At The Palmdale Regional Medical Center Blog you'll find information you can use to improve your overall health and well-being, and stories about our amazing patients and Healthcare Heroes serving our community.

Here's Why Prediabetes Is More Serious Than You Think

May 23, 2024

If you have higher than normal blood sugar levels, here's what you need to know.

How to Live with Heart Failure

May 23, 2024

Here are answers to common questions about living with this chronic condition.

Lifestyle Habits That Aid an Aging Brain

May 23, 2024

As we get older, our bodies and lifestyles change a lot. One of the biggest changes happens in our brains, and this can affect how we live.

Testicular Cancer: What Younger Men Should Know

May 23, 2024

Testicular cancer is most common between ages 15 and 35. How can younger men protect themselves?

Orthopedic Injuries That Are More Common in Men

May 22, 2024

Your risk of some injuries to bones, tendons and joints may be higher depending on your sex.

5 Signs You Might Have a Hernia

May 22, 2024

These are some of the most common symptoms of hernias in the abdomen and groin.

Heartbeats in a Jar

March 28, 2024

Two ICU nurses at Palmdale Regional found a thoughtful way to honor lost patients and their families.

These Protein-Packed Breakfasts Keep You Fuller Longer

March 27, 2024

Begin your day with one of these meals and you'll be off to a strong start.

Do You Have Responsible Drinking Habits?

March 27, 2024

Many enjoy drinking alcohol, but overdrinking can make any party turn sour. Learn how to spot the signs of alcohol use disorder and alcohol overdose.

This Is What Too Little Sleep Does to Your Body

March 26, 2024

Here's a look at how long-term sleep deprivation affects your physical and mental health.

Don't Miss These Signs of Multiple Sclerosis

March 26, 2024

Although there's no exact pattern of symptoms in MS, don't ignore these possible warning signs.

Always Stressed? You May Have Too Much Cortisol

March 25, 2024

Too much of this stress hormone can wreak havoc on your health.

5 Invigorating Ways to Enjoy More Daylight

March 24, 2024

Move more while enjoying fresh air and sunshine with these exciting and relaxing activities.

Is Your Joint Pain More Than Just the Usual Aches?

February 26, 2024

Joint health is important, and understanding what’s normal helps in maintaining your quality of life.

Unlocking the Power of Protein

February 26, 2024

Have you been neglecting this essential nutrient in your diet? This is how protein intake affects you now and in the future.

The Most Common Causes of Accidental Poisoning

February 26, 2024

Most poisonings occur at home. Here's where the danger lies and how to keep your family safer.

These Symptoms May Mean You Have Kidney Disease

February 26, 2024

Symptoms during early stages of the disease are hard to spot, but don't ignore these red flags.

This Is What the World's Longest-Living People Eat

February 26, 2024

The diet of people in the Blue Zones may help them live longer. Here's what they eat.

What's That Smell? And What Does It Mean?

February 26, 2024

Here's what body odor comes from, why it changes and how to control it.

A Chicken Dish with a Little Zest

February 25, 2024

This dish is full of flavor, with a delightful mix of textures.

Here Are 7 Signs You Might Have Heart Failure

January 28, 2024

Don't ignore these common symptoms of this serious heart condition.

This Is What a Heart Attack Really Feels Like

January 28, 2024

In real life, heart attack symptoms are usually more subtle than what you see in movies.

Would You Recognize These Warning Signs of Stroke?

January 27, 2024

Here's how to spot a stroke and what to do.

A Guide to Easing into Exercise after a Heart Attack

January 27, 2024

Exercise helps you recover after a cardiac event and here are tips to help you do it more safely.

Is Your Eyesight at Risk?

January 26, 2024

Good eyesight is often taken for granted – until it is lost. A common eye disorder affects many people 50 years and older.

Minimally Invasive Heart Surgeries Explained

January 26, 2024

Today, minimally invasive techniques can offer reduced scarring, less pain and quicker recovery for those with cardiovascular conditions.

