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Can Better Sleep Reduce Obesity?

Obesity is a complex disease and many factors can contribute to it, one of which may involve sleeping patterns. When a patient is considering having bariatric weight loss surgery, he or she is generally advised to become better informed about the underlying issues related to obesity. When you watch this featured video by a bariatric weight loss provider at MountainView Hospital, you will hear about some of these contributing factors. You can also find out more about the connection between sleep problems and obesity by reading below.

How Sleep Deprivation Can Contribute to Weight Gain

Getting a good night’s rest can certainly do wonders for a person’s mindset. It may even help battle weight gain. However, it’s important to note that obesity often requires a multipronged approach. In other words, patients shouldn’t rely on sufficient sleep alone to lose weight. Rather, sleeping habits may be considered as part of an overall approach that includes dietary changes, exercise, and perhaps bariatric weight loss. That said, researchers do know that sleep deprivation disrupts the balance of hormones in the body. The disruption of certain hormones can increase appetite and require greater insulin production. Additionally, a person who is overly tired may not be as motivated to work out or make healthy food choices, which can further contribute to weight gain.

How Obesity Can Lead to Sleep Problems

There are a number of obesity-related health problems, ranging from heart disease to joint pain. Obesity can also contribute to the development of sleep problems. As a person gains weight, his or her airway may be more likely to become blocked during sleep by the soft tissues of the throat and mouth. This can cause breathing to temporarily cease during sleep, which is a condition known as sleep apnea. Individuals who suffer from obesity and obesity-related conditions such as sleep apnea might consider undergoing bariatric weight loss to improve their overall health.

The Surgical Weight Loss Center at MountainView Hospital is dedicated to helping our patients lead longer, healthier, and more personally fulfilling lives. Visit our website to learn more about bariatric weight loss in Las Vegas or to view upcoming seminars and support groups. For general information about bariatric weight loss, you can contact a registered nurse at (702) 233-5300.

Celebrating Family Wellness Month

This May, MountainView Hospital encourages our neighbors in Las Vegas to celebrate Family Wellness Month. This awareness month was created to support healthy lifestyle choices and family connectivity—two major aspects of well-being that are often neglected due to the fast pace of modern life. Every family has unique needs, goals, and definitions of wellness. For your family, celebrating Family Wellness Month might involve making appointments at the community hospital for annual check-ups. Or, it might mean sitting down to a family dinner together on most nights of the week.

Enjoying Family Meals

Sitting down together for dinner as a family can help promote well-balanced nutrition while combating childhood obesity. However, this family wellness choice has benefits beyond the obvious. Some proponents claim that family meals can help children develop better resilience, higher self-esteem, and even better academic performance. Family meals also offer teaching opportunities, especially for young children. Parents can ask preschool kids to make creative place cards for the table to promote writing skills and fine motor skills. Young kids can also learn about the importance of handwashing to prevent the spread of germs. Older kids can learn practical food preparation skills that will serve them well for their lifetime.

Promoting Family Togetherness

In addition to sharing meals together, families can look for other ways of strengthening relationships and encourage connectivity. Consider declaring one day a month an “electronics-free day.” Instead of texting, playing video games, or watching movies, families can get outdoors and enjoy a bike ride, visit a farmer’s market, explore a zoo, or participate in volunteer activities like serving meals or building homes for the homeless.

Addressing Harmful Habits

Family Wellness Month is about coming together as a family. But sometimes, the health choices of an individual can affect the entire family. One major example is smoking. Smoking harms the health of everyone around the smoker, even after the cigarette has been extinguished. Emerging research highlights the dangers of third-hand smoke, or residual material left behind on clothing and other items. If one or both parents smoke, there’s no time like the present to kick the habit.

Here at MountainView Hospital, our providers are dedicated to helping families throughout Las Vegas live life well. Visit us online to sign up for our Health to You program or to read about our specialty services, including heart care, stroke care, robotic surgery, and bariatric weight loss. For general information, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 233-5300.

Rethinking the Way You Understand Mental Health

Mental health is a complex, dynamic aspect of overall well-being. A person’s mental health combines his or her emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing. Mental health also involves the way in which a person is able to maintain resiliency in the face of stress, relate to other people appropriately, and make positive and responsible choices. Many people can benefit from the guidance of a behavioral health specialist. Just as a person might undergo bariatric weight loss at MountainView Hospital to treat obesity, a person who is struggling with mental health issues can seek treatment from a specialist. Continue reading to learn more about mental health.

Psychiatric problems are health issues.

