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Why young people should be concerned about heart disease

Heart disease most often affects the older population, but that doesn’t mean that young people aren’t at risk. In reality, heart disease can happen at any age, so knowing the risks and making heart-healthy choices matters at every stage of your life. Here is what you need to know about reducing your risk of heart disease for life.

Surprising statistics

Thanks to ever-increasing rates of obesity and a sedentary lifestyle, risk factors for heart disease and heart disease itself is being seen in younger patients. Consider some of these statistics about young people and cardiovascular health, reported in 2013 by the American Heart Association:

  • Approximately 7.8% of teens between the ages of 12 and 19 have cholesterol of over 200 mg/dL.

  • 23.9 million kids between the ages of 2 and 19 are overweight or obese.

According to the Women’s Heart Foundation, 35,000 women under 55 have heart attacks each year. The Center for Disease Control states that heart disease becomes the leading cause of death in men by age 45.

Risk factors

Young people have the same risk factors for heart disease as older people, such as:

  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Diabetes

Young people also experience a heightened risk of heart disease thanks to two conditions:

  • Kawasaki disease – A childhood condition in which the blood vessels become inflamed. When the disease affects the coronary arteries, it can lead to heart disease.
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – An inherited condition that leads to enlarged cardiac muscles. The thickened muscles can impede blood flow.

Preventing heart disease

Young people can drastically reduce their risks of developing heart disease with a few simple steps, such as the following:

  • See your physician annual for a checkup that includes screenings for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes.

  • Eat a heart-healthy diet, rich in whole grain carbohydrates, lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables.

  • Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days.

  • Don’t smoke, and talk to your physician about stopping, if you do.

MountainView Hospital’s Heart Center of Las Vegas treats patients of all ages who are suffering from cardiovascular health problems, while our ER provides emergency care for heart health crises. Whether you need more information about our heart health programs or a referral to a cardiologist, call us today at (702) 962-5021.

What should you avoid when you want to get pregnant?

Moms-to-be know how important it is to monitor everything that they put into their bodies during pregnancy, but did you know that are some things you should avoid while you’re trying to become pregnant? Preparing your body for pregnancy will help you and your baby be healthier and could even influence your baby’s health throughout his or her life. If you are planning on becoming pregnant, talk to your doctor about things you should cut out. Here are some of the things your provider may discuss with you.

Some forms of medication can be dangerous to your growing baby, and if you are planning a pregnancy, your physician may wish to stop them before you conceive. Many antidepressants and biologics are potentially unhealthy for babies, as mentioned in the video, as well as some cholesterol medicines.

Women who become pregnant while taking these medicines should contact their physicians right away. If you are trying to conceive, ask your physician if you should switch to a different type of medicine or discontinue what you are taking. Be sure to keep taking your medicine as prescribed until you have had a chance to review your options with your physician.

Fish with high mercury levels
Your pre-pregnancy diet has an enormous impact on your baby’s well-being. Your physician will likely recommend that you avoid fish with high mercury levels—such as swordfish and tuna—when you are pregnant, because mercury can damage your baby’s developing nervous systems.

When you are trying to become pregnant, it’s best to start avoiding these foods. The effects of mercury can be most extreme early in your pregnancy, often before you even know that you have conceived. Simply taking these foods off the menu will ensure you don’t have to worry.

When you want to get pregnant, it’s best to avoid reaching for any kind of soda. There are indications that most types of soda can impact your fertility, by causing inflammation and metabolic changes. The chemicals that are in soda bottles, including BPA, can also be dangerous for a developing baby.

At MountainView Hospital, our highly trained OBGYN specialists will support you throughout your pregnancy, labor, and delivery to ensure you have the healthiest possible experience. Our newly remodeled labor and delivery unit in Las Vegas boasts private birthing suites and plenty of concierge services for new moms. Find out more about having your baby at our hospital by calling (702) 962-5021.

Reduce your household's risk for electrical shock injuries

Electrical shock injuries can have serious consequences, from severe burns that require emergency care to loss of life. Preventing these kinds of injuries is important for your entire family, but children are especially susceptible to injury from electrical shocks. Here is what you need to know about electrical shock injuries and how to prevent them.

What are electrical shock injuries?
Electrical shock injuries occur when someone is exposed to a live electrical current. At home, these kinds of injuries typically occur due to:

  • Exposure to electrical wiring
  • Faulty tools
  • Putting foreign objects into the electrical outlets
  • Power line arcs
  • Cutting of an electrical cord

Young children in particular are prone to injuries cause by sticking fingers or foreign objects into electrical outlets. Children under six are the most common age group for electrical injuries.

