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    Your Guide to Early Breast Cancer Detection

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Breast cancer is a disease that can continue to grow without medical intervention. The longer it has to spread in the breast and body, the greater are the lengths that may be needed to treat it. That’s why MountainView Hospital encourages women in the greater Las Vegas community to take initiative to detect the signs of breast cancer before the disease can cause greater harm.

    Monthly Self-Examinations
    An integral step in the fight against breast cancer is monthly self-examinations. This at-home routine involves a visual and manual inspection of the breasts. Women of menstruation age and older should conduct this type of evaluation at the same time each month. By giving oneself a breast examination on a consistent basis, breast tissue traits become more familiar. In the event that a cancerous growth should develop, a woman who has been doing her self-examinations may more easily detect a problem.

    Annual Clinical Examinations
    Physicians also recommend yearly examinations performed by a doctor. A woman may know the individual characteristics of her breast tissue, but a physician has the training to detect known breast cancer symptoms such as hard lumps under the skin, abnormal discharge from the nipple, and breast pain. Should a doctor find any of these conditions, he may advise further testing to determine the cause.

    Regular Mammograms
    Mammograms can provide physicians with detailed images of the breast tissue, which may or may not reveal masses lying below the reach of manual touch. A mammogram can also offer greater insight into the traits of a mass detected by a self-examination or clinical evaluation. As with a clinical examination, what is found from the results of a mammogram may prompt a doctor to order a biopsy or additional testing to see if a suspicious growth is breast cancer.  During the month of October, MountainView Hospital is offering $75 Screening Mammograms.

    Let MountainView Hospital help you take control of your breast health. Whether you are due for a clinical examination or mammogram, we can help. To set up an appointment at our Las Vegas-based hospital, call (702) 233-5474 today. We also encourage our patients to use our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral system for more information about our services and physicians. 

    Avoiding Health Scams Targeted Toward Diabetic Individuals

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Diabetes is a chronic condition that cannot be cured with mail-order pills or over-the-counter medications. This video explains how you can better detect diabetes health scams.

    If a medication’s claims are too good to be true, it’s likely that they are. Especially when it comes to managing diabetes, avoid products that promise to eliminate blood glucose problems with pills or other simple measures. The only way to successfully maintain blood glucose is with healthy lifestyle practices and consistent evaluation of sugar levels. No matter if a commercial uses personal testimonies to sell its products or makes impressive claims on its benefits, it’s far better to save your time, money, and health.

    Have you been diagnosed with diabetes? Call MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas at (702) 233-5474 to if you’d like learn more about our three different diabetes management classes.

    September is "Emergency Preparedness Month"

    Last updated 1 year ago

    The Southern Nevada Health District encourages everyone to develop preparedness plans that can be implemented in an emergency. An emergency preparedness kit is a first step to ensure families and businesses can sustain themselves in the event of an illness outbreak or a natural disaster. For more information about emergency preparedness or how to develop an emergency preparedness kit, visit www.SNHD.info.

    Family emergency supplies can be contained in a large container, a backpack or a suitcase and can be assembled over several months by adding just one or two items to a grocery list. A kit should include food, water, a first aid kit, tools, copies of important documents, clothing and bedding, medications, and pet supplies. A household preparedness kit should include enough supplies to sustain everyone in the household for as many as three weeks.

    The health district’s recommendations for a family emergency preparedness kit include:

    • Prescription and over-the-counter medications
    • Toiletries, including soap
    • First-aid kit
    • Baby formula and diapers
    • Extra eyeglasses
    • Pet food/medications/leases/collars/ID tags
    • Extra batteries for flashlight(s) and radio(s)
    • Garbage bags
    • Cash
    • Non-perishable food, ready-to-eat canned meats, soups, fruits, vegetables, peanut butter, protein bars, utensils, can openers, sterno heating
    • One gallon of water per person per day and fluids with electrolytes that will last for as many as three weeks.

    Don’t forget to prepare for your pets. Many shelters might not be able to accommodate pets. Before an emergency occurs, check hotels, motels or shelters to see which will be able to accept pets. Prepare a kit for your pets as well and remember to include any medical information or supplies, leashes, food, toys. Check with your vet about the pet carrier that is appropriate for your animal and microchip pets so you can find them if you are separated.

    The health district and its partners will participate in a health and information fair this Saturday, where guests can receive information about how to build their emergency preparedness kits:

    Saturday, Sept. 21, 10a-2p
    Lowes Home Improvement
    2570 E. Craig Rd., NLV

    Honoring World Sepsis Day September 13th

    Last updated 1 year ago

    World Sepsis Day is fast approaching, which is why MountainView Hospital would like the greater Las Vegas community to learn more about this avoidable life-threatening condition. Sepsis entails the collapse of the body’s major organs due to the presence of bacteria in the circulatory system. This problem is a concern across the globe, as it can rapidly occur and lead to death if it is not immediately addressed.

    Cause
    Infections can develop from a multitude of circumstances. The body’s immune system can often eliminate minor infections. If more severe, a combination of white blood cells and antibiotics can frequently eliminate bacteria from the body. In some situations, however, the bacterial agents causing problems overwhelm the body’s defense mechanisms. When this happens, those agents escape the infection site and travel into the rest of the body. Should they enter the bloodstream, they gain immediate access to critical organs such as the lungs, liver, and heart. If the spread of the infection is not stopped in time, these organs may go into failure.

    Symptoms
    The signs of sepsis usually entail the same physical and mental changes from person to person. One primary symptom is body temperature. When the body fights an infection, its internal temperature often rises. Under circumstances where sepsis may be present, body temperature may drop as well. As a result, someone with sepsis may experience chills or extreme fatigue. Many times, sepsis sufferers also lose their capacity for lucid thought.

    Prevention
    Professional medical care is imperative if a person has sepsis. Individuals with loved ones who have an infection should closely monitor their condition for any unusual signs. Letting sepsis develop for even a few hours can severely impair a person’s ability to recover from this medical emergency.

    MountainView Hospital urges our Las Vegas community to become informed about the dangers of sepsis. Call us today at (702) 233-5474 or visit our website to learn more about how our emergency center can be of help when confronting this condition. Individuals who suspect that a loved one may be suffering from sepsis can take advantage of our iTriage Symptom Checker prior to arrival at our facility. 

    Why Choose MountainView When There's an Emergency?

    Last updated 1 year ago

    MountainView Hospital’s expanded, state-of-the-art Emergency Department is now bigger and better to treat you when you need it most.  We pride ourselves on providing you a dedicated, highly experience emergency room team.  We also have a Rapid Rule Out for Chest Pain program, which is designed to help avoid unnecessary admissions, as well as our Fast Track Care and triage program, which helps patients to be quickly assessed by a dedicated triage nurse.  We’re dedicated to ensuring that you and yours are able to live your lives to the fullest.  For average ER wait times, text “ER” to 23000!

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