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    Understanding Kidney Disease and Your Risk

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Kidney disease develops when these organs become damaged and can no longer filter blood efficiently. The kidneys gradually lose their ability to function, which can cause dangerous levels of waste products and fluid to accumulate in the bloodstream. Eventually, kidney disease can be fatal unless the patient receives a kidney transplant or regular dialysis treatments at a community hospital.

    Signs and Symptoms

    Since kidney disease often doesn’t cause symptoms initially, it’s a good idea to undergo screening at your local hospital if you have risk factors. As the condition becomes more severe, you’re likely to notice sleep disturbances, fatigue, appetite loss, nausea, and shortness of breath. Frequent urination, swollen feet and ankles, chest pain, confusion, and concentration impairment can also occur. Additionally, you may suffer from high blood pressure that is difficult to manage, persistent itching, and hiccups.

    Causes and Risk Factors

    Most people diagnosed with chronic kidney disease develop it because of poorly controlled diabetes. The kidneys and many other bodily structures sustain damage from high blood sugar levels. Other possible causes of chronic kidney disease include high blood pressure, polycystic kidney disease, and prolonged urinary tract obstruction. You’re at an increased risk of kidney disease if you have a family history of it and if you’re 65 or older.

    Treatments and Lifestyle Changes

    If the disease is not yet severe, it may be manageable with medications. Additionally, you may be advised to make lifestyle changes, such as limiting your intake of protein, salt, and potassium. However, if you have end-stage kidney disease, you’ll require dialysis treatments or a kidney transplant.

    In addition to helping patients manage chronic kidney disease, MountainView Hospital is pleased to offer free, informational classes to help adults learn how to live well with diabetes and subsequently, reduce their risk of kidney disease. We also provide sophisticated robotic surgery, advanced bariatric weight loss, and state-of-the-art stroke care to residents of Las Vegas. If you have any questions about the resources available at our community hospital, please call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 233-5474.

    Exploring the Facts About Colorectal Cancer

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Thousands of new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. every year. In fact, it’s among the most common types of cancer. Fortunately, it’s also highly preventable and the death rate has been declining over the last two decades. You can safeguard your health by visiting your local hospital and discussing your risk factors of colorectal cancer with your doctor.

    How Colorectal Cancer Develops

    Like other types of cancer, colorectal cancer develops when abnormal cells begin to replicate in an uncontrollable manner. These cancer cells are found in either the rectum or the colon, which is the large intestine. In most cases, colorectal cancers begin with the development of polyps. Polyps are growths that can develop in the colon or rectum. Certain types of polyps, known as adenomas, can eventually become cancerous.

    Why Screening Tests are Important

    Your doctor might recommend a colorectal cancer screening test, such as a colonoscopy, depending on your age and other risk factors. During a screening test, the physician can remove any polyps he or she finds. This means that it is possible to prevent colorectal cancer before it develops. Screening tests are particularly important because colorectal cancer often does not give rise to symptoms until it is already advanced.

    What the Symptoms Are

    When symptoms do occur, they may include bloody or tarry stool, constipation, diarrhea, unexplained weight loss, and constant fatigue. You may feel as though the bowel does not completely empty and the stool may be more narrow than usual. If you experience changes in your bowel habits, you can schedule an appointment at your local hospital for an evaluation.

    At MountainView Hospital, you’ll find exceptional cancer care within a compassionate, comfortable environment. In addition to our In-Patient Oncology Unit, our community hospital offers robotic surgery, bariatric weight loss, emergency care, and stroke care to our neighbors throughout Las Vegas. For more information, call (702) 233-5474 to speak with a registered nurse.

    Healthy Communities Building Healthier Children

    Last updated 4 months ago

    It takes a community to raise a child, and indeed, the structure of communities plays a vital role in contributing to a child’s health. As you’ll learn by watching this video, a National Institutes of Health-funded research project, the Healthy Communities Study (HCS), is taking a closer look at exactly how communities can influence various measurements of health in children. These include their weight, nutrition, and level of physical activity.

    This video includes interviews from several physicians. They discuss the methodologies employed by the HCS and they describe the potential benefits that may result from the study. By knowing which specific environmental influences can benefit children the most, communities can make the best use of their resources.

    Families in the Las Vegas area can take advantage of the many healthy living classes and events offered by MountainView Hospital. To explore our current classes and events, visit us online or call (702) 233-5474.

    Knowing the Signs of Prediabetes

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Prediabetes is a condition characterized by blood sugar levels that are higher than normal, yet not high enough yet to be considered diabetes. Much of the time, prediabetes doesn’t result in any symptoms. The only sign you may notice is darkened patches of skin on areas such as the knees, neck, armpits, and elbows. Since you cannot rely on obvious symptoms to determine if you have prediabetes, it’s a good idea to visit your local hospital for a simple glucose test if you have risk factors of prediabetes.

    You can watch this video to get some help assessing your risk factors of prediabetes. If you do have prediabetes, this doctor offers some advice for modifying your lifestyle to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes.

    MountainView Hospital is a full-service medical center in Las Vegas that offers comprehensive treatment for patients with a range of health concerns, including prediabetes. Call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 233-5474 or visit our hospital on the Web.

    How to Select the Best Doctor for Your Needs

    Last updated 4 months ago

    It’s important for patients to be proactive about their own healthcare needs. By choosing the right doctor for your unique needs, you’re taking an important step toward better health. A doctor at your community hospital can help you become an informed patient by discussing screening tests and vaccinations that may be appropriate for you. He or she can evaluate your overall wellness, answer any health questions you may have, and refer you to a specialist if need be.

    Check Your Healthcare Plan

    Before selecting a doctor, it’s a good idea to log onto your health insurance company’s website. The website should offer a physician locator tool that allows you to look for doctors within your insurance network. If you choose a doctor outside of your network, your healthcare plan may not cover the services.

    Consider Your Healthcare Needs

    Search for doctors according to the type of care you need. Everyone should have a primary care physician that handles routine examinations, screenings, and other preventive healthcare services. A primary care physician can diagnose and treat a wide range of health conditions. However, you might also need to see a specialist. For example, if you have a heart condition, you may need to work with a cardiologist.

    Call the Hospital

    Once you’ve located a few doctors that meet your needs, call the hospital to ask any questions you may have. You could ask if a physician is currently accepting new patients, what hospital the doctor is affiliated with, and how long it will take to get an appointment.

    Schedule an Appointment

    You can schedule an appointment for a wellness exam, even if you aren’t quite sure if you’ve found the right doctor for your needs. An appointment is a good opportunity for you to get to know the doctor. Choose a physician with whom you feel comfortable discussing your health concerns.

     

    You can find leading physicians, including specialists, at MountainView Hospital by calling our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 233-5474. Our community hospital offers a comprehensive range of healthcare services, including emergency care, robotic surgery, bariatric weight loss, and stroke care, just to name a few. Our hospital is conveniently located in the heart of northwest Las Vegas.

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