It’s commonly thought that the body and mind have little influence over each other. However, the truth is that mental health and physical health are closely intertwined. When a patient has a psychiatric disorder such as depression or anxiety, he or she may be less likely to care for his or her physical health. Poor mental health can encourage poor decision making with regard to physical activity, dietary choices, substance use, sleeping patterns, and medication compliance.

Mental health issues can affect anyone.

Another common misconception about mental health disorders is that they are relatively rare. In fact, mental health disorders affect about one in five American adults, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. About one in every 25 adults is living with a serious mental illness and about one in every 10 young adults has experienced major depression. Mental health issues can affect a person of any age—from childhood to the golden years. Mental health issues may also affect a person regardless of socioeconomic status, education level, or personal background.

Mental health issues vary considerably in severity and scope.

Mental health problems can have a minor impact on a person’s wellbeing or they can completely disrupt daily routines. They may be relatively short-lived or they may persist for years. Some mental health issues, such as bipolar disorder, are incurable, yet manageable. In short, every person has unique mental health challenges and needs. It’s the role of a behavioral health specialist to help individuals find a treatment plan that works well for them.

MountainView Hospital is a state-of-the-art medical center that offers a number of specialty healthcare services. These include stroke care, emergency care, robotic surgery, bariatric weight loss, and heart health services. Residents throughout the Las Vegas area can call (702) 233-5300 to speak with a registered nurse at our community hospital.

Spotlight on Robotic Thoracic Surgery Procedures

Thoracic surgery is performed to treat conditions that occur in organs in your chest. The Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery at MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas offers patients an alternative to invasive major surgery in the thoracic region with cutting-edge robotic technology. Here is a closer look at why patients and surgeons alike are embracing this procedure.

What Makes Robotic Surgery Different?

Robotic surgery is performed using very small instruments that are controlled by the surgeon via a console unit. The instruments are able to operate through very small incisions, and they are able to bend and rotate to a much greater extent than the human hand. Because small cameras are inserted through the incisions, the surgeon gets a much better view of the organs during surgery than if he or she was directly operating. Because traditional surgical approaches for thoracic conditions involve large incisions and may also require damaging one or more rib, robotic surgery is a less invasive option that can improve patient outcomes and lead to speedier recoveries with less pain.

What Conditions Can Be Treated?

Robotic surgery can work for a number of different thoracic conditions, including hyperhidrosis and lung cancer. For lung cancer patients, lobectomies and lymph node removals can be performed robotically. The robotic system can also be used to remove tissue for diagnostic biopsies.

Who Is a Good Candidate?

A number of factors go into determining who is a good candidate for robotic surgery. The location of the area that needs to be operated on, the nature of your condition, and your health history all play roles. Your surgeon will review your options with you and help you make the best choice for your thoracic surgery.

MountainView Hospital and the Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery offer robotic surgery as an option for many different treatment needs. Call us today at (702) 233-5300 for more information or to request a referral to a physician.

Preventative Cardiac Care: Tips for Managing Your Stress

While many cardiac conditions can be adequately managed in a heart hospital, prevention is still the best strategy for staying heart healthy. One trigger for cardiac problems that is often overlooked is stress. Stress can have a major impact on your heart and can both exacerbate heart disease and trigger behaviors that are harmful to your heart, such as smoking, overeating, and skipping workouts. Whether you are trying to prevent heart disease or already have a cardiac condition but are trying to minimize its side effects, these tips for controlling stress will help you live a healthier life.

Take Control of Your Schedule

It is not always possible to completely avoid stressful situations, but there are things you can do to take more control of your life. Start by crossing things off your schedule that are unnecessary and that cause you stress. Don’t take on projects you don’t have the time to commit to and learn to say no when someone asks for a favor that will add too much to your plate.

Make Time for Healthy Pursuits

Regular exercise and healthy eating aren’t just good for your heart – they are also good for your stress levels. Include time in your day for physical activity and to prepare healthy meals and snacks for yourself. You will feel healthier and in more control of your life. Add stress-busting activities, like yoga and meditation, into your day to keep your anxiety on an even keel.

Have a De-Stress Strategy

When a stressful event occurs or you feel yourself getting anxious, have a plan to calm down and refocus your energy. This might be calling a friend, using deep breathing techniques, taking a walk, or listening to music. Putting a stop to acute stress is good for your heart and mind and will let you approach your stressors with a clearer head.

At MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas, we provide extensive cardiac care services in our Heart Center, including emergency care for heart attacks and cardiac rehabilitation. If you are interested in learning more about our heart hospital or requesting a referral to a physician, please call (702) 233-5300.

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