• Happy Doctors’ Day from MountainView Hospital!

    Today we celebrate Doctors’ Day, a day we thank and recognize our dedicated physicians for the care and expertise they provide to our patients each and every day.

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  • Better Health for Our Community through h2u – The Health To You Program

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    Achieving and maintaining excellent health involves regular physical activity, stress management, and a balanced, nutritious diet. At MountainView Hospital of Las Vegas, we understand that the stresses of our faced-paced lives can sometimes make this job difficult. To help support you and your family in living healthy, we provide the Health To You Program , a dedicated service to prevent illness and injury in our community of Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Members of the Health To You (H2U) Program enjoy a wide variety of benefits to improve and sustain excellent health, from a quarterly informational magazine to discounts on prescriptions. Program benefits include:

    • Health resources
      To help each member maintain optimal health, H2U provides a variety of subscription services and health assessment tools, including email health reminders and email newsletters.
    • Discounts
      As a member of H2U, you and your family can enjoy special discounts of 10 to 50 percent on medications from major pharmacies, such as CVS and Walgreen’s. Members can also utilize discounts on dental and vision plans, emergency response systems, and more.
    • Online health library
      To answer any medical questions, H2U members have access to the program’s extensive searchable library. With thousands of health-related articles, members can find helpful information on medical procedures, nutrition , and more.

    As a part of the Health To You Program, members are always surrounded by the support of like-minded people—those who are committed to healthy living and do not take their good health for granted. To become a part of our active and engaged medical community, visit H2U.com or contact MountainView Hospital at (702) 233-5300. Individual memberships are only $20 for one year or $35 for two years, while couples can join for $35 per year when they sign up together.

  • Better Health for Our Community through h2u – The Health To You Program

    h2u-cover

    Achieving and maintaining excellent health involves regular physical activity, stress management, and a balanced, nutritious diet. At MountainView Hospital of Las Vegas, we understand that the stresses of our faced-paced lives can sometimes make this job difficult. To help support you and your family in living healthy, we provide the Health To You Program , a dedicated service to prevent illness and injury in our community of Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Members of the Health To You (H2U) Program enjoy a wide variety of benefits to improve and sustain excellent health, from a quarterly informational magazine to discounts on prescriptions. Program benefits include:

    • Health resources
      To help each member maintain optimal health, H2U provides a variety of subscription services and health assessment tools, including email health reminders and email newsletters.
    • Discounts
      As a member of H2U, you and your family can enjoy special discounts of 10 to 50 percent on medications from major pharmacies, such as CVS and Walgreen’s. Members can also utilize discounts on dental and vision plans, emergency response systems, and more.
    • Online health library
      To answer any medical questions, H2U members have access to the program’s extensive searchable library. With thousands of health-related articles, members can find helpful information on medical procedures, nutrition , and more.

    As a part of the Health To You Program, members are always surrounded by the support of like-minded people—those who are committed to healthy living and do not take their good health for granted. To become a part of our active and engaged medical community, visit H2U.com or contact MountainView Hospital at (702) 233-5300. Individual memberships are only $20 for one year or $35 for two years, while couples can join for $35 per year when they sign up together.

  • Nevada’s First Single-Site Gallbladder Removal Performed Today at MountainView Hospital

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  • Are You at Risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis?

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    The  circulatory system is composed of two main types of blood vessels: veins and arteries. Arteries are responsible for delivering blood from the heart to the organs and tissues of the body, supplying them with the necessary oxygen and nutrients they need to function properly. The veins are responsible for returning this blood to the heart. 

    When returning blood from the lower extremities, veins must push blood against the flow of gravity with the help of the leg muscles. Each time the leg muscles contract, blood is pushed up the leg and back to the heart. When a patient does not move for long periods of time and does not contract his or her muscles, the blood in the deep veins of the leg becomes stagnant and can form a clot, also called a thrombus. This condition is known as deep vein thrombosis, or DVT.

