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    Understanding the Biggest Health Concerns for Men

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Men and women have many of the same health concerns when it comes to the leading causes of death among each gender, but men tend to die more frequently and at younger ages from these common conditions. One reason for this is that men are much less likely than women to see a doctor for regular screenings and newly developed symptoms that could point to potentially serious conditions. By recognizing some of the more significant health concerns that men face, men can know when seeing a doctor is important and should not be put on hold.

    Heart Disease

    By a significant margin, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. However, it may be preventable with some knowledge about the factors that lead to heart disease—including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Unfortunately, these indicators can work in silence, so annual screenings are essential to check the numbers. When a condition like high cholesterol is spotted and addressed early, the chances of heart disease go down.

    Colon Cancer

    Men over the age of 50 should have a colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer, which is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths. Identifying cancer at the local stage with screening significantly improves the survival rate to 90%.

    Hepatitis C

    Men born between 1945 and 1965 should be screened once for hepatitis C, which is a contagious viral infection of the liver that is common among this age group. Anyone who has ever used needles to inject drugs should also be screened

    Depression

    Depression is more common in women, but it should not be overlooked in men. Typically men suffering from depression will not seek psychological care as the problem worsens. Men who are affected by depression may experience a number of related health problems that stem from poor sleep patterns, self-destructive behavior, and dietary changes that are all common with depression.

    Men in Las Vegas can find complete medical care and healthy living classes at MountainView Hospital, which provides a full spectrum of hospital services and community programs for better health. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474 to explore the ways we can help you boost your health. 

    Why Expecting Moms Should Be Concerned During Flu Season

    Last updated 1 month ago

    During flu season, pregnant women should take extra precautions to protect themselves and their babies. Because the immune system is weakened during pregnancy, pregnant women are more susceptible to the flu and more likely to have complications that require emergency care. This video explains more.

    Watch this video to learn about the importance of flu shots for pregnant women. To lessen the chance of flu exposure, expectant moms should encourage everyone in their households to get flu shots. Pregnant women should also be cautious about interacting with people with obvious respiratory infections and seek emergency care if they do develop the flu and experience complications.

    MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas has all of the services moms-to-be need, from emergency care to a maternity center. Get more information about our hospital by calling (702) 233-5474. 

    A Look at MountainView Hospital's Spine Program

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Back pain impacts most people at some point in their lives and the effects can be debilitating. When non-invasive treatments aren’t enough, it’s time to contact the Spine Program at MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas. Our compassionate team of experts offers cutting-edge care designed to get you back to your normal activities as quickly as possible.

    Our spine surgeons take a conservative approach to patient care, always choosing the least extensive procedure possible to address your condition. This approach ensures you have the fastest and most comfortable recovery you can have. In addition to our expert surgeons and nurses, we also have a spine coordinator who can help you and your family through every stage of surgery and recovery. With our program coordinator, you will always have a direct liaison between you and your surgeon.

    A commitment to excellent patient care is found in all of our departments at MountainView Hospital. Let one of the nurses on our Consult-A-Nurse line answer your questions about our hospital, including any queries about spine surgery, robotic surgery, and much more. Call us in Las Vegas today at (702) 233-5474. 

    What All Women Should Know about Breast Cancer

    Last updated 1 month ago

    After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer among women in the United States. In addition, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer. However, more and more women are now surviving the disease. At MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas, we help women face breast cancer with screening tests at our Red Rock Radiology unit and compassionate care in our Cancer Center. Educating yourself about breast cancer can help you take control of your health. Here are some facts every woman needs to know.

    Risk Factors

    Your risk factors for breast cancer can be divided into two categories: risks you can change and risks you can’t. Some risk factors for breast cancer that are in your control include obesity, lack of physical activity, and the use hormone-based medications, including birth control and hormone therapy. Risk factors you can’t change include family history of breast cancer, age, and race. Breast cancer is most common in women over age 55 and in Caucasian women. However, African-American women are more likely to die of breast cancer.

    Diagnosis

    Breast cancer is usually diagnosed after a lump is discovered during a self-exam or during a mammogram at a hospital. It’s important to follow your doctor’s suggestions for cancer screenings, as early diagnosis of breast cancer usually means treatment is less invasive and more effective.

    Treatment Options

    There are many different ways breast cancer can be treated, and accordingly, many women survive this disease. Potential treatments include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and hormone treatments. Your doctor will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that is right for the size, type, and location of your cancer.

    The Cancer Care department at MountainView Hospital is a dedicated, 24-bed unit with case managers on hand to see you through your entire cancer treatment process. For a referral to a physician or for more information, please call us at (702) 233-5474. Don’t forget to ask about our other services, including stroke care, emergency care, and our heart hospital services. 

    Liver Cancer Prevention Guidelines

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Liver cancer is the fourth most common kind of cancer around the world and is the third leading cause of cancer death internationally. In the U.S., liver cancer tends to be less common than it is in the rest of the world. However, the number of cases in the U.S. has been rising in recent years, particularly in white, black, and Hispanic men over age 40. At MountainView Hospital, our Cancer Care department offers a range of liver cancer treatment options, but as with all cancers, taking steps to prevent the disease is important. Here is a look at some of the risk factors for liver cancer and what you can do to decrease your chances of getting it.

    Control Alcohol Intake

    Chronic alcoholism can cause a disease called cirrhosis. In people with cirrhosis, healthy liver tissue turns into scar tissue. This scar tissue interferes with blood flow in the liver, compromising the organ’s ability to function properly. Having cirrhosis increases your chances of getting liver cancer. If you choose to drink, talk to your doctor about what a healthy consumption level is. If you are concerned that you are drinking excessively, your doctor can help you get the support you need to quit.

    Get the Hepatitis B Vaccine

    Having chronic hepatitis B increases your chances of getting liver cancer. The longer your hepatitis is left uncontrolled, the more your risk of developing liver cancer increases. Getting the hepatitis B vaccine will protect you from this disease.

    Avoid Risky Behavior

    Hepatitis B and C can both be transmitted during unprotected sexual activity. Both of these conditions can increase your chances of getting liver cancer, so avoiding unprotected sex can help you decrease your liver cancer risk.

    Our oncology experts at MountainView Hospital of Las Vegas help patients facing all different types of cancer to develop a plan for fighting the disease. In addition to cancer care, our Las Vegas hospital is home to a full range of care options, including bariatric surgery, emergency care, and stroke care. Get answers to your questions about our hospital by calling (702) 233-5474. 

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