• Get Guidance for Keeping Yourself and Your Family Healthy

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    If you are in search of superior healthcare in the Las Vegas area, MountainView Hospital and the Sunrise Health System can provide the high-tech, high-touch care you are looking for. We are invested in the most sophisticated treatment technologies across a broad range of medical specialties, and we provide health education to the whole community with classes and events taking place throughout each month. You can connect with us through our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474 for answers to your health questions.

    • Check out the Weight-control Information Network to see the severity of the obesity problem in America.
    • If you don’t know the indicators of kidney disease , head to Kidney.org for a look at the signs to watch out for.
    • The American Lung Association has some practical tips to help you preserve your lung health for life.
    • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides an overview of lung cancer and the measures you can take to prevent it.
    • To decide if you should be screened for lung cancer , read about the screening procedures for this disease at Cancer.gov.

  • Kidney Disease and Obesity: What is the Connection?

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    Obesity leads to a wide range of health issues that can be fatal if no action is taken for weight control. Kidney disease is one of the more serious threats of obesity to consider during the month of March, which is National Kidney Month . If you are obese, you may be three to four times more likely to experience kidney failure, which can lead to the need for transplant or dialysis. Here is a look at the ways that obesity affects the health of your kidneys over time.

    Associated Conditions
    Kidney failure may be the result of other conditions caused by obesity. Diabetes is the most common link between obesity and kidney failure , as a large number of obese individuals have type 2 diabetes or insulin resistance. If you are obese and do have diabetes, you should work to manage your blood sugar so that your kidneys do not become overworked as a result of spikes in your blood glucose levels.

    Strain on the Kidneys
    Obesity can also damage the kidneys directly. The kidneys are responsible for filtering waste from the blood, and waste may be stored in the body’s visceral fat cells. This means that the kidneys of obese individuals tend to work harder than those of individuals living at a healthy weight.

    Long-term Obesity Costs
    Being obese is only one part of the equation when calculating your risk for kidney disease. The amount of time that you have been obese makes a difference, because it indicates the period under which your kidneys have been under added stress. If you were obese in early adulthood, you are in the highest risk population for obesity-related kidney disease, so more drastic steps may need to be taken to manage your health.

    Mountain View Hospital can help you overcome obesity and manage your total health with ongoing education and support through our H2U program . If you are a resident of the northwest Las Vegas area exploring obesity treatments such as weight loss surgery, contact us through our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474.

  • National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: Do You Know Your Risk?

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    Colorectal cancer, which is commonly referred to as colon cancer, is a cancer that affects more than 140,000 Americans every year. This cancer is generally diagnosed in people over the age of 50, and it is often fatal because it does not show symptoms until late stages. If you are aware of your personal risk for colon cancer, you and your doctor can plan your medical care better so that the risk of late-stage diagnosis is reduced. Here are the steps you can take to get in-tune with your colorectal cancer risk .

    Evaluate Your Diet
    Eating habits are directly linked to colon cancer risk, so the first step in improving your colon health is evaluating what you eat. Diets that are high in processed foods, red meat, and fried foods are linked to high risk for colon cancer, so these should be consumed in very limited quantities. Foods that will help you prevent colon cancer include fresh fruits, vegetables, and high-fiber whole grains.

    Talk to Your Doctor
    Certain medical conditions—such as colorectal polyps, Crohn’s disease, or ulcerative colitis—can lead to the development of colon cancer, so it is important to communicate with your doctor about your personal and family history of these conditions. When you discuss these health issues, your doctor will be able to guide you to better medical treatments and lifestyle changes that will reduce your cancer risk.

    Get Tested After 50
    Screening with colonoscopy is the best tool available for early colon cancer detection . It is recommended for adults between the ages of 50 and 75, and your doctor can help you decide when the best time is to have your first colonoscopy.

    If you want to schedule a colonoscopy, contact MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474. We are also offering classes and events throughout the month of March to help you stay healthy and lower your risk for colorectal cancer. Browse these events and be sure to reserve your spot at our H2U Lunch & Learn, “Colon Health and the Importance of a Colonoscopy,” on our website.

  • Browse These Links for More Tips on Keeping Yourself and Your Family Healthy

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    If you are in search of superior healthcare in the Las Vegas area, MountainView Hospital and the Sunrise Health System can provide the high-tech, high-touch care you are looking for. We are invested in the most sophisticated treatment technologies across a broad range of medical specialties, and we provide health education to the whole community with classes and events taking place throughout each month. You can connect with us through our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474 for answers to your health questions.

