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How to prevent a second stroke

With rapid stroke care, patients have a better chance of surviving. But even after the immediate danger has passed, stroke survivors should know that they are at a higher risk of suffering another stroke. When life-threatening medical problems are a possibility, you need to be able to trust the care you receive. MountainView Hospital has earned a sterling reputation for life-saving stroke care and strong support services to give our patients the best possible outcome.

Take medications as prescribed

According to the National Stroke Association, about 25 percent of stroke survivors stop taking their prescribed medications during the first three months after the stroke. This is the time period in which the risk of a second stroke is the greatest. Taking your prescribed medications is essential for managing your recurrent stroke risk.

If you have any problems with your medications, your stroke care team can help. Talk to your doctor if you experience side effects or have trouble remembering to take dosages. Your stroke care team can help you find solutions to any medication-related challenge you’re facing.

Reconsider alcohol use

It’s thought that drinking too much alcohol might raise the risk of a second stroke. If you are in the habit of enjoying a glass or two, consider talking to your doctor about whether you should limit your alcohol use or avoid it altogether.

Quit smoking

Smoking isn’t healthy for anyone, but it’s particularly dangerous for stroke survivors. Smoking doubles your risk of stroke.

Your doctor understands how difficult it is to overcome a nicotine addiction. He or she will work with you to find a treatment plan that suits your needs. Speak plainly about the challenges you’re facing with quitting smoking and let your doctor know how he or she can help you.

Follow a stroke prevention meal plan

Stroke care specialists typically recommend choosing meals primarily composed of plant-based foods. These are low in fat and sodium, but high in fiber and other important nutrients. Enjoy a wide variety of colorful veggies and fruits, whole grains, and lean protein sources like seafood.

As a Certified Primary Stroke Center, MountainView Hospital is uniquely qualified to provide superior stroke care to residents throughout the greater Las Vegas area. We encourage stroke survivors to take advantage of our patient education initiatives, including our free Stroke Support Group. Non-emergent questions about our stroke care can be directed to a registered nurse at (702) 962-5021.


Which doctors do you need to see when you're pregnant?

Pregnancy and childbirth are some of the most exciting times in a woman’s life, but navigating healthcare options can be confusing at times. That’s why MountainView Hospital offers a complete spectrum of prenatal care and maternity health services to give your growing family the personalized care you deserve. At our hospital in Las Vegas, you might work with a few different healthcare providers during your pregnancy.

Obstetricians

Many women choose to receive prenatal care from an obstetrician or obstetrician-gynecologist (OBGYN). Obstetricians are specialists in women’s health. They provide expert prenatal care, childbirth services and postpartum healthcare.

Seeing an obstetrician is particularly advantageous for women with high-risk pregnancies, and those who experience complications during labor and delivery. Choosing an obstetrician offers the following benefits:

  • Specialized training to diagnose and treat complications during pregnancy

  • Specialized surgical training to perform C-sections

  • Ability to facilitate childbirth with interventions when needed

Certified Nurse Midwives

As an alternative to seeing an OBGYN, you might choose to see a Certified Nurse Midwife. Midwives provide a holistic model of care that addresses all aspects of a woman's health. A midwife can offer:

  • Preconception counseling

  • Prenatal education

  • Labor and delivery services

  • Lactation support

  • Nutritional guidance

  • Newborn care

  • Postpartum care

Although midwives are highly trained and certified healthcare providers, they may not be the right choice for every expecting mother. A midwife may refer you to an OBGYN if you have a high-risk pregnancy.

Midwives can also work closely with the obstetrics team in the hospital, so if there is a complication during labor, the midwife may turn over your care to an obstetrician.

Lactation consultant

It’s customary for new moms who wish to breastfeed to see a lactation consultant shortly after childbirth. However, you could choose to receive lactation counseling before birth, as well. Lactation consultants might not be licensed doctors, but they are certified professionals who can help you prepare for a successful breastfeeding experience.

MountainView Hospital is a warm and welcoming place to have your baby. Our superior, family-centered couple care is delivered by a multidisciplinary team of specialists, including OBGYNs, Certified Nurse Midwives, and OBGYN nursing staff. Call our nurse referral line at (702) 962-5021 for more information about our unparalleled maternity services in Las Vegas.

When to see a doctor for a hernia

A hernia is a structural abnormality that occurs when a body part protrudes through the surrounding tissue. For example, a hiatal hernia occurs when a portion of the stomach pushes up into the chest. Hernias can occur in other parts of the body, such as the thigh or groin. If you have been diagnosed with a hernia or you have been experiencing troublesome symptoms, you can count on the surgery team at MountainView Hospital.

When to consult your doctor about a hernia

As a general rule of thumb, patients should always feel free to consult their doctors if any abnormal symptoms develop. When you watch this featured video, you’ll hear a general surgeon at MountainView Hospital explain what you can expect during a consultation regarding hernias.

You can consult your doctor if you experience any potential signs of a hernia. You may notice a bulge or lump under the skin, which you might be able to gently massage back in place. Other signs and symptoms can vary depending on the hernia’s location.

