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    Know the Warning Signs of Heart Attack

    Last updated 10 months ago

    A heart attack often starts with extreme pain or tightness in the chest, but symptoms vary between individuals, and they don’t always resemble Hollywood dramatizations. This video contains real-life accounts from heart attack survivors.

    During a heart attack, pain can spread to the back, arms, shoulders, and even the legs. It may be persistent or intermittent over a short period of time, and may or may not be accompanied by shortness of breath, nausea, or dizziness. Receiving immediate medical attention will reduce the likelihood and severity of heart damage.

    As an Accredited Chest Pain Center, our medical staff at Mountain View Hospital has the experience and resources to provide fast, high-quality emergency care for heart attack victims. Visit us online to learn more about our facilities or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474 for more information.

    Exploring the Treatment Options Available for Prostate Cancer

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Although prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer found in men, it grows slowly and can usually be treated effectively with early detection. Below is an overview of the different treatment options for prostate cancer available here at MountainView Hospital.

    Surgery
    A surgeon can remove the prostate gland itself (prostatectomy) to prevent the spread of cancer cells. da Vinci prostatectomy allows surgeons to perform the entire procedure through several keyhole-sized incisions with greater precision than traditional open surgery. Studies show that it reduces the risk of complications and offers better cancer control, better chance for return of urinary continence, and faster return of erectile function. This procedure is currently one of the most common treatments for prostate cancer in the U.S.

    Hormonal Therapy
    The prostate requires male hormones, known as androgens, to function normally. Hormonal therapies are typically used to reduce androgen levels via medication or surgical removal of the testes (orchiectomy) if the cancer has spread or returned after other treatments. There are various hormonal therapy products available for treatment, though patients may suffer from various side effects.

    Chemotherapy
    Chemotherapy uses specialized drugs to kill cancer cells and prevent the growth of new ones; however, it also destroys healthy cells, which is why it has a number of major side effects. Although chemotherapy is a common treatment for various types of cancer, it is typically not standard for prostate cancer unless other treatments prove ineffective.

    The best way to protect your health and prevent prostate cancer is by having regular screenings with an experienced doctor. We here at MountainView Hospital are committed to providing the highest standard of medical care in the Las Vegas area.

    Take advantage of our H2U program for the latest health and wellness resources and contact our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474 to schedule your appointment.

    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.

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