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Thousands of new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. every year. In fact, it’s among the most common types of cancer. Fortunately, it’s also highly preventable and the death rate has been declining over the last two decades. You can safeguard your health by visiting your local hospital and discussing your risk factors of colorectal cancer with your doctor.
How Colorectal Cancer Develops
Like other types of cancer, colorectal cancer develops when abnormal cells begin to replicate in an uncontrollable manner. These cancer cells are found in either the rectum or the colon, which is the large intestine. In most cases, colorectal cancers begin with the development of polyps. Polyps are growths that can develop in the colon or rectum. Certain types of polyps, known as adenomas, can eventually become cancerous.
Why Screening Tests are Important
Your doctor might recommend a colorectal cancer screening test, such as a colonoscopy, depending on your age and other risk factors. During a screening test, the physician can remove any polyps he or she finds. This means that it is possible to prevent colorectal cancer before it develops. Screening tests are particularly important because colorectal cancer often does not give rise to symptoms until it is already advanced.
What the Symptoms Are
When symptoms do occur, they may include bloody or tarry stool, constipation, diarrhea, unexplained weight loss, and constant fatigue. You may feel as though the bowel does not completely empty and the stool may be more narrow than usual. If you experience changes in your bowel habits, you can schedule an appointment at your local hospital for an evaluation.
At MountainView Hospital, you’ll find exceptional cancer care within a compassionate, comfortable environment. In addition to our In-Patient Oncology Unit, our community hospital offers robotic surgery, bariatric weight loss, emergency care, and stroke care to our neighbors throughout Las Vegas. For more information, call (702) 233-5474 to speak with a registered nurse.
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It takes a community to raise a child, and indeed, the structure of communities plays a vital role in contributing to a child’s health. As you’ll learn by watching this video, a National Institutes of Health-funded research project, the Healthy Communities Study (HCS), is taking a closer look at exactly how communities can influence various measurements of health in children. These include their weight, nutrition, and level of physical activity.
This video includes interviews from several physicians. They discuss the methodologies employed by the HCS and they describe the potential benefits that may result from the study. By knowing which specific environmental influences can benefit children the most, communities can make the best use of their resources.
Families in the Las Vegas area can take advantage of the many healthy living classes and events offered by MountainView Hospital. To explore our current classes and events, visit us online or call (702) 233-5474.
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Prediabetes is a condition characterized by blood sugar levels that are higher than normal, yet not high enough yet to be considered diabetes. Much of the time, prediabetes doesn’t result in any symptoms. The only sign you may notice is darkened patches of skin on areas such as the knees, neck, armpits, and elbows. Since you cannot rely on obvious symptoms to determine if you have prediabetes, it’s a good idea to visit your local hospital for a simple glucose test if you have risk factors of prediabetes.
You can watch this video to get some help assessing your risk factors of prediabetes. If you do have prediabetes, this doctor offers some advice for modifying your lifestyle to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes.
MountainView Hospital is a full-service medical center in Las Vegas that offers comprehensive treatment for patients with a range of health concerns, including prediabetes. Call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 233-5474 or visit our hospital on the Web.
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It’s important for patients to be proactive about their own healthcare needs. By choosing the right doctor for your unique needs, you’re taking an important step toward better health. A doctor at your community hospital can help you become an informed patient by discussing screening tests and vaccinations that may be appropriate for you. He or she can evaluate your overall wellness, answer any health questions you may have, and refer you to a specialist if need be.
Check Your Healthcare Plan
Before selecting a doctor, it’s a good idea to log onto your health insurance company’s website. The website should offer a physician locator tool that allows you to look for doctors within your insurance network. If you choose a doctor outside of your network, your healthcare plan may not cover the services.
Consider Your Healthcare Needs
Search for doctors according to the type of care you need. Everyone should have a primary care physician that handles routine examinations, screenings, and other preventive healthcare services. A primary care physician can diagnose and treat a wide range of health conditions. However, you might also need to see a specialist. For example, if you have a heart condition, you may need to work with a cardiologist.
Call the Hospital
Once you’ve located a few doctors that meet your needs, call the hospital to ask any questions you may have. You could ask if a physician is currently accepting new patients, what hospital the doctor is affiliated with, and how long it will take to get an appointment.
Schedule an Appointment
You can schedule an appointment for a wellness exam, even if you aren’t quite sure if you’ve found the right doctor for your needs. An appointment is a good opportunity for you to get to know the doctor. Choose a physician with whom you feel comfortable discussing your health concerns.
You can find leading physicians, including specialists, at MountainView Hospital by calling our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 233-5474. Our community hospital offers a comprehensive range of healthcare services, including emergency care, robotic surgery, bariatric weight loss, and stroke care, just to name a few. Our hospital is conveniently located in the heart of northwest Las Vegas.
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Heart attacks are a common cause of death in the U.S. among both men and women. Fortunately, the chances of survival are good if a patient calls 911 right away. Any delays in obtaining emergency care at a heart hospital can result in permanent damage to this important organ. Since heart disease is so prevalent in the U.S., you may wish to talk to a physician at your community hospital about your risk factors of a heart attack.
Conditions that May Lead to a Heart Attack
In most cases, a heart attack occurs after years of gradually worsening health. At a heart hospital, many patients discover that they have atherosclerosis, which is a condition that involves the buildup of plaque within the coronary arteries. The coronary arteries are blood vessels that lead to the heart. It is believed that atherosclerosis begins to develop when the arteries sustain damage. High cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, smoking, and diabetes or insulin resistance may cause this damage.
Causes of a Heart Attack
Gradually, the plaque within the coronary arteries begins to harden and narrow the arteries. After years of accumulating within the arteries, an area of the plaque can rupture. This causes a blood clot to form. Depending on the size of this blood clot, it can partially or completely block the coronary artery. This cuts off blood flow to the heart, which causes a heart attack.
Damage Sustained by the Heart Muscle
The longer the blood flow is obstructed, the greater the risk of death to the heart muscle. Once the heart tissue begins to die, it is replaced by scar tissue. Sometimes, this can cause severe, long-term problems if the heart can no longer pump blood efficiently.
MountainView Hospital is dedicated to saving the lives of our neighbors. Not only is our hospital an accredited Chest Pain Center, we also have an exceptional Cardiac Surgery Program and the area’s only on-site Cardiac Rehabilitation program. If you think you’re having a heart attack, please call 911 immediately; otherwise, you can reach our heart hospital in Las Vegas at (702) 233-5474.