How the Right Primary Care Doctor Can Help Manage Diabetes

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 2020 National Diabetes Statistics Report, diabetes affects more than 34 million Americans, and that number is expected to rise. Even more staggering is that 88 million Americans—approximately 1 in 3—have prediabetes, a condition in which a person’s blood sugar is high, but not high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes. Without medical intervention, prediabetics are likely to become diabetics within 10 years of their initial diagnosis.

Why are primary care doctors important for diabetes management?

According to Alexander Turchin, M.D., a physician and researcher in the Division of Endocrinology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), patients without a consistent primary care physician (PCP) experienced worse outcomes than those who had a PCP and attended regular checkups.

“We found that primary care physicians provide better care to diabetes patients when compared to other providers in a primary care setting because they were more likely to alter medications and consistently provide lifestyle counseling.”

How can my primary care doctor help me managing diabetes?

Your primary care doctor is your first line of defense for diabetes management. It’s vital to schedule regular checkups with your primary care doctor so they can effectively monitor your overall health and existing conditions, like diabetes.

Depending on the severity of your symptoms or risk factors your doctor may perform blood tests to check for the disease and treat you personally or refer you to a specialist to help monitor your treatment.

If you are in need of a primary care doctor to help you manage diabetes, please call Pomona Valley Health Centers at 909-378-9143. Our doctors are highly experienced in the science of medicine and the art of compassionate care. We look forward to helping you achieve your highest level of health.

Does My Child Need a Flu Shot?

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Only about 50 percent of the U.S. population will get a flu shot this year despite overwhelming agreement among medical experts and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that every person older than six months should get vaccinated every year to protect themselves.

Should your child get a flu shot? In most cases, yes.

People less than 6 months of age and those with severe, life-threatening allergies to the flu vaccine or any ingredient in the vaccine  (e.g., gelatin or antibiotics) are the only exceptions.

What is influenza?

Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory infection that infects the nose, throat and oftentimes lungs. Common symptoms include fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, runny nose, headaches and fatigue. For most people, the flu resolves on its own, but it can lead to severe complications including hospitalization, particularly among young children up to 5 years old.

Does my child need a flu shot?

Getting your child vaccinated is the best way to prevent the flu and lessen its potential complications. This holds true even when the vaccine doesn’t completely prevent the flu.

Choosing to get the flu shot this year is important because both the flu and COVID-19 cause similar signs and symptoms. Preventing or reducing the severity of the flu illness and hospitalizations could also help reduce strain on our hospitals and health care system.

The flu is a real and serious threat to the health of our children, and the flu shot is our best defense. If you still have concerns about the flu vaccine, talk to a Pomona Valley Health Centers physician and figure out the best way to keep your child safe this flu season. Call 909-378-9513 to schedule an appointment.

American Cancer Society Updates Guidelines for Best Ways to Reduce Cancer Risk

Big and little hands holding breast cancer awareness ribbon

The American Cancer Society recently updated its nutrition and physical activity guidelines for cancer prevention. These updates stress how important it is for everyone, regardless of age, to increase daily physical activity and develop healthy eating habits. 

The knowledgeable physicians at Pomona Valley Health Centers (PVHC) wanted to highlight these updates in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month to give people hope and help save lives. Though there is no known way to avoid developing diseases like breast cancer, we can incorporate daily acts of prevention into our daily routines.

Lower your breast cancer risk with these recommendations

Recommendations from the American Cancer Society include:

  • Double down on physical activity
    It is now recommended that adults get between 150-300 minutes of moderate intensity or 75-150 minutes of vigorous intensity each week to lower your breast cancer risk.
  • Eat the rainbow
    Instead of focusing on certain types of food, the recommendations are to fill your plate with a variety of colorful fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Diets high in added sugars, meats, fat and processed foods increase your risk of developing certain types of cancer.
  • Say no to alcohol
    Alcohol consumption should be kept to a minimum as it has been linked to increased cancer risk. Even limiting daily alcohol intake to one to two drinks can greatly lower your risk

If you are a woman over the age of 40, be sure to schedule your annual mammogram to lower your breast cancer risk. Mammograms are the best tests doctors have to diagnose breast cancer. Call our specialists at PVHC at 909-378-9512 to schedule your mammogram today.

What You Need to Know About Falls in the Elderly

Elderly man being helped up after fall

Each year, millions of older adults experience a fall, and over half do not tell their doctors. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 3 adults aged 65 and over fall each year. While many do not cause injuries, 1 in 5 lead to serious injuries like broken bones or head injuries. A single fall is not always a sign of underlying health issues, but subsequent issues with balance or coordination within a 6-month window should be evaluated for treatable causes.

Why are falls in the elderly so dangerous?

Accidental falls are the leading cause of injury and death among seniors, especially those aged 75 years and older. Why? Bone density naturally declines with age, which means broken bones are more likely. If an elderly person has pre-existing disabilities or medical complications like heart disease, even a seemingly minor fall can result in severe injuries.

How to prevent falls in the elderly

To reduce the likelihood of a dangerous fall, the geriatric specialists at Pomona Valley Health Centers encourages older adults to:

  • Exercise regularly
    Maintaining a regular exercise routine can not only strengthen muscles, but also help improve balance, endurance and coordination.
  • Get regular vision check-ups
    Weak eyesight and blurry vision can lead to accidental trips, tumbles and falls. Be sure to visit an optometrist for regular vision screenings to ensure you’re seeing as clearly as possible.
  • Review your medications
    Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your current medications to help you identify any that may cause dizziness or drowsiness and, if possible, help you find alternatives.
  • Make your home safer
    Find and remove anything in your home that could cause a trip or tumble (e.g., loose rugs, clutter, etc.). Add grip bars as needed in bathrooms and stairways as well as nonskid mats to your shower and in front of your kitchen sink.
  • Turn on the lights
    Be sure hallways and stairways are adequately lit to help you avoid any missteps, and turn on your lights if you get up in the middle of the night to help ensure your safety.

If you or a loved one has experienced a fall, please visit the Pomona valley Health Centers urgent care for an evaluation. No appointments necessary. 

