MountainView Hospital
MountainView Hospital is a state-of-the-art, full-service medical facility located in the heart of northwest Las Vegas.
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Choosing the perfect hospital for your labor and delivery

If you haven’t already, you should choose a hospital for your labor and delivery by the third trimester. Remember that your obstetrician will need to have admitting privileges at the hospital of your choice. If you need to switch doctors, it’s best to do this as early in your pregnancy as possible. And before you make your final decision, visit the compassionate obstetrics team at MountainView Hospital. Our Labor and Delivery Unit offers state-of-the-art medical technology, exceptionally trained staff and special amenities that rival those of a world-class hotel.

Medical technology
Even if your labor and delivery doesn’t require a lot of medical equipment, you’ll find it comforting to know that it’s available, just in case. Look for a hospital with a neonatal intensive care unit. A NICU is a specialized setting in which preterm babies and others who need extra help will receive around the clock monitoring.

Additionally, choose a hospital that has more than one operating room within the obstetrics wing, just in case you need a C-section.

And because the security and safety of your baby are top priorities, look for a hospital that offers advanced infant security technology.

Obstetric specialists
You’ve probably already chosen your obstetrician, but the other members of the hospital’s obstetrics team play integral roles in your care. During your labor, you should be cared for by highly trained nurses who specialize in Ob/Gyn care.

Family-centered approach
If you haven’t already, you should choose a hospital for your labor and delivery by the third trimester. Remember that your obstetrician will need to have admitting privileges at the hospital of your choice. If you need to switch doctors, it’s best to do this as early in your pregnancy as possible. And before you make your final decision, visit the compassionate obstetrics team at MountainView Hospital. Our Labor and Delivery Unit offers state-of-the-art medical technology, exceptionally trained staff and special amenities that rival those of a world-class hotel.

Medical technology
Even if your labor and delivery doesn’t require a lot of medical equipment, you’ll find it comforting to know that it’s available, just in case. Look for a hospital with a neonatal intensive care unit. A NICU is a specialized setting in which preterm babies and others who need extra help will receive around the clock monitoring.

Additionally, choose a hospital that has more than one operating room within the obstetrics wing, just in case you need a C-section.

And because the security and safety of your baby are top priorities, look for a hospital that offers advanced infant security technology.

Obstetric specialists
You’ve probably already chosen your obstetrician, but the other members of the hospital’s obstetrics team play integral roles in your care. During your labor, you should be cared for by highly trained nurses who specialize in Ob/Gyn care.

Family-centered approach
HCA-affiliated hospitals are known for their family-centered approach to care, which is one reason why they’re a popular choice among expecting parents. You should feel comfortable with the care you and your baby receive.

For many moms, this means having the ability to enjoy skin-to-skin bonding during that crucial first hour of the baby’s life. Couplet care and overnight accommodations for your partner are other key features of a family-centered healthcare approach.

Growing families in Las Vegas choose MountainView Hospital because of our uncompromising commitment to high-quality, family-centered care. Take our comprehensive birthing and parenting classes, and welcome your little one into the world in our private birthing suites with all the amenities and comfort of home. If you have general healthcare questions, a registered nurse would be glad to take your call at (702) 962-5021.
HCA-affiliated hospitals are known for their family-centered approach to care, which is one reason why they’re a popular choice among expecting parents. You should feel comfortable with the care you and your baby receive.

For many moms, this means having the ability to enjoy skin-to-skin bonding during that crucial first hour of the baby’s life. Couplet care and overnight accommodations for your partner are other key features of a family-centered healthcare approach.

Growing families in Las Vegas choose MountainView Hospital because of our uncompromising commitment to high-quality, family-centered care. Take our comprehensive birthing and parenting classes , and welcome your little one into the world in our private birthing suites with all the amenities and comfort of home. If you have general healthcare questions, a registered nurse would be glad to take your call at (702) 962-5021.