A Heart-Healthy Recipe for Salmon

January 25, 2024

This recipe will yield perfectly cooked, 4-ounce salmon fillets with a delightful honey balsamic glaze, ideal for a tasty, healthy meal.

Weight Gain Isn't Always About Appetite or Willpower

December 27, 2023

While starting and sticking to a healthier lifestyle can be a challenge, there may be more to your issues than lack of willpower or your love of dessert.

4 Small New Year’s Resolutions to Inspire Change

December 27, 2023

Broad and big new year resolutions can be hard to stick with. Try these small habit changes that can lead to a healthier lifestyle.

Do Diabetes Drugs Help You Lose Weight?

December 27, 2023

Here's why drugs originally developed to treat diabetes are being used for weight loss.

7 Good Reasons to Try Dry January

December 27, 2023

This may be the incentive you need to start the new year alcohol-free.

How to Quit Smoking Gradually

December 27, 2023

Ready to kick your habit? Instead of doing it cold turkey, here are tips to ease into a smoke-free life.

Winter Comfort Food with an Asian Twist

December 27, 2023

Bring the authentic flavors of Chinese cuisine right into your kitchen.

4 Foods That May Help You Lose Weight

December 26, 2023

Stay fuller while eating fewer calories by making these satisfying foods part of your diet.

A Healthy Side Dish for the Holidays

December 13, 2023

You don't have to sacrifice enjoyment when eating healthy. Add this tasty side to your holiday menu.

'Tis the Season When You're Most Likely to Have a Heart Attack

November 27, 2023

Here's why your heart is more at risk during the holidays, and what you can do to protect it.

Keep Illnesses Away from Your Holiday Gatherings

November 27, 2023

Getting sick slows you down and prevents you from enjoying the festivities. These tips can help you avoid it.

Watch Out for These Common Injuries During the Holidays

November 24, 2023

Don't let an injury ruin your holiday fun. These tips can help keep you injury-free.

6 Ways to Care for Your Skin This Winter

November 23, 2023

Here’s why you should pay extra attention to your body’s first line of defense as temperatures drop.

Crohn's or Ulcerative Colitis? How to Tell the Difference

November 22, 2023

Here are similarities and differences between these conditions, as well as common symptoms.

Your Guide to Healthy Holiday Travel

November 22, 2023

Before you pack your bags, read these tips so you're more likely to stay healthy during your travels.

How to Save 1,000 Calories at Your Thanksgiving Meal

November 1, 2023

The average American consumes over 2,000 calories on Thanksgiving. Here's how to save half those calories!

How Risky Is Vaping?

October 31, 2023

E-cigarettes and smokeless nicotine, once regarded as ‘safe,’ carry risks.

4 Strategies to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

October 30, 2023

A good night’s sleep can set the tone for the day. These factors play a role.

The Best Way to Catch Lung Cancer Early

October 29, 2023

If you are a current or former smoker, here's how to protect yourself from lung cancer.

How to Ease Hip Pain

October 28, 2023

If you have pain, stiffness and inflammation in your hip joint, these tips can help.

The Best Time to Exercise If You Have Diabetes

October 27, 2023

All exercise is good if you have diabetes, but here's when it may help the most.

Palmdale Regional Is Dedicated to Saving Limbs

October 6, 2023

Lower-limb amputation is too common and may be avoidable in some cases. Learn about the Limb Preservation Program at Palmdale Regional Medical Center.

What Does It Mean to Have Dense Breasts?

October 2, 2023

Those with dense breast tissue are at higher risk of developing breast cancer and other breast-related issues.

What You Should Know About Diabetes and Sugar

October 2, 2023

High blood sugar causes many of the symptoms and complications of diabetes. Here’s how to manage your blood sugar. 

The Scariest Health Hazards of Halloween

October 2, 2023

This holiday is all about having fun. Here are 5 ways to keep it that way.

The Do's and Don'ts of Supporting Someone with Mental Illness

October 1, 2023

Not sure what to do if a friend or family member has mental health issues? These tips may help.

7 Things You'll Notice After Losing Weight

September 30, 2023

More than just the number on the scale will change when you lose weight.