PVHC Urgent Care locations and hours

8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Friday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekends and most holidays

Chino Hills Crossroads

3110 Chino Avenue, Suite 150
Chino Hills, CA 91709
909-630-7868
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Claremont

1601 Monte Vista Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
909-865-9977
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La Verne
2333 Foothill Boulevard
La Verne, CA 91750
909-392-6511
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Three Common Causes of Sleep Disorders in Kids

Child with Restless Sleep Syndrome

Sleep is essential to everyone as it helps maintain overall health and well-being. Furthermore, kids who regularly get an adequate amount of sleep have improved attention, behavior, learning, memory and overall mental and physical health. Adequate sleep hours vary by age— the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends:

  • <12 months: 13-18 hours 
  • 1-2 years: 11-14 hours
  • 3-5 years: 10-13 hours
  • 6-12 years: 9-12 hours
  • 13-18 years: 8-10 hours

If you think your child isn’t getting enough sleep, stick to a regular bedtime routine. Here are a few tricks you can use to help your child get to bed on time at night. Have them:

  • Turn off all screens one hour before bedtime
  • Take a warm bath
  • Put on pajamas
  • Brush teeth
  • Read for 10-15 minutes
  • Goodnight wishes

However, if your child is having trouble staying asleep, or is unable to get enough uninterrupted sleep, they may be struggling with an undiagnosed sleep disorder.

Common Problems Starting or Maintaining sleep in children

  • Bedtime resistance
  • Delayed sleep onset
  • Problems with night awakenings with:
  • Screaming/Agitation/Terrors
  • Sleep walking

Common causes of sleep disorders in kids

  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
    Pediatric OSA is a sleep disorder in which a child’s breathing is partially or completely blocked repeatedly during sleep. The most common culprits being the tonsils and adenoids. Childhood obesity can also be associated with sleep apnea. School performance can be adversely affected with attention problems.
  • Narcolepsy
    Absent or reduced hormone can cause severe daytime sleepiness and loss of muscle control at times (Cataplexy). 
  • Restless legs syndrome (RLS)
    RLS is a sleep disorder that causes uncomfortable leg sensations and an uncontrollable urge to move your legs. Children with RLS often present with conduct problems like aggression, inattention, hyperactivity and daytime somnolence because of their inability to sleep restfully.

If you’re struggling with a bad sleeper and want to learn more about sleep disorders in kids, call Pomona Valley Health Center in Chino Hills, Claremont, or Pomona. Our skilled specialists can identify your little one’s sleep problems and help them sleep more peacefully.

Think You Need Stitches? See Our Urgent Care for These Common Cuts.

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No one plans to get cut or hurt, but accidents happen. Maybe your finger slipped while chopping vegetables or your child fell off their bike. When can you simply bandage it up and when do you need stitches?

Common cuts that need stitches

From the size of a wound to its location, there are a lot of signs that can tell you whether you need stitches. If you or a loved one has a cut with the following characteristics, please visit Pomona Valley Urgent Care for stitches as soon as possible:

  • The wound if very deep (even if it’s not very long or wide)
  • The wound is more than half of an inch long
  • The wound is too wide to press the edges back together with pressure
  • The wound has uneven edges
  • The wound has debris in it (e.g., gravel, glass, or dirt)
  • The wound bleeds enough to soak through a bandage
  • The wound is spurting blood
  • The wound continues to bleed after you apply direct pressure to it for 10 minutes

Does my cut need stitches?

If you’ve been cut in any of the following areas, it’s best to seek medical attention and stiches to avoid infection or scarring:

  • Around a joint (e.g., elbows, knees)
  • Face
  • Hand
  • Genitals
  • Mouth
  • Near the eyes

Tips for handling cuts before going to urgent care

If you’re fairly certain your cut needs stitches, here are a few things to keep in mind before you visit the Pomona Valley Urgent Care in Chino Hills, Claremont or La Verne:

  • Do not remove any debris. Leave it as is to prevent excess bleeding.
  • Clean the wound with tap water. Do not use hydrogen peroxide or iodine.
  • Use a clean towel or bandage and apply direct pressure to the wound.
  • If possible, keep the wounded area above the heart to help slow or stop the bleeding.
  • If blood soaks through the dressing, do not remove it. Apply another on top.

Our Pomona Valley Urgent Care locations are open 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Monday through Friday and 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturdays, Sundays and most holidays. No appointments necessary. Visit our urgent care center for expert stitches and urgent care services today.

Can My Kids Still Get Vaccinations?

Child sitting on hospital table waiting for vaccination

Yes. At Pomona Valley Health Centers (PVHC), we recommend every child continue to follow the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines for vaccinations, even if the process looks a little different because of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

It is critical for children to stay healthy, especially during this global pandemic. When children are current on their vaccinations they can better avoid preventable diseases like shingles, pneumococcal disease, influenza, and HPV and hepatitis B—both leading causes of cancer.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and the COVID-19 pandemic is a reminder of the importance of vaccination. We understand parents and families may have concerns about in-person visits, but staying up-to-date on vaccinations is vital for protecting children against serious vaccine-preventable diseases.

How is PVHC providing vaccinations?

Families can still bring their children to PVHC for scheduled well-child check-ups and receive vaccinations. We’re closely monitoring and following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and have spaced out appointment times to limit the amount of people inside the centers at any one time. 

Watch the video below to learn more about our safety precautions


These provisions will help slow the spread of COVID-19 and help keep you, your family, our employees and our communities stay safe.

We want you to know that, despite the uncertainties of COVID-19, PVHC has the needs of your family covered. We are proud to offer primary care telemedicine appointments if you are in need of routine family medicine services. 

Please contact one of our locations to find out if you qualify for telemedicine:

Sleep Apnea and That Sound Your Husband Makes: What It Says About His Health

A woman plugging her ears and man snoring in bedSleep apnea is a potentially serious medical disorder that affects between 50 and 70 million adults in the United States. Sleep apnea occurs when a person’s breathing is repeatedly blocked during sleep. Blockage of the airway causes snoring, and if severe, can cause low oxygen, elevated blood pressure and damage to the brain and heart over time. Sleepiness, fatigue, depression, and loss of sexual drive can also result. If your loved one snores and feels tired or sleepy after a full night’s rest, he may be suffering from sleep apnea.