    Deep vein thrombosis is a very serious condition that can have life-threatening effects. If a clot formed in the deep veins were to break lose, it has the ability to travel through the bloodstream and lodge in the lungs, causing pulmonary embolism and possible death. The condition occurs equally in men and women, but the risk increases with age. Below are a few of the factors that can increase a person’s risk for DVT:

    • Sitting for long periods of time, such as when flying or driving
    • Injury or surgery that may disrupt blood flow
    • Certain forms of cancer
    • Heart failure
    • A personal or family history of pulmonary embolism or DVT
    • Smoking
    • Inheriting a blood-clotting disorder

    MountainView Hospital of Las Vegas offers patients a free deep vein thrombosis risk assessment form to fill out and discuss with their physician. If you have any questions about the dangers of deep vein thrombosis or if you are in need of an experienced and knowledgeable physician in the Las Vegas area, call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line today at (702) 233-5300, or contact MountainView Hospital online.

  • March is National Nutrition Month – Eat for a Healthier You!

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    Every process that takes place in the body is dependent on the energy provided by the food we eat. Ingesting the right amount of nutrients in their optimal proportions will help these processes to function at their healthiest levels and work to prevent the development of serious health conditions, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease . This month, work to improve your eating habits by learning more about the most recent dietary guidelines backed by years of scientific research.

    • Know modern nutritional recommendations  
      Many of us have grown up with the traditional food pyramid, which contains the dairy group, meat group, grain group, and the fruits and vegetables group. As nutrition science has changed, so have these basic groups. Experts now recommend that men and women focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products as their main sources of nutrition, supplemented by lean meats, beans, eggs, and nuts.
       
    • Avoid unhealthy foods
      All healthy diets are low in saturated and Trans fats, salt, added sugars, and cholesterol, all of which contribute to the development of serious chronic medical conditions. 
       
    • Drink plenty of water
      For healthy people, drinking when thirsty and with each meal is usually adequate for meeting daily fluid needs. For those who spend prolonged periods of time out in the sun or who participate in rigorous physical activity, more water is needed to avoid dehydration .

    A healthy diet, along with regular physical activity, can help you to reduce your risk of developing major chronic diseases and keep you looking and feeling great. To learn more about the diet and exercise routine that best fits your needs, speak with your healthcare professional or contact the experts at MountainView Hospital of Las Vegas. Our staff is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer your health-related questions—call us today at (702) 233-5300.

  • Learn More About Staying Healthy and Understanding Your Risk Factors

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    Are you at risk for heart disease or stroke? You can find out more about this and our other recent topics by clicking through the helpful links below. If you have any remaining questions, do not hesitate to call the friendly staff of MountainView Hospital at (702) 233-5300.

    • This article from the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery outlines the many potential benefits of weight loss surgery.
    • Read about some ways to lose weight and stick to a diet plan on FamilyDoctor.org.
    • The National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC) provides national statistics on diabetes in adults and children.
    • Have you been recently diagnosed with diabetes? Learn more about the basics of the disease and how to manage it effectively from the American Diabetes Association .
    • Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website to find out more about healthy food choices for those with diabetes.
    • The American Heart Association lists the many types of cardiovascular disease on their website and provides ample information on each.
    • This article from WomensHealth.gov answers some frequently asked questions about healthy eating for those at risk for heart disease.
    • Atrial fibrillation , also called afib, is an abnormal heart rhythm that can increase a person’s risk of stroke. Read more about afib in this article found on the Heart Rhythm Society’s website.
    • Robotic surgical systems can be used in a wide variety of procedures, including these surgeries listed on the da Vinci Surgery website.
    • This article from Brown University School of Medicine provides an overview of the benefits and capabilities of robotic surgical systems.

  • Nutrition & Healthy Eating

    Not only does eating a wide variety of nutrient-rich foods help you to look and feel better, having a balanced diet can also dramatically lower your risk for developing life-threatening medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. In this informational video, the host describes why you should maintain a healthier diet and how you can stick to a more balanced diet. You can learn how your body transforms food into energy and how this process is affected in those who suffer from diabetes.