What kinds of injuries happen after electrical exposure?
The type and severity of the injury that occurs after an electrical exposure depends on a number of different factors, including the type of current, the voltage and amperage, and the area of the body that was exposed. Some injuries that may occur include:

  • Burns
  • Seizures
  • Headaches
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Unconsciousness
  • Respiratory failure
  • Hearing impairment

Burns are especially serious injuries. About 3% to 4% of people who enter burn centers for treatment were victims of electrical burns. People with serious electrical burns face a 40% chance of death.

How can I reduce the risk of electrical injuries at home?
Preventing is critical when it comes to electrical injuries. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to make your home safer. Consider putting this advice into action:

  • Use safety covers on your outlets
  • Replace any equipment or appliance with frayed cords or that give off a shock
  • Don’t overload outlets or power strips
  • Keep hands and metal objects away from outlets

The ER at MountainView Hospital provides emergency care in Las Vegas for all of your critical healthcare needs, from electrical injuries to strokes and heart attacks. Visit our ER any time, 365 days a year, or contact us at (702) 962-5021 for more information.

What to do in a mental health emergency

Emergency care physicians and nurses are trained to respond appropriately to patients experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental health disorders require emergency care when the patients are at risk of harming themselves or other people. A common example is suicide attempts or talking about committing suicide. If your loved one exhibits signs of a possible mental health crisis, you can rest assured that the emergency care providers at MountainView Hospital are available 24/7 to provide compassionate, sensitive care.

Recognizing mental health crises
Attempted suicide isn’t the only mental health crisis that requires emergency care. Individuals experiencing psychosis also require immediate help. Some indications of a mental health crisis include:

  • Paranoia
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Extreme agitation or aggression
  • Threats of homicidal intentions

Going to the ER
When a person is in the midst of a mental health crisis, it isn’t always possible to convince him or her to get in a car and go to the ER. And in some cases, attempting to get a person to the ER may place the bystander at risk of harm.

But if it is possible to safely drive a patient to the ER, it’s the best place for him or her to go during a crisis event. Patients themselves will likely be too distressed to drive themselves, even when they’re willing to get emergency care.

Calling 911
If there are any doubts about someone’s immediate safety, or if it’s impossible to get the patient to the ER, it’s time to call 911. The dispatcher can give you some guidance on steps you can take while awaiting emergency responders.

For example, you may be asked to consider whether the patient could have access to substances of abuse, firearms, knives and any other potential tools for self-harm. If it’s safe for you to do so, you can eliminate the patient’s access to these items.

The safety and well-being of our patients are our highest priorities here at MountainView Hospital . Our highly trained emergency care providers are committed to providing top-quality care to families throughout our Las Vegas community. Please direct medical emergencies to a 911 dispatcher, but non-emergent questions can be directed to a registered nurse at (702) 962-5021.

Protecting your children from allergens this Halloween

Daily life can be complicated when a child has food allergies. Even after you’re accustomed to scrutinizing food labels and preventing cross-contamination in the kitchen, holidays can derail your routine. Kids with food allergies can still enjoy Halloween—it just takes a few extra precautionary steps. If an adverse reaction does occur, the emergency care doctors at MountainView Hospital are available 24/7.

Safe trick-or-treating tips
Kids with food allergies should go trick-or-treating with an adult who carries an epinephrine autoinjector, and knows how to use it. Help coach your children on how to politely decline homemade treats and packaged candy that contains allergens.

Check the labels of each candy carefully before letting your child enjoy it. Be wary of “fun size” treats, as these may have different ingredients to their full size counterparts.

Alternative Halloween activities
Kids with food allergies are less likely to feel left out of the fun if you plan activities that don’t involve food. If you’ll be hosting a Halloween party, you could hold a costume contest, and hand out small toys to the winners instead of candy. Pumpkin carving—or painting, for younger kids—is another fun way to celebrate the fall season.

Teal pumpkins
The Teal Pumpkin Project was created as a way to connect kids with allergies to houses that offer allergy-free Halloween treats. Although the practice might not necessarily be widespread in your neighborhood, you could look for houses that display teal pumpkins. Take your child trick-or-treating at these houses to minimize potential exposure to food allergies.

You could also raise awareness about the Teal Pumpkin Project by participating. Paint your own pumpkin teal, and print out a sign that explains its significance. Set out a basket of non-food items and allergy-free treats for trick-or-treaters.

At MountainView Hospital, it’s our mission to empower families living with medical conditions. A physician at our state-of-the-art medical center in Las Vegas can help you learn how to keep your child safe from allergens. A registered nurse is available at (702) 962-5021 to answer your general healthcare questions.

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