Common symptoms of sleep apnea

Many factors can lead to Sleep Apnea and snoring including excess weight, problems with a small air passage and receding jaw or other problems with the airway. Excess weight is commonly associated with sleep apnea and that snoring sound. When an overweight or obese person is sleeping, his or her throat and tongue muscles become more relaxed, closing off the upper passages of their airway.

Loud, repetitive snoring isn’t only a nuisance, it’s one of the main indicators of sleep apnea. Here are three main indicators of obstructive sleep apnea:

  1. Loud, persistent snoring
  2. Pauses in breathing, along with gasping attacks while sleeping
  3. Excessive sleepiness while awake
  4. Morning headaches
  5. Difficulty paying attention
  6. Irritability
  7. Auto Accidents

It is important to note that many people who snore do not have obstructive sleep apnea, however most people who do have sleep apnea, snore.

Common risk factors of sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is often a byproduct of other health factors, including:

  • Excess weight
    Fat deposits in and around the upper airway may obstruct breathing
  • Neck circumference
    Surprisingly, those with thicker necks may have narrower airways
  • Narrow airway
    Narrow throat, enlarged tonsils or adenoids may also block the throat
  • Gender
    Men are two to three times more likely to have sleep apnea than women before menopause. After menopause women are as likely as men to suffer from Sleep Apnea
  • Age
    This disorder is most common in older adults
  • Genetics
    A family history of sleep apnea may increase your risk
  • Alcohol or drug use
    These substances relax the throat muscles, which can worsen obstructive sleep apnea
  • Smoking
    Smokers are three times more likely to struggle with sleep apnea

If you think your husband or anyone else in your family is struggling with sleep apnea or snoring, contact Pomona Valley Health Centers at 909-536-1493. We can conduct a sleep evaluation and test, help treat underlying conditions and help you both rest more peacefully.

Male-Specific Diseases to Ask Your Doctor About

A man with a doctorMen have specific health risks they need to be aware of—particularly in regards to the reproductive system. The male reproductive system is designed to produce, maintain and transport sperm. The testes, a part of the male reproductive system, are also responsible for producing testosterone. Testosterone is an essential hormone that helps maintain bone density, fat distribution and muscle strength in men.

Talk to your doctor if you’re concerned about these male-specific diseases

If you’ve been reluctant to go to the doctor, the experienced physicians at Pomona Valley Health Centers urge you to make an appointment. That sluggishness you feel may be attributed to a busy schedule or lack of sleep could be something more. Here are the male-specific diseases you should ask your doctor about:

  • Prostate cancer
    About one in nine men will develop prostate cancer in his lifetime. Prostate cancer occurs when there is an uncontrolled growth of cells in the prostate gland. This walnut-sized gland, located between the bladder and penis, is responsible for producing seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm. The good news is that it can be cured when it is detected and treated early. Common symptoms of prostate cancer include pain during urination, difficulty urinating, more frequent urges to urinate at night, loss of bladder control and decreased flow of urine. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, we urge you to seek medical attention.
  • Testicular cancer

Approximately 8,000 to 10,000 men develop testicular cancer each year. Testicular cancer occurs when the cell growth inside one or both testicles becomes abnormal. It is the most common cancer in 20-35 year old men. Like prostate cancer, testicular cancer has an excellent cure rate—when it is detected and treated early.

For more information about getting treatment for male-specific diseases, please call Pomona Valley Health Centers at 909-536-1493.

Tips for Living Longer: Six Things Men Should Do to Live 5 Years Longer

A man tired at the wheelLiving longer is often attributed to living a healthy lifestyle, but what does that really mean? For men, it has a lot to do with focusing on heart health—the leading cause of death among men in the United States.

Living longer with heart-healthy living

The good news is people are living longer than ever before. If you want to live a healthy lifestyle, here are six things you can do right away:

  1. Eat more whole foods
    It is well known that processed foods (chicken nuggets, hot dogs, soda, etc.) are linked to obesity, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Instead, reach for healthier alternatives like fresh fruit, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains when hunger calls.
  2. Move your body
    Regular exercise is the key to good health and a healthy heart. A quick, 15-minute walk each day is one of the easiest ways to living a longer and healthier life.
  3. Get plenty of rest
    Focus on living longer by getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Up the ante by going to bed and waking up at similar times each day.
  4. Get social
    Socializing with friends is a good way to start living longer. Laughter, humor and happiness help you manage stress and strengthen your immune system. As it turns out, laughter really is the best medicine.
  5. Schedule—and keep—doctor appointments
    Regular health screenings protect you, so you can continue caring and providing for your family. Call Pomona Valley Health Centers and schedule your check-up today.
  6. Stop smoking
    Though it can be difficult to break a nicotine addiction, your blood pressure and circulation improve shortly after quitting. Your risk of getting cancer (the second leading cause of death among men) also decreases every smoke-free year.

The physicians at Pomona Valley Health Centers are equipped with the latest technologies and skills to help the people in our community live longer lives. It’s time to call 909-536-1493 and schedule a check-up today.

Is Urgent Care for Kids Too? Yes! (Plus Five Reasons Moms Prefer It to the ER.)

A doctor examining a boyMoms, dads and caregivers work hard every day to keep their kids happy, healthy and safe. They also rely on services like urgent care and the emergency room when their children get hurt or become ill unexpectedly. While the pediatrician’s office should always be the first line of defense, sometimes it just isn’t an option, like during weekends or after regular business hours.

If your child has a life-threatening injury or illness, the physicians at Pomona Valley Health Centers urge you to go to the nearest emergency room. However, for parents who have a child with a sore throat, fever, earache, diarrhea, or mild to moderate injuries, it’s best to go to the closest urgent care instead.

The Pomona Valley Urgent Care Centers in Chino Hills, Claremont and La Verne are available to children of all ages.

