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    How Body Language Can Indicate a Stroke

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Humans use body language to communicate all types of feelings and emotions, but body language can also be a critical indicator of serious health conditions—specifically stroke. When a person is having a stroke, there are three characteristic signs that may be seen in the face and body.

    This video from the American Stroke Association reviews the body language associated with stroke so that you can be prepared to seek emergency care at the first signs. Droopiness on one side of the face, weakness in the arms, and slurred speech are all signs of stroke that should prompt a quick call to 911.

    At MountainView Hospital, a Certified Stroke Center, we have dedicated emergency facilities that can make the difference in survival after stroke, so you can rely on us for care of yourself and your loved ones. You can find out more about our emergency care by calling (702) 233-5474 or visiting our website. If you think you are having a stroke – call 911.

    Why You Should Follow an Immunization Schedule for Your Newborn

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Once your child is born, you should work to build a relationship with your family’s pediatrician to ensure that your baby gets a healthy start in life. As you discuss healthy routines for your child with the doctor, you will probably get a vaccination schedule that includes several important immunizations to be administered from birth to age 18. While all of these vaccinations are important, the most critical are those scheduled within the first year of your baby’s life, when his or her immune system is most vulnerable. Below is a closer look at the reasons these vaccines are a necessary part of your child’s visits to the pediatrician.

    Personal safety for your child
    Vaccines protect children from serious and potentially fatal diseases, including hepatitis, polio, and measles. Following the recommended schedule of immunization for these conditions is important, because shots are scheduled when they will be most effective and safe for your child.

    Contribution to public health
    You may think that because the diseases that immunizations work to prevent are so rare, there is no real threat to your child. However, it is because of vaccines that these viruses are now under control. Therefore, it is the responsibility of every parent to ensure that their children are properly vaccinated so that they do not contribute to a future outbreak of certain conditions. This type of outbreak has been seen recently with a rise in cases of whooping cough, which is in part the result of failure to vaccinate against this virus in several communities around the country. 

    Acceptance to schools and daycare
    Most public and private schools and daycare facilities will not allow your child to enroll unless he or she is up to date on immunizations, because these busy environments are so conducive to the spread of viruses.

    Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474 to get the answers to your questions about newborn health, to schedule immunizations for your baby, or to find a pediatrician.

    Get Guidance for Keeping Yourself and Your Family Healthy

    Last updated 1 year ago

    If you are in search of superior healthcare in the Las Vegas area, MountainView Hospital and the Sunrise Health System can provide the high-tech, high-touch care you are looking for. We are invested in the most sophisticated treatment technologies across a broad range of medical specialties, and we provide health education to the whole community with classes and events taking place throughout each month. You can connect with us through our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474 for answers to your health questions.

    • Check out the Weight-control Information Network to see the severity of the obesity problem in America.
    • If you don’t know the indicators of kidney disease, head to Kidney.org for a look at the signs to watch out for.
    • The American Lung Association has some practical tips to help you preserve your lung health for life.
    • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides an overview of lung cancer and the measures you can take to prevent it.
    • To decide if you should be screened for lung cancer, read about the screening procedures for this disease at Cancer.gov.

    Kidney Disease and Obesity: What is the Connection?

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Obesity leads to a wide range of health issues that can be fatal if no action is taken for weight control. Kidney disease is one of the more serious threats of obesity to consider during the month of March, which is National Kidney Month. If you are obese, you may be three to four times more likely to experience kidney failure, which can lead to the need for transplant or dialysis. Here is a look at the ways that obesity affects the health of your kidneys over time.

    Associated Conditions
    Kidney failure may be the result of other conditions caused by obesity. Diabetes is the most common link between obesity and kidney failure, as a large number of obese individuals have type 2 diabetes or insulin resistance. If you are obese and do have diabetes, you should work to manage your blood sugar so that your kidneys do not become overworked as a result of spikes in your blood glucose levels.

    Strain on the Kidneys
    Obesity can also damage the kidneys directly. The kidneys are responsible for filtering waste from the blood, and waste may be stored in the body’s visceral fat cells. This means that the kidneys of obese individuals tend to work harder than those of individuals living at a healthy weight.

    Long-term Obesity Costs
    Being obese is only one part of the equation when calculating your risk for kidney disease. The amount of time that you have been obese makes a difference, because it indicates the period under which your kidneys have been under added stress. If you were obese in early adulthood, you are in the highest risk population for obesity-related kidney disease, so more drastic steps may need to be taken to manage your health.

    Mountain View Hospital can help you overcome obesity and manage your total health with ongoing education and support through our H2U program. If you are a resident of the northwest Las Vegas area exploring obesity treatments such as weight loss surgery, contact us through our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474.

    National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: Do You Know Your Risk?

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Colorectal cancer, which is commonly referred to as colon cancer, is a cancer that affects more than 140,000 Americans every year. This cancer is generally diagnosed in people over the age of 50, and it is often fatal because it does not show symptoms until late stages. If you are aware of your personal risk for colon cancer, you and your doctor can plan your medical care better so that the risk of late-stage diagnosis is reduced. Here are the steps you can take to get in-tune with your colorectal cancer risk.

    Evaluate Your Diet
    Eating habits are directly linked to colon cancer risk, so the first step in improving your colon health is evaluating what you eat. Diets that are high in processed foods, red meat, and fried foods are linked to high risk for colon cancer, so these should be consumed in very limited quantities. Foods that will help you prevent colon cancer include fresh fruits, vegetables, and high-fiber whole grains.

    Talk to Your Doctor
    Certain medical conditions—such as colorectal polyps, Crohn’s disease, or ulcerative colitis—can lead to the development of colon cancer, so it is important to communicate with your doctor about your personal and family history of these conditions. When you discuss these health issues, your doctor will be able to guide you to better medical treatments and lifestyle changes that will reduce your cancer risk.

    Get Tested After 50
    Screening with colonoscopy is the best tool available for early colon cancer detection. It is recommended for adults between the ages of 50 and 75, and your doctor can help you decide when the best time is to have your first colonoscopy.

    If you want to schedule a colonoscopy, contact MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474. We are also offering classes and events throughout the month of March to help you stay healthy and lower your risk for colorectal cancer. Browse these events and be sure to reserve your spot at our H2U Lunch & Learn, “Colon Health and the Importance of a Colonoscopy,” on our website.

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