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    What Is Healthy Blood Pressure?

    Last updated 1 year ago

    As your heart works to supply blood throughout the body, it maintains a delicate balance of blood pressure inside the arteries. However, various items can alter healthy blood pressure and endanger your health. But what exactly does abnormal blood pressure do to your body?

    High blood pressure, also known as hypertension or HBP, can damage the lining of your arteries and cause fatty deposits to collect on the sides, causing a condition known as atherosclerosis. HPB can also cause a bulge in the arteries, potentially leading to a life-threatening aneurysm. Low blood pressure, or hypotension, is less common and typically only temporary, but can result in lightheadedness or fainting. Blood pressure is recorded as a ratio between systolic (the amount of pressure during a heartbeat) and diastolic pressure (the amount of pressure between beats). A healthy systolic/diastolic reading is generally less than 120/80, prehypertension occurs with readings up to 139/89, and emergency care is needed for 180/110 or above.

    Maintain your health and prevent potentially serious cardiac complications with MountainView Hospital, an Accredited Chest Pain Center in Las Vegas. Contact our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474 to schedule a check-up.

    How to Keep Your Child out of the ER During Summer Vacation

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Whether it’s the occasional scraped knee or a bump on the head, children always seem to get hurt during playtime, particularly during summer vacation. In fact, summer has the highest rate of child injuries requiring emergency care. Although it’s important to keep your children active and healthy, it’s also essential to prevent common injuries from sports and recreational activities. Protect your family with these summer safety tips from MountainView Hospital .

    Water Safety
    Swimming is arguably one of the most popular children’s activities during the summer, but it’s also a leading cause of child-related ER visits. Drowning can happen quickly and quietly, and permanent brain damage can occur in as little as four to six minutes underwater. Beware that smaller children can drown in as little as one inch of water, so be sure to eliminate unguarded water sources and to always have an adult on watch.

    Sport Safety
    Whether your child is biking, skating, skateboarding, or participating in contact sports, it is essential to provide them with the appropriately rated safety gear. Don’t assume that a single football or skating helmet will provide suitable protection for every activity, as they often have different safety guidelines.

    Road Safety
    Older children are also at higher risk for serious injury during the summer. In fact, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for children ages three to 14, and teenagers are the highest risk age group for fatal auto collisions. Make sure that your child is always wearing an appropriately sized child safety seat or booster seat and that your teenager is aware of safe driving techniques.

    If and when you need reliable medical services, our team of specialists here at Mountain View Hospital is ready to prove high-quality and personalized emergency care year-round. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more child safety tips and general health advice, or contact our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474 with any questions.

    Know the Warning Signs of Heart Attack

    Last updated 1 year ago

    A heart attack often starts with extreme pain or tightness in the chest, but symptoms vary between individuals, and they don’t always resemble Hollywood dramatizations. This video contains real-life accounts from heart attack survivors.

    During a heart attack, pain can spread to the back, arms, shoulders, and even the legs. It may be persistent or intermittent over a short period of time, and may or may not be accompanied by shortness of breath, nausea, or dizziness. Receiving immediate medical attention will reduce the likelihood and severity of heart damage.

    As an Accredited Chest Pain Center, our medical staff at Mountain View Hospital has the experience and resources to provide fast, high-quality emergency care for heart attack victims. Visit us online to learn more about our facilities or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474 for more information.

    Exploring the Treatment Options Available for Prostate Cancer

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Although prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer found in men, it grows slowly and can usually be treated effectively with early detection. Below is an overview of the different treatment options for prostate cancer available here at MountainView Hospital.

    A surgeon can remove the prostate gland itself (prostatectomy) to prevent the spread of cancer cells. da Vinci prostatectomy allows surgeons to perform the entire procedure through several keyhole-sized incisions with greater precision than traditional open surgery. Studies show that it reduces the risk of complications and offers better cancer control, better chance for return of urinary continence, and faster return of erectile function. This procedure is currently one of the most common treatments for prostate cancer in the U.S.

    Hormonal Therapy
    The prostate requires male hormones, known as androgens, to function normally. Hormonal therapies are typically used to reduce androgen levels via medication or surgical removal of the testes (orchiectomy) if the cancer has spread or returned after other treatments. There are various hormonal therapy products available for treatment, though patients may suffer from various side effects.

    Chemotherapy uses specialized drugs to kill cancer cells and prevent the growth of new ones; however, it also destroys healthy cells, which is why it has a number of major side effects. Although chemotherapy is a common treatment for various types of cancer, it is typically not standard for prostate cancer unless other treatments prove ineffective.

    The best way to protect your health and prevent prostate cancer is by having regular screenings with an experienced doctor. We here at MountainView Hospital are committed to providing the highest standard of medical care in the Las Vegas area.

    Take advantage of our H2U program for the latest health and wellness resources and contact our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474 to schedule your appointment.

    Understanding Lung Cancer: Risks and Prevention [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in the US, and it is by far the most deadly. The number one cause of lung cancer is smoking. In fact, tobacco is behind 90% of lung cancer cases. This infographic from a hospital in Las Vegas reveals staggering statistics about lung cancer and explains what you can do to mitigate your risks. Share this information and help get the word out about lung cancer prevention and the dangers of smoking. 

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