These 10 Foods Help Fight Inflammation

September 29, 2023

Wondering what inflammation-fighting foods to add to your diet? Try these 10 powerhouses.

These 9 Things Make It More Likely You'll Fall

August 21, 2023

Here's how to recognize common fall hazards so you can do something to lower your risk.

These Are the 3 Most Common Prostate Problems

August 21, 2023

If you're a man, here are three conditions that may affect your prostate as you age.

Here's Why AFib May Be Especially Dangerous for Women

August 21, 2023

Women need to be aware of this serious heart arrhythmia because early detection is important.

Understanding the Basics of Epilepsy

August 21, 2023

Learn how to identify, and manage, this neurological condition.

The Surprising Question That Might Prevent Teen Suicide

August 20, 2023

Today’s generation of teens are at high risk of suicide. Learn what you can do to intervene.

Are You Missing This Sign of Ovarian Cancer?

August 19, 2023

If you often feel full quickly when eating, don't ignore it.

Don't Miss These Signs of Heat-Related Illness

July 31, 2023

Heat-related illnesses can be very serious, so it's important to recognize the symptoms.

Don't Forget to Schedule These Medical Appointments

July 31, 2023

Now is as good a time as any to get these appointments on your calendar.

How to Overcome Loneliness

July 31, 2023

If you are lonely, following these 5 tips can help you feel more connected to others.

Should You Take These Vitamins Every Day?

July 31, 2023

Many people take multivitamins and other supplements daily, but do you need them?

4 Frequent Causes of Knee Pain

July 31, 2023

Your knees aren’t getting any younger. Here’s how to keep them in order.

Stay Safe on the Sports Field

July 31, 2023

Don’t let a sport injury keep you off the field this season. Here’s how to be safe before, during and after an activity. 

How to Treat Any Burn

July 7, 2023

Whether from the sun, the grill or a sparkler, summer is burn season. Learn how to tell the painful inconvenience from the true emergency.

Living with Congestive Heart Failure

July 7, 2023

While it's a serious condition, with appropriate management and treatment, many people with CHF can continue to lead active and fulfilling lives.

Make Restaurant-Quality Salads at Home

July 7, 2023

Save money and calories with these 10 tips for creating salads that taste like a chef made them. Ever wonder why the salads you make at home don't taste quite as good as the ones you order in restaurants?

Is Long COVID Becoming a Chronic Disease?

July 7, 2023

Although poorly understood, some people have symptoms after COVID-19 that don't go away. Throughout the pandemic, millions of people were infected with one strain or another of the COVID-19 virus.

20 Common Causes of Back Pain

July 7, 2023

Back pain is the leading cause of disability around the world and is one of the most common reasons people go to a doctor.

Protect Your Eyes from These Summer Hazards

July 7, 2023

Whether from the sun, the grill or a sparkler, summer is burn season. Learn how to tell the painful inconvenience from the true emergency.

Your Guide to a Safer Summer

July 7, 2023

Skin cancer is common, and often preventable.

The Simplest Way for Men to Improve Their Health

July 7, 2023

Men’s life expectancy is dropping. Their hesitancy to go to the doctor could be a reason why.

Understand your allergies

April 25, 2023

Let's dive into the reasons for your pesky itchy eyes and runny noses, and how to avoid them.

The timeline of a stroke – from onset to recovery

April 25, 2023

A stroke can cause chaos. Know what to expect from its start to the recovery process.

Stroke Risk and Hispanic Women

April 10, 2023

Hispanic women are at higher risk of stroke. Find out why, and learn about the risks of stroke, how to decrease them and the signs to watch for.

Teaming Up to Fight Cancer

March 28, 2023

Learn about the new collaboration between Palmdale Regional Medical Center and City of Hope.

How to Tell if Heartburn Is Something More

March 21, 2023

GERD can start out as an annoyance, but can cause serious damage over time. Avoid long-term effects through simple lifestyle changes and possibly treatment.

What a Headache Could Be Telling You

March 21, 2023

It’s a broad term for a lot of experiences. Learn how to tell if yours are serious.

