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    How to Prevent Holiday-Related Injuries

    Last updated 7 months ago

    One surprise you do not want during the holidays is an injury that puts you in the hospital. That’s why MountainView Hospital wants to stress the importance of looking after your orthopedic health during this holiday season. Incidents both at home and on the road can cause significant injury to your muscles, bones, and joints. Keeping in mind these tips can help you prevent unexpected accidents.

    Make Holiday Decorating a Group Effort
    Many people decorate their homes and offices during the holidays. With the introduction of holiday décor, though, comes more opportunities to get hurt. Trying to hang decorations from a doorway, ceiling, or rooftop presents the chance of fall-related accidents. Attempting to carry heavy or bulky holiday decorations can create a dangerous situation for back-related injuries. If you want to put up holiday décor, always have a friend, family member, or coworker help you.

    Watch Where You Step
    Decorations may not always stay where you put them. A stray ornament can provide the catalyst for a serious slip and fall accident. A fallen string of lights or garland can create a hazardous tripping scenario. During the holidays, make a point to check all walkways to remove items. If you plan to open gifts during the holiday season, make sure to rid your office reception area, living room, and other commonly walked spaces of all wrapping paper and presents to prevent accidents.

    Travel Light When Visiting Loved Ones
    Millions of people take to the road and sky during the holidays to visit with friends and family. Should you have plans to travel over the holiday season, make sure that your luggage does not cause you or your family injury. If you are bringing gifts to loved ones, mail them ahead of time to avoid having to carry them at the airport. When packing your clothing and other items, keep it to essentials. Especially when traveling to a cold climate, sweaters, boots, and other winter attire can quickly add weight to your suitcase. Pare down your wardrobe to lighten your load.

    The holidays are a time to relax and celebrate with friends and family.  We at MountainView Hospital wish you and yours a happy holiday season, and while we hope that everyone remains safe and healthy, we understand that accidents sometimes happen.  This is why our doors are always open for you and your family, just in case you need us.  For more information, call our Consult-A-Nurse Healthcare Service at (702) 233-5474).

    Guidelines for Proper Medication Use

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Medications to help your health can actually do harm if handled improperly. This video discusses the steps to take to ensure correct medication usage.

    Each time you go to a doctor, bring every medication you take. This includes prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, and even vitamin and herbal supplements. By informing your physicians of your current usage, they can help you avoid duplicating your prescriptions. Transparency among your doctors can also prevent the mixing of drugs that could have potentially dangerous side effects. When given a new prescription, inquire as to its benefits. By knowing how a medication should help you, you can better note unusual complications from it.

    MountainView Hospital offers personalized healthcare options for residents in the greater Las Vegas area. Call us today at (702) 233-5474 for more information about our hospital and our urgent care services. 

    Keeping Your Heart Healthy Through the Holidays

    Last updated 7 months ago

    The holiday season can be a dubious time for your health. The plethora of holiday dishes and desserts combined with a calendar of social obligations can leave you eating more and exercising less than normal. Both activities can put added stress on your heart. MountainView Hospital aims to help Las Vegas residents keep on task with their heart health objectives. 

    Prepare for Holiday Party Temptations
    Tables full of delectable appetizers and desserts are a common sight at holiday parties. If you arrive just in time for dinner, though, those platters of savory and sweet treats may prove too irresistible to ignore. To avoid binging on foods high in fat and cholesterol, never go to a holiday party without a dining plan. That may mean sampling only the veggie tray when you grab a plate. It might also mean keeping a healthy snack in your briefcase, purse, or car console that you can eat prior to your arrival.

    Don’t Put Your Exercise Plans on Holiday
    Deciding to stop your workout regimen for even a month or two can have serious consequences on your heart health. Consistent exercise strengthens your cardiovascular system and eliminates the presence of plaque in the arteries. In the absence of a physical fitness routine, those benefits can disappear. Given the greater likelihood of eating high-calorie and high-fat foods during the holidays, abstaining from exercise at this time of year can have even more substantial side effects on your heart’s wellbeing.

    Cook Your Own Holiday Meals
    A busy holiday schedule can make finding time to cook and bake your own dishes difficult. When you buy pre-made meals from restaurants, fast food chains, or even the grocery store, though, you have little information about what ingredients went into those foods. To please the palates of their customers, many of these outlets season their dishes with high amounts of butter, oil, salt, and sugar. To cut down on your consumption of these foods, make a commitment to make your own holiday dishes.

    MountainView Hospital provides comprehensive healthcare services for the greater Las Vegas community. For more information about our services, call us at (702) 233-5474. We will be offering numerous Heart Nutrition Classes in 2014, so be sure to check our calendar for those details.  You can also subscribe to our H2U, or Health to You, program for more tips on how to live a healthier lifestyle.

    Join Us at Our Free H2U Event on December 12: "Beating the Holiday Blues"

    Last updated 7 months ago

    The holiday season is meant to be cheerful for all, but it doesn’t always turn out that way for everyone. For some individuals, the holidays can produce high levels of stress, as they attempt to juggle long work hours and multiple social engagements.  For others, it can be psychologically draining. 

    To learn more about these “holiday blues,” join Jennifer Riedel, Director of RISE Behavioral Health of Southern Hills Hospital, and Linda Freyenhagen R.N. of Southern Hills Hospital at the FREE H2U event "Beating the Holiday Blues” on December 12 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM.

    Our sister hospital, Southern Hills Hospital, recently opened RISE (Respect, Inspire, Strengthen, Empower) Behavioral Health, a 14-bed, in-patient specialty unit serving ages 55 and older with behavioral health needs including, but, not limited to, depression, dementia, psychosis and anxiety disorders. 

    There will be discussions about the prevalence of depression in the elderly, explanations on how depression, and mental illnesses associated with depression, specifically impacts older adults, as well as recovery to depression associated with aging.  Reservations are required, so please call 702-233-5474 to reserve your spot.  For more information, please visit MountainView Hospital online, or call (702) 233-5474. 

    Creating Healthier Diabetes-Friendly Meals

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Learning to eat right when you have diabetes is not about following a diet plan; it is about living a healthier lifestyle so that you can adapt your healthy diet to any situation. With this short video from the American Diabetes Association, you can learn how to design your plate so that you get the right amount of nutrition with every meal.

    You should split your plate and half and dedicate one half of it to non-starchy vegetables such as broccoli, lettuce, or tomatoes. Then, divide the space of the remaining two halves between lean protein and starches. Visualizing your plate this way will provide you with optimal portion control at any meal.

    For diabetes care and tools to manage your blood sugar, explore the diabetes classes offered at MountainView Hospital. To reserve your seat in an upcoming class with us, visit our website or call (702) 233-5474 to reach our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. 

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