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    Common Summertime Emergencies to Avoid This Season

    Last updated 4 days ago

    If you or your child suffers a summertime injury such as heat stroke or a severe reaction to an insect bite, emergency care physicians can provide rapid diagnostic and therapeutic services. However, it’s vastly preferable to avoid serious injuries altogether. The emergency care staff members at MountainView Hospital would like to encourage our community to enjoy a safe summer holiday.

    Heat-Related Illnesses

    During the hotter months, emergency care physicians urge families to take precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat exhaustion occurs when the body overheats. If not addressed, it can lead to heat stroke, which is a life-threatening medical condition. Some of the symptoms of heat exhaustion include nausea, lightheadedness, headaches, and a rapid pulse. Heat stroke can lead to symptoms such as a lack of sweating, rapid breathing, blurry vision, confusion, seizures, and loss of consciousness. To reduce your risk of a heat-related illness, you can drink plenty of fluids and take frequent breaks to cool off in an air conditioned room.

    Insect Bites and Stings

    Much of the time, insect bites and stings are minor annoyances. Sometimes, however, they require emergency care. For example, some individuals develop allergic reactions to mosquito bites or bee stings. Additionally, some mosquitoes may carry illnesses such as encephalitis. If you plan to be outdoors, consider applying an insect repellant. Individuals with allergies to insect bites or stings may consider talking to a doctor about carrying an epinephrine autoinjector for emergencies.

    Pool-Related Injuries

    According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death among U.S. residents is drowning. To reduce the risk of drowning, families might consider enrolling in swimming lessons and CPR classes. Young children should always be supervised near a body of water. Parents who have a backyard pool can consider installing a security fence to protect their own children and those in the nearby area.

    When your family needs emergency care in the Las Vegas area, you can turn to MountainView Hospital. We provide compassionate emergency care 24/7 and have state-of-the-art equipment available, including advanced digital imaging. If you require emergency care, please call 911; otherwise, you can reach our community hospital at (702) 255-5000.

    Getting the Facts About Osteoarthritis

    Last updated 11 days ago

    There are many different types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, which is a degenerative joint disease. Osteoarthritis involves the deterioration of the cartilage in the joints, which causes symptoms such as pain. Most often, osteoarthritis affects the knees, hands, hips, and spine. During May, which is National Arthritis Awareness Month, individuals might consider learning about their risk factors of osteoarthritis. Patients in Las Vegas with severe osteoarthritis may be candidates for joint replacement surgery at MountainView Hospital.

    Symptoms

    Since osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease, its symptoms may grow worse over time. This type of arthritis can lead to pain and stiffness in the affected joint, loss of range of motion, and swelling. Patients may develop joint instability and the joint may become deformed. Additionally, patients may notice a grating or creaking noise that occurs with movement of the joint.

    Risk Factors

    Certain factors may increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis. These can include being over the age of 50, having a family history of osteoarthritis, and having a personal history of prior joint trauma, joint surgery, or joint infection. Other risk factors include obesity, repetitive joint use, and inherited structural problems that places additional stress on the joint.

    Treatment Options

    A healthcare team can help patients follow a treatment plan that minimizes joint damage, provides pain relief, and supports joint function. Although no cure exists for osteoarthritis, there are many treatment options available to accomplish these goals and improve quality of life. Lifestyle changes may be recommended, such as maintaining a healthy weight to improve symptoms and exercising to improve joint stability. Physicians may prescribe medications to reduce inflammation and pain, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or COX-2 inhibitors. For patients with severe osteoarthritis, surgery may be appropriate. Surgery may involve the correction of joint deformity, removal of bone fragments, or replacement of the damaged joint.

    MountainView Hospital is a full-service hospital that provides the Las Vegas community with advanced treatment options for osteoarthritis. Visit our website for information about our Joint Replacement Program in Las Vegas. You can also call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (702) 255-5000 to inquire about our other healthcare services, including emergency care, stroke care, robotic surgery, and bariatric weight loss.

    4 Healthy Goals that Can Minimize Your Stroke Risk

    Last updated 18 days ago

    When a stroke occurs, the brain tissue begins to die, which can lead to long-term disability if the patient survives the stroke. Although emergency care can help stroke patients survive, they face a long road to recovery. Fortunately, many strokes are preventable through healthy lifestyle changes and medical management of risk factors. If you would like to learn about your risk factors of stroke and how to control them, consider talking to a doctor at MountainView Hospital.

    Begin an Exercise Routine

    For better cardiovascular health, stroke care specialists emphasize the many benefits of regular exercise. Exercising can help improve blood circulation, lower blood pressure, and improve levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, which is the good type of cholesterol. Individuals with diagnosed medical conditions can consult a physician before beginning an exercise routine. Although it’s advisable to gradually increase the duration and intensity of workouts, getting a weekly total of at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise is preferable for reducing the risk of requiring stroke care.