Which Colorectal Cancer Test Is Right for You?

February 22, 2023

Various colorectal cancer screening options can make diagnosis and early detection easier for you

The ABCs of Joint Replacement Surgery

February 22, 2023

Joint replacement surgery sounds so invasive, but what does it really entail? Here’s the breakdown.

What Your Heart Is Telling You

January 24, 2023

Not all heart events are the same. Knowing what makes them different can be the key to surviving them.

The Surprising Connection Between Mind and Heart

January 24, 2023

Stress and anxiety could be negatively affecting your heart health AND heart disease can cause stress and anxiety. Here’s how to break the cycle.

RSV: What YOU Need to Know

December 22, 2022

This holiday season, when families gather and the risk of spread is high, be aware of common RSV symptoms, treatments and preventive actions.

The Keys to Successful New Year’s Resolutions

December 21, 2022

The time to build healthy habits is here. Don’t think too hard, we’ve come up with a list of resolutions worth keeping.

Are You Struggling With Your Weight-Loss Journey?

December 21, 2022

Learn how bariatric surgery can help you achieve your goal

TLC at the Palmdale Regional ER

December 16, 2022

When Cheryl Neff’s father broke his pelvis, Palmdale Regional gave Charles the direct patient care, hospitality and peace of mind they needed.

Stay Safe This Flu Season

November 15, 2022

Don’t miss any of the holiday cheer, avoid the flu this year.

Try These Tips to Defuse Holiday Stress

November 14, 2022

Put self-care at the top of your to-do list. Identify when stress is affecting you and how you can manage it.

Prediabetes Is Common, Often Unrecognized, and Dangerous

November 6, 2022

It’s more common than you know. Learn how to avoid it turning into diabetes.

5 Ways Quitting Smoking Can Improve Your Life

November 2, 2022

Sometimes the big health reasons to quit smoking are not enough. These small perks might be the push you need to make the commitment.

Your Breast Cancer Screening Questions Answered

September 30, 2022

Is getting a mammogram at the top of your to-do list? If not, schedule it now. It may save your life!

Depression and Aging: Know the Facts

September 30, 2022

Depression is the most prevalent mental health problem among older adults and can lead to a decline in physical, mental and social functioning.

Committing to Health with Weight-Loss Surgery

September 26, 2022

Before she began her weight-loss surgery journey at Palmdale Regional Medical Center with a laparoscopic gastric bypass, Destiny Headly weighed more than 460 pounds. Three years later, she is about 280 pounds lighter.

The 10-Minute Test That Could Save Your Life

August 25, 2022

When it comes to maintaining heart health, early detection and prevention are key. This simple test can uncover a dangerous condition.

The To-Do Item Men Shouldn't Forget

August 25, 2022

Prostate cancer is the second-most-common cancer among American men, and often progresses with few outward signs. Screening for it is important.

Bounce Back from Back Pain

August 4, 2022

If you are experiencing back pain, Palmdale Regional offers an advanced, minimally invasive procedure that may help. Neurosurgeon Tyler A. Carson, DO, explains the BESS procedure.

Get Your Kids Off to a Healthy Start This School Year

August 1, 2022

These recommendations can help ensure that your child is ready to learn and perform their best the entire year.

The Best Ways to Deal with Back Pain

July 31, 2022

It's the No. 1 cause of disability worldwide. Learn how to better deal with it.

Protect Yourself While Enjoying the Summer Sun

June 10, 2022

Want to protect yourself from skin cancer while enjoying the summer sun? Checkout these timely tips to indulge in the sun safely.

The Path to Walking Again

May 31, 2022

After breaking his back in a skiing accident, Tyler DeGraw learned to walk again at the Rehabilitation Institute at Palmdale Regional.

Summer Safety Essentials

May 16, 2022

Paying attention to the most common types of injury can help keep you and your family safe while getting the most out of the warm months ahead.

Nine Essential Screenings for Men

May 11, 2022

June is Men’s Health Awareness Month! Regular check-ups and screenings can help men stay healthy by indicating preventive health needs and catching issues before they become more serious.