    • Endometriosis is a common condition that causes infertility in women. You can learn about the causes and treatments for this condition by visiting WomensHealth.gov.
    • daVinciSurgery.com offers a look at the robotically assisted surgical options for the treatment of endometriosis.
    • Are you ready for your first colorectal cancer screening ? Find out at Healthfinder.gov.
    • The Colon Cancer Alliance reviews some colon cancer statistics to help you understand your risk for this disease.
    • For a complete look at the risk factors for colorectal cancer , visit this page from the American Cancer Society.

  • What Women Need to Know About Endometriosis

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    Are you suffering from ongoing pelvic pain, irregular menstrual cycles, or extreme fatigue? If so, you could be one of many women with a common reproductive health issue known as endometriosis. This condition occurs when the endometrium, or uterine lining, begins to grow outside of the uterus on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder, or cervix. Abnormal growth of the endometrium is problematic, because this is the tissue that becomes inflamed and bleeds during the menstrual cycle. When this process takes place outside of the uterus, it can be painful and irritating to other organs in the pelvis.

    Causes
    There is no specific known cause of endometriosis, but there are several conditions that can increase your risk. Poor immune health, hormonal imbalance, and frequent yeast infections are all risk factors for endometriosis, but they can be managed with regular care from your physician.

    Symptoms
    Some women with endometriosis have no symptoms at all, but it is more common for women to experience pelvic pain, discomfort during intercourse, and severe menstrual cramping. Other symptoms such as pain during urination, diarrhea, and nausea can also occur if the endometrium has grown on the bladder or bowel. Infertility is another complication of endometriosis, and it is often what causes women to seek treatment.

    Treatment
    Treatment for endometriosis is a highly personalized process dependent on your symptoms and plans to have children. You may feel relief through conservative therapies such as medication and lifestyle changes, but surgery can become necessary if you are still experiencing symptoms. Endometriosis resection with da Vinci Robotic Surgery is an excellent surgical option that is minimally invasive and low-risk. However, some cases will require the complete removal of the uterus through hysterectomy, which can also be performed with da Vinci technology.

    MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas is proud to feature da Vinci Surgical technology for our women’s care, and we can help you decide if these procedures are right for your needs. Explore all of our women’s health and surgical services on our website, or schedule a surgical consultation by calling (702) 233-5474.

  • Check Your Stocks as you Reset Your Clocks on March 10

    The switch to Daylight Savings Time this Sunday, March 10, is the perfect opportunity for Southern Nevadans to check their family emergency stockpiles, change batteries in radios, replace expired food items, rotate items in the kit, update family information, or determine if there are any items that are missing. The Southern Nevada Health District has information about emergency preparedness as well as a calendar to help develop a family kit on its website, www.SNHD.info .

    An emergency preparedness kit is a first step to ensure families and businesses can sustain themselves in the event of an illness outbreak or a natural disaster. Family emergency supplies can be contained in a large trashcan, a backpack or a suitcase and can be assembled over several months by adding just one or two items to a grocery list. A kit should include food, water, a first aid kit, tools, copies of important documents, clothing and bedding, medications, and pet supplies. A household preparedness kit should include enough supplies to sustain everyone in the household for up to three weeks.

    The health district’s recommendations for a family emergency preparedness kit include:

    • Prescription and over-the-counter medications
       
    • Toiletries, including soap
       
    • First-aid kit
       
    • Baby formula and diapers
       
    • Extra eyeglasses
       
    • Pet food/medications/leashes/collars/ID tags
       
    • Extra batteries for flashlight(s) and radio(s)
       
    • Garbage bags
       
    • Cash
       
    • Non-perishable food, ready-to-eat canned meats, soups, fruits, vegetables, peanut butter, protein bars, utensils, can openers, sterno heating
       
    • One gallon of water per person per day and fluids with electrolytes that will last for up to two weeks

    Updated information about the Southern Nevada Health District can be found on Facebook www.facebook.com/SouthernNevadaHealthDistrict , on YouTube  www.youtube.com/SNHealthDistrict  or Twitter: www.twitter.com/SNHDinfo . The health district is now available in Spanish on Twitter www.twitter.com/TuSNHD . Don’t have a Twitter account? Follow the health district on your phone by texting “follow SNHDinfo” to 40404.

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