Moms prefer urgent care to the emergency room

Here are five reasons more moms are choosing urgent care centers over emergency rooms:

  1. Germs, bacteria and viruses
    Emergency rooms are known for drawing a crowd of injured or unwell people—and their germs. This means you and your little one could be unnecessarily exposed to a lot of communicable diseases. Unless your child is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, opt for a nearby urgent care facility instead.
  2. Shorter wait times
    The average emergency room patient wait time 4 hours, whereas urgent care facilities are able to see walk-in patients within 15-45 minutes. If you’re looking for fast, efficient and effective care, try urgent care first.
  3. Lower prices
    The average emergency room visit costs more than $1,300, whereas urgent care visits are a fraction of the cost at $70 to $125, depending on your insurance. Save yourself high out-of-pocket costs by opting for urgent care instead.
  4. Convenience

In the United States there about twice as many urgent care facilities as emergency rooms. If you’re looking for quality care that’s also close-to-home, you’re more likely to find it at an urgent care center.

  1. Less intimidating
    Emergency rooms can be busy, loud and sometimes scary places for children. Visiting an urgent care center is often calmer and may feel more like a visit to the doctor’s office.

Pomona Valley Health Centers offers safe, effective—and fast—urgent care for kids in Claremont. Walk-in or call 909-536-1493.

Important Notice About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

To our valued patients:

As your healthcare provider, Pomona Valley Health Centers (PVHC) has taken the necessary steps to ensure we are prepared to care for our patients and the community during this coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Screening processes are in place for all patients entering clinical areas. Patients experiencing common symptoms of coronavirus including fever, cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, are questioned and cared for appropriately.

Our facilities are safe, and we are taking every precaution possible to ensure we provide quality and safe care for you. We have an adequate supply of personal protective equipment, and the appropriate protocols in place to protect patients, visitors and staff in the event that a person with coronavirus seeks care at any of our five Pomona Valley Health Centers in Claremont, La Verne, Pomona, and Chino Hills.

We now offer telemedicine appointments

Our top priority at Pomona Valley Health Centers and Premier Family Medicine Associates is the health and safety of our patients, our staff and the communities we all share. That’s why, during this coronavirus outbreak we’ve added the option for you and your doctor to conduct certain appointments remotely using telemedicine.

For additional information on telemedicine appointments, please click here.

What should you do if you’re sick?

  • Stay home, except to get medical care – avoid public areas, transportation, events, etc.
  • Monitor symptoms – seek prompt medical care if symptoms worsen
  • Call your doctor before seeking care, including for appointments scheduled for other reasons
  • Remember to put on a mask when visiting your doctor, which we can provide for you
  • Call 911 if you have a medical emergency

What should you do to limit your exposure to the virus?

The best way to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is to avoid being exposed to the virus, which at this time is thought to spread mainly person-to-person. How do you avoid being exposed?

  • Wash your hands with soap and water – frequently and for at least 20 seconds each time
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Maintain “social distancing” between others (about six feet apart)
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze (and immediately wash or sanitize your hands)

Testing for COVID-19

We have access to tests and will be testing patients who meet the criteria for testing. Your school, work or family members may ask that you get tested, however, there are specific signs and symptoms along with the type of exposure that physicians must follow, and not all requests for testing will be fulfilled.

For additional information from the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, please click here.
For additional information from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, please click here.
For additional information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, please click here.

At all times, we prioritize optimal health, safety and infection control, and during this outbreak, we are continuing to do so with special vigilance and focus. We are closely monitoring the evolving situation, carefully following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and taking specific measures to protect you, your family, our employees and the communities we serve.

As things change, we will adjust our policies and practices to respond appropriately to new developments. At the same time, we intend to keep you informed about the best infection-control practices and what you need to know to keep yourself and your loved one safe.

From the physicians and staff at Pomona Valley Health Centers.

Five Things to Look for in a Senior Medical Care Provider

Senior medical care providerChoosing the right medical doctor is always important. It’s even more crucial as we age because we may no longer have the physical ability to heal as well as we once did. In fact, some people may need support from several specialists as they grow older. Finding doctors that are associated with the same hospital or health care system helps maintain continuity of care.

Five Things Every Senior Medical Care Provider Should Have

Here are a few important things to consider when choosing a senior medical care provider:

  1. Proper training and certifications
    Choose a doctor that is specially trained and certified in caring for older adults. It’s also important to find out whether they’re affiliated with hospitals or universities that also specialize in elder care.
  2. Easy access to care
    Look for a doctor that has made the patient experience a top priority. Think about their availability, location, office hours, parking facilities and traffic in the area. You should also find out if they accept your insurance and whether the office ever provides in-home services.
  3. Efficient processes

Find out whether your doctor has access to on-site facilities for X-rays and lab work. This can make your experience go more quickly and smoothly. It will also help reduce the amount of time you need to wait for results.

  1. Quality communication
    Feeling comfortable talking to your senior medical care provider is essential, as there will be times you need to discuss sensitive issues openly and honestly. It’s also important to find out how they will communicate with you and your other healthcare providers. Do they communicate via text, emails and appointment reminders?
  2. Successful history
    Find out if your doctor is in good standing with your state’s medical board. This will tell you whether your doctor has any past or ongoing medical malpractice suits.

Pomona Valley Health Centers offer safe, effective and compassionate senior medical care in Pomona, Chino Hills, Claremont and La Verne. Call 909-630-7829 to schedule an appointment today.

Geriatric Healthcare: How Your Healthcare Needs Change as You Age

Geriatric healthcareIn many ways people are like fine wine: They get better with age. In other ways, growing older can be a real pain in the neck… or back… or knees. The aging process impacts everyone eventually and mostly consists of mental and physical changes in movement, mobility, hearing, sight, memory, balance and motor skills. Growing older also increases a person’s risk of developing chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes, arthritis or cardiovascular disease.

How Does My Body Change with Age?

Aging affects your body both inside and out. Here are some of the most common things that change with age:

  • Your bones, joints and muscles
    Bones and joints tend to shrink in size and density, making them more susceptible to fracture. Muscles tend to lose strength, endurance and flexibility, which can affect your balance, stability and coordination.
  • Your cardiovascular system
    Your cardiovascular system may be less efficient and cause your heart to pump harder, which can lead to high blood pressure and other cardiovascular issues.
  • Your digestive system
    Your digestive system may not work as efficiently, making constipation more likely.
  • Your bladder and urinary tract
    You bladder may become less elastic and lead to increased urination and decreased control.
  • Your memory and thinking skills
    Your brain changes with age, making forgetfulness more common.
  • Your eyes and ears
    Your eyes may develop cataracts or become more sensitive to glare and light. Your hearing may also diminish.
  • Your teeth, skin and weight
    With age, your teeth are slightly more vulnerable to decay and infection. Your skin becomes less elastic, making it more prone to bruising, wrinkles and age spots. Your metabolism slows down which may lead to weight gain.

