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    Managing Sickle Cell Disease during Pregnancy

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Women with existing medical issues must often take special health precautions when they become pregnant. Individuals with sickle cell disease are no exception. This condition impacts the form and function of blood cells, making it more difficult for them to travel throughout the cardiovascular system and provide oxygen to the cells of the body. MountainView Hospital urges women with sickle cell disease to take advantage of our prenatal services for both their own health and that of their babies.

    Maintain Healthy Lifestyle Practices

    Doctors often encourage their expecting patients to establish or continue healthy eating and exercise habits during pregnancy. For women with sickle cell disease, taking care of their health is imperative for several reasons. Because of their condition, expecting mothers with sickle cell disease may experience more prenatal complications. By taking all available steps to maintain their nutrition and physical fitness, sickle cell disease patients can reduce their chances of suffering from these problems.

    Consult with Your Physician Often

    Pregnant women without any chronic health conditions might see their physicians about once a month until they go into labor. Sickle cell disease sufferers may want to consider making more frequent visits to their doctors. A physician can often detect subtle health changes that a patient might otherwise attribute to being pregnant. With early identification and treatment, expecting mothers with sickle cell disease can often avoid serious health complications.

    Talk to a Genetic Specialist

    For the health of their babies, women with sickle cell disease should also weigh the benefits of speaking with a genetic specialist. If a woman and her partner both carry the gene for sickle cell disease, their child might have the condition as well. A genetic specialist can determine prior to birth if the disease is present in the baby, and if so, what additional precautions may be necessary to protect his or her health.

    September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. If you would like more information on this disease, call MountainView Hospital at (702) 233-5474. Our Consult-A-Nurse representatives are available around the clock to help Las Vegas residents with their most pressing healthcare problems. 

    Learning to Communicate with Loved Ones Suffering from Aphasia

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Do you know someone who is a stroke survivor? This video explains how to communicate with individuals suffering from aphasia as a result of stroke.

    The key to effective communication is remembering three easy rules. First, ask straightforward questions. If possible, pose questions that require only a one-word answer. Second, give your loved one ample time to process your question and provide a response. Third, give your friend or family member your complete concentration as he answers your question. Being an attentive listener can greatly enhance your interactions.

    MountainView Hospital offers stroke care services for the residents of Las Vegas. For information on our stroke treatment options, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 233-5474.

    Helpful Tips for First-Time Dads

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Are you expecting a bundle of joy this summer? Given the comprehensive role that mothers have in carrying, delivering, and feeding their babies, some fathers might feel less than helpful during those first few months. However, you can be an integral part of your newborn’s life if you communicate with your partner. Though you may not be able to birth your child, you can make the process easier for your partner. Ask ahead of time what she needs for a smooth and comfortable delivery. Once the baby arrives, discuss how you can aid in feedings by providing pumped breast milk or formula via bottle to your newborn.

    You can also rely on your hospital’s maternity department for help. Inquire as to what classes it might offer for expectant parents. By taking these courses, you can become better acquainted with what your role will entail as a first-time dad.

    MountainView Hospital offers multiple prenatal and postpartum classes for moms and dads in the greater Las Vegas area. Visit our website today to view our upcoming schedule. You can also call (702) 233-5474 to speak with a hospital representative about our classes.

    Protecting Your Eyes from the Bright Las Vegas Sun

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Cataracts are common among senior individuals. However, you can take action to protect your eyes from this common problem. For instance, did you know that sunlight exposure could increase your risk of getting cataracts? With the frequent sunny days in the greater Las Vegas region, you may be putting yourself in danger on a regular basis if you do not take proper precautions to protect your eyes. First, invest in a quality pair of sunglasses that offer protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Each time you venture outside, put on your sunglasses. Second, for added protection from the sun’s damaging rays, wear a hat when possible. Because cataracts can develop for months or even years before you notice their effects on your eyesight, you may also want to consult a physician to test the quality of your vision.

    MountainView Hospital’s H2U wellness program offers a wealth of easy and applicable tips for maintaining optimal health all summer long. To learn more about this program, call us at (702) 255-5404

    Should You Be Screened for Prostate Cancer?

    Last updated 8 months ago

    MountainView Hospital strives to provide individuals living in the greater Las Vegas region with the tools they need to protect their health. Cancer is a common disease, but early detection is possible with preventive screenings. If you are a man who may be at risk for prostate cancer, discuss if getting a prostate cancer screening is right for your healthcare needs with your physician. Continue reading to learn more about if you should be screened for prostate cancer:

    You Have an Immediate Family Member with Prostate Cancer

    Like many other types of cancer, prostate cancer tends to arise more frequently in families with at least one affected family member. As a result, you might want to consider a screening should you have a son, brother, or father with prostate cancer. If you are unaware of a prostate cancer diagnosis in your family, it is never too soon to have a conversation with your immediate family members to discuss whether any of them have experienced this health concern.

    You Are of African American Descent

    Research shows that some ethnic groups experience higher rates of prostate cancer in comparison with others. In particular, the African-American community typically sees more of its male members suffer from this disease. If you are of African American descent, you may have a higher risk for prostate cancer than other individuals. Having a prostate cancer screening might be necessary if your physician determines that your ethnicity puts you in danger of this disease.

    You Are 50 or Older

    No matter your race or family history, you immediately fall into a higher risk group once you reach the age of 50. Even if you are in good health, you should discuss your need for a prostate cancer screening with your physician. If you are well beyond the age of 50 and have never undergone this procedure, now is the time to schedule an appointment for your prostate health.

    MountainView Hospital wants you to be in control of your health. Our Las Vegas-based hospital provides many preventive services that can detect potentially life-threatening diseases before they become serious health concerns. To speak with an associate about the preventive screenings we offer, call (702) 233-5474.

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