MountainView Hospital
MountainView Hospital is a state-of-the-art, full-service medical facility located in the heart of northwest Las Vegas.

How do eating disorders affect cardiovascular health?

It’s believed that millions of Americans have an eating disorder, of which there are three primary types: Anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. Eating disorders can cause serious, long-term health consequences. They can also interfere with academic success, cause problems at work and result in relationship challenges. In severe cases, patients need to be hospitalized for life-threatening complications, including heart problems. The physicians and nurses at MountainView Hospital are genuinely caring individuals who give our patients the superior care they need and the respect they deserve. Our heart health specialists help patients overcome numerous challenges, including those related to nutrition.

Anorexia nervosa and cardiovascular health
Patients with anorexia severely restrict their calorie intake. Their bodies are deprived of the nutrients required for good health and even for regular, everyday functioning. As a result, normal bodily processes are inhibited or slowed down to use as little energy as possible.

This can lead to many health consequences, including cardiovascular complications such as very low blood pressure and a slow heart rate. Eventually, patients can develop heart failure. Heart failure occurs when the heart isn’t able to pump enough blood.

Binge eating disorder and cardiovascular health
Patients with binge eating disorder experience recurrent episodes of binge eating, which they feel unable to control. They eat despite a lack of hunger, often to the point of discomfort. Since people with binge eating disorder are often overweight or obese, they have a higher risk of these cardiovascular problems:

  • High blood pressure
  • Abnormal cholesterol levels
  • Heart disease

Bulimia nervosa and cardiovascular health
Bulimia is characterized by a damaging cycle of eating a great deal of food within a short period of time, followed by efforts to purge those calories from the body. The purging may involve self-induced vomiting, excessive exercise or fasting.

Bulimia can result in several life-threatening health complications, including electrolyte imbalances induced by purging behaviors. Electrolyte imbalances can lead to irregular heartbeats. It’s also possible for heart failure to occur.

Heart Center of Las Vegas at MountainView Hospital features compassionate specialists who want you to know that no matter what your challenges are, we can find personalized solutions that help. From emergency care to interventional cardiology to cardiac rehabilitation—you’ll find it all here at our state-of-the-art hospital. You can request a referral to a specialist by calling a nurse at (702) 962-5021.

Which types of exercise are best for your joints?

Contrary to popular belief, patients with stiff, painful joints can exercise safely. A doctor-approved exercise plan can even improve arthritis symptoms by supporting flexibility and strengthening the muscles around the joint. Not all exercises are well-suited to damaged joints, however. An orthopedic specialist or physical therapist at MountainView Hospital can help you transition into a safe and enjoyable workout routine.

Strength training exercises
When performed consistently over time, strength training has the potential to reduce the pain of an arthritic joint.

Your doctor or physical therapist may recommend starting with isometric exercises if the joint is relatively immobile. Isometric exercises involve muscle contraction without joint movement. Two examples are planks and isometric quads.

Once you’ve regained some mobility in the joint, your doctor may suggest that you start using resistance bands, free weights or weight machines. When you lift weight, it’s particularly important to use the right form to avoid placing excessive stress on the joints. Consider enlisting the assistance of a personal trainer.

Aquatic exercises
Aerobic exercises build endurance and improve cardiovascular health. Physical therapists often recommend aquatic workouts for people with arthritic joints. The buoyancy of the water virtually eliminates stress on the joints from body weight, and the resistance of the water builds strength along with endurance.

Swimming laps is a popular choice for patients with joint problems. You could also sign up for a water aerobics class.

Walking routines
A walk a day can help keep orthopedic surgery away—or help you recover from it. You should have well-fitted, cushioning athletic sneakers. You might prefer to walk in the company of a friend or pet.

Start your walking routine by heading out for 10 minutes at a time on a relatively flat course. Aim for a pace that makes you breathe a little heavier, but allows you to still speak. Gradually walk faster and longer, and look for a route with a few gently sloping hills.

Total Joint Program at MountainView Hospital provides a continuum of care for our neighbors in Las Vegas. Our orthopedic and rehabilitation specialists work closely together for your benefit because we’re committed to helping you achieve the best possible outcome. Call a registered nurse at our hospital any time at (702) 962-5021.

Signs that your teen is in an abusive relationship

Teens need healthy relationships for their socio-emotional development. Those who are affected by abusive relationships may suffer from lasting effects including depression and anxiety, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts and antisocial behaviors. Teens don’t always know how to recognize when they’re being abused or taken advantage of. If you’re concerned about your child, consider visiting the hospital to discuss your concerns with a physician. At MountainView Hospital, we’re always here to help, because we believe strong families build strong communities.

Signs of physical abuse
Kids get bumps and bruises now and then, and a physical injury doesn’t automatically mean that your teen is in an abusive relationship. Do keep an eye out for injuries that your teen can’t explain, or that your teen seems to have trouble explaining. A pattern of frequent physical injuries may be a red flag.

Additionally, watch out for signs that your teen may be trying to conceal injuries. If your teen wears oversized sunglasses indoors, he or she might be trying to hide a black eye. Wearing long-sleeved shirts during hot weather may be an attempt to conceal arm bruises.

