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

Common Misconceptions About Women's Heart Health

Heart disease claims the lives of one in three women in the U.S., which equals about one death from heart disease every minute. Yet, there are still many damaging misconceptions about women’s heart health. Heart hospital specialists encourage women to take a proactive approach toward protecting their heart health. Women in the Las Vegas area can rely on MountainView Hospital for exceptional preventive wellness services and emergency care.

Types of Heart Disease Patients

It’s often thought that not only does heart disease primarily affect men, but it’s also a problem that mostly affects older adults. This misconception may dissuade younger women from seeking emergency care despite the development of heart attack symptoms. In actuality, heart disease patients are more likely to be women than men and it can strike at a young age. Some heart attack survivors and victims have been in their 20’s and 30’s. Sometimes, being born with a heart condition can contribute to cardiovascular events fairly early in a woman’s life.

Symptoms of Heart Disease

The symptoms of heart disease aren’t always obvious. Women are at a greater risk than men of experiencing signs and symptoms that appear to be unrelated to their heart health. For some women, the only signs of a heart attack may be nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue, and dizziness.

Risk of Heart Disease

Family history does play a role in a woman’s risk of heart disease. However, having a family history of heart disease does not automatically guarantee that a woman will develop it. Many risk factors for heart disease are manageable. Women can lower their risk of these life-threatening health problems by making wise nutritional decisions, enjoying exercise on most days of the week, and working with a physician to manage underlying health conditions such as high blood pressure.

At MountainView Hospital, it’s our mission to support the heart health of women and men throughout the Las Vegas area. Our heart hospital provides emergency care, non-invasive cardiology testing, interventional cardiology services, and cardiac rehabilitation. Our heart hospital welcomes non-emergent inquiries at our Consult-A-Nurse line; patients can call (702) 233-5300.

What Are the Lesser-Known Signs of a Heart Attack?

It is common knowledge that emergency care is required if a person suddenly falls to the ground, clutching at his or her chest. But in actuality, heart attacks aren’t necessarily that easy to recognize and the symptoms may not always occur abruptly and simultaneously. Women, in particular, are more likely than men to experience very subtle warning signs that may develop days or even weeks before the cardiac event itself. The heart care team at MountainView Hospital encourages families to learn about the subtle signs of a heart attack to facilitate prompt emergency care.

Unusual Discomfort

Chest pain is certainly a major red flag of a heart attack. However, many heart attack survivors report suffering from discomfort elsewhere in the body. Women, in particular, may be more likely to suffer from pain or discomfort of the jaw, neck, and upper abdomen. Patients may experience pain in the shoulders and upper back, which may extend down one or both arms. Sometimes, the discomfort feels like numbness, but it may also feel like muscle tightness.

Flu-Like Symptoms

Flu-like symptoms are other possible warning signs that a patient requires emergency care at a nearby heart hospital. These symptoms may develop days or weeks before the heart attack. They can include nausea, body aches, chills, clammy, sweaty skin, and lightheadedness. Patients may report generalized weakness and dizziness.

Sleep Disturbances

Although fatigue and sleep disturbances can have many non-emergent causes, they are also sometimes caused by heart attacks. Patients may experience abnormal, extreme fatigue days or weeks before the heart attack. Despite being very tired, patients may have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.

MountainView Hospital is an accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care—a designation that reflects our unrivaled commitment to providing high-quality emergency care for heart attack patients. Our heart hospital offers sophisticated medical interventions to residents of the Las Vegas area, including cardiovascular surgery, electrophysiology, and “rapid rule-out” of cardiac emergencies. Patients are urged to call 911 for medical emergencies; however, non-emergent inquiries may be directed to a registered nurse at (702) 233-5300.

MountainView Hospital, Safe Kids & J.T. McWilliams Elementary School Join to Boost Buckle Up Awareness


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MountainView Hospital, Safe Kids & J.T. McWilliams Elementary School Join to Boost Buckle Up Awareness

Las Vegas, Jan. 26, 2016 — MountainView Hospital, Safe Kids Clark County and J.T. McWilliams Elementary School are joining forces to increase seat belt awareness and to encourage elementary school children to adopt safer habits when they travel.

Children who arrived at J.T. McWilliams Elementary School properly seated and buckled on Monday, Jan. 25, received a crisp one dollar bill. Each “buck for a buckle” is a small reward for buckling up properly. Safety specialists from MountainView Hospital and Safe Kids, as well as student nurses from Touro University were on hand to offer education and safety as children arrived at school.

The “buck for a buckle” campaign is the first step of a larger initiative with the school to increase child car safety and pedestrian safety at the school. Following the buckle campaign, MountainView Hospital, in partnership with Safe Kids, will distribute booster seats to families at the school on a first-come, first-served basis.

Additionally, MountainView and Safe Kids will conduct a pedestrian observation survey at the school to see if pedestrians are abiding by marked cross walks and if drivers are following road rules. Touro University students will review the survey information and will brainstorm innovative ways to improve pedestrian safety.

“This effort aligns with MountainView’s commitment to safety and health in our community,” said Chris Mowan, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “We hope this campaign raises awareness of the importance of child restraint safety and pedestrian safety in a fun and interactive way for the students.”

The goals of the program are simple: increase overall occupant protection for children ages 4 to 12, increase booster seat usage in children ages 4 to 8, to encourage all children 12 and younger to ride in the back seat and to improve pedestrian safety around the school.

“Safe Kids Clark County is happy that we have been able to partner with MountainView Hospital and J.T. McWilliams Elementary School to increase safety awareness,” said Jeanne Marsala, RN, Safe Kids Clark County Director and Injury Prevention Coordinator, Sunrise Children’s Hospital. “We look forward to working with the students on safe riding practices and how to improve pedestrian safety in their community.”

