When most people hear the word “cholesterol,” they think of a harmful substance that contributes to the development of cardiovascular disease . On the contrary, this waxy, fatty substance is vital for a variety of bodily functions and structures, including the fluid structure of the cell membrane. It is when cholesterol levels become too high that it can pose a danger to a person’s health.
Before considering the health effects of cholesterol , it is important to know the kinds of cholesterol within the body and how they are transported. Because cholesterol is a fatty substance, it is not soluble in the plasma of the bloodstream, just as oil is not miscible in water. To overcome this barrier and transport essential fats to the cells of the body, specialized soluble particles called lipoproteins are recruited to envelop and carry the waxy cholesterol through the circulatory system. The main types of lipoproteins include:
These large lipoproteins are responsible for carrying fats from the food you eat (triglycerides) from the intestines to the tissues of the body.
- Very Low Density Lipoproteins (VLDLs)
These lipoproteins carry fat from the liver to the body’s tissues.
- Low Density Lipoproteins (LDLs)
Commonly called “bad” cholesterol, LDLs are responsible for depositing fatty plaques on the artery walls.
- High Density Lipoproteins (HDLs)
Known as the “good” cholesterol, HDLs work to clean the arteries of fatty plaques and transport them back to the liver for disposal or recycling.
The health affects of cholesterol, therefore, are dependent upon the fat intake in your diet and the ratio of LDLs to HDLs in your bloodstream. Increased levels of LDL and triglycerides can promote the formation of fatty plaques on the walls of your arteries, resulting in atherosclerosis and eventual cardiovascular disease. Portions of fatty plaques can also break off, causing the formation of a clot and a possible obstruction of an artery. When this occurs, heart attack or stroke can be the result.
The best way to avoid the complications associated with high LDL cholesterol and triglycerides is to evaluate your risk factors with an experienced physician. To schedule a consultation with a doctor in the Las Vegas area, call the MountainView Hospital Consult-A-Nurse health care referral line at (702) 233-5474.
For men and women suffering from morbid obesity, weight loss surgery can be an effective way to regain control of a healthy life. The surgical procedure itself, however, is only the beginning of a long journey toward successful weight loss. In this video, you can learn about one woman’s experience with bariatric surgery. Every day, she works hard to maintain her healthy weight loss through diet, exercise, and positive thinking. Watch the video to find out more about keeping weight off after bariatric surgery.
If you are struggling to lose weight even with dedicated diet and exercise efforts, bariatric surgery may be an option for you. To learn more about whether or not surgical weight loss is right for your situation, contact the weight loss specialists at MountainView Hospital at (702) 233-5474.
Women with cancers of the reproductive tract—of the uterus, ovaries, cervix, vagina, or fallopian tubes—have a variety of treatment options open to them. In many cases, hysterectomy, or surgical removal of the reproductive organs, is the most effective way to remove the cancer and prevent it from spreading throughout the body.
Traditionally, these surgeries were performed through large, open incisions that were necessary to provide the surgeon with visibility of the internal organs. This approach, though standard, can often come with a great deal of pain and a long recovery time.
With the development and introduction of the DaVinci® robotic surgery , the “standard” approach to complex hysterectomy procedures changed. Instead of performing these procedures through a single open incision, the surgeon can perform the entire procedure on a minimally invasive basis through incisions only one or two centimeters wide.
This amazing approach can provide the patient and surgeon with many benefits, including:
- Less pain
The DaVinci® robotic surgical system’s advanced monitoring technology allows surgeons to perform through the tiniest of surgical incisions, minimizing tissue damage and post-surgical discomfort. This advantage also reduces a patient’s need for pain medications after the procedure.
- Quicker recovery
The minimal tissue damage and inflammation that the robotic surgical system is able to achieve, results in a much quicker recovery. Patients are able to leave the hospital and return to their daily activities sooner and with fewer post-op complications.
- More precision
The unparalleled precision and control of the robotic arms provides the surgeon with a level of dexterity that is truly amazing. The robotic arms never tire and are able to filter out any hand tremor.
If you are interested in learning more about the capabilities of the DaVinci® robotic surgical system, contact the experts at MountainView Hospital . Our robotic surgery program specializes in the treatment of a variety of medical conditions, from gynecological cancer to bariatric surgery. To schedule a consultation with one of the robotic surgical specialists at MountainView Hospital, call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (702) 233-5474.
