Last updated 8 months ago
Between health programs and Internet stories, it’s easy to pick up misinformation about heart disease. Preventative treatment will ultimately vary based on your individual medical history, but it is important to determine fact from fiction when it comes to heart disease. Check out some common myths about heart disease with this brief guide from MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas:
Myth: Rest is the Best Treatment for Patients with Heart Disease.
It is important to avoid overstraining the heart after a diagnosis, but an excessively sedentary lifestyle can make symptoms worse and further increase your risk for other complications. Instead, work with your doctor to develop a safe and beneficial diet and exercise routine to strengthen the heart muscles and improve blood flow to major organs.
Myth: Surgery is a Permanent Fix.
Surgical procedures such as angioplasty and stenting play a major part in relieving heart disease symptoms, but they don’t address the underlying causes such as atherosclerosis. Without a long-term preventative treatment plan, the symptoms will only return and future surgical procedures may be riskier.
Myth: Vitamins and Supplements can Lower Your Risk.
Vitamins do play a factor in overall health and heart disease risk, but ongoing clinical trials have not conclusively proven that over-the-counter supplements significantly lower the risk for heart disease. So far, there is no scientific evidence confirming that vitamins alone prevent or treat cardiovascular disease.
Myth: Eating Less can Reduce Heart Attack Risk.
Weight loss is a great way to reduce your risk for cardiovascular complications, but a healthy diet should balance caloric intake with nutritional value. It is advisable to limit items such as LDL cholesterol, saturated fats, and sodium, but a heart-healthy diet should also contain enough HDL cholesterol, unsaturated fats, and omega-3 fatty acids to effectively lower your risk of heart attack or stroke.
MountainView Hospital is an accredited Chest Pain Center, and we are the only hospital in Las Vegas Valley to offer comprehensive on-site Cardiac Rehabilitation. Contact our 24-Hour Consult-a-Nurse Healthcare Referral line at (702) 233-5474 to learn more about our award-winning facilities or to receive a physician referral.
Last updated 9 months ago
If your blood pressure is high, keeping it under control is essential for good health because high blood pressure can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. Medication is one way to lower high blood pressure, and for some patients, it can be the best option. However, there are other things you can do to get your blood sugar in check. Consider these lifestyle changes as you manage your blood pressure.
One of the most impactful things you can do is lose excess weight. Even dropping 10 pounds can help improve your blood pressure. Getting regular exercise will not only help lower your blood pressure but can also help you control your long-term weight. Reducing sodium in your diet is huge if you have high blood pressure. Avoid adding salt while you cook and eat less processed foods. Reducing your alcohol intake will also lower your blood pressure.
At MountainView Hospital, our heart and vascular center doctors can help you get your blood pressure under control and deal with any related complications. Our hospital offers a wide range of services, from our stroke center to bariatric surgery, to help you stay healthy. Learn more by calling (702) 233-5474 or visiting our hospital in Las Vegas today.
Last updated 9 months ago
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, but that doesn’t mean that it has to happen to you. Small lifestyle changes can have a dramatic effect on your heart health. At MountainView Hospital, our heart health center can help when trouble does strike, but why not take some simple steps to avoid heart complications in the first place? Here are some smart moves to make for your heart health.
Adopt a Healthy Diet
The foods you eat have a lot to do with how healthy your heart is. Some food choices, like sodium-filled processed foods, can contribute to heart disease. Other food options, like fiber-rich choices, help to keep your heart in good condition. You don’t have to go overboard or give up all of your favorite foods to keep your heart healthy. Just focus on eating a balanced diet and limiting your indulgences in food that isn’t high in nutritional value.
Give Up Smoking
You can’t smoke and have a healthy heart. If you smoke, your risk of developing cardiovascular disease goes up significantly. The good news is that your body begins to repair itself the second you give up the cigarettes. Quitting is no easy task for many people, as nicotine is a highly addictive substance. However, with the help of your doctors, you can find a strategy that works for you.
Manage Your Stress
Don’t underestimate the role stress can play in compromising your health. Not only does chronic stress put undue strain on your heart muscle, but it can also cause you to slip on things like diet and exercise, which help protect your heart. Develop a plan for tackling stress, like taking a walk, doing yoga, or calling a friend. By having a plan, you can always keep stress under control.
Your heart health is too important to ignore. Make the heart team at MountainView Hospital part of your strategy for taking control of your heart health. You will also find a stroke center, bariatrics center, and much more at our Las Vegas hospital. To make an appointment with one of our physicians, please call us at (702) 233-5474.
Last updated 9 months ago
Chances are that you check the expiration date on milk before you pour a glass, but do you ever stop to look at the expiration dates on your medications? Taking medications after the expiration dates can be dangerous. The New Year is a great time to clean your medicine cabinet for safety’s sake.
Watch this video to find out why taking medicines after the expiration date is risky. When medications have expired, there is a good chance that the chemical composition has changed. That means they may not be as potent, and you won’t get the treatment you need. Expired medications could also cause adverse reactions within your body.
Medication complications can quickly turn into medical emergencies.When you need help, turn to the healthcare team at MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas, NV. In addition to an ER, our medical facility offers stroke care, robotic surgery, and more. Get answers to your questions about our services by calling (702) 233-5474
Last updated 9 months ago
Dealing with weight loss often requires much more than simply dieting and exercising. For many patients, one of the most powerful treatments for obesity is bariatric surgery. At MountainView Hospital, we have been awarded the title of Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. This title means our hospital passed a rigorous evaluation and adheres to strict standards to ensure safe procedures and recoveries. Could bariatric surgery be right for you? Here are some signs you should consider discussing this procedure with your doctor.
Your Other Weight Loss Methods Have Failed
Most doctors don’t recommend bariatric weight loss surgery as the first course of treatment for obesity. However, if other weight loss methods including diet and exercise haven’t helped you reach your goals; bariatric surgery can be a viable alternative.
You Have Weight-Related Medical Issues
Being obese can set off a chain reaction of dangerous health problems. Many people with obesity also face high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and type-2 diabetes. Post-bariatric surgery weight loss can not only make these conditions easier to control, but in some cases can eradicate them completely.
You’re Psychologically Ready for the Procedure
In some cases, obesity is linked to an underlying psychological condition, like depression or an eating disorder. Having such a condition may not rule you out as a candidate for bariatric surgery, but your doctor may want to stabilize that condition before you undergo surgery so that it doesn’t interfere with your recovery. Further, many lifestyle changes are necessary to get the best results from bariatric surgery, so discuss them with your doctor to make sure you are at a place in your life where you can commit to the guidelines.
The best way to find out if bariatric surgery is right for you is to schedule a visit with our bariatric team at MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas, NV. You can make an appointment and find out more about our services by calling (702) 233-5474.