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    How to Keep Your Child Healthy During the School Year

    Last updated 14 days ago

    The recent enterovirus outbreak is one more reminder of the way illness and school often go hand-in-hand. In the close environments of classrooms and with some less-than-perfect hygiene, school can be a hotbed of health risks for kids. The good news is that your child can stay healthy this year with a few simple tricks and a little help from you. In honor of Children's Health Month, here are some tips for keeping your child out of the hospital and in the classroom this school year.

    Schedule a Flu Shot

    Scheduling a flu shot is one of the most important steps you can take to keep your child healthy. For children, the flu can be especially dangerous. Many kids who have the flu may end up needing emergency care for complications. Arrange for your child to get the flu shot early in the season and be sure to follow your doctor’s vaccination schedule closely. Some children require two cycles of the flu shot that are spaced apart at specific intervals to achieve immunity. Follow these guidelines to ensure your child has the right level of protection.

    Teach the Importance of Clean Hands

    The reason why children are so susceptible to illness during the school year is simple—when they are out of your sight, they often don’t wash their hands. Talk to your child’s teachers about the classroom policy for washing hands throughout the day, and work together with the school to ensure that hands are washed after using the restroom and before eating. Make hand washing a habit in your home and encourage your child to keep up the routine at school.

    Keep Sick Children at Home

    Missing school might mean a lot of make-up work, but sick children should always stay at home. Not only do sick children need the rest for their own health, but keeping them at home helps to prevent the spread of germs at school. Commit to using sick days wisely and encourage other parents to do the same.

    When your family members need care, trust MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas. We offer emergency care, robotic and bariatric surgery, a heart hospital, and a comprehensive range of other services. Learn more by calling (702) 233-5474. 

    Breast Cancer During Pregnancy: What Are the Treatment Options?

    Last updated 17 days ago

    Dealing with breast cancer during what is supposed to be one of the most joyful times of your life is never easy. However, there are ways to treat your breast cancer without risking the health of your unborn baby. By working closely with your hospital’s cancer care team and your OBGYN, you can create a safe and effective treatment plan. If you’re facing both breast cancer and pregnancy at the same time, ask your physician to refer you to the oncology department at MountainView Hospital for care. Consider this basic information about breast cancer during pregnancy and your care options.

    Basic Facts about Breast Cancer and Pregnancy

    Breast cancer occurs during one in 3,000 pregnancies, primarily in women between the ages of 32 and 38. Most diagnostic tests for cancer, including mammograms, are safe for most pregnant women. However, it’s possible for these tests not to show cancer that is present in pregnant women because of the ways the breasts change during pregnancy. For this reason, breast cancer is often diagnosed in later stages in pregnant women, which is why it’s so important to pay attention to your breast health during pregnancy and report any changes to your doctor right away.

    Breast Cancer Treatment During Pregnancy

    To treat breast cancer during pregnancy, doctors consider both the stage of the cancer and the age of the fetus. Surgery to remove the breast cancer can be performed safely throughout pregnancy for most women. Chemotherapy can be used for pregnant women once the pregnancy is past the three-month point. After that, it is rarely harmful to the baby, but can cause premature labor and low birth weight. Radiation is not usually used for women with stage I or stage II breast cancer, but may be recommended for women with later-stage cancers once they are past the third month of pregnancy.

    The Cancer Center at MountainView Hospital can help you make the right choices as you face breast cancer during pregnancy. Our Las Vegas hospital provides a range of health services for our community, including stroke care, a heart hospital, and robotic surgery. Get more information by calling (702) 233-5474.

    Selecting a Midwife at MountainView Hospital

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Labor and delivery can be overwhelming experiences for some women. MountainView Hospital aims to improve the care that expecting moms receive by offering comprehensive midwife services.

    This video discusses how a midwife can enhance the birthing experience and empower women during it. In many ways, a midwife is the advocate for pregnant women. She helps expecting women understand how the labor and delivery process works and informs them on the choices they have when having their babies. Because every mother has different expectations of how she would like her delivery to happen, a midwife can also make sure that her preferences are heard and addressed during labor and birth.

    Let MountainView Hospital help you have the birthing experience you desire. For more information on choosing the right midwife for you, call our Las Vegas hospital at (702) 233-5474.

    Taking a Closer Look at MountainView Hospital's Robotic Surgery Institute

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Why should you consider MountainView Hospital for your surgical needs? As this video shows, patients turn to our Las Vegas hospital for our highly skilled medical staff and advanced treatment technologies.

    MountainView Hospital houses a Robotic Surgery Institute, which provides robotic surgery alternatives for many surgical procedures. Robotic surgery can benefit both surgeons and patients in multiple ways. With the help of small tools, surgeons can make more precise maneuvers with less invasive incisions. As a result, patients typically experience fewer postoperative complications.

    Learn more about how the Robotic Surgery Institute at MountainView Hospital can give you the safe and successful medical treatment you deserve by contacting us today. You can call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474 for information on our robotic surgery services.

    LDL, HDL, and Triglycerides: What You Need to Know about These Types of Cholesterol

    Last updated 1 month ago

    As a heart hospital, MountainView Hospital strives to help Las Vegas-area residents learn how to protect their cardiovascular wellbeing from problems such as hypertension, high cholesterol, and other components of heart disease. However, patients may not understand how these factors can impact their heart. Knowing what cholesterol is and how it can both help and hurt your cardiovascular wellbeing is an important step toward enjoying your best heart health. Continue reading to find out more.

    LDL

    When healthcare providers talk about the dangers of high cholesterol, they are often referring to LDL cholesterol, or low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. When present in large quantities, this type of cholesterol can be highly dangerous to your health. Low-density lipoproteins tend to collect in the bloodstream, and when they do, they can accumulate on the arterial walls. After a period of time, this buildup of materials can make it difficult for blood to flow easily through the arteries. In some cases, too much LDL in the blood or on the arteries can lead to a blockage that results in a heart attack or stroke.

    HDL

    Many people assume that any kind of cholesterol is harmful to their heart health. On the contrary, the body needs HDL cholesterol, or high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, for cardiovascular wellness. High-density lipoproteins help to prevent the dangerous complications of overly high LDL. They can remove low-density lipoproteins from the bloodstream. They can also help in the repair and maintenance of the arterial walls.

    Triglycerides

    When testing cholesterol levels, a physician may also check your triglycerides. Having overly high levels of triglycerides in your bloodstream can prove harmful to your cardiovascular health. These minute particles of fat can also collect and adhere to arterial walls, making it harder for the arteries to pump oxygenated blood to the cells of the body. Should elevated triglyceride levels remain in the bloodstream too long, they can become a contributing factor for serious heart disease problems.

    Do you know your cholesterol numbers? You can call MountainView Hospital at (702) 233-5474 to find out more about how LDL, HDL, and triglycerides can impact your health. We can also help you determine whether you are due for your next cholesterol checkup.

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