Facts about pregnancy with thyroid disease

Thyroid hormones have considerable influence on the body. They regulate metabolism, body temperature, breathing and heart rate. Thyroid disorders are fairly common, and they can generally be well-controlled. However, they can cause extra challenges for pregnant women. The compassionate healthcare providers at MountainView Hospital understand that chronic diseases can be tricky to manage during pregnancy. We’re here to help you and your baby with all the support you need.

How pregnancy affects thyroid hormone
Some women become pregnant after being diagnosed with thyroid disease, while others acquire thyroid disease during pregnancy.

A woman’s hormonal balance changes significantly during pregnancy. Two hormones in particular—estrogen and hCG—are associated with pregnancy, and they can both cause an increase in thyroid hormone. This is a normal pregnancy-related change, although it can make diagnosing thyroid disease more difficult.

When an expecting mother has very high levels of hCG, she may develop hyperthyroidism. Most often, the cause of hyperthyroidism during pregnancy is Graves’ disease.

Hypothyroidism can develop during pregnancy because of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, which is an autoimmune disorder. It can also be the result of treating hyperthyroidism too aggressively.

How thyroid disease can affect maternal and fetal health
Expecting mothers with thyroid disease are typically considered to have a high-risk pregnancy. If not controlled properly, thyroid disease may result in the following complications:

  • Preeclampsia
  • Miscarriage
  • Preterm birth
  • Low birth weight
  • Congestive heart failure

Additionally, uncontrolled hypothyroidism may result in anemia. It may also affect the baby’s brain development and growth.

How thyroid disease is controlled during pregnancy
Women who were already being treated for thyroid disease before becoming pregnant should discuss their health with an obstetrician. It may be necessary to modify the treatment plan to minimize the risk of harm to the baby. Women can also expect frequent prenatal care visits, which include a check of the thyroid function.

Hypothyroidism is treatable with a medication that is identical to natural thyroid hormone. Mild hyperthyroidism might not require treatment during pregnancy. If it does, the doctor may prescribe the lowest possible dose of an anti-thyroid medication.

At MountainView Hospital , nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of your family. Our physicians and specialists use a personalized approach to care to encourage the best possible outcome for you and your baby. Expecting parents in Las Vegas can get in touch with our state-of-the-art hospital at (702) 962-5021.

When should (and shouldn't) you take an antibiotic?

Antibiotics were discovered accidentally in 1928 when a researcher noticed that a mold had killed his petri dishes of Staphylococcus bacteria. Since that time, emergency care doctors have relied on antibiotics to save countless lives, but they can’t combat every infection. If you visit the Emergency Room at MountainView Hospital with an infection, the healthcare providers will ensure your treatment is designed to meet your unique needs.

Understanding antibiotics
The three primary categories of germs that can make you sick are: Bacteria, viruses and fungi. Antibiotics only work against bacterial infections, just like antivirals are only used for viral infections and antifungal drugs only work on fungal infections.

Before prescribing an antibiotic, the emergency care doctor needs to make sure you have a bacterial infection instead of another illness. The use of antibiotics in the absence of a bacterial infection will do far more harm than good.

Taking antibiotics as prescribed
If you’re prescribed an antibiotic, pay close attention to the dosage instructions. Don’t hesitate to ask questions if anything is unclear. For instance, you might ask whether taking a pill every six hours means you should take it three times per day.

One of the most important things to remember about antibiotics is that you must finish the entire course of medicine you’ve been prescribed, unless a doctor instructs you otherwise. Some people stop taking antibiotics once they start to feel well again. Unfortunately, an improvement in symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean the infection is cleared up.

Preventing drug-resistant bacteria
When patients don’t finish all of their prescribed antibiotics, they give bacteria the opportunity to evolve and become resistant to those drugs. The patient can spread these drug-resistant bacteria to others.

The patient can also become sick again. He or she may need to be hospitalized to receive intravenous medications if the infection doesn’t respond well to oral antibiotics. You can hear more about drug-resistant bacteria when you watch the featured video.

Drug-resistant bacteria are a serious public health problem. You can do your part to prevent bacteria from getting stronger by following your doctor’s instructions carefully. Remember to never share your medications with anyone else.

