Osteoporosis is Foundation recommends that all women over 65 have a bone mineral density test. As we age, falling becomes increasingly common, especially among women. Changes in bone density is often the cause.

Both men and women should have their cholesterol levels checked regularly. High cholesterol levels are a major cause of both heart attacks and strokes.

One area that is often neglected is dental health. Men and women need to see their dentist regularly to safeguard agains gum disease, mouth cancer and other conditions that are more prevalent among aging adults.

The bottom line is, age increases your susceptibility to a variety of ailments and conditions that probably were of little or no concern when you were younger.  One of the hardest things we all have to face is the fact that we are growing older and are not as invincible as we once were.  Responsible fitness and common sense can really and truly prolong your life.


Children’s Dental Services Available in Lake Arrowhead

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Dental care now available at the Mountains Community Hospital Rural Clinic, for kids covered by Medi-Cal.

In many ways, raising healthy children today is more challenging than it was decades ago. While most parents realize they should call the doctor when their child is ill or due for childhood immunizations, many parents fail to appreciate the role good oral health plays in the overall health and well-being of their children.

Good dental health plays a significant role in raising a child whose teeth and gums are as healthy as possible. The old saying: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” is true—especially as it relates to childhood health.

Although teeth are meant to last a lifetime, all too often, they don’t.  One reason for this is that children’s oral care, for one reason or another, is not given proper attention.

Unfortunately, dental care, particularly for parents who do not have insurance, can be very costly. However, thanks to San Bernardino County’s “First 5” program, mountain children whose families have Medi-Cal and/or are low income can take advantage of children’s dental services now available at the Mountains Community Hospital rural clinic in Lake Arrowhead. There’s no need to make the trip “down the hill” when the up-to-date dental clinic is available right around the corner.

Most dentists who treat children have inviting, colorful waiting rooms filled with games, toys and brightly painted walls. Not only does this soothe a child’s fears, these features also help reassure parents that the dentist is “in tune” with treating and caring for young children. For example, X-ray equipment specifically designed for children uses up to 80 percent less radiation. What’s more, additional equipment and procedures boast other “child-friendly” features.

While it may seem odd, many dentists use a laser because it’s fast and doesn’t produce the “dreaded” drilling sound that so many dentists rely upon. Parents might want to contact their child’s dental office to check on the types of equipment used for certain procedures. A good child’s dentist will make sure that procedures take less time than those done on adults. Getting “little ones” in and out of the office quicker, with less waiting time and less time “in the chair,” is justifiable priority.

When children celebrate their first birthday, parents should start taking them to the dentist to have their teeth cleaned. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, an appointment with a pediatric dentist should be made as soon as a child’s first tooth appears. The academy also recommends that children have a check-up every six months in order to prevent cavities and other dental problems. The best friend a parent of very young children can have may be their pediatric dentist. Healthy nutrition and avoidance of sugary snacks are also recommended for lifetime dental health—for children and adults, alike. Call today to schedule your children’s appointments at the Mountains Community Hospital Rural Clinic: 909-436-3203.

Osteoarthritis: Where and Why is it Hurting?

Senior couple on bicycles

Mountains Community Hospital in Lake Arrowhead offers a variety of treatments for Osteoarthritis.

Many “baby boomers” who were born after the end of World War II when servicemen returned from the war are now literally  “knee-deep” in a type of arthritis that is caused, generally speaking, by years of wear and tear on the body’s joints.

Osteoarthritis is a condition that frequently causes patients to change their lifestyle in many different ways. According to an online article on there are risk factors that patients can control to a certain extent and there are factors they can’t control.

There are different types of arthritis but osteoarthritis occurs when cartilage that helps cushion the ends of bones gradually wears away. When this occurs the bones grind against each other and that can cause a great deal of pain. The pain can be so severe that our range of movement is affected because it hurts to raise your arm or walk on legs where there’s no cushioning in the knees.

Among the factors none of us have any control over is ageing. Women over 50 are more likely to have it than men. Sometimes genetic factors will play a role because if it “runs in the family” it increases the likelihood that other family members will eventually have it as well.

Some of the ways people can help “ward off” osteoarthritis is by being selective about what sports they play. Football and other sports where tackling is often part of the game are probably not the best idea for players with arthritis risk factors. Osteoarthritis usually occurs in weight-bearing joints such as the knees and hips but it can also be found in fingers, the thumb, neck and big toe. In some cases patients will develop osteoarthritis as the result of some type of physical trauma, such as an automobile accident.

Obesity ramps up the possibility that people will get osteoarthritis. Losing weight, even just a few pounds, can reduce the chances for ultimately facing the challenging “osteoarthritis onslaught.”

Patients can help their physician by keeping a record on where, when and how much they feel pain. X-rays or other imaging techniques may be ordered to confirm the osteoarthritis diagnosis.

Unfortunately, there is little if anything that can be done to stop cartilage from eroding. However, there are ways to help patients deal with pain and increase their flexibility. Physical therapy is one of the best avenues because it teaches patients how to slowly strengthen the muscles surrounding the affected joint.

Web Md. Com cautions patients that, overall, studies do not show that supplements like glucosamine and chondroitin help relieve pain and stiffness and they urge patients to discuss taking chondroitin with their physician, especially if they’re taking blood-thinners.

Mountains Community Hospital makes possible essential quality medical services to the residents and visitors of the local mountains. We provide peace of mind by securing the health of the community. Patient care is guided by interdepartmental collaboration which takes into account the unique knowledge, judgment and skills of a variety of professionals and disciplines. Open communication between departments ensures the most efficient, effective patient care.

Considering the patient and his or her family valued partners in the delivery of care, we include them in each step of treatment. We administer at MCH does not stop at the physical, but incorporates developmental, emotional, social, psychological, cultural and spiritual healing, as well.  We recognize the diversity of our community and are committed to preserving the dignity of our patients and acting as advocates on their behalf. At Mountains Community Hospital, we care about your health.