How Does My Healthcare Change with Age?

With all of these physiological changes taking place in and on our bodies, it stands to reason our healthcare needs must also change. Here are just some of the healthcare changes you should expect to make as you grow older:

  • Visit your doctor more often, in sickness and in health
    As mentioned above, there are a number of conditions that are more likely to occur with age. The key to identifying these issues early and managing them where necessary is to have regular checkups with your primary care physician.
  • Make lifestyle changes
    Regular physical activity and a healthy, balanced diet are important at any age, but should be placed at the top of your priority list as you age.
  • Eat more fiber
    A fiber-rich diet will help slow down food digestion, which helps the calories you consume go further by promoting a more sustained and gradual release of energy.
  • Get more physical activity
    Regular physical activity is an important habit to adopt to help you stay strong and healthy long term. And like eating well and making healthy lifestyle choices, the sooner you begin, the better.

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can live well long into your golden years, contact the specialists in geriatric healthcare at Pomona Valley Health Centers. Call 909-630-7829 today.

Seven Weird Things You Didn’t Know Were Actually Good for Your Heart

The list below may raise your eyebrows, but it won’t raise your blood pressure. Here are a few lesser-known things that are actually good for your heart: 1. Maintaining a stable relationship Stable relationships can protect your heart and your health. Did you know relationship issues could increase your risk for heart attack by 34 percent? 2. Keeping a positive mindset Happiness can make your heart healthier, your immune system stronger, and your life longer. Living with a generally positive mindset can also help lower your heart rate and blood pressure. 3. Living in the ‘burbs Suburbia is less congested and often lends itself to a slower, more relaxed pace. Regular exposure to heavy traffic may increase your risk of heart attack. 4. Having a primary care physician Partnering with a primary care physician and maintaining regular appointments will help him or her identify early warning signs of cardiovascular disease and recommend dietary changes, exercise and medications. 5. Taking a daily aspirin Talk to your doctor to find out if taking a daily low-dose aspirin is right for you. Though it may not be beneficial for everyone, it may help reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. In addition to relieving pain, reducing inflammation and lowering fevers, aspirin can help prevent blood clots from forming. 6. Getting an annual flu vaccine A flu shot helps reduce the risk for heart attack by 10 percent in heart patients following hospitalization. It has also been shown to protect heart health in elderly people and those with pre-existing conditions. 7. Keeping your gums healthy Mouth bacteria can trigger chronic inflammation in the blood vessels and lead to an increased risk of heart disease. Keep your heart healthy with regular professional dental cleanings and check ups. If you’d like to learn about more about things that are good for your heart, call the Pomona Valley Health Centers specialists at 909-630-7829.The list below may raise your eyebrows, but it won’t raise your blood pressure. Here are a few lesser-known things that are actually good for your heart:

  1. Maintaining a stable relationship
    Stable relationships can protect your heart and your health. Did you know relationship issues could increase your risk for heart attack by 34 percent?
  2. Keeping a positive mindset
    Happiness can make your heart healthier, your immune system stronger, and your life longer. Living with a generally positive mindset can also help lower your heart rate and blood pressure.
  3. Living in the ‘burbs
    Suburbia is less congested and often lends itself to a slower, more relaxed pace. Regular exposure to heavy traffic may increase your risk of heart attack.
  4. Having a primary care physician
    Partnering with a primary care physician and maintaining regular appointments will help him or her identify early warning signs of cardiovascular disease and recommend dietary changes, exercise and medications.
  5. Taking a daily aspirin

Talk to your doctor to find out if taking a daily low-dose aspirin is right for you. Though it may not be beneficial for everyone, it may help reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. In addition to relieving pain, reducing inflammation and lowering fevers, aspirin can help prevent blood clots from forming.

  1. Getting an annual flu vaccine
    A flu shot helps reduce the risk for heart attack by 10 percent in heart patients following hospitalization. It has also been shown to protect heart health in elderly people and those with pre-existing conditions.
  2. Keeping your gums healthy
    Mouth bacteria can trigger chronic inflammation in the blood vessels and lead to an increased risk of heart disease. Keep your heart healthy with regular professional dental cleanings and check ups.

If you’d like to learn about more about things that are good for your heart, call the Pomona Valley Health Centers specialists at 909-630-7829.

Are You Heart Healthy? Take This Quiz to Find Out

Heart healthyWhether it’s pounding with excitement, fluttering with nervous energy or beating steady as you rest, your heart is working hard for you every single day. It’s the most important muscle in your body because it pumps blood and oxygen to your organs.

If you struggle with high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol, your heart suffers. High blood pressure forces your heart to work harder than it should, which can lead to thickening in the left ventricle and increase your risk of heart attack. While not all cholesterol is bad, too much can increase your risk for heart disease. You can develop fatty deposits in your blood vessels that make it more difficult for your heart to pump blood through your arteries.

February is Heart Health Awareness Month. The skilled physicians at Pomona Valley Health Centers want to help you understand your risks so you can recognize early warning signs and symptoms.

Just about everything you do and everything you eat affects your heart health. Take our quiz to find if you’re doing things that will help keep your heart strong and healthy.

How healthy is your heart?
Heart Health Quiz

Do you have a history of heart disease in your family?

  • No—Or none known
  • Yes—One or both parents
  • Yes—Extended family (e.g., aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.)

Do you have a fitness routine?

  • Yes—I exercise 3-4 times per week
  • Yes—I do something active every day
  • No—I have not made daily exercise a priority

Do you have excess weight?

  • Yes—I need to lose more than 50 pounds
  • Yes—I need to lose fewer than 50 pounds
  • No—I am a healthy weight for my height

Do you have diabetes?

  • No—As of my last medical check up
  • Yes—I manage it effectively
  • Yes—I need to manage it more effectively

Do you smoke cigarettes or use other tobacco products?

  • No—I do not smoke or use tobacco products
  • Yes—I smoke or use tobacco products occasionally
  • Yes—I smoke or use tobacco products every day

How often do you eat fast foods (e.g., high fat or fried)?