Currently, the Nevada law (NRS 484.474) states that a child must ride in the appropriate child safety seat, for their height and weight, until they are 6 years old and 60 lbs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends using a booster seat until the child is 8 years old, 80 pounds and at least 4' 9" tall. Adult seat belts do not offer protection until a person reaches those height, weight and age minimums.


Photo 1 Caption: Stacy Johnson (L), MountainView Hospital Trauma Manager, and Touro University Nursing Students gather after completing the first day of the Buck for a Buckle campaign at J.T. McWilliams Elementary School.

Photo 2 Caption: Stacy Johnson (L), MountainView Hospital Trauma Manager, talks with a parent and student about proper buckle safety at J.T. McWilliams Elementary School, during morning drop off.

About MountainView Hospital:

MountainView Hospital is a state-of-the-art, full-service medical facility located in the heart of northwest Las Vegas, one of the fastest growing areas in the Valley. With a dedicated and talented staff of employees and outstanding physicians, MountainView Hospital is recognized for high patient satisfaction and for providing quality and compassionate care to our community since 1996. The hospital is a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and several surgery and diagnostic imaging centers offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services. @MountainViewLV

MountainView Hospital
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About Safe Kids:

Safe Kids activities are designed to help children ride safe year round. Safe Kids works to prevent accidental childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability for children ages 1 to 14 under. Safe Kids (Clark County) is a member of Safe Kids USA, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing accidental injury. Safe Kids was founded in 1993 and is led by Sunrise Children’s Hospital. For more information, call Shelly Cochran 702.862.0165 and visit

Save a Life; Know the Signs of Stroke

A little awareness can go a long way toward saving lives. By learning to recognize the potential signs of stroke, you can help someone receive life-saving emergency care. Since stroke care is most effective when administered within a certain window, time is of the utmost importance. The stroke care team at MountainView Hospital encourages our neighbors throughout the Las Vegas area to take a few minutes to become familiar with the following signs and symptoms.

Recognize the Symptoms

When a stroke occurs, the brain is deprived of its much-needed supply of oxygenated blood. This causes severe symptoms to develop rapidly. Some of the most noticeable signs of stroke involve problems with mobility. You may observe that the patient has trouble walking, impaired balance, or poor coordination. Stroke can cause numbness, weakness, or paralysis on one side of the body. It’s also common for stroke to cause the sudden onset of confusion, difficulty speaking, problems understanding others, and vision impairment in one or both eyes. Other possible symptoms are sudden dizziness and a very severe headache.

Use the FAST Test

The FAST acronym is an easy way to remember the potential signs of stroke. “F” refers to the person’s face. Ask the patient to smile and look to see whether one side of the smile droops. For “A,” have the patient holds both arms out so that they are parallel to the floor and look to see whether one arm drifts downward. “S” stands for speech. Ask the patient to repeat a short, simple sentence to see whether he or she has trouble speaking. The last letter stands for “time.” If the patient displays even just one of these symptoms, it’s imperative to call 911 without delay. Do not try to drive the patient to the emergency care department yourself; emergency responders are equipped to assist patients while on the way to the hospital.

MountainView Hospital is a Certified Primary Stroke Center that implements strict protocols to ensure the rapid evaluation of potential stroke patients and the administration of life-saving interventions. Our emergency care team in Las Vegas is available on a 24/7 basis to respond to all types of medical emergencies. Please call 911 immediately if you think that you or someone else might require stroke care; otherwise, you can contact our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 233-5300.

What Is the Function of EMS in Your Emergency Care?

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a coordinated response system that connects critical patients with emergency medical care. For example, if you call 911 in the Las Vegas area because you think you might be having a heart attack, EMS will be activated and an ambulance will be sent to your location to bring you to the emergency care department at MountainView Hospital. EMS systems are intricate networks of personnel, agencies, and other entities. The purpose of these networks is to save lives.

EMS Scope of Practice

The scope of practice for EMS systems is much broader than you might realize. While EMS is perhaps best known for providing rapid transportation to emergency care departments, these systems also involve the administration of life-saving interventions. For example, EMS personnel can stabilize patients with suspected neck injuries, administer certain medications, use defibrillators, and facilitate breathing for patients with severe respiratory distress. Although a 911 call will activate EMS, EMS may also function on a standby basis. For example, EMS personnel may be available at large public gatherings such as sporting events.

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

There are different types of EMS personnel with varying levels of skills and knowledge. For example, the Emergency Medical Responder can provide simple, noninvasive medical care at the scene while waiting for additional responders. The EMR may also assist with transporting the patient. Some duties the EMR can perform include bleeding control and supplemental oxygen therapy.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

An EMT is trained to provide a higher level of care in an out-of-hospital setting. However, EMTs work within medical oversight. Examples of duties an EMT can perform include using ventilators, helping patients administer their prescribed medications, and administering over-the-counter medications such as oral glucose or aspirin.


Paramedics have received formal training that enables them to provide a broader range of emergency care services. Their scope of practice includes providing pharmacological interventions and invasive treatments to reduce mortality. For example, a paramedic can perform endotracheal intubation, place IV ports for medication and fluid administration, and perform manual defibrillation.

Emergency care is available anytime of the day or night at MountainView Hospital. Our state-of-the-art emergency care department in Las Vegas features 42 private ER rooms and sophisticated imaging equipment to rapidly evaluate patients. Families who require emergency care are encouraged to call 911 promptly; otherwise, our Consult-A-Nurse line is available at (702) 233-5300 for non-emergent inquiries.

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