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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.

Should integrated medicine be a part of your healthcare routine?

As the term suggests, integrated or integrative medicine is an approach that combines evidence-based mainstream medicine with complementary and alternative therapies. This approach acknowledges although definitive scientific proof may be lacking for complementary and alternative practices, there is enough evidence to suggest they may be helpful and safe. Watch the accompanying video to learn more about integrated medicine. It features an interview with an internal medicine specialist at MountainView Hospital.

Integrated medicine for preventive health
Preventive health is the focus on reducing the risk of medical problems, including chronic diseases like heart disease and everyday ailments like respiratory infections. Many physicians already do recommend an integrated approach to sustaining health.

As you watch the featured video, take note of what this doctor says about nutrition, physical activity and stress. He explains the importance and the challenges of maintaining a balance in life, such as by not eating too much or too little, and not exercising too much or too little. The right balance of lifestyle choices will help support your health for your lifetime—and your physician can help you weigh those choices.

Integrated medicine for pain management
Every person deserves to enjoy a pain-free life, but millions suffer from chronic pain. Chronic pain can take a toll on quality of life, mental health, productivity and even family relationships. Long-term pain reliever use isn’t generally recommended, either, because of side effects and the potential for dependence.

Doctors who embrace integrated medicine may recommend a combination of drug treatments and non-drug therapies. These non-drug therapies, some of which are listed below, may help patients reduce their medication dosages.

  • Massage therapy
  • Acupuncture/acupressure
  • Chiropractic
  • Mindfulness
  • Biofeedback
  • Meditation

These complementary techniques, when combined with mainstream medicine, can bring relief to patients suffering from a variety of health problems. These include cancer, fibromyalgia and arthritis.

The doctors and nurses at MountainView Hospital are committed to facilitating optimal health outcomes, because we live and work in the same Las Vegas community as our patients. From stroke care and emergency care to robotic surgery and bariatric weight loss, our commitment to quality and compassion is evident in all that we do. A registered nurse is available 24/7 to take your non-emergency-related phone call at (702) 962-5021.


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.

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