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

Protecting Yourself from STDs

Sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, can cause serious health complications, including infertility, when left untreated. It’s important to take your sexual health as seriously as you do preventing things like stroke and heart disease, since the impact of STDs can be so devastating. Although the majority of STDs are treatable, you can significantly reduce your risk of infection by taking the right steps to protect yourself. Cut your chances of contracting an STD with this advice.

Get Tested for STDs
Being informed about your sexual health starts with being tested for STDs. Talk to your healthcare provider about which tests are appropriate for you, and repeat tests when you think you could have been exposed to an STD, such as after unprotected sex with a new partner. Before having sex, it is a good idea to discuss testing with your partner and to consider agreeing to each get tested at the start of a new sexual relationship.

Use Condoms
Although condoms do not protect against all STDs, they are among the best ways to prevent exposure to many common infections. Use a condom in every sexual encounter, as it not necessary for ejaculation to occur for many STDs to be transmitted. Keep in mind that some STDs, such as herpes, can be passed from one partner to another even when condoms are being used, so you should still talk to your doctor about your STD risk even if you practiced safe sex.

Restrict Your Sexual Partners
The more people you engage in sexual activity with, the more likely you are to be exposed to an STD. Limiting the number of partners you have can reduce your risk. Avoid drug and alcohol abuse, which can impair your decision making and lower in inhibitions, making it more likely that you will take part in risky sexual behavior.

From our women’s health team to MountainView Medical Associates, you’ll find the care your family needs at MountainView Hospital. We offer emergency care 24-hours per day, plus stroke care, bariatric surgery, and much more. Request a referral to one of our physicians in Las Vegas today by calling (702) 233-5300.

How Does Diabetes Affect Your Cardiovascular Treatment Options?

People with diabetes have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, including an increased chance of developing heart disease at a younger age and of developing severe heart disease complications. When people with diabetes need treatment for cardiovascular disease, whether they need emergency care for a heart attack, stroke care, or ongoing care for a chronic condition by a heart specialist, they have unique needs because of potential complications caused by diabetes. If you have diabetes and cardiovascular health problems, here are some of the ways your treatments could be affected.

Increased Risk of Infection
Although most people with diabetes are eligible for cardiovascular treatments, such as angioplasties, as discussed by Dr. Cres Miranda of MountainView Hospital in this video, they do have an increased risk of infection after invasive procedures. Because diabetes can interfere with the body’s ability to heal, infections can take hold easier and may be more difficult to fight. In addition to decreased immune response, when blood glucose levels are high, the excess sugar in the bloodstream feeds the infection, making it even more difficult to fight.

Problems with Blood Glucose Control
Having any kind of procedure can cause people with diabetes to experience problems with blood glucose control. The stress of the procedure can cause levels to spike, while fasting can cause levels to bottom out. Swings in blood glucose levels can only cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and other uncomfortable symptoms, but dangerously high or low blood glucose levels can also cause the need for emergency care.

Interactions with Medications
Cardiologists must carefully consider the medications they prescribe to people with diabetes to ensure there are no interactions with their current diabetes medications. They may choose to avoid some medicines that could affect blood glucose levels, or they may prescribe medications to be taken at very specific times to avoid interactions with diabetes medications.

Managing diabetes and cardiovascular disease is possible with the help of the heart team at MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas. Call us today at (702) 233-5300 for more information or to request a referral to a specialist at our heart hospital.

Plan for Safer Holidays

The holiday season is about family, friends, togetherness—and sometimes, emergency care. Unfortunately, emergency room visits spike during the holidays, but you don’t have to let an injury or health crisis derail your celebrations. Stay merry, bright, and injury-free all season long with these tips for safer holiday celebrations.

Think Before You Fry
The popularity of fried turkey as a holiday dish has risen dramatically in recent years, and so have hospital visits for emergency care related to a frying disaster. In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that at least 672 people have been injured and $8 million in property losses have occurred thanks for turkey frying foul-ups. The best policy is to think of your heart health and to roast your bird instead, or to buy a fried turkey if it is a must for your feast. Although using turkey fryers at home is not recommended, if you are doing to, make sure it is on a flat surface and that the turkey is completely thawed and dry before it enters the oil. The fryer should be 10 feet from your home, and you should always have a fire extinguisher handy.