At MountainView Hospital, the health and safety of our patients in Las Vegas are our highest priorities. Our emergency care providers will ensure that you fully understand your diagnosis, medication dosage instructions and follow-up recommendations before you leave our hospital. If you have general healthcare questions, a registered nurse is available to help at (702) 962-5021.


How long do you need to wash your hands to kill germs?

The chillier months typically bring an influx of patients with respiratory infections to the hospital, but getting sick isn’t inevitable. One of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs is simply to wash your hands—but it only works if you do it properly. If you do become seriously ill this season, the emergency care doctors at MountainView Hospital can help you feel well again quickly.

The length of time you should wash your hands
Rinsing your hands isn’t enough to get them clean. To get rid of disease-causing germs, you’ll need to scrub them thoroughly with soap and water.

It takes at least 20 seconds of scrubbing to get your hands clean. This is about the length of time it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song.

The right way to wash your hands
Use running water and plain soap to get your hands clean. Get your hands damp, then add soap and lather up. Scrub all areas, including the following:

  • Under the fingernails
  • Between the fingers
  • On the backs of the hands
  • Around the wrists

After you’ve scrubbed all areas of your hands for at least 20 seconds, hold them under the running water and continue to scrub until the soap is all washed off.

The way soap gets rid of germs
It’s a common misconception that soap kills germs. It actually improves your ability to scrub them off your hands so they’ll end up down the drain instead of in your body. Essentially, soap reduces the ability of germs to stick to your skin, but it’s the scrubbing action that really gets rid of them.

Antibacterial soap can prevent bacteria on the skin from replicating, but most of the ingredients have been recently banned because public health experts discovered they did more harm than good. Plus, good old-fashioned soap, water and scrubbing are the best tools to get rid of germs.

MountainView Hospital is your partner in health. From our emergency care doctors to our bariatric weight loss specialists, our entire team in Las Vegas works together to provide the patient-centered care everyone deserves. A friendly member of our nursing staff is available at (702) 962-5021 to provide physician referrals.


Knowing the difference between angina and heartburn

Most people know that they need emergency care if they’re having a heart attack, but identifying the symptoms of a heart attack can be complicated. There are many medical issues that cause chest pain, including non-life-threatening problems like heartburn or acid reflux. Since only a doctor can determine if a patient needs life-saving medical intervention, the emergency care specialists at MountainView Hospital urge our neighbors in Las Vegas to get help right away if they experience chest pain. You can hear one of our talented doctors discuss this topic when you watch the accompanying video.

Overview of heartburn and angina
The stomach lining is tough enough to handle the strong stomach acid that breaks down food. Unfortunately, these acids don’t always stay put. If they backflow up to the esophagus, they can cause the painful symptoms that are characteristic of heartburn.

Many people experience occasional heartburn. If heartburn occurs frequently, it’s advisable to speak with a doctor, as stomach acid can damage the esophagus.

Angina isn’t actually a disease or medical condition—it’s a symptom. Angina refers to chest pain that develops when the heart muscle isn’t getting enough blood. Usually, angina is caused by coronary heart disease (CHD).

It’s important to diagnose and treat angina promptly. Patients with angina have a higher risk of a heart attack.

Common symptoms of heartburn
Heartburn symptoms develop after eating. They can include:

  • A burning sensation in the chest
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Sour taste in the mouth
  • Persistent sore throat or hoarse voice
  • Chronic cough

Diagnosis of angina
The chest pain of heart disease often feels like squeezing or pressure, and it isn’t always severe. In the ER, doctors can quickly test the heart’s activity to determine whether the chest pain is an angina attack or a heart attack. If it’s a heart attack, some of the following symptoms are likely to accompany the chest pain.

  • Nausea
  • Excessive sweating
  • Weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Sudden dizziness

As a widely renowned heart hospital, MountainView Hospital is an employer of choice for top cardiologists who have made it their life’s work to save patients’ lives. If you are experiencing a true medical emergency, such as a possible heart attack, please call 911 right now. Otherwise, families in Las Vegas can reach our hospital at (702) 962-5021.


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