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    Would You Know If You Are Having a Heart Attack?

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Heart attacks may seem like an easily recognizable medical emergency, but don’t be fooled by Hollywood dramatizations; heart attack symptoms can vary in intensity and duration and it can be difficult to distinguish normal chest pains from a true emergency. Learn more about some lesser known symptoms of heart attacks with this brief overview from MountainView Hospital.

    What Causes a Heart Attack
    A heart attack results when a buildup of plaque or a blood clot blocks bloodflow to the heart. One in three Americans has cardiovascular disease, and high blood pressure is one of its major risk factors. High blood pressure usually does not exhibit any symptoms, which is why it is often referred to as the “silent killer.”

    Symptoms of Heart Attack
    Chest pain during a heart attack may be severe, or it may be mild and intermittent over several hours. The symptoms of heart attack can be much more subtle than just chest pain, which is why it is easier than most people think to misdiagnose a heart attack. Other common heart attack symptoms include sweating, nausea, vertigo, shortness of breath, and cold sweat.

    What to Do
    Even if you are unsure if your symptoms indicate a heart attack, it is still important to dial 911 and to obtain a consultation from a heart specialist. Even a “small” heart attack can indicate severe underlying conditions such as atherosclerosis, which is why it’s important to get regular checkups with a trusted specialist. Try to stay calm and control the symptoms until medical help arrives if you notice any of the above symptoms.

    MountainView Hospital is an accredited Chest Pain Center in southern Nevada, and we take pride in providing on-site Cardiac Rehabilitation and ongoing care for a wide range of heart conditions. Our team of heart care specialists has the experience and equipment to respond to major heart emergencies. Our Consult-a-Nurse Healthcare Referral line is available 24/7 to answer all of your medical questions. Just call (702) 233-5474 to schedule an appointment or to receive a physician referral.

    Decoding Robotic-Assisted Surgery [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Surgeons are constantly looking for ways to make surgery safer, faster, less invasive, and more precise. The dawn of robotic-assisted surgery brings all of these benefits and more. This system combines cutting-edge robotic technology with your surgeon’s skill and knowledge to provide you with the best possible results. Patients undergoing robotic surgery can expect a faster recovery with less pain and a lower risk of post-surgical blood clots, as well as less blood loss during the procedure. At MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas, we’ve performed 1,200 robotic surgeries and counting. Check out our infographic to find out more about the advantages that robotic surgery offers to our patients. Do you have a friend or family member facing surgery? Please pass along this valuable information to them. 

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    Knowing Your Risk for Cardiac Arrest

    Last updated 8 months ago

    The first step in preventing a heart attack is knowing your risk. Factors such as age, gender, race, and family history cannot be changed, but there are plenty of ways to control your risk and live a happy and healthy lifestyle. Read on to learn more about how you can address the major risk factors of cardiac arrest with a heart specialist in Las Vegas.

    Controllable Risk Factors
    Several major risk factors can be modified to treat or control your heart attack risk. Diet and regular exercise are some of the most effective methods of controlling your risk for heart complications. A heart-healthy diet should generally limit sugars, sodium, saturated and trans fats, and LDL cholesterol. Monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats can help control cholesterol, but portion control is essential. Exercise guidelines from the CDC recommend that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity (or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity) and two days of muscle-strengthening activities every week.

    Uncontrollable Risk Factors
    There is no way to prevent uncontrollable risk factors, but they can provide useful information for developing a customized preventative treatment plan to lower your other risks for heart disease. Age is a major risk factor of heart disease; approximately 82 percent of people who die from heart disease are over 65. Men tend to have heart attacks earlier in life, though heart disease is a leading cause of death an American men and women. People of African American, Mexican American, and American Indian descent have a higher risk of heart disease. Family history also plays a major role in individual risk.

    Only a specialist can assess your medical history and assess your individual risk of heart disease. MountainView Hospital is a leading heart care facility in Las Vegas, and our team of specialists can provide compassionate and personalized care to all of our patients. Take advantage of our H2U and other online resources for the latest heart health updates, or contact our 24-Hour Consult-a-Nurse Healthcare Referral line at (702) 233-5474 with any questions.

    What Conditions Are Related to Heart Disease?

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Heart disease is a general term that refers to a wide range of conditions that inhibit normal heart function. Because the heart supplies blood to every major organ, even minor problems can result in a wide range of symptoms. Read on to learn more about how pre-existing conditions can affect your risk for heart disease.

    Diabetes
    Heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death for people with diabetes, and adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to suffer from stroke or heart attack. Diabetes can affect several major organs in the body, and serious complications can arise without proper management. Treatment for people with diabetes varies depending on individual medical history, which is why it’s important to work closely with a specialist to develop a specialized treatment plan.

    HIV
    People with HIV often develop many of the same risk factors as cardiovascular disease, including higher triglyceride levels, lower levels of HDL cholesterol, chronic inflammation of the arteries and veins, and atherosclerosis. The HIV virus and some antiretroviral medications can also damage the kidneys and result in complications with blood pressure.

    Heart Failure
    Heart failure is not the same as heart attack; it is a condition where the heart fails to pump enough blood to your major organs. Heart failure can result in shortness of breath, making everyday activities such as climbing stairs or carrying heavy loads difficult. At first the heart will try to compensate for the increased workload by enlarging developing more muscle and pumping faster. However, these measures are only temporary, and this chronic and progressive condition can worsen over time without treatment.

    MountainView Hospital is a leading Chest Pain Center in Las Vegas Valley, and our team of skilled specialists can work with you to develop a specialized treatment plan for heart disease and other pre-existing conditions. See what some our past patients have to say about our award-winning facilities or call (702) 233-5474 to set up a professional consultation.

    Why Should You Seek Care at an Accredited Chest Pain Center?

    Last updated 8 months ago

    When it comes to medical care, not all healthcare providers are the same, particularly for something as major and complex as heart problems. To that end, the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care has established Chest Pain Center accreditation to recognize hospitals with the resources and expertise to provide superior heart care.

    The Sunrise Health System features three Chest Pain Centers throughout southern Nevada: Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center, and MountainView Hospital. Accredited Chest Pain Centers utilize an integrated approach emergency heart care, allowing doctors to administer diagnoses and treatments faster and more accurately. A staff of highly trained cardiovascular specialists is always on hand to address any complications that may arise.

    As part of the award-winning Sunrise Health System in southern Nevada, MountainView Hospital is here to provide compassionate and high-quality care to residents of Las Vegas. Text “ER” to 23000 to receive current wait times in your area, or contact our 24-Hour Consult-a-Nurse Healthcare Referral line at (702) 233-5474 to receive a referral to a heart specialist. If this in an emergency please dial 9-1-1.

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Disclaimer: The materials provided are intended for informational purposes only. You should contact your doctor for medical advice. Use of and access to this website or other materials do not create a physician-patient relationship. The opinions expressed through this website are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the hospital, medical staff, or any individual physician or other healthcare professional.
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