- Less pain
A stroke is a deadly medical event that occurs when the brain is deprived of an oxygenated blood supply. Without oxygen, the brain tissue quickly dies, leading to long-term disability and even death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 800,000 Americans suffer from a stroke every year, with one person affected every 45 seconds on average. Do not be a part of these statistics—learn your risk factors and take the necessary steps for improving your health. Read on for more information about the major risk factors for a stroke.
High blood pressure leads to the application of unnecessary stress on the walls of the arteries. Over time, this force can lead to the damage or deterioration of the vessel wall, which can result in a stroke.
- Atrial fibrillation
Commonly called afib, this irregular heartbeat occurs when the two upper chambers of the heart beat quickly and erratically. These unpredictable heartbeats can allow blood to pool in the heart, which can lead to the formation of clots.These clots can then travel to the brain and block an artery, causing an ischemic stroke.
High levels of cholesterol can lead to the buildup of fatty plaques on the artery walls, which can clog arteries and eventually obstruct blood flow.
- Tobacco use
According to the National Stroke Association , cigarette smokers are twice as likely to suffer a stroke than nonsmokers.
Fortunately, all of the above risk factors are modifiable, meaning that they can be improved or eliminated through healthier lifestyle decisions. Exercising regularly, for example, can help to reduce your blood pressure and manage obesity. Avoiding fatty foods can improve your cholesterol levels, reducing your risk of an ischemic stroke or heart attack.
There are some risk factors, however, that cannot be controlled. Age, gender, race, and family history, for example, cannot be changed through any lifestyle choice.
Fortunately, even these risk factors can be effectively managed and treated with the help of a knowledgeable physician.
If you are interested in finding a physician that specializes in stroke care, contact the MountainView Hospital Consult-A-Nurse health care referral line today at (702) 233-5474. Our staff is ready to help you at any time!
Join the Teachers Health Trust for a free Diabetes Day hosted at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. Learn more about how diabetes affects your heart, vision, circulation and health. Educational booths will feature experts on diabetes, stroke, hearts, osteoporosis, breast cancer and wound care. Plus screenings for blood pressure, bone density, blood glucose, vision and more.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
9 a.m. to Noon
Sunrise Hospital Auditorium
3186 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89109
The Sunrise Health System of Hospitals Awarded Re-certification as Primary Stroke Centers from The Joint Commission
This distinction recognizes hospitals for offering the best possible treatment for stroke patients …
On Thursday, we celebrated the final steel beam being placed on our new patient tower with a “Topping Out” ceremony!
Even with corrective lenses, surgery, or other medical treatments, some men and women still suffer from impaired vision . This irreversible form of vision loss, known as low vision, affects approximately 135 million people worldwide according to the National Eye Institute. Are you suffering from the effects of low vision? Below are listed some of the major symptoms experienced by those with this condition.
- Difficulty recognizing the faces of friends, relatives, or loved ones, even from a closer distance
- Difficulty performing intricate activities that require near vision, such as sewing, painting, reading, or other hobbies
- Problems recognizing colors or matching colors to each other when choosing outfits
- Requiring brighter lights for work or at home, as lighting seems to become progressively dimmer
- Seeing halos around lights or having increasing problems with night vision
- Difficulty reading street signs and store names
The signs listed above often occur even with vision correction technologies or procedures, such as contact lenses, eyeglasses, or refractive surgery, and can be indicative of a serious chronic eye disease. Problems with color vision, for example, can often be a sign of a developing cataract in one or both eyes. Problems with facial recognition can be the result of age-related macular degeneration, a progressive disease that accounts for more than 45 percent of low vision.
Although many vision problems can develop during the aging process, low vision is not a normal product of aging. As our eyes age, they can develop a refractive disorder called presbyopia , a form of farsightedness that can be easily corrected with reading glasses or surgery. Presbyopia, unlike diseases such as macular degeneration, does not lead to irreversible low vision.
The best way to detect the presence of low vision early in its development is to visit your eye doctor regularly for dilated comprehensive visual exams. Many of the causes of low vision do not exhibit any symptoms until your vision is in danger; detecting low vision early can help you maintain and protect the vision you have now. To locate a specialist in the Las Vegas area, contact MountainView Hospital at (702) 233-5300.
In celebration of Mother’s Day, we’ve put together a list of quotes honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society:
- A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. –Tenneva Jordan
- Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs… since the payment is pure love. –Mildred B. Vermont
- Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. –Author Unknown
- Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother. –Oprah Winfrey
- A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go. –Author Unknown
- A mother’s heart is a patchwork of love. –Author Unknown
- Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. –Marcel Proust