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    Understanding Lung Cancer: Risks and Prevention [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in the US, and it is by far the most deadly. The number one cause of lung cancer is smoking. In fact, tobacco is behind 90% of lung cancer cases. This infographic from a hospital in Las Vegas reveals staggering statistics about lung cancer and explains what you can do to mitigate your risks. Share this information and help get the word out about lung cancer prevention and the dangers of smoking. 

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    What Are the Signs of Dehydration?

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Temperatures are quickly rising throughout Las Vegas, and with the heat comes the risk of dehydration. While you’re not likely to pass out from lack of water, dehydration can still affect your health in various ways. Moreover, the signs of dehydration aren’t always as apparent as simply being thirsty or having a dry mouth.

    Dehydration typically affects children more easily, and can cause them to be lethargic, constipated, have dry skin and headaches, and produce little or darkened urine. Beware if your infant has not wet their diaper in more than three hours. Children are particularly susceptible to dehydration if they participate in sports or regularly consume salty or sugary foods and beverages. So-called “sports drinks” are not a sufficient replacement for water, and in most cases the potassium, sodium, and sugars they do contain are only beneficial for strenuous workouts lasting more than an hour.

    Keep your family healthy with high-quality medical care from MountainView Hospital . Our medical staff will provide you with personalized care for everything from regular checkups to emergency care. Learn more about us online or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474 to make an appointment.

    Understanding Aphasia During National Aphasia Awareness Month

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Aphasia is a unique neurological condition that results when the portions of the brain that govern language suffer damage, resulting in various impairments with reading, writing, and speech comprehension. According to the NIDCD, approximately one million Americans are afflicted with this condition. Read on to learn more about this unique condition.

    Common Causes of Aphasia
    Aphasia can occur as a result of a serious head injury or progressive illness, but it is most commonly caused by stroke. In fact, stroke is the leading cause of adult disability and the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. According to the National Aphasia Association, strokes cause about 80,000 new cases of aphasia every year.

    How Aphasia Affects the Brain
    Aphasia varies significantly between individuals, but two common types of aphasia are Wernicke’s aphasia and Broca’s aphasia. Wernicke’s aphasia does not affect motor control, but it can cause victims to speak in long sentences with unnecessary or made-up words; however, the afflicted individual is often not aware of these mistakes and can have difficulty comprehending others. Broca’s aphasia can cause individuals to speak in broken sentences and is often accompanied by right-sided weakness or paralysis. However, it usually does not significantly impede a victim’s ability to understand others.

    Living With Aphasia
    The medical community is constantly revealing new information about how the brain works, but there is currently no medication or surgery that can completely cure aphasia. Rehabilitative stroke treatment and speech therapy can restore partial or full speech and motor functions over time in some cases, depending on the extent and type of brain injury.

    Receiving immediate emergency care for a stroke is the best method for preventing long-term brain damage. As a Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center, the team here at MountainView Hospital have the resources to provide superior stroke care and rehabilitative treatments.

    We also offer a Stroke Support Group the first Tuesday of every month, from 2 to 3 p.m. Just follow the link to learn more about our credentials or contact our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474 for more information.

    Preventing Concussions in Children During Summer Sports Activities

    Last updated 10 months ago

    A concussion is a potentially dangerous brain injury that is common to high-contact sports such as football. This brief video animation shows how a concussion happens and what effects it has on the brain.

    Concussion usually only results in mild symptoms such as a temporary headache or loss of consciousness, but medical studies show that repeated or severe injuries can affect cognition and motor skills. A helmet can reduce the likelihood and severity of a concussion, but it is essential to have a medical inspection at any signs of persistent concussion symptoms.

    When your child needs high-quality medical attention following a sports injury, Mountain View Hospital is available to provide timely and individualized medical care. Just contact our 24-Hour Consult-A-Nurse service at (702) 233-5474 to schedule an appointment.

    Father's Day Health Alert: Important Screening Tests for All Dads

    Last updated 10 months ago

    On average, men tend to die younger and encounter more health problems at an earlier age, which is why it is increasingly important for fathers to receive regular health screenings after the age of 40 to ensure that they are there for their loved ones in the future. If you haven’t kept up on regular screening guidelines in a while, then Men’s Health Month this June is the perfect time to consult with your family doctor about your medical history.

    Regular Checkups
    Preventative health checkups are often ignored, but they can help identify the early warning signs of potentially serious health conditions and provide doctors with a more reliable medical history for future diagnoses. The NIH recommends preventative screenings every two years until age 50, and every year afterward.

    Heart Health
    Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S., and high blood pressure is a major risk factor. However, high blood pressure doesn’t show any symptoms, which is why it’s essential to receive regular heart screenings at least every two years, or more often if you have a history of heart disease or other health conditions. Healthy blood pressure readings should be around 120/80 or slightly lower.

    Cancer Screenings
    Age is one of the most significant risk factors for the most common types of cancer in men, but other risk factors such as smoking, obesity, family history, and ethnicity can also influence your individual cancer risk. Your doctor will be able to provide a customized cancer screening schedule based on your medical history, but at the very least regular screenings for colorectal cancer should be performed annually after age 50.

    To schedule an appointment with an experienced medical professional here at MountainView Hospital, contact us online or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474 today. As an award-winning and nationally recognized hospital, we maintain the highest standard of medical care with state-of-the-art facilities and individualized attention to patient needs.

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