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    Taking a Closer Look at Heart Murmurs

    Last updated 2 months 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. 

    Get to Know the Dangers of Distracted Driving

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Distracted driving is a significant hazard on the road, and it is a habit that has become more common with the prevalence of cell phone use, electronic navigation systems, and complex integrated entertainment systems on the dashboard. Every second spent fidgeting with a device, eating and drinking, grooming, or talking to passengers could put you in danger, because these are moments when your attention is off the road, leading to reduced awareness with shorter reaction times.

    At Any Time, There Are about 660,000 Distracted Drivers on the Road

    During any given moment during the day, there are about 660,000 distracted drivers using electronic devices or cell phones on the road in the United States. This number does not even account for other distractions like interacting with passengers in the vehicle, but it does represent some of the most dangerous drivers on the road, since cell phones take visual, manual, and cognitive attention to operate. The average text message will take 5 seconds to send, which is enough to travel the distance of a football field at 55 miles per hour without eyes on the road.

    Drivers in Their 20s Account for 27% of Fatalities Related to Distracted Driving

    It is not surprising that younger drivers are the biggest contributors to distracted driving. Drivers in their 20s comprise 27% of distracted drivers in fatal collisions, and 10% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes in the U.S. are reported as distracted at the time of the collision.

    In 2012, Nearly 4,000 People Were Killed by Distracted

    Distracted driving is a highly fatal activity, since accidents tend to be much more severe when drivers have limited their response times and driving reflexes by dedicating their attention to other activities. About 3,338 people were killed in accidents caused by distracted driving in 2012, and another 421,000 people were injured in accidents of this nature.

    While the best way to address distracted driving is through prevention and smarter driving practices, MountainView Hospital is there for you when the worst does happen. Our Emergency Department features easy ambulance and helicopter access with immediate attention from our team of skilled physicians and nurses on the clock 24/7. To learn more about reducing dangers on the road, call MountainView Hospital at (702) 233-5300. 

    What You Need to Know About Organ Donation and Its Lifesaving Benefits

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Organ donation is a subject that many people do not often think about, because most organ donors give the gift of life after they have passed away. Still, it is important to consider whether you might want to be an organ donor early on in life so that you may spend years knowing that you could help up to eight individuals waiting on lifesaving organ transplants. This article will offer more information about organ donation to help you make the admirable decision to join your state’s organ donor registry during National Donate Life Month this April.

    Becoming a Donor

    Enrolling as an organ donor is easy, since most states have online registries where anyone over the age of 18 may sign up as a donor. There may be an indication of your donor status on your state-issued driver’s license. In some cases, the consent for organ donation will be given by the next of kin when an individual has suffered brain death but is not listed on the donor registry.

    Knowing the Process of Donation

    Organ donors are generally individuals who have died of sudden head trauma, stroke, or brain aneurysm. After all efforts have been made to treat these individuals, they will be tested for brain death. If the individual is registered as a donor, an organ procurement organization will find matches for viable organs. The entire process must be carried out quickly once a patient has died, since organs have a very limited life after they are surgically removed for transplant.

    Recognizing the Need for Donors

    Because there are many different organs and tissues that may be used for transplantation, a single organ donor may touch up to 50 lives with the potential to save about 8 of those lives. Still, the need for donors is high, because there are about 120,000 people waiting for an organ in the U.S. at any given time.

    If you have more questions about organ donation, MountainView Hospital can provide answers through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5300. You might also connect with us through our H2U program to receive monthly newsletters and healthy living tips to improve your lifestyle. 

    Ensuring Better Nutrition for the Whole Family

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Parents can help their children learn how to make healthy food choices by modeling these good behaviors. When kids see their parents enjoying green vegetables, limiting sugar intake, and choosing fruits for snacks or dessert, they may be more likely to copy these habits. Parents can also get their kids involved in the meal preparation process. This may mean going to the grocery store together and letting the kids pick out a few vegetables they’d like to try. Kids can help prepare the meal by measuring ingredients and washing vegetables for a salad. Additionally, kids who are a little finicky about eating vegetables may be more inclined to try them if they grew veggies in a family garden.

    There are a number of tricks parents can use to ensure that everyone gets plenty of vegetables and fruits in their diet. Sliced bananas and blueberries may be added to oatmeal or cold cereal. Pizza made with whole grain dough can be topped with broccoli, peppers, and other tasty veggies. Grated carrots, sliced mushrooms, and peas make great additions to pasta sauce.

    For more tips on healthy living in Las Vegas, browse the health information available on the website of MountainView Hospital. Or, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 233-5474 and ask us about our community hospital’s service areas, including bariatric weight loss.

    Tips to Promote Safe Athletic Training

    Last updated 3 months ago

    There are a number of steps you can take to reduce your risk of sports injuries. Before participating in sports activities, you may wish to visit your community hospital for a physical exam. Your doctor can determine whether it’s safe for you to play a particular sport. This is especially important for children and teenagers. Next, design a reasonable training program. Trying to train very intensely without the proper conditioning can easily lead to sports injuries. When designing a schedule of workouts, be sure to include some rest days to give your body time to recover.

    Before each workout, stretch your muscles well and warm up. Remember to cool down after your training session. Before, during, and after your workout, drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration. It’s also a good idea to schedule your training sessions for the early morning or evening to reduce your risk of heat-related illness. Additionally, if you feel fatigued or you experience any pain, it’s best to stop your training session early and visit the local hospital if you suspect you may have an injury.

    MountainView Hospital provides 24/7 emergency care for athletes throughout the Las Vegas area. To speak with a registered nurse, call (702) 233-5474.

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