    Choose Plant-Based Foods

    Choosing primarily plant-based foods may help reduce the risk of suffering a stroke and requiring emergency care. Vegetables, nuts, beans, and whole grains are healthy food choices. To reduce the amount of red meat consumed, individuals might consider choosing seafood more often.

    Quit Smoking

    Smoking increases the risk of atherosclerosis, which subsequently raises the risk of blood clots. Blood clots can obstruct blood circulation to the brain. Although being a non-smoker for life is preferable, it’s never too late to improve health by quitting. If you’re thinking about smoking cession, a doctor at a community hospital can offer guidance.

    Control Chronic Medical Conditions

    A doctor can help patients control chronic medical conditions that may increase the risk of stroke. These include high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, carotid artery disease, and atrial fibrillation. Medical management may include medications, lifestyle modifications, and medical procedures.

    MountainView Hospital is dedicated to helping our neighbors achieve their health goals through compassionate healthcare, and regular classes and events such as blood pressure screenings, exercise classes, and support groups. If you think you’re experiencing a stroke in the Las Vegas area, call 911 for transportation to an emergency care department. Otherwise, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 255-5000 for general information regarding stroke care and prevention.

    Celebrating Air Quality Awareness Week in Your Community

    Last updated 25 days ago

    Air quality is important for the whole community, since polluted air can damage your lungs and contribute to respiratory diseases without you even realizing it. Unfortunately, there are about 75 million Americans living in areas with unhealthy air, but there are ways that each member of the community can contribute to cleaner air. During Air Quality Awareness Week this April, take these steps to improve your air quality IQ and start doing your part to keep the Las Vegas air cleaner for everyone.

    Find ways to reduce air pollution

    If everyone contributes to improving air quality on a smaller scale, a big difference can be made in the level of pollutants in the air you breathe. Small changes like biking to work once or twice each week or starting a carpool program at work can help reduce your contribution to air pollution and help influence major changes over time.

    Start a new exercise routine

    As you begin to help clean up the air around you, you might celebrate by starting a new exercise routine outdoors. Your lungs will benefit from the activity, and you will have all the more reason to continue making an effort to help clean up the air in your community.

    Follow the AQI

    The AQI, or Air Quality Index, is a resource that can alert you when air is unhealthy or hazardous. This may help you plan the best times of the day to enjoy outdoor exercise and other recreational activities. Because the AQI is a national index, it may also help you plan your vacations, since you can see the areas with the cleanest, freshest air.

    For more information on how you can promote better air quality in your neighborhood, call MountainView Hospital at (702) 233-5300 and speak with one of our registered nurses. You might also explore our lung cancer screening services online if you fall into the high risk category for this common type of cancer. 

    Taking a Closer Look at Heart Murmurs

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Heart murmurs are incredibly common in adults and children, and they are often not a major concern for a person’s health. However, a heart murmur can be serious, so it is important to have a thorough discussion about diagnosis and treatment when your doctor has noticed a heart murmur during a physical exam.

    What Is a Heart Murmur?

    A heart murmur occurs when there are abnormal sounds during the heartbeat, which can easily be heard through a stethoscope. These sounds are caused by turbulent blood flow, which may be caused by a number of different conditions. In some cases, heart murmurs do not pose a threat to ongoing heart health and may resolve on their own. These are called innocent heart murmurs. Abnormal heart murmurs are more serious, and these could be indicators of harmful congenital conditions or damaged heart valves that will require treatment.

    What Causes Heart Murmurs?

    The causes of innocent heart murmurs are generally conditions that cause blood to flow more rapidly through the heart like pregnancy, fever, or anemia. With abnormal heart murmurs, the cause may be congenital or acquired. Congenital conditions are more likely in children with heart murmurs, while adults tend to develop abnormal murmurs from acquired damage to a heart valve.

    When Should a Heart Murmur Be Medically Treated?

    Determining the difference between an abnormal and innocent heart murmur will require the opinion of your doctor, which could lead to diagnostic testing with a chest X-ray, electrocardiogram, or cardiac catheterization. When these tests reveal abnormalities such as heart valve abnormalities or holes in the heart, treatment will become necessary. Typically catheterization can repair faulty structures in the heart, and medication may be helpful in cases where there are underlying conditions weakening the heart muscle.

    For complete cardiac care to address heart murmurs and any other heart health concerns, connect with MountainView Hospital and explore our sophisticated Las Vegas facilities. You can find a physician to handle your care at our hospital by calling our healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5300, or visit our website to find more information about our services. 

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