How COVID-19 Has Impacted Mental Health

May 11, 2022

COVID-19 has taken a heavy toll on mental health. If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, here are ways to identify issues and get help.

5 Ways to Lessen Seasonal Allergies

April 22, 2022

Whether your allergy symptoms are frustrating or debilitating, there are steps you can take to enjoy rather than dread spring.

Recognition for our Remarkable Nurses

April 22, 2022

Nurses are on the frontline of most every healthcare interaction, from emergencies to routine checkins, and their lifesaving work has an incredible impact on patients, their families and communities as a whole. We celebrate nurses everywhere during National Nurses Week, May 6-12.

Deep Brain Stimulation Brings a Patient Hope

April 20, 2022

April is National Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month. Discover how an advanced neurological procedure helped patient Elaine Reed reclaim her life.

When You Need Care, Make the Smart Choice

March 25, 2022

Learn when to visit the emergency room versus urgent care.

How to Take Control of Your Neurological Health

March 25, 2022

Knowing what’s happening in your head could save your life.

Saving the Heart of the Family

February 22, 2022

Two sisters credit Dr. Phong Dargon and the Palmdale Regional ER for giving them more time with their father after he faced a cardiac emergency.

Joint Replacement – Is It for You?

February 15, 2022

If you suffer from chronic joint pain and medications are no longer working, you may be a candidate for joint replacement.

Is Diabetes Putting You at Risk for Chronic Wounds?

February 15, 2022

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, talk to your doctor about ways to address and prevent chronic wounds associated with the disease, such as diabetic foot care. 

A Flutter in the Night

February 11, 2022

Richelle Blackwell-Jones turned to Palmdale Regional for emergency care when she feared she was having a heart attack.

Could You Have Atrial Fibrillation?

January 12, 2022

What to know about this sometimes silent condition.

Heart Attack Symptoms – What’s Different for Men and Women

January 12, 2022

Knowing the signs and symptoms can save your life!

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

December 16, 2021

Want a fresh start for 2022? Create realistic, reasonable goals to set yourself up for success.

Could You Have Seasonal Depression?

December 16, 2021

Winter blahs and holiday stress have you down? Read more for helpful strategies to lighten your mood.

What You Need to Know About Prostate Cancer

September 23, 2021

Jaspreet Parihar, MD, explains screenings, risk factors, treatment and more.

Helping a Hero to Heal

September 21, 2021

A retired firefighter paramedic recovers from neck surgery and goes from being the caregiver to being the care receiver.

A Lifeline for Renal Failure Patients

August 26, 2021

Learn about the fistula procedures that Dr. Phong Dargon performs, as well as their benefits.

Help for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

August 26, 2021

Therapists at Palmdale Regional’s Rehabilitation and Orthopedic Institute can help to lessen pain and return function to hands and forearms.

Medical Emergencies Cannot Wait

March 16, 2021

It's important to call 911 or get to the nearest emergency room when you or a loved one experience signs of possible heart attack or stroke.

Why You Should Consider a Colorectal Cancer Screening

March 16, 2021

Marjun Philip Duldulao, MD, says that testing is key to preventing the third-most-common cancer among men and women.

Take Charge of Your Kidney Health

March 16, 2021

There are ways to care for your kidneys to help reduce your risk of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD). Learn more from Dr. Bassel Hadaya.

Emergency Care with Compassion

December 4, 2020

A busy mom talks about the ER care she received at Palmdale Regional and what stood out.

Keeping It Real with COVID-19

July 26, 2020

Healthcare Heroes speak from the heart about their experiences caring for patients and living through history.

Mom Reunites With Family After Surviving COVID-19

July 2, 2020

Maria Herrera recovered from COVID-19 and thanked her Healthcare Heroes on the front lines. "Because of them, I'm still here."

Cheers to a Special Dad!

June 30, 2020

Gerry Smith was working in the lab at Palmdale Regional when he received an unexpected delivery to sweeten his day.

Sewing for a Special Cause

June 28, 2020

Volunteers support front-line workers, one mask at a time. They've made thousands.