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Understanding Heart Disease in Women: Risks & Symptoms

Did you know heart disease affects women differently than men? Find out your risk factors and how to recognize the symptoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death among American women, but they still tend to be underdiagnosed.   “There is still a lack of awareness about women’s unique risk factors and symptoms, and more women than men die each year from heart disease.” says Dr. Helga Van Herle, a cardiologist who practices at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital. Fellow cardiologist Dev Patel, MD, also with USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, adds

Speech Therapy

Advanced, Evidence-based Speech Therapy Whether you are having difficulty swallowing, experiencing changes in the clarity of your speech or having challenges with communicating clearly, our USC Verdugo Hills Hospital speech therapy team provides a personalized treatment approach to help you regain your confidence and independence. We offer advanced speech language pathology services, also known as speech therapy, including comprehensive evaluations, evidence-based treatment therapies and cutting-edge therapy equipment. Our highly qualified doctors and speech-language pathologists work closely with you to understand your condition and design a treatment plan tailored to your needs and recovery goals. We offer specialized care for

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy Personalized for You Our USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Occupational Therapy team offers a wide range of skilled services provided by our highly trained and experienced therapists. We provide individualized rehabilitation programs that may consist of custom splint fabrication, therapeutic exercise, lymphedema management, activities of daily living training and more to treat a variety of conditions. We specialize in treating injuries to the shoulder, elbow, forearm, wrist and hand, including impairments resulting from cancer or post-cancer treatment. We also offer occupational therapy, if you have mobility issues caused by stroke, Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions. Our goal

USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Foundation Support Groups

The USC Verdugo Hills Hospital (USC-VHH) Foundation is supported by several auxiliary groups, which help raise funds and contribute to the philanthropic effort. Women’s Council The Women’s Council of the USC-VHH Foundation was founded shortly after the hospital opened its doors in 1972. The Women’s Council was formally established on June 20, 1973, with more than 200 members meeting for a garden champagne brunch at the home of Sue Lindstrom. The mission of the Women’s Council is to promote and advance the welfare of USC-VHH and its staff and patients through fundraising and friend-raising events conducted within the hospital

Five Questions to Ask When Choosing an OB/GYN

Looking for a new OB/GYN? Evelyn Nicole Mitchell, MD, an obstetrician/gynecologist from USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, shares a few questions to ask before booking your first appointment. Choosing the right OB/GYN is one of the most sensitive decisions a patient can make. Evelyn Nicole Mitchell, MD, who practices obstetrics and gynecology at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, will be among the first to tell you how crucial it is for an OB/GYN and their patient to have an open, mutually respectful relationship. “I believe communication is key,” Dr. Mitchell says. “It is important to be honest with each other regarding

What Are Kegel Exercises, and Should You Do Them?

Find out how these pelvic floor exercises can help you. You may have heard of Kegels — pregnant women are often encouraged to do them to strengthen their vaginal muscles in preparation for birth. But the exercises can do far more than that, for both women and men. If you experience urinary or fecal incontinence (difficulty holding it when you have to go to the bathroom) or pelvic organ prolapse (when pelvic organs begin to drop), these may be the exercises for you. Two advantages to Kegel exercises: They’re very easy, and you can do them anywhere, without anyone knowing. Your pelvic

Is There a Better Way To Treat Uterine Fibroids?

Uterine fibroid embolization is a minimally invasive procedure that is an alternative to surgery — but is it right for you? Uterine fibroids are extremely common, benign tumors in the uterus. For many women, they cause no symptoms at all and don’t need to be treated. But, if you’re among the 25% of women for whom fibroids cause symptoms, they can affect your health and quality of life. Uterine fibroids may cause heavy menstrual bleeding or bleeding between periods, to the point that you may become anemic or need a blood transfusion. If fibroids get too big, they may also

Pelvic Health Therapy

Personalized Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) isn’t easy to talk about, but the conditions associated with it can affect all aspects of a woman’s physical and emotional health. We understand that it can take courage to ask for help with PFD conditions, and our team is here to provide the care you need. At USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, our pelvic health physical therapists screen, diagnose and treat PFD to help improve your quality of life. Our skilled clinicians provide one-on-one therapy sessions to treat various pelvic health–related conditions, including chronic pelvic pain, bowel control issues, urinary