  • Less than once per week
  • 2-3 times per week
  • Almost every day

If your answers included one or more bolded options in the quiz above, your lifestyle choices may be increasing your risk for heart disease. To help you make heart healthy changes, we encourage you to partner with a skilled physician at Pomona Valley Health Centers. Call 909-630-7829 to schedule an appointment today.

How Sweet the Success: Ten Tips for Managing Diabetes and Pregnancy

Pregnant woman receiving a diabetes test

Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood sugar levels are too high. It can occur before, during or after pregnancy and may cause a number of health problems for you and your developing baby.

Seven out of 100 women will develop gestational diabetes during their pregnancy. Diabetes that occurs during pregnancy is called gestational diabetes and typically resolves itself soon after delivery. However, this leads to an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes later in life.

Ten Tips for Managing Diabetes During Pregnancy

To help keep you and your baby healthy, it’s important to keep your blood sugar as close to normal as possible—before, during and after pregnancy. Here are useful tips for managing diabetes throughout your pregnancy:

  1. Eat smaller meals, more often
    Eat three meals and 2-3 healthy snacks every day to help keep your blood sugar levels stable. Each meal should have a selection of complex carbohydrates, leafy green vegetables and fiber. It’s also important to limit saturated fats and avoid food and drinks that contain a lot of sugar.
  2. Don’t skip breakfast
    Pregnancy hormones are often strongest in the morning, which can cause your blood sugar levels to rise even before you eat. A breakfast of whole grains and protein is usually best.
  3. Eat more fiber
    Whole grain bread, rice, whole oats, barley or any other whole grains high in fiber will help keep blood sugar levels lower than refined grains (e.g., white bread and white rice). Other high fiber food options include split peas, lentils and beans.
  4. Measure starchy foods
    Starchy foods are important, but they may increase your blood sugar levels if eaten in excess. Measure your starchy foods at mealtime to avoid complications. A reasonable serving size is about one cup of cooked rice, grain, noodles or potatoes, or two pieces of bread per meal.
  5. Measure fruit portions
    Fruit is nutritious, but it contains natural sugars that can elevate blood sugar levels. Eat only one small portion of fruit at mealtime like one cup of mixed fruit. It’s also important to avoid fruit that has been canned in syrup or fruit juice.
  6. Limit milk intake
    Milk is healthy, a great source of calcium and good for your baby. But too much at one time can lead to high blood sugar levels.
  7. Avoid sugar
    Do not add any sugar, honey or syrup to your foods.
  8. Stay active
    Engage in moderate physical activity that raises your heart rate each day. Be sure to check with your doctor before beginning this or any new exercise routine.
  9. Lose excess weight before pregnancy
    Getting to and maintaining a healthy weight before pregnancy is especially important if you have diabetes or a family history of gestational diabetes.
  10. Read nutrition labels closely
    Though certain foods may advertise that they’re sugar-free, sugar alcohols may be used instead. Check the food labels total grams of carbohydrates.

If you’d like to learn more about managing your diabetes during pregnancy­—or need help managing your diabetes before you get pregnant—the skilled physicians at Pomona Valley Health Centers can help. Call 909-630-7829 to schedule an appointment.

Pregnancy and the Flu: Prenatal Precautions to Note This Winter

Sick Pregnant Woman

During the first 15 weeks of pregnancy, a woman’s body begins to naturally repress its immune system. This allows immune cells to flood into the lining of the womb, which causes inflammation. While inflammation typically means pain and discomfort, this is a unique situation in which it actually helps ensure a successful pregnancy. It also helps support the growth and development of the fetus throughout the entire pregnancy.

The downside is that changes to the immune system along with changes in the heart and lungs during pregnancy make women (and women up to two weeks postpartum) much more vulnerable to severe illness from the flu. If these symptoms are left untreated, it could mean a trip to the emergency room.

The flu is not only harmful for pregnant women, but also their developing babies. A common flu symptom is fever, which may be associated with neural tube defects, congenital heart disease and certain facial deformities in babies.

How to avoid getting the flu while pregnant

  • Get your flu shot
  • Wash hands often and use hand sanitizer regularly
  • Wipe down surfaces (doorknobs, light switches, etc.)
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Avoid crowds
  • Avoid people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth

Is it safe to get a flu shot during pregnancy?

Yes, it’s safe to get a flu shot during pregnancy. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend all women who are pregnant during flu season get vaccinated, regardless of which trimester they’re in. The flu vaccination has been shown to reduce the risk of respiratory infection (commonly associated with influenza) in pregnant women by about 50 percent.

The skilled physicians at Pomona Valley Health Centers (PVHC) offer comprehensive prenatal and OB care as well as the flu vaccine. Protect yourself and your growing baby this winter with prenatal care services from PVHC. If you’re concerned about your pregnancy and the flu, call 909-630-7829 to schedule an appointment today.

Ten Tips to Improve Your Child’s Health

healthy children

Every parent wants to keep their kids healthy and happy so they can grow and develop into healthy, successful adults. Educating your children about the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle is essential, perhaps now more than ever. In the United States alone, the percentage of children and adolescents affected by obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s.

While genetic factors are difficult to change, parents can play a role in teaching children about healthy lifestyle choices so they can maintain a healthy weight now and well into their future.

