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    The Basics on Gestational Diabetes

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Gestational diabetes is a condition that many women encounter during pregnancy. It is a temporary condition, but it can be a serious concern for women who are expecting.

    As this video explains, gestational diabetes is caused by the hormonal fluctuations of pregnancy, because hormones produced in the placenta can block insulin receptors. Working closely with your doctor to plan meals and improve your nutrition will help to manage gestational diabetes and ensure the health of your baby.

    When you are pregnant, get all the health information and prenatal care you need at MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas. Contact us to reserve a spot in our health education classes or tour our Women’s Center by calling (702) 233-5474 or visiting our website.

    Las Vegas Hot Air Balloon Festival at Southern Hills Hospital

    Last updated 1 year ago

    The “Friends of Metro Search and Rescue” Las Vegas Balloon Festival will be held this Friday, Nov. 2 to Sunday, Nov. 4 at Southern Hills Hospital. The events are free to attend unless noted, open to the public, weather-dependent and subject to change.

    Several hot air balloon companies will participate in balloon launches on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings and a Saturday evening “Glow.”  Balloon rides will be available to the public daily (cost is $250/person; registration is onsite and space is limited).

    Community vendors and other balloon activities will be available at various dates and times with a health fair on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 3 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Festival proceeds from the balloon rides benefit “Friends of Metro Search and Rescue,” an organization of paid and non-paid professionals dedicated to saving lives through rescue, emergency medicine, and safety education.

    The Saturday afternoon health fair will also include free blood pressure checks, no cost flu and Tee-Dap vaccines for those over six months, on a first come, first serve basis. Plus, you’ll be able to check out the new operating rooms of the future, carnival rides and much more! Admission is free. The event benefits Friends of Metro Search and Rescue. For details, visit Southern Hills Hospital online, or check out this great CBS 8 video!  See you there!

    (via Southern Hills Hospital's blog)

    Lung Cancer Awareness Month: Know Your Risk

    Last updated 1 year ago

    The CDC reports that the highest number of annual cancer-related deaths in America is caused by lung cancer, but lung cancer is not the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer in the United States. The reason for this disconnect in figures is that lung cancer is not typically diagnosed until later stages when it is more difficult to treat. Raising awareness about the risk factors for lung cancer can help to lower the rate of lung cancer deaths, so an overview of the most common risks is provided below.

    Tobacco use

    Cigarette smoking is the most preventable cause for lung cancer, as first- and second-hand smoking can be a risk. By quitting, you can immediately improve your health while protecting those around you. November is the perfect time to kick the habit, as the Great American Smokeout takes place on November 15th. This event is sponsored by the American Cancer Society, and it is meant to offer support to those considering quitting smoking for a brighter future of good health.

    Chemical exposures

    Certain occupations can increase an individual’s risk for lung cancer. These occupations expose workers to potentially harmful chemicals that have been shown to cause cancer. Jobs that increase risk include hairdressers, miners, and factory workers involved in the production of glass and plastics.

    Radon exposure

    Indoor air quality is a big consideration for lung cancer risk, and a key component to examine is radon levels in the air. Radon is an odorless radioactive gas that is naturally occurring in the Earth’s soil. You can learn about the radon levels in the area you live with the EPA, which reports that radon exposure is the second leading cause for lung cancer in the United States.

    Find out more about your risk for lung cancer and screening procedures for lung cancer prevention at MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas. You can reach us on our website or by calling (702) 233-5474. We offer superior healthcare in all medical specialties along with public health education to maintain a better standard of health throughout the community.

    How Bariatric Surgery Can Play a Role in Diabetes Management

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Diabetes is a growing problem for public health in the United States, and its prevalence is closely linked to the rise of obesity among all age groups across the nation. If you have diabetes and you are struggling with your weight, bariatric surgery may be the best option to get your health back in your control. Below are some facts about bariatric surgery and diabetes to help you decide if surgery is the right choice for your health.

    Weight is directly linked to type-II diabetes

    Patients who are considered morbidly obese—living with a BMI over 40—and have diabetes have shown significant improvement in their condition or reversed the condition completely after achieving a healthy weight. While bariatric surgery is only one option for significant weight loss, it is worth considering if diabetes is a problem in your life.

    Bariatric surgery facilitates rapid weight loss

    When your weight is posing a serious risk to your health due to out-of-control diabetes and other related issues, bariatric surgery may be recommended to get your weight down as soon as possible. Surgery is not a quick fix, in that it does require a lifetime commitment to healthy dietary habits and physical activity. However, bariatric surgery is the first step on the path to the most rapid weight loss possible.

    Surgery can provide results where other methods have failed

    To be a candidate for bariatric surgery, you will need to have previous experiences in trying to lose weight that have been unsuccessful. Bariatric surgery can improve your chances of successful weight loss and help you get to a weight at which managing your health is an achievable goal.

    Get more facts about bariatric surgery and explore the detailed options for surgery at MountainView Hospital. As part of the HCA Health System, we offer free educational seminars to patients considering bariatric surgery along with complete support throughout the recovery process following these procedures. Sign up for our next Bariatric Seminar on our website or by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474.

    MountainView Hospital Announces Additional Expansion

    Last updated 1 year ago

    MountainView Hospital is excited to announce a $9.5 million expansion to its new patient tower.  This addition includes a 32-bed med/surg unit located on the third floor, slated to open in 2013.

    This project is in addition to the $68 million in ongoing development projects on the hospital’s campus. These expansions include:

    • New 42-bed Emergency Department
    • New ICU
    • 72-bed Med/Surg Unit renovation
    • 60,000 square foot patient tower featuring new 32-bed Progressive Care Unit
    • Renovated main lobby, registration area and dining room
    • PET/CT
    • Helipad for emergency services
    • 16-bed Rehabilitation Unit addition

    For more than 16 years, MountainView Hospital has provided state-of-art healthcare services to families in Northwest Las Vegas and its surrounding area. With the recent investments to expand its facility and services, MountainView is dedicated to keeping its growing community healthy.

    About MountainView Hospital
    MountainView Hospital is a state-of-the-art, full-service medical facility located in the heart of Northwest Las Vegas. With a dedicated and talented staff of employees and outstanding physicians, MountainView Hospital is often recognized for providing quality and compassionate care to our community for the past 16 years. MountainView Hospital is a certified Primary Stroke Center, an accredited Chest Pain Center and a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. The hospital is also a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital, and several surgery and diagnostic imaging centers offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services.   

     

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