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    Knowing When You Should See a Cardiologist

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Your primary physician is a helpful resource for managing your overall health—including your heart health—but you may need more specialized cardiac care to address concerns as you get older or experience new symptoms. Visiting a cardiologist can provide you with a more detailed look at your heart health so that you are able to take a more proactive approach in preventing conditions like heart attack or coronary artery disease. Below you will see some reasons to schedule an appointment with a cardiologist rather than seeing your family doctor for heart health concerns.

    You Are Beginning a New Exercise Program

    Exercise is necessary for a healthy heart, but the wrong exercise program could put added stress on your heart and actually pose a risk. If you are not currently very active or you want to significantly increase the intensity of your workout routine, you might schedule a stress test with a cardiologist to learn the limits of your heart so that you do not encounter serious cardiac problems.

    You Have Regular Chest Pain or Shortness of Breath

    Symptoms like chest pain and shortness of breath after physical exertion may point to heart disease, so you should not hesitate to bring these symptoms to a cardiologist’s attention. When you ignore symptoms or are not honest about them with your doctor, your chances of a sudden cardiac episode may be much higher.

    You Have Close Family Members with Heart Disease

    Heart disease tends to run in families, so you might need specialized care if a parent or sibling suffers from a heart attack or other serious cardiac condition. If you have a family history of heart-related deaths before age 60, you will have the highest risk for heart disease.

    To find a physician who can provide the cardiac care you need, call MountainView Hospital through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474. With our Heart & Vascular Care department, you can fight back against heart disease under the care of highly trained specialists organized through our dedicated clinical care coordinator. 

    Do You Know Your Healthy Weight?

    Last updated 5 months ago

    With a growing number of adults falling into the categories of overweight or obese, there is some distortion of the idea of what a healthy weight is and why it matters. Being overweight can lead to many different health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, and stroke, so you should know what an ideal weight for your body type is and work toward this number with a balanced diet and exercise. This article will further explore how to identify your healthy weight and set goals to achieve this number.

    Healthy Weight Range

    Every person is built a little differently, which means that you will have a range of numbers rather than a single target for your healthiest weight. Measuring BMI, or body mass index, will take your height into consideration as you identify where you fall on the scale and where you should be. A normal BMI is generally between 18.5 and 24.9, though this may vary depending on your body composition.

    Body Composition Considerations

    BMI will factor in your height and weight, but it does not account for muscle mass and specific composition of body fat. Two individuals who have the same weight and body fat may have different health risks, because the location and type of fat in the body makes a big difference. Belly fat is the most dangerous for your health, so you may not need to lose as much weight if you carry most of your fat in the hips and thighs.

    Weight Management Techniques

    Losing weight is facilitated by burning more calories than you consume, but this can be a challenge if you have portion distortion with your meals or are unfamiliar with how many calories you burn during daily activities. One of the most effective ways to stay on track in weight loss efforts is by simply tracking all food and activity to ensure a balance between the two.

    For support in your weight loss efforts or a look at bariatric surgery options for significant weight loss, connect with MountainView Hospital at (702) 233-5474. When you call us, you can expect to speak with a registered nurse anytime 24/7 so that you have the best personalized resource for managing your health. 

    Fun Ways to Exercise and Stick to Weight Loss Goals

    Last updated 5 months ago

    At the start of the New Year, you might set goals to lose weight, get fit, or improve your health. Exercise will play an integral role in these goals, but you might find that you lose steam with your physical routine after a few weeks at the gym. Instead of trying to follow a workout routine you don’t enjoy, use these ideas to develop an exercise regimen that works for you so that you stick with it.

    Try New Activities

    There are many more ways to get moving than running on the treadmill or enrolling in a CrossFit class. If these more traditional ways of exercising don’t appeal to you, find a new activity that does. Hobbies like dancing, gymnastics, or even hiking might let you get more exercise without feeling like it’s a chore.

    Find a Workout Buddy

    Exercise is always more fun when you have someone to work out with. Plus, the accountability of a workout buddy will keep you more motivated to stay active and prevent you from skipping days in your exercise schedule.

    Use Music for Motivation

    No matter how you choose to get moving, music might help you feel more active. Create a few upbeat playlist with your favorite dance tunes so that you always have the right soundtrack for your active lifestyle.

    Sneak in Exercise throughout the Day

    You do not have to make exercise a separate part of your routine if you have a busy schedule that won’t allow you to sneak away to a dance class or hiking destination. Biking to work, taking the stairs, or dancing while you complete household chores can get your heart rate up and promote better health without designating extra time to exercise.

    MountainView Hospital can help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions with classes and resources available to the entire Las Vegas community. To see how we can help you take charge of your health, visit our website or call us at (702) 233-5474. 

    What Women Should Know for Cervical Health Awareness Month

    Last updated 5 months ago

    While cervical cancer was once the leading cause of cancer-related deaths for women in the United States, it is now responsible for fewer than 5,000 deaths each year because of early diagnoses and more advanced treatment options. Still, this number could be lower if more women followed prevention and screening guidelines that have contributed to the sharp decline in cervical cancer deaths over the past four decades. During Cervical Health Awareness Month in January, be sure to share these important facts with the special women in your life so they know when to get screened.

    HPV is the Primary Cause of Cervical Cancer

    HPV is a very common sexually transmitted infection that has many different strains, most of which do not have distinctive symptoms. Certain strains of the virus are the leading cause of cervical cancer, but these can be avoided with the HPV vaccine. This vaccine is ideally administered before a woman becomes sexually active, but it may be given any time before the age of 26.

    Healthy Women Should Have Screenings Every Three Years

    Cervical cancer screening through Pap testing will identify abnormalities in the cells of the cervix before cancer is able to progress beyond its earliest stages. Older screening guidelines recommended Pap tests every year, but women who have normal results on their first screening can limit testing to once every three years. After the age of 30, women may consider to have HPV tests along with the Pap test.

    Women Still Need Screening After Menopause

    There is a misconception that post-menopausal women should not be screened for cervical cancer, but screening should typically continue until a woman is about 65 years old. You should always discuss your need for cancer screening with your doctor to be sure that you can safely discontinue Pap tests.

    For preventive cancer screenings and superior oncologic care in Las Vegas, you can trust the Cancer Care Center of MountainView Hospital. To discover the screening and treatment technologies we utilize in our facilities, visit our website or call (702) 233-5474. 

    Making Healthier Choices for Kids

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Balancing your own health with the health of your children can be a challenge, but it is important to make the right choices for your kids so they can grow up making healthier decisions. This video explores some of the programs from the American Heart Association that can support your family’s health and make healthier options easier to choose. From tips for healthy cooking to research in congenital heart defects, the AHA strives to help parents empower their children to get healthy for life.

    With MountainView Hospital on your side, you can make even more of the resources available from the AHA by asking questions, following our preventive health programs, and attending our free classes and events in Las Vegas. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare line at (702) 233-5300 to begin making better decisions for your whole family’s health. 

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