Ten Tips to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle

Here are ten things parents can teach their children through words and actions:

  1. Eat dinner together
    Families who eat together stay together and kids benefit academically, socially and mentally. While it would be great to share a meal together every day, that’s not always a reality in today’s world. Make it your goal to enjoy a family meal three to four times per week.
  2. Eat the rainbow
    Introduce a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, prepared simply, to help them develop a broad palate that will serve them well into adulthood.
  3. Drink lots of water
    Kids are more susceptible to dehydration than adults because they have higher body water content and higher metabolic rates. Keep them hydrated with easy-to-access water throughout the day and plenty of nutritious high-water-content foods.
  4. Exercise for fun
    Make exercise fun by playing hopscotch or freeze tag and riding bikes outside. Guidelines from the Department of Health and Human Services recommend children and adolescents age six and older get at least an hour of moderate or vigorous physical activity each day.
  5. Be safe
    Your kids will notice your safety habits, so take care to look both ways before crossing streets and wear your seatbelt or bike helmet. Remind your kids to do the same and provide ongoing guidance to your children about the importance of safety.
  6. Be kind
    About 20 percent of students report being bullied each year. As adults and parents it’s important to model violence-free mediation and conflict resolution so when children leave the home they have a wide variety of skills and strategies to negotiate conflict.
  7. Be together
    Time together as a family helps you build strong relationships that will help you though any tough times. In addition to family meals, try to spend time one-on-one, with each other and your children.
  8. Visit the doctor
    Preventive medical care is essential for overall health. Talk to your children about the importance of clean teeth and healthy bodies. Let them see you take care of your body too, with regular checkups.
  9. Limit screen time
    Life is busy and sometimes we want to relax in front of the TV, kindle or iPad. However, the American Hospital Association recommends one hour of screen time per day for children age two to five and no more than two hours for kids and teens age eight to 18.

Annual checkup are important for everyone, so call Pomona Valley Health Center at 909-630-7829 to schedule your appointments. Our team of skilled physicians is ready to help with the unique needs of your entire family.

 

Cold and Flu Season: How to Stay Healthy

You know the signs: runny nose, sore throat, coughing, and sneezing. It’s the start of a cold or worse—the flu. Each year in the United States millions of people suffer with cold or flu symptoms. Adults get between two and three colds a year on average and kids, well, they can get even more. Though most people tend to get sick in the winter and spring months, it’s possible at any time throughout the year.

Sick family in bed

How to protect yourself from a cold

Common colds are highly contagious between one and two days before you even realize you’re getting sick and until all of the symptoms are gone. So, the best way to stay healthy is prevention. Unfortunately, there is no vaccine for the common cold, but here are a few things you can do to help keep you and your family healthy all season long:

• Wash your hands often with soap and warm water
It’s important to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds every time you wash. This helps ensure viruses that may be living on your hands are washed away. If soap and water aren’t readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

• Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth with unwashed hands
Viruses that cause colds and flu can enter the body through the nose, eyes and mouth—making you sick. If you need to touch your face, be sure to wash your hands first.

• Stay away from people who are sick
Anyone who is sick can spread the cold or flu virus through close contact with others. Droplets from a cough or sneeze can spread out to about six feet, so keep your distance if you can.

• Keep your surroundings clean
To keep cold and flu viruses away; sanitize doorknobs, light switches, faucets and other surfaces that are touched at least one a day. This is especially important if you’re a parent or guardian of school-aged children.

How to protect yourself from the flu

Pomona Valley Health Centers (PVHC) recommends getting vaccinated against the flu every year to protect yourself from severe illness. It’s best to get vaccinated before the flu is active in your community because it takes about two weeks for the antibodies (in the vaccine) to fully protect your body. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend getting the flu vaccine by the end of October, though it can be beneficial throughout the entire flu season, even into January or February.

Stay healthy this cold and flu season with help from the skilled doctors at PVHC. We offer walk-in appointments for flu shots at all five of our locations: Pomona, Chino Hills, Claremont, Chino Hills Crossroads and La Verne.

How the Right Primary Care Doctor Can Help With High Blood Pressure

Did you know one in every three Americans has high blood pressure? Anyone (including children) can develop high blood pressure, a condition that vastly increases your risk for heart disease and stroke.

Doctor taking blood pressure

How can my primary care doctor help with high blood pressure?

Asymptomatic high blood pressure can go undiagnosed for years and lead to more serious cardiovascular conditions. So, it’s important to keep your doctor appointments, including your annual wellness exam. Visiting your primary care doctor at least once a year—when you’re feeling well­­—will help them establish a baseline for your overall health. It also helps your doctor understand what’s normal for you and what is not.

At the first sign of elevated blood pressure, you and your primary care doctor can discuss simple dietary and lifestyle changes to help return your blood pressure to normal levels. When you treat your doctor like health partner, they will be better equipped to provide the medical intervention early, before you experience any negative or lasting impacts to your health.

Do I need to see a specialist or cardiologist for my high blood pressure?

Doctors who specialize in family medicine are highly skilled in identifying and treating high blood pressure. Referral to a hypertension clinic, specialist or cardiologist is only necessary in a very small minority of people who have persistent and severe elevations in blood pressure despite treatment with multiple blood pressure medications.

Symptoms of high blood pressure

Though many people can live for years without any symptoms, here are the warning signs of high blood pressure that should never be ignored:

  • Severe headache
  • Fatigue or confusion
  • Vision problems
  • Chest pain
  • Difficult breathing
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Blood in the urine
  • Pounding in the chest, neck or ears

 

If you or a loved one needs skilled medical care and services, trust your health to the skilled physicians at Pomona Valley Health Centers. Our primary care doctors have extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure.

 

Here’s how to get started: Find a primary care doctor near me.

 

American Diabetes Awareness Month: A Successful Pregnancy With Gestational Diabetes

If you’re pregnant and have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes you are not alone. In fact, the prevalence of both preexisting and gestational diabetes in the United States is on the rise.

This year’s National Diabetes Awareness Month is focused on promoting health after gestational diabetes. Women and their children who’ve had gestational diabetes are at an increased lifelong risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition in which the body either doesn’t produce enough insulin or it resists insulin.

pregnant woman smiling

What is gestational diabetes?

Gestational diabetes is a kind of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy and goes away for most after the baby is born. If you’ve been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, it means you and your baby’s blood sugar levels are too high. However, by maintaining healthy blood sugar levels throughout your pregnancy you can still have a happy and healthy baby.

Diabetes, pregnancy and your primary care doctor

Women with gestational diabetes can have successful pregnancies and healthy babies with proper medical care and monitoring. If you’ve kept regular well woman appointments throughout the years you can benefit from having the same trusted primary care doctor during your pregnancy as well.

It’s essential to have someone who understands your medical history who can provide individualized obstetric care during this unique time in your life, especially if you’re managing pregnancy with diabetes.

