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    Healthy New Year's Resolution: Striving for Stroke Prevention

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. When a stroke occurs, emergency care can help preserve brain tissue, stave off long-term complications, and even saves lives. However, while fast treatment is good, prevention is even better. You can’t completely eradicate the risk of a stroke, but there are many things you can do to significantly lower your risk of becoming a victim. This year, make it one of your resolutions to invest time in keeping your brain healthy. If you or someone you love has suffered from a stroke, MountainView Hospital offers a stroke support group that helps families affected by stroke.

    Stop Smoking
    People who smoke have between a two and four time greater risk of having a stroke than non-smokers. One of the main problems with smoking is that it contributes to atherosclerosis in the carotid artery, which is the main source of blood supply to the brain. When this artery becomes clogged and blood supply to the brain is diminished, a stroke occurs. Smoking also makes your blood thicker, so that it clots easier, and reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood. These factors also boost your risk of a stroke.  

    Control Diabetes
    Poorly controlled diabetes can have a disastrous effect on your blood vessels, including those in your brain, which will up your stroke risk. Further, if blood sugar levels are high at the time of a stroke, the resulting brain damage may be more severe. By controlling your blood sugar levels with diet and medication, you can reduce your risk of stroke and of significant complications if one does occur. MountainView Hospital has great opportunities to learn more about diabetes by offering classes on diabetes essentials such as diet.

    Lose Weight
    Being overweight can trigger a long list of health complications that are associated with an increased risk of having a stroke. If you are overweight, you are more likely to have high blood pressure, heart diseases, and type 2 diabetes. Losing even a small amount of weight can dramatically curb your stroke risk.

    If you think you are experiencing a stroke, go to the ER at MountainView Hospital immediately. Our Las Vegas stroke center can help you with both urgent care and recovery. Find out about all of our hospital services by calling (702) 233-5474.

    Tips for Setting a Healthy New Year's Resolution

    Last updated 8 months ago

    The goal of New Year’s resolutions often is to help people enhance their lives. For many people, establishing a healthier lifestyle is at the top of their New Year’s aspirations. MountainView Hospital encourages our Las Vegas patients to make 2014 their healthiest yet. By assessing each aspect of your lifestyle and considering room for improvement, healthy New Year’s resolutions can be made—and more importantly, achieved.

    Evaluate Your Dietary Behaviors
    Do you skip breakfast every morning? Do you eat dinner with a can of soda each night? The first step to improving your health is to examine what you eat and drink on a daily basis. Rather than trying to overhaul your diet, concentrate on changing one or two habits, which can make a significant difference. As you incorporate these initial efforts, you can add more changes over the ensuing months.

    Consider Your Physical Fitness Level
    Exercise is critical to your health for a multitude of reasons. On a basic level, physical activity can burn calories and condition your heart, which can lead to other wellness benefits. When you burn calories, you lessen your risk of obesity and its potential complications, including sleep apnea, stroke, and type-2 diabetes. When you have a strong cardiovascular system, you are also less likely to suffer from heart disease in the future. Exercise can increase bone mass, alleviate arthritis pain, and elevate your mood as well. If you do not exercise currently or do not do it on a regular basis, now is the time to start.

    Enlist Help to Eliminate Unhealthy Habits
    Behaviors such as smoking cigarettes, drinking too much alcohol, and sleeping less than eight hours a night can cause considerable harm to your health. Once you begin these habits, though, they can be difficult to quit on your own. To permanently change your wellbeing for the better, consult a physician for advice on how to eliminate unhealthy lifestyle behaviors.

    Do you want to eat a healthier diet, or want to learn how to manage your diabetes better?  Call MountainView Hospital at (702) 233-5474 to speak with a Registered Nurse about what you can do to improve your health in 2014. You can also access our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral system for more suggestions on how to increase your wellbeing.

     

    Why Even Healthy Children Need a Flu Shot

    Last updated 8 months ago

    The flu can have serious ramifications on those who get it. By getting your family a flu shot, you could save your life and the lives of those you love.

    This video explains the importance of getting an annual flu vaccination, and why people, especially children, should get one. Receiving a flu shot each year can prevent inconvenient and potentially life-threatening complications. Did you know that, according to the CDC, approximately half of the children that died from flu complications last year had no other medical conditions or risk factors?  A flu shot can also avert the dangers that accompany spreading the virus to an infant or elderly relative with a weaker immune system.

    Have you gotten your and your family’s 2013-2014 flu vaccination yet? If not, call MountainView Hospital at (702) 233-547. Our staff can help you find a physician and answer your questions about flu vaccines.

    Keeping Toys from Causing Serious Injuries in Children

    Last updated 8 months ago

    The holidays usually mean one thing to children: toys. The introduction of new toys can be very exciting for kids, but it can bring about unanticipated injuries as well. MountainView Hospital urges all parents in the greater Las Vegas area to be mindful of the following suggestions during this holiday season. By supervising the purchase and usage of children’s toys, the holidays can be a safe and happy experience for kids of all ages.

    Purchase Age-Appropriate Toys
    As interesting as a toy may appear, if a child is too young for it, it can turn into a dangerous object. That is why many toy packages come with age regulations. Children under the recommended age limit may lack the motor skills or cognitive development to understand and safely use a given toy. Even if a child seems advanced for their age, it’s better to purchase a toy that has safety expert approval for their age range.

    Prevent Playing with Toy Packaging
    Upon opening their toys, some children may be more enthralled with the packaging in which the toy came. However, packaging elements such as plastic bags and foam reinforcement can have life-threatening complications for young children. Foam packaging can easily crumble, which may prompt small children to put pieces in their mouths. Plastic bags can quickly cut off a child’s air supply and induce suffocation.

    Dispose of Broken Toys
    A broken toy may leave a child upset, but it can also leave him injured if they continue to play with it. Damaged toys should be thrown out if they cannot be properly fixed. Should a wooden toy crack, its splintered parts can lead to a laceration or puncture wound. If a plastic toy breaks, its pieces can be ingested and cause internal harm. To protect children at the holidays and all year long, remove broken toys from the home as soon as possible.

    In the event that your child suffers an injury, MountainView Hospital can help. Our Emergency Department offers quick and capable care to Las Vegas patients of all ages. To contact us, call (702) 233-5474. You can also access our iTriage Symptom Checker to provide up-to-the-minute information on your emergency needs and hospital arrival.

    Are You Suffering From Atrial Fibrillation?

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Did you know that 2.2 million people in the United States suffer from atrial fibrillation, or A-Fib?  A-Fib, also known as an irregular heartbeat, is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, or a heart rhythm disorder, and has been shown to potentially lead to a stroke or heart failure.  This is why it’s very important to speak to your cardiologist about A-Fib and your treatment options.

    One treatment option that MountainView Hospital’s accredited Chest Pain Center offers catheter cyroablation.  Cryoablation involves freezing targeted portions of heart tissue to correct irregular heartbeats.

    MountainView Hospital is an accredited Chest Pain Center, which means we have demonstrated our expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and completing on-site evaluations.  So, be sure to contact your cardiologist about cyroablation at MountainView Hospital, or call us at (702) 233-5474, and remember, at MountainView Hospital, your heart is in good hands.

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