  • Pain or discomfort in the area

  • Pain that worsens with activity like lifting heavy objects

  • Heartburn

  • Chest pain

  • Difficulty swallowing

  • Enlarged scrotum in men and boys

  • Pulling sensation that affects the groin

Lifestyle changes may help relieve symptoms in some cases, but surgery is the only way to fix the underlying problem. You might not need surgery right away if your symptoms are not severe.

When to seek emergency care for a hernia

If the pain worsens or complications develop, you might need surgery right away. It’s possible for a hernia to grow larger, get stuck in the hole it is protruding through, and cut off the blood supply. Doctors call this strangulation.

Strangulation of a hernia requires emergency surgery. It may be indicated by these symptoms:

  • Failure to have bowel movements

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Worsening pain and swelling at the affected area

MountainView Hospital is committed to maintaining the highest standards of surgical excellence. Our hospital in Las Vegas offers patient-centered, compassionate emergency care and robotic surgery within a supportive setting. Call 911 for emergency care or call a registered nurse at (702) 962-5021 for general healthcare information.


Answers to your questions about heart catheterization

Cardiac catheterization, or heart catheterization, is a procedure that allows a heart health specialist to evaluate how well the heart is working. This procedure is performed to diagnose the problem, but the heart care specialist may also perform treatments during it. If you have any questions about your heart health, the specialists at MountainView Hospital are always here to help.

Why do I need heart catheterization?

Your doctor may recommend heart catheterization if you’re suspected of having heart disease. Heart catheterization can accomplish the following:

  • Locate blockages in the blood vessels
  • Measure oxygen levels
  • Evaluate the heart’s pumping ability
  • Check for heart defects
  • Check for heart valve problems

Is heart catheterization the same as an angiogram?

An angiogram is an imaging scan of an artery. It uses contrast dye to get a better image. Heart catheterization is a type of angiogram of the heart and arteries.

How can heart catheterization treat the problem?

During the heart catheterization, your doctor may perform other procedures, such as coronary angioplasty. Coronary angioplasty is used when blockages are found in the blood vessels. It works by using a special balloon to press the blockage against the artery wall and widen the blood vessel. In other words, coronary angioplasty during heart catheterization can quickly restore blood flow to the heart when a patient is having a heart attack.

Will I be asleep during the procedure?

It isn’t usually necessary to place patients under general anesthesia during heart catheterization. The procedure is minimally invasive, requiring only a small cut to insert a thin catheter into the blood vessel. Most patients are quite comfortable with a local numbing agent and a sedative to help them relax.

How long does heart catheterization take?

Most patients are finished in one to two hours, but others may need two to four hours. Your doctor might ask you to stay at the hospital overnight or you may be able to return home the same day. A responsible adult will need to take you home and stay with you for a while.

MountainView Hospital is renowned for our superior heart care. At our modern hospital in Las Vegas, our specialists provide a continuum of advanced medical services—from diagnosis to intervention to rehabilitation. Call a registered nurse at our heart hospital at (702) 962-5021 or visit our Heart Center online to read about our state-of-the-art catheterization labs.


What can you expect during testicular cancer treatment?

Testicular cancer may affect one or both of the testes, which are located in a man’s scrotum. Testicular cancer is a particularly challenging type of cancer for men to cope with because of the potential for long-term sexual health complications. However, an experienced oncologist at MountainView Hospital can recommend the latest clinically proven treatments to give you the best possible outcome.

Treatment planning for testicular cancer

Before treatment begins, your oncologist will carefully evaluate all of your medical information to plan the most appropriate course of treatment for you. You’ll receive counseling on the types of treatment recommended and the potential complications. Since infertility is a possibility, you may be counseled about your options for preserving fertility. Freezing your sperm is an effective way to improve your chances of fathering a child after your recovery.

Surgery for testicular cancer

Surgery is a primary treatment for testicular cancer patients. The goal of surgery is to remove all or as much of the cancer as possible. The surgeon may remove one or both testicles. Nearby lymph nodes may be removed as well. The lymph nodes are part of the lymphatic system, which plays an important role in the body’s immune function.

Radiation therapy for testicular cancer

It’s common for patients to have multiple types of cancer treatments. Your oncologist may recommend having radiation therapy in addition to your surgery. This treatment targets a beam of radiation at the site to kill cancer cells. The treatment itself takes just a few minutes, but getting you into the right position can take much longer.

Chemotherapy for testicular cancer

Your oncologist may recommend one or more chemotherapy drugs. These are given in cycles, either by mouth or intravenously. Chemotherapy is well-known for causing hair loss and nausea, but other side effects might also occur. These may include intense fatigue and a “foggy brain.” Of course, not everyone will experience the same side effects. It’s important to take good care of yourself during cancer treatment with the following steps:

  • Getting plenty of rest
  • Eating nutritious meals
  • Staying hydrated
  • Following the oncologist’s instructions
  • Alerting your oncologist to side effects
  • Asking others for help

Skillful oncologists, specially trained clinical pharmacists and certified oncology nurses care for our patients’ every need at MountainView Hospital’s Oncology Unit. In all that we do, we continually strive for healthcare excellence to give you the superior care you deserve. You can contact our hospital in Las Vegas at (702) 962-5021.


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