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    What Happens During a Heart Attack?

    Last updated 2 months ago

    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.

    What Are the Benefits of Clinical Trials?

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Clinical trials are an integral component in the advancement of medicine, because they show what works and what doesn’t when it comes to new medical treatments for various conditions. All clinical trials are performed with volunteers who meet certain criteria and have discussed the benefits and possible risks of this type of research. This video provides some detailed information about clinical trials and the benefits or participating in studies. For some patients, clinical trials may offer new hope in treatment if currently approved treatment options are not available or effective.

    With MountainView Hospital, you can learn about the right treatment options for your needs and explore clinical trials that may be open to you. For a closer look at our hospital services, visit our website or call (702) 233-5474. 

    Positive Patient Stories with Robotic Surgery

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Robotic surgery is an advanced technology that facilitates minimally-invasive procedures with shorter wait times, smaller incisions, and a reduced chance of complications. At MountainView Hospital’s Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery, patients can find the most sophisticated care with the da Vinci Xi system.

    This video shares the patient success story of Jean Lisciandro, who had surgery to treat lung cancer under the care of Dr. Chung. With only three nights in the hospital and a series of very small incisions, she received the surgical care she needed with follow-up from Dr. Chung rather than another member of the oncologic care team.

    You can see the robotic surgery procedures provided at MountainView Hospital on our website or by calling (702) 233-5474. MountainView Hospital remains a leader in robotic surgery in Southwest Nevada with a dedication to the most advanced technologies across a wide range of surgical specialties. 

    Getting to Know MountainView Hospital's Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Associates

    Last updated 3 months ago

    MountainView Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Associates is the only comprehensive program of its kind in Southern Nevada, offering personalized surgical care in clinical and surgical environments. Patients requiring the specialized care of Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Associates can expect ongoing attention from surgeons, nurses, rehabilitation therapists, and case managers. Procedures performed through their program include adult cardiac surgery, minimally invasive procedures, and correction of aortic disease and venous insufficiencies.

    Dr. Michael Wood is one of two cardiac surgeons in the state utilizing minimally invasive surgical methods for heart valve procedures, and Dr. Arnold Chung is the only Southern Nevada surgeon who performs minimally invasive lobectomies. These physicians are joined by a dedicated staff of nurse practitioners and specialists to provide the highest level of care for patients from throughout the southwest region.

    To learn more about the surgical care at MountainView Hospital, visit our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474. 

    Nutrient Spotlight: Folic Acid

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Folic acid is a primary ingredient in prenatal vitamins. This essential nutrient promotes optimal health in developing infants. Aside from preventing major birth defects, folic acid has a number of other health benefits that all adults should consider. Folic acid is a B vitamin that serves a critical role in cell production and regeneration. It can boost immune health and help improve recovery times following illnesses or injuries.

    While folic acid can be found in dietary supplements, it is also abundant in several healthy foods that you might think about eating more often. Leafy green vegetables such as spinach and kale are great sources of folic acid that are low in calories and high in other valuable nutrients. Enriched grain products dried beans, and fruits are also natural sources of folic acid.

    For a closer look at good habits for expecting moms and an ideal prenatal diet, visit MountainView Hospital online or at (702) 233-5474. Our private birthing suites and direct access to Sunrise Children’s Hospital can ensure a great start for your baby. 

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