Reducing your risk for type 2 diabetes after gestational diabetes

Women who’ve had gestational diabetes are three to seven times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes within 5-10 years. Their children also carry a heightened risk for both obesity and type 2 diabetes. The good news is that you can decrease your risk of developing type 2 diabetes with a healthy diet and regular exercise. Here are a few easy ways you can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes:

  • Choose 100 percent whole grains instead of processed white and enriched products
  • Eat a rainbow of assorted fruits and leafy green vegetables
  • Reach for more lean meats and skinless poultry than red meats
  • Drink plenty of water and avoid juices or sports drinks
  • Get three to five hours of moderate exercise each week

The skilled family medicine doctors at Pomona Valley Health Centers have extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of pregnancy with diabetes and we want to help you have a healthy, happy baby. Call us at 909-630-7829 to schedule an appointment.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: One Test Could Save Your Life

A woman getting a mammogram

Every October major breast cancer charities across the globe participate in an international health campaign to raise awareness about breast cancer and educate women about the importance of annual mammograms.

At Pomona Valley Health Centers (PVHC), we’re doing our part to raise breast cancer awareness this month by sharing the benefits of a 3D mammogram. In addition to ultrasound and regular x-ray services, PVHC is proud to offer leading edge testing like 3D mammograms—the most accurate breast screening system available. With our new SmartCurve System, mammograms are now more comfortable and more accurate than ever. This month, we are offering $50 mammograms if yours isn’t covered by insurance.

What is a mammogram?

A mammogram is an x-ray image of the breast tissue. Most doctors recommend women get an annual mammogram following their 40th birthday. It’s an essential part of a women’s healthcare as they can be used to detect lumps, tumors and other abnormalities in women who have no signs or symptoms of breast cancer—which can save your life.

Benefits of a 3D mammogram

Women with dense breast tissue in particular may benefit from a 3D mammogram because it provides a clearer picture that a traditional 2D mammogram. A 3D mammogram, or breast tomosynthesis, combines multiple breast x-rays to create a three-dimensional image of the breast. They are also used to investigate breast issues or concerns, like a suspicious lump or thickening. Here are additional benefits of 3D mammograms:

  • More Accurate Detection
    3D mammography minimizes the impact of overlapping breast tissue, making tumors easier to see.
  • Earlier Diagnosis
    Overlapping tissue can hide small cancers in a 2D scan, whereas with a 3D mammogram the multiple image ‘slices’ can be analyzed one by one.
  • Less Anxiety
    With improved accuracy in diagnosing abnormal structures, 3D mammography can help reduce the likelihood of false positives, additional scans and biopsies.
  • Safe and Effective
    During a 3D scan, women will experience a minimal amount of additional radiation as compared to a traditional 2D mammogram. However, this dose is well below the FDA-regulated limit and no additional risk is associated with this scan.

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PVHC is proud to be the FIRST in the region to offer the new SmartCurve System for mammograms. Now more comfortable and more accurate than traditional exams. In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are offering $50 mammograms if yours isn’t covered by insurance.

If you’re 40 years or older be sure to schedule your annual mammogram because this one test could save your life. Call PVHC at 909-630-7829 to schedule a state-of-the-art 3D mammogram today.

What Does a CT Scan Show?

What Does a CT Scan Show?

A CT scan is a diagnostic procedure that allows doctors to see inside your body without making an incision. It uses a combination of x-rays and a computer to create highly detailed 2-dimensional images of the organs, bones and other tissues. The data collected from the 2d images is then used to construct 3D images. These images can help your doctor diagnose and treat a number of conditions more effectively and without the need for surgery.

A CT scan is much more advanced than an x-ray because it allows the radiologist to capture x-ray images in multiple sections of the body and at many different angles. Instead of taking flat x-ray images of your chest or abdomen, a CT scan creates a “slice” or cross-section of your body. This allows your physician to view organs and tissues from any angle. This technology is also useful for monitoring a patient’s progress during or after treatment.

CT scans are especially useful for those who are unable to have an MRI. An MRI uses powerful magnets so it may not be safe for those who have metal in their body (e.g., hip or knee replacements or metal fillings). Be sure to check with your doctor to find whether an MRI or CT scan is right for you.

Why are CT scans used?

Your doctor may recommend a CT scan to:

  • Detect bone and joint problems, like complex bone fractures and tumors
  • Identify or detect changes in cancer, heart disease, emphysema, or liver masses
  • Show a tumor’s shape, size and location
  • Examine and diagnose internal injuries and bleeding (e.g., from a car accident)
  • Locate a tumor, blood clot, excess fluid or infection
  • Guide procedures like biopsies, surgeries and radiation therapy

The physicians and radiologists at Pomona Valley Health Centers have more than 30 years experience to CT technology in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Call 909-630-7829 if you need a high-quality CT scan in Chino Hills, Pomona, La Verne or Claremont.

The Benefits of Genetic Counseling

genetic counseling

If you are concerned about your current or future pregnancy, the skilled genetic counselors at Pomona Valley Health Centers can help. They work closely with you and your physicians and provide the personalized care you deserve. Our genetic counselors help couples understand genetic or medical conditions and their causes, as well as their probability of conceiving a child with a medical concern.

What are the benefits of genetic counseling?

Genetic counseling benefits couples in many ways, including:

  • Increased understanding
    Genetic screening tests can help calculate the likelihood that the fetus might be born with Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs disease or sickle cell anemia. Genetic counselors are there to effectively communicate this information and help couples understand any potential benefits of preventative measures to individuals and their family members.
  • Better peace of mind
    For parents-to-be who are aware of a family history of a particular disease or condition, it can be cathartic to learn that they do not carry the gene.
  • Early intervention
    In some cases, genetic testing can uncover a hidden gene mutation that puts you at risk of developing a deadly disease. Our counselors help you understand the cause of this condition and what you can do to prevent it from developing and/or spreading.
  • Appropriate testing
    A genetic counselor can help couples determine what tests are most appropriate for your pregnancy. It can be especially important if any standard prenatal screening test yields an abnormal result.
  • Decision-making
    Our counselors help you understand testing options, diagnosis and the underlying causes of the genetic disorders, as well as guide you through any decision-making regarding genetic testing or family planning.

Contact Pomona Valley Health Centers to learn more about genetic counseling. We are eager to help you have a healthy, happy pregnancy. Call us today at 909-630-7829 to schedule an appointment.