Patterns in communication
Abusive relationships tend to have an element of control. If your teen is being abused, he or she may feel compelled to call or text the partner frequently. Their partner may demand information about where your teen is, who he or she is with and what he or she is doing.

Changes in social activities
Another aspect of a controlling relationship is social isolation. Your teen may no longer spend time with friends, or he or she might have fewer friends than before. Your child might decide to quit extracurricular activities and feel compelled to spend as much time as possible with the partner.

Changes in emotional state
Abusive relationships don’t usually begin that way. Your teen likely showed signs of experiencing an initial rush of happiness and excitement when the relationship began. Over time, he or she might frequently look sad, worried or anxious.

Adolescents who need emergency care for traumatic injuries should call 911 immediately. A compassionate doctor at MountainView Hospital is here for you or your loved one if you need help and don’t know where to turn to. Families in Las Vegas can reach a registered nurse at our hospital by calling (702) 962-5021.

4 things your cardiologist wants you to know about your heart

Your heart is a strong, muscular organ. But if you don’t take good care of it, it can weaken and become susceptible to all sorts of serious health problems, like heart failure. MountainView Hospital is a widely acclaimed heart hospital with a mission of helping families in Las Vegas work toward better heart health. Watch the accompanying video to hear one of our cardiologists explain what he wants his patients to know about the importance of prevention.

Heart problems can occur at any age
Cardiology issues can affect anyone—from infants to seniors. One of the top things cardiologists want their patients to know is that, although heart problems are often preventable, it’s important to start early in life. For instance, even if your blood pressure is within normal levels, you can be mindful about your sodium intake to reduce your risk of high blood pressure later in life.

It’s easy to get proactive about your heart health
Dealing with health issues can seem intimidating, but your doctor is always there to help make it easier for you. Doctors welcome patients who take a proactive approach to their own healthcare, like asking questions and scheduling annual physicals.

Take the initiative to ask your doctor if you should have any screening tests, such as the following:

  • Cholesterol check
  • Blood pressure check
  • Blood glucose test
  • Calcium score

You should also know your body mass index. Knowing your numbers will help you and your doctor plan for a healthier future.

Medication management is important
If you already do have heart disease, know that your prescribed medications can only help you if you take them according to the dosage instructions. Let your doctor know about any challenges you have with medication management.

Your doctor should know about any over-the-counter medicines, herbal supplements and homeopathic remedies you use, as some of them may interact with prescription drugs.

Small changes really can make a big difference
It can be hard to overhaul multiple aspects of your lifestyle, but small changes do add up. Protect your heart by living consciously and making daily decisions that matter.

Reduce the amount of sugar you add to coffee, go meatless one day per week or ride your bicycle to work. The little changes can make all the difference over time.

Please call 911 without delay if you think you could be having a heart attack or any other life-threatening medical emergency. The emergency care team at MountainView Hospital is here 24/7, every day of the year to save the lives of our neighbors throughout Las Vegas. If you have a general question about our heart hospital services, call a registered nurse at (702) 962-5021.

Who is allowed to donate blood?

Every day of the year, patients around the country rely on the selflessness of blood donors. Patients who have suffered blood loss due to traumatic injuries or surgeries, and those undergoing treatments like chemotherapy need donated blood in order to survive. During National Blood Donor Month this January, consider giving back to your community by giving the gift of life. MountainView Hospital extends our sincere gratitude to all of the blood donors near us in Las Vegas.

The general blood donor requirements
All potential blood donors must be at least 17 years old, except in certain states in which 16-year-olds may donate with parental consent. Blood donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, although donors ages 18 and younger must meet additional weight requirements.

You must also be in good overall health. This means that if you have a chronic medical condition, it’s being well-managed. You should also be feeling well on the day that you give blood.

The health history-related requirements
When you arrive at the hospital or other blood donation site, you’ll be asked to complete an extensive questionnaire about your health history. If you meet the eligibility requirements and you wish to donate again in the future, you might not need to complete the entire questionnaire every time, if you can save your information.

You’ll answer questions about your:

  • Medical conditions
  • Medications
  • Vaccination record
  • Medical treatments
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Travel outside the U.S.
  • Lifestyle and life events

International travel is significant because it can shed some light on any diseases you may have been exposed to. For instance, if you lived in Germany during the mid-1980s, you’ll be disqualified from donating blood for your lifetime because of possible exposure to mad cow disease.

The ways to help if you aren’t eligible to donate blood
Donated blood is desperately needed by hospitals across the U.S., and unfortunately, many people who want to give blood aren’t able to do so. You can still help your community, however. Before you leave the blood drive, ask whether your deferral is temporary and if so, when you will be eligible to donate.

If you’ve been permanently deferred, you can help by encouraging your family and friends to donate blood, volunteering at a blood drive or making a financial contribution.

MountainView Hospital is your family’s partner in health. Our medical center in Las Vegas is known for our unwavering commitment to high-quality care, and for our compassionate, patient-focused healthcare providers. If you’d like to request a physician referral, you can contact a registered nurse at (702) 962-5021.

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