• Learn More about Weight Loss and Cardiovascular Health with these Links

    stethoscope and heart

    If you would like more information on the importance of timely stroke treatment, bariatric weight loss, and preventing cardiovascular disease, visit the following websites or call MountainView Hospital of Las Vegas at (702) 233-5474.

    • The National Stroke Association explains the various difficulties encountered by patients after experiencing a stroke.
    • Learn just how important it is to seek prompt medical care for stroke on this page from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
    • Visit StrokeAssociation.org to learn how ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes are treated.
    • This article from MedlinePlus describes a typical patient diet after a gastric banding procedure.
    • The Weight Control Information Network offers a detailed guide to bariatric surgery .
    • Eating a balanced diet and staying active are important components of a heart-healthy lifestyle. Learn how to care for your heart regardless of your age at GoRedForWomen.org.

    Find out more about different ways to get and stay healthy by checking out these resources!

  • Women’s Guide to a Healthy Heart

    Women's Heart Health

    American women face a number of challenges to their health, including cardiovascular disease , which remains one of the top causes of death. Fortunately, heart conditions are highly preventable with the appropriate lifestyle changes.

    • Eat Low-Fat, Nutrient-Rich Foods
      Consuming processed foods and items high in saturated and trans fats can contribute to hypertension, high cholesterol, and high triglyceride levels. Strive to eat at least five servings of produce each day, and choose items that are high in fiber, such as whole grains and legumes. When eating out, try to find poultry or fish entrees that are grilled, steamed, or baked, and ask whether you can substitute vegetables for a side dish.
    • Exercise Regularly
      If you are too busy to visit the gym multiple times per week, you can still sneak in small amounts of physical activity during your daily responsibilities. Choose a parking space farther away from your destination and speed-walk to get there, meet friends for a game of Frisbee instead of a round of drinks, and take the stairs whenever possible. Your goal should be to perform 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of cardio each week.
    • Quit Smoking
      According to the American Heart Association, smoking is the most notable and preventable risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Fortunately, quitting can eventually reduce your risk for heart attack and stroke to that of a nonsmoker! Ask your physician for help creating a personalized plan to stop smoking.
    • Prevent Stress
      Chronic stress can increase your risk of heart disease, so if you are having trouble sleeping, maintaining a steady eating plan, focusing on important tasks, or feeling calm, it may help you to evaluate your life and identify sources of stress. Be sure to practice daily stress-relief habits such as spending time with loved ones, exercising, and prioritizing responsibilities.

    MountainView Hospital of Las Vegas offers a cutting-edge Cardiac Surgery Program to help patients take control of their health. Learn about our high-quality cardiac rehabilitation services by calling (702) 233-5474.

  • Why You Need to Act Fast When Stroke Is Suspected

    Stroke Care

    When you notice the signs of a stroke in yourself or a loved one, seeking emergency medical treatment is absolutely critical. Receiving stroke care from MountainView Hospital within three hours of the onset of the condition can enable patients to recover with minimal disability.

    There are two different types of stroke: ischemic and hemorrhagic. Ischemic stroke is the result of a blood clot blocking an artery, preventing oxygenated blood from reaching the parts of the brain beyond the obstruction. Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a weak blood vessel in the brain ruptures, causing blood to build up in the surrounding tissue.

    Because every portion of the brain is vital to everyday functioning, time is of the essence when treating a stroke. As soon as a stroke patient reaches the emergency department of a hospital, diagnostic testing will commence in order to determine the size, position, and nature of the issue.

    If an ischemic stroke is detected, anticoagulant medications and clot-dissolving drugs will be administered to facilitate blood flow and hopefully preserve the brain tissue that was deprived of oxygen. These measures are most effective within three hours of the onset of a stroke. Hemorrhagic stroke is treated surgically—the torn artery is either clamped to stem the flow of blood or closed with a coil that is guided through the cardiovascular system using a catheter.

    The faster a stroke patient receives medical care, the better his or her chances of recovery are. Because a stroke can leave patients with severe disabilities, including speech deficits, restricted movement on one side of the body, and short-term memory loss, seeking stroke care quickly can make a significant difference in the long-term outlook of a patient.

    The physicians at MountainView Hospital are dedicated to saving lives and improving the outcome of patients with life-altering conditions such as stroke. To learn more about our Las Vegas stroke care services, call (702) 233-5474 today.

  • A Look at Surgical Weight Loss

    Weight Loss

    Bariatric weight loss involves the surgical alteration of the stomach and intestines in order to restrict food intake or inhibit the absorption of calories and fat. A surgical solution will typically only be recommended when a patient has a BMI of over 40 or a BMI above 35 along with at least one serious weight-related health condition.

    Reasons for Weight Loss Surgery
    If a patient’s conscientious efforts to control weight with conservative methods such as portion control and physical activity have failed, he or she may benefit from bariatric surgery . In addition to facilitating weight loss, the procedure can help to bring obesity-related conditions such as type-II diabetes, hypertension, and sleep apnea under control.

    Operative Techniques Used
    At MountainView Hospital, we offer three different bariatric weight loss options so patients can choose the procedure that best suits their situation. Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery is minimally invasive, involving the use of a laparoscope to create an egg-sized stomach pouch which is attached to a portion of the small intestine. Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding is a similar process, but instead of rerouting the intestine, it uses an inflatable band to portion off a small section of stomach. Patients who want to minimize the risks involved in bariatric weight loss can elect to undergo a sleeve gastrectomy, in which the majority of the stomach is removed, permanently reducing the size of the organ.

    Recovery Requirements
    After weight loss surgery, it is vital to maintain a doctor-recommended diet and exercise plan. Staying hydrated, eating a number of small meals throughout the day, and developing a sense of satiety helps patients maintain gastrointestinal comfort. The most successful weight loss cases involve patients who are dedicated to following their physician’s instructions and making healthful choices each day.

    Learn more about your bariatric weight loss options by visiting MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas. Call (702) 233-5474 to schedule an appointment at our Surgical Weight Loss Center .