Last updated 7 months ago
With heart disease and stroke taking so many lives in America each day, the value of healthy lifestyle changes is incredibly high. Better stress management through relaxation is one way in which nearly all people could stand to improve their heart and brain health. Stress raises your blood pressure, increases your heart rate, and releases hormones that could trigger a number of physiological reactions that can make you feel ill. Over time, these reactions can dramatically increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. To take control of stress in your life, try these strategies recommended by the staff at MountainView Hospital.
Explore Meditation or Yoga
Yoga and meditation are both activities that can create a sense of calm, help you release negative thoughts, and allow you to feel more control over your body. If you are unfamiliar with the principles behind these practices, MountainView Hospital can help you learn more through our free meditation, yoga, and tai chi courses for h2u members.
Take Time to Breathe
In moments where you feel overwhelmed with stress or anger, it is best to take a step back and breathe to calm down. Simply breathing deeply for 10-15 seconds can help you let go of unneeded stress and center yourself before you take on more of the day’s challenges. Making a habit of using therapeutic breathing to keep stress in check can have significant long-term effects for your heart health.
Ask for Support from Those Around You
Coworkers, family members, and friends can all pile on stress on hard days, but if you communicate with those around you, they may be more willing to give you a moment of peace. When you are having a bad day, kindly ask those around you to for time to yourself or to help you find a distraction from the source of your stress.
For more healthy living tips to keep you feeling great for life, contact MountainView Hospital to join our h2u program. You can connect with us at our website or by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474.
Last updated 8 months ago
Humans use body language to communicate all types of feelings and emotions, but body language can also be a critical indicator of serious health conditions—specifically stroke. When a person is having a stroke, there are three characteristic signs that may be seen in the face and body.
This video from the American Stroke Association reviews the body language associated with stroke so that you can be prepared to seek emergency care at the first signs. Droopiness on one side of the face, weakness in the arms, and slurred speech are all signs of stroke that should prompt a quick call to 911.
At MountainView Hospital, a Certified Stroke Center, we have dedicated emergency facilities that can make the difference in survival after stroke, so you can rely on us for care of yourself and your loved ones. You can find out more about our emergency care by calling (702) 233-5474 or visiting our website. If you think you are having a stroke – call 911.
Last updated 8 months ago
Once your child is born, you should work to build a relationship with your family’s pediatrician to ensure that your baby gets a healthy start in life. As you discuss healthy routines for your child with the doctor, you will probably get a vaccination schedule that includes several important immunizations to be administered from birth to age 18. While all of these vaccinations are important, the most critical are those scheduled within the first year of your baby’s life, when his or her immune system is most vulnerable. Below is a closer look at the reasons these vaccines are a necessary part of your child’s visits to the pediatrician.
Personal safety for your child
Vaccines protect children from serious and potentially fatal diseases, including hepatitis, polio, and measles. Following the recommended schedule of immunization for these conditions is important, because shots are scheduled when they will be most effective and safe for your child.
Contribution to public health
You may think that because the diseases that immunizations work to prevent are so rare, there is no real threat to your child. However, it is because of vaccines that these viruses are now under control. Therefore, it is the responsibility of every parent to ensure that their children are properly vaccinated so that they do not contribute to a future outbreak of certain conditions. This type of outbreak has been seen recently with a rise in cases of whooping cough, which is in part the result of failure to vaccinate against this virus in several communities around the country.
Acceptance to schools and daycare
Most public and private schools and daycare facilities will not allow your child to enroll unless he or she is up to date on immunizations, because these busy environments are so conducive to the spread of viruses.
Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474 to get the answers to your questions about newborn health, to schedule immunizations for your baby, or to find a pediatrician.
Last updated 8 months ago
If you are in search of superior healthcare in the Las Vegas area, MountainView Hospital and the Sunrise Health System can provide the high-tech, high-touch care you are looking for. We are invested in the most sophisticated treatment technologies across a broad range of medical specialties, and we provide health education to the whole community with classes and events taking place throughout each month. You can connect with us through our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474 for answers to your health questions.
Check out the Weight-control Information Network to see the severity of the obesity problem in America.
If you don’t know the indicators of kidney disease, head to Kidney.org for a look at the signs to watch out for.
The American Lung Association has some practical tips to help you preserve your lung health for life.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides an overview of lung cancer and the measures you can take to prevent it.
To decide if you should be screened for lung cancer, read about the screening procedures for this disease at Cancer.gov.
Last updated 8 months ago
Obesity leads to a wide range of health issues that can be fatal if no action is taken for weight control. Kidney disease is one of the more serious threats of obesity to consider during the month of March, which is National Kidney Month. If you are obese, you may be three to four times more likely to experience kidney failure, which can lead to the need for transplant or dialysis. Here is a look at the ways that obesity affects the health of your kidneys over time.
Kidney failure may be the result of other conditions caused by obesity. Diabetes is the most common link between obesity and kidney failure, as a large number of obese individuals have type 2 diabetes or insulin resistance. If you are obese and do have diabetes, you should work to manage your blood sugar so that your kidneys do not become overworked as a result of spikes in your blood glucose levels.
Strain on the Kidneys
Obesity can also damage the kidneys directly. The kidneys are responsible for filtering waste from the blood, and waste may be stored in the body’s visceral fat cells. This means that the kidneys of obese individuals tend to work harder than those of individuals living at a healthy weight.
Long-term Obesity Costs
Being obese is only one part of the equation when calculating your risk for kidney disease. The amount of time that you have been obese makes a difference, because it indicates the period under which your kidneys have been under added stress. If you were obese in early adulthood, you are in the highest risk population for obesity-related kidney disease, so more drastic steps may need to be taken to manage your health.
Mountain View Hospital can help you overcome obesity and manage your total health with ongoing education and support through our H2U program. If you are a resident of the northwest Las Vegas area exploring obesity treatments such as weight loss surgery, contact us through our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474.