Last updated 3 months ago
During the holiday season, the rate of emergency room visits spikes as more people experience accidents, cardiac distress, and food poisoning. In many cases, these holiday emergencies are related to stress, which is abundant during the season. The holidays can have you filling up your schedule with obligations that pile on the stress as you try to keep yourself together. If you notice any of the difficulties below as stress builds, you may not be managing stress effectively. This could put you at risk for a wide range of health problems—including a higher risk for heart attack or stroke.
You Have Trouble Sleeping
Stress may keep you up at night, causing trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. This can become a problematic cycle, since sleep is one of the mechanisms that your body uses to manage stress. Therefore, you should not hesitate to discuss your altered sleep schedule with your doctor to explore possible solutions.
You Are Binging on Holiday Treats
Overeating and binging on junk food is a trademark of stress, and the holiday season presents many opportunities to indulge. Some temptation from holiday foods is normal, but you should take note if you are consistently overdoing it with snacks and sweets.
You Have Frequent Headaches or Body Aches
Stress can become physically painful, since it increases tension in the body and can restrict proper circulation. You might notice more headaches or body pains that are not easily explained by an injury or other condition.
You Feel Overwhelmed or Disoriented
When you feel the pressure of a long holiday to-do list, it may be hard to stop and breathe to reorient yourself. This may have you feeling overwhelmed, forgetful, or unfocused. As a result, you could end up getting into an accident or having your body shut down in various ways.
To avoid letting stress get the best of you this holiday season, call MountainView Hospital through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line for stress fighting tips and healthy strategies for surviving the holidays. You can reach us at (702) 233-5300 any time, day or night.
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The hip joint is among the largest joints in the body, and it is also one of the most susceptible to degenerative damage that wears away the cartilage protecting the bones that meet at the hip. When cartilage has been worn down by arthritis, fractures, or certain congenital conditions, the bones grind against each other and cause severe pain and inflammation that gets in the way of everyday activities. Total hip replacement will involve the removal of damaged bone and placement of an implant that eventually bonds with the natural tissue and functions like a healthy joint. If you are considering total hip replacement as an answer to your chronic hip pain, here is a look at some of the important details of this surgery.
Not everyone with damage in the hip joint will be a candidate for surgery, since there is a significant active recovery process that follows the procedure. Patients who are not fit or healthy enough to build up an exercise routine after surgery may not be ideal candidates. Those who are overweight may have weight loss guidelines to follow before the surgery takes place.
Hip replacement involves the placement of an implant typically consisting of metal and plastic components that may be held in place by screws or cement. Over time, the prosthesis will fuse with the natural bone to create a strong and stable joint that maximizes mobility long after the healing process is complete.
An orthopedic surgeon will plan the incision for hip replacement to create the lowest risk of complications during healing. The damaged areas of the bone will be removed so the implant may be aligned and placed. Surgery lasts several hours and takes place under general anesthesia.
MountainView Hospital can help you restore your active lifestyle with state-of-the-art joint replacement procedures offered on our Las Vegas campus. You can find an orthopedic physician at our hospital on our website or by calling (702) 233-5300 to reach our 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line.
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While no one wants to get sick with the flu, there are a number of people who avoid getting the flu shot each year due to some common misconceptions about the vaccine. The fact is that the flu vaccine is the best way to fight the flu in any community and it is most effective when everyone has the immunization. The flu shot does not actually contain the flu virus, but it does help individuals build up antibodies to three or four different types of influenza. If you are hesitant to get your flu shot, here is a look at some of the reasons you should not wait on vaccination.
The Flu Shot Can Keep You from Getting Sick
Quite simply, the flu prevents you from becoming ill during the flu season that typically lasts from November to March. Because there are different strains of the virus that spread each year, you will want to get a flu shot annually so that you remain protected.
Flu Shots Reduce the Spread of the Virus
If you never get sick with the flu, you might think that the flu shot is not a necessity for you. However, you might still contribute to the spread of the flu even if you do not actually have symptoms of the virus. When more members of the community are vaccinated, the flu is not able to spread as effectively through the population. This is important for high-risk individuals such as pregnant women, children, and the elderly.
There Are Minimal Flu Shot Side Effects
Some people think that the flu shot gives you flu symptoms, but it actually only has a minor list of side effects that typically subside in 24 hours. You may feel some fatigue, soreness at the injection site, or a low-grade fever. If you have the nasal spray vaccine, there are a few additional side effects that may occur.
Flu Shots Are Free under Most Insurance
Nearly all health insurance plans make flu shots free for any patient, so you will not have an excuse to avoid getting yours this year.
If you are in need of your flu shot or you have questions about this year’s flu vaccine, call MountainView Hospital on our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5300.
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As kids grow up and take responsibility for their own health, they will take the lessons they have learned at home as an example of how to live on their own. This means that you will want to set a great example from early on in your child’s life by implanting these healthier habits that can fit into any family’s routine.
Eating Dinner at the Table Together
Studies have shown that children who live in homes where family dinners are prepared at home and served around the table instead of in front of the television are less likely to be overweight or obese. When kids are involved in dinner preparation, they are also more open to eating their vegetables and trying new foods. Starting a small garden in the backyard will only further benefit your efforts to get your kids to eat healthier.
Visiting the Doctor Regularly
Annual checkups are good for people of all ages, so you should not only schedule visits for your child to see the pediatrician, but you should maintain regular doctor visits for yourself as well. Regular blood tests and other screenings can reveal health risks or existing conditions that won’t show other symptoms right away.
Setting Health and Fitness Goals
Whether your family has set a goal to exercise more often, eat healthier, or lose weight together, these goals can be much more achievable from a group perspective. When you have the support of everyone in your household, you are more accountable for your individual goals and have motivation to help everyone else in the family succeed.
Washing Hands Frequently
To keep illnesses from spreading through your household, you will want to make hand washing second nature for every member of the family. Before cooking or eating, after using the bathroom, and after playing outside are all times when everyone should wash their hands thoroughly to keep germs away.
With MountainView Hospital in your community, you can maintain a healthier household and find excellent medical care when you need it. You can keep in touch with us using our iNotify app, calling us at (702) 233-5300, or texting ‘ER’ to 23000 to get current emergency room wait times.
Last updated 4 months ago
Following a stroke, patients may have difficulties with their everyday activities and speech due to permanent damage in certain regions of the brain. However, some patients are able to make great strides in their recovery and achieve feats they never thought possible. In this video, you will hear the story of one woman who overcame her fear of disability after a stroke and began training for a marathon, which she completed just 26 days after leaving the hospital.
To create more positive stories of stroke recovery, everyone should remember the importance of immediate care in the ER. MountainView Hospital provides a higher level of emergency stroke care in Las Vegas along with rehabilitative care to inspire patients to get back to their lives. You can learn more about our stroke care and emergency services online or call us at (702) 233-5474.