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    How Do Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) Affect Patients?

    Last updated 6 months ago

    A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is nothing short of life-changing for patients and their families. Patients with TBIs often need around-the-clock care and many never fully recover. The stress on patients and their caregivers can be tremendous.

    Watch this video to hear from a TBI patient, Josh, who injured during a drunk driving accident. He doesn’t remember the first year of his recovery. He has regained some of his abilities but remains dependent on his mother for most things.

    A head injury should always be taken seriously. If you or someone you love experiences such an injury, go to the emergency room at MountainView Hospital of Las Vegas right away for urgent medical care. We offer emergency care, a stroke center, and in-patient rehabilitation. Learn more about our Las Vegas hospital by calling (702) 233-5474. 

    What Is a Concussion?

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Concussions have recently made headlines as part of the national debate on football safety, but it is not just NFL players who are at risk. Concussions can happen to anyone, and the impacts can be serious. If you happen to suffer a head injury, it’s important that you go to the hospital so you can be evaluated for a concussion. Here are some facts on concussions that you need to know:

    Concussions Explained

    A concussion is a minor form of a traumatic brain injury (TBI). It usually occurs when something strikes the head or the head slams into something. Concussions can happen while you’re playing sports, during a car accident, or even during a fall. When the brain is jarred in such a collision, the way it functions is compromised. These changes are usually temporary, but can last for weeks. In rare instances, concussion symptoms can last indefinitely.

    Symptoms

    The symptoms of a concussion vary depending on the severity of the injury. Possible signs include confusion, headache, drowsiness, and the general sense that you’re not thinking clearly. Some people may see flashing lights or stars. Nausea, vomiting, headaches, and balance issues are also possible. With severe concussions, seizures, unconsciousness, and muscle weakness may occur. If you notice any symptoms of a concussion, seek immediate medical care in an ER. Note that some people with concussions don’t experience any symptoms at all or experience symptoms for hours or even days after the initial injury. For this reason, you should always consult with your doctor after a head injury.

    Diagnosis and Treatment

    To diagnose a condition, your doctor will perform a physical exam and check your reflexes. He or she may also order an EEG, head CT, or brain MRI to confirm the injury and check for bleeding. If you have a severe concussion, you will be admitted to the hospital. For a mild concussion, you will need to refrain from activities that could lead to further brain injury, like playing sports, until your symptoms go away.

    MountainView Hospital’s emergency room and neurologists are ready to treat any kind of brain injury. Our Las Vegas hospital is also home to a stroke center, heart hospital, robotic surgery center, and more. Find out more about our full-service medical facility by calling (702) 233-5474 to speak with our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line.

    Heart & Vascular Care at MountainView Hospital

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Heart disease is the single greatest threat to Americans. To reduce the number of lives lost to heart disease, more attention must be paid to preventative measures and sophisticated treatment. MountainView Hospital is dedicated to helping victims of heart disease with world-class heart and vascular care.

    MountainView Hospital has developed a top-quality Cardiac Surgery Program that operates in the tradition of the nation’s greatest cardiovascular institutes. We have earned accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, and we’re the only hospital in the Las Vegas area to offer on-site Cardiac Rehabilitation. We also have a dedicated clinical coordinator, who is responsible for pre-operative education, discharge care, follow-up appointment scheduling, and much more. If you seek heart and vascular care at MountainView Hospital, you will be treated with the utmost respect and compassion.

    If you have any questions about heart disease, call MountainView Hospital at (702) 233-5474. Our Las Vegas heart hospital saves thousands of lives every year. Visit our website to get a better idea of our services.

     

    MountainView Hospital Nutrition Heart Class

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Heart disease is the number one cause of death among American men and women. Even so, millions of people still make unhealthy choices every day. If you’d like to learn how to reduce your risk of heart disease, consider attending a nutrition heart class at MountainView Hospital.

    Our nutrition heart class lasts from noon to 1 PM, giving you a great opportunity to eat your bag lunch while you learn about important health matters. During the class, our registered dieticians will discuss how to read food labels and select foods that are good for your cardiovascular health. They’ll also answer all your questions on how cholesterol, alcohol, salt, sugar, and other substances affect your heart. We offer our free nutrition heart class once every six months, with the next one coming up on Wednesday, April 9.   

    For more information on the nutrition heart class and other educational seminars, call MountainView Hospital at (702) 233-5474. Though our goal is to prevent serious health issues from occurring, we’re fully equipped to provide emergency care at our Las Vegas heart hospital.

     

    Would You Know If You Are Having a Heart Attack?

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Heart attacks may seem like an easily recognizable medical emergency, but don’t be fooled by Hollywood dramatizations; heart attack symptoms can vary in intensity and duration and it can be difficult to distinguish normal chest pains from a true emergency. Learn more about some lesser known symptoms of heart attacks with this brief overview from MountainView Hospital.

    What Causes a Heart Attack
    A heart attack results when a buildup of plaque or a blood clot blocks bloodflow to the heart. One in three Americans has cardiovascular disease, and high blood pressure is one of its major risk factors. High blood pressure usually does not exhibit any symptoms, which is why it is often referred to as the “silent killer.”

    Symptoms of Heart Attack
    Chest pain during a heart attack may be severe, or it may be mild and intermittent over several hours. The symptoms of heart attack can be much more subtle than just chest pain, which is why it is easier than most people think to misdiagnose a heart attack. Other common heart attack symptoms include sweating, nausea, vertigo, shortness of breath, and cold sweat.

    What to Do
    Even if you are unsure if your symptoms indicate a heart attack, it is still important to dial 911 and to obtain a consultation from a heart specialist. Even a “small” heart attack can indicate severe underlying conditions such as atherosclerosis, which is why it’s important to get regular checkups with a trusted specialist. Try to stay calm and control the symptoms until medical help arrives if you notice any of the above symptoms.

    MountainView Hospital is an accredited Chest Pain Center in southern Nevada, and we take pride in providing on-site Cardiac Rehabilitation and ongoing care for a wide range of heart conditions. Our team of heart care specialists has the experience and equipment to respond to major heart emergencies. Our Consult-a-Nurse Healthcare Referral line is available 24/7 to answer all of your medical questions. Just call (702) 233-5474 to schedule an appointment or to receive a physician referral.

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