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    Is Bariatric Surgery Right for You?

    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.

    Are You at Risk for Flu Complications?

    Last updated 9 months ago

    You may not think of the flu as a dangerous illness, but it can actually cause some serious complications. In fact, in the United States alone, more than 30,000 people die each year from flu complications, and another 200,000 people are hospitalized. Could the flu send you to the hospital or put your life in jeopardy? Here are some things that put you at risk of experiencing major complications from the flu.

    The very young and the elderly have increased risks of dealing with flu complications. For people over 65, the flu can be especially dangerous, causing complications like pneumonia. People in these age groups should seek treatment for the flu right away. Although antibiotics are not effective, there are antiviral medications that can help when taken soon after your symptoms begin.

    Chronic Medical Conditions
    The flu can exacerbate chronic medical conditions, causing symptoms related to those conditions as well as extreme side effects from the flu. For instance, people with diabetes may struggle to control their blood glucose levels when dealing with the flu, which can lead to diabetic ketoacidosis. Because high blood glucose interferes with healing, flu symptoms make become worse, which in turn drives blood sugar up even higher. People with asthma, emphysema, HIV/AIDS, and other chronic conditions should carefully consider a flu shot and seek treatment when symptoms appear.

    Being pregnant can take a toll on your immune system, which leaves you more susceptible to flu infections and complications. These complications can be especially dangerous to your baby. Talk to your obstetrician about getting a flu shot and what to do if you get the flu while you are with child.

    When you need urgent medical care for your flu symptoms, head to the emergency room at MountainView Hospital right away. With a heart hospital, stroke center, and much more on site, our Las Vegas hospital has the experts you need. To find out more, call (702) 233-5474 or visit our website.


    How Stroke Affects Young Patients

    Last updated 9 months ago

    A stroke happens every 40 seconds in the United States. Although strokes are most common in people over 65, they can and do strike people of all ages. Many young people who have strokes don’t have many of the common risk factors, so being vigilant to stroke symptoms is even more crucial.

    In this video, you’ll hear from a young stroke survivor. This patient experienced a stroke at age 20 with little warning. Although she suffered paralysis on one side of her body and was initially bound to a wheelchair, she now competes in 5K marathons and continues to work on her recovery. The video also reviews the important symptoms of a stroke to look out for in yourself and in others.

    The Stroke Center in Las Vegas’ MountainView Hospital stands ready to react quickly during a stroke and help survivors through the recovery. Visit our emergency room for medical care at the first sign of a stroke. For more information, please call (703) 233-5474.


    Healthy New Year's Resolution: Striving for Stroke Prevention

    Last updated 9 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 9 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.


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