    If you have diabetes and are looking for ways to stay healthy and manage your disease, contact the experts of MountainView Hospital at (702) 233-5300—we are happy to answer your health-related questions.

  • How Can You Benefit From Robotic Surgery?

    Robotic Surgery

    Robotic surgery is a relatively new development in the medical sciences. During robot-assisted surgery, the surgeon performs a procedure by controlling robotic arms while observing the surgical site on a monitor screen. The development and use of these surgical systems has been shown to provide many benefits to patients and physicians during and after the operation. A few of these benefits include:

    • Increased visualization with decreased incision size
      The state-of-the-art cameras and computer monitors that are a part of robotic surgical systems allow surgeons to see tissues closer than they otherwise would, without the need for large incisions. During robot-assisted surgery, tiny ‘keyhole’ incisions are made that are only centimeters long. The cameras are passed through these incisions and provide a high-definition image on the surgeon’s monitor. 
       
    • A minimally invasive option
      Robot-assisted surgery provides patients with a less invasive alternative to many surgeries . Minimally invasive procedures have been shown to result in reduced recovery times, hospital stays, pain, blood loss, and infection rates. Because there is less trauma inflicted on the tissue, patients are able to resume their daily activities much sooner and will often experience better clinical outcomes. 
       
    • Less damage to nerves and tissue
      Robotic surgical systems utilize tiny, elongated surgical tools that translate the surgeon’s hand movements into smaller, more precise gestures. These machines also have the ability to filter out any hand tremor that the surgeon may have. The accuracy and precision provided by this technology, in combination with the smaller incision size and minimally invasive approach, result in much less tissue and nerve damage when compared with traditional open surgery. 

    Robotic surgery has many benefits, but it is not suitable for every surgical procedure. If you would like to learn more about this technology and how it can be used, contact MountainView Hospital at (702) 233-5300. We offer daVinci robot-assisted procedures as a less invasive alternative to many traditional procedures.

  • A Look at the Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band Procedure

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    A laparoscopic adjustable gastric band, more casually referred to as a lap band, is a silicone ring that can be placed around the upper portion of the stomach to create a smaller stomach pouch. This device helps patients to lose weight by reducing the amount of food the stomach can hold and increasing the amount of time needed for the stomach to empty, effectively slowing digestion and decreasing appetite. In combination with simple lifestyle changes, this bariatric procedure can result in significant and sustained weight loss. 

    The lap band procedure is the least invasive bariatric surgical option available. With the use of cutting-edge cameras called laparoscopes and tiny surgical instruments, the surgeon can install the lap band through tiny keyhole incisions that are only centimeters long. Once in place, the lap band can be easily adjusted by a physician to change the size of the stomach opening, allowing a patient to eat more or less depending on their nutritional needs. 

    A good candidate for a laparoscopic adjustable band procedure has a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40, or a BMI of 35 or greater accompanied by a life-threatening medical condition such as heart disease or diabetes. Once committed to the surgery, a successful outcome depends on the patient’s commitment to making essential lifestyle changes and working closely with their surgical team. Following up with your doctor, eating a nutrient-rich diet, and participating in regular physical activity can help patients to receive the optimal benefits of this bariatric procedure. These benefits include:

    • Weight loss
    • Improved energy, mobility, and stamina
    • Improvement in a wide variety of obesity-related medical conditions, including arthritis, sleep apnea, and hypertension
    • Reduced risk of the serious complications associated with cardiovascular disease, such as heart attack and stroke
    • Enhanced self-esteem, mood, and overall quality of life

    If you are burdened with obesity and are considering this life-changing procedure, consult one of the experienced professionals at MountainView Hospital’s Surgical Weight Loss Center .  Schedule an appointment today by calling (702) 233-5300, or contact MountainView Hospital online.

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