Keep Food Poisoning Off the Menu
Don’t risk dishing up a gastrointestinal emergency. The holidays are a peak time for food poisoning since so many gatherings involve buffets and potluck-style meals at which food sits out for an extended period of time. Remember to keep hot foods hot, cold foods cold, and to never use items used with raw meats with cooked foods. Don’t let food sit at room temperature for more than two hours.

Dim the Risk of Candle Fires
Candles are an essential part of the holidays, but they also require special attention to be used safely. Never leave candles unattended, and keep them on flat, stable surfaced away from trees, curtains, paper, and fabrics. Don’t leave kids and candles alone, as the flicker of the flame could be too hard for unsupervised children to resist.

If trouble does strike this holiday season, MountainView Hospital is here with emergency care in Las Vegas around the clock, 365 days per year. Visit our ER when you need help, or call us to find out more about our hospital services at 702-233-5300.

What You Need to Know About Pancreatic Cancer

A diagnosis of pancreatic cancer can be devastating for both the patient and his or her loved ones. This relatively rare cancer is notorious for being difficult to treat, because it is often diagnosed in later stages. Fortunately, oncology specialists are more equipped than ever to diagnose and treat pancreatic cancer, and at MountainView Hospital, our multidisciplinary cancer team is prepared to offer advanced treatments combined with compassionate care. Here are the facts you need to know about pancreatic cancer.

What is pancreatic cancer?
Pancreatic cancer is cancer that forms in the cells of the pancreas. In most cases, the cancer forms in exocrine pancreas cells, which are responsible for releasing enzymes that assist in digestion. Less frequently, cancer develops in neuroendocrine cells, which submit hormones including insulin and glucagon. Cancer in the exocrine cells is difficult to diagnose in many cases, since it doesn’t cause symptoms until the disease is advanced. Because cancer in neuroendocrine cells disrupts hormone levels, which causes symptoms, it is more likely to be diagnosed in early stages.

What are the symptoms?
In many cases, pancreatic cancer doesn’t cause symptoms until it has spread outside of the pancreas. When symptoms do occur, they including jaundice, itchy skin, back or belly pain, loss of appetite, and nausea. In some cases, it can cause diabetes, periods of hypoglycemia, stomach ulcers, and uneven texture of fatty skin tissue. Often, the symptoms that lead to a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer are symptoms caused when the cancer spreads to another organ.

What treatments are available?
As with all types of cancer, early diagnosis can make a dramatic difference in treatment outcomes for pancreatic cancer. Treatment options for pancreatic cancer include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and targeted therapy. Typically, patients with pancreatic cancer receive more than one type of treatment as part of their care plans.

The cancer team at MountainView Hospital offers comprehensive cancer care in a dedicated unit staffed with a knowledgeable team—many of whom have survived cancer. You can get more information about cancer care as well as all of our other hospital services, including stroke care and robotic surgery, by calling (702) 233-5300.

Taking Steps to Reduce Your Cancer Risk

Although it is not possible to completely prevent cancer, there are many things you can do to drastically reduce your risk of developing the disease. By understanding your risk factors and making smart lifestyle choices, you can lower your chances of getting many different types of cancer.

Know Your Risk

Individualized cancer risk factors vary greatly, so discuss your status with your doctor. Some kinds of cancer have a genetic component, so having a relative who has had the disease means you are also at a higher risk. Sometimes, health conditions and medications can also influence your cancer risk. By identifying your risk factors with your doctor, you can work together to make decisions about cancer screening tests you may need and steps you can take to reduce your vulnerability, such as losing weight.

Stop Smoking

Smoking is one of the biggest causes of preventable cancers. It dramatically increases your risk of lung, oral, stomach, pancreatic, kidney, and bladder cancers, among others, and in fact, smoking almost exclusively causes some forms of oral and lung cancer. Quitting is difficult, but it could save your life. If you want to quit but aren’t sure where to start, talk to your doctor. There are medications and support groups that make the process easier.

Protect Against Sun Exposure

UV radiation from the sun and from tanning beds change the DNA makeup of cells and causes abnormalities that lead to cancer. Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer, and melanoma, the most serious kind of skin cancer, is one of the most deadly. By wearing sunscreen at all times, avoiding the sunlight during peak hours, and avoiding tanning beds, you can significantly reduce your chances of developing cancer.

The oncology team at MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas is dedicated to providing compassionate, comprehensive care to patients when cancer does strike. Contact us today to learn more about our cancer care program or to find out more about our other hospital services, including emergency care, robotic surgery, and stroke care. Dial (702) 233-5300 for more information.

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