• Tips for Setting a Healthy New Year’s Resolution

    The goal of New Year’s resolutions often is to help people enhance their lives. For many people, establishing a healthier lifestyle is at the top of their New Year’s aspirations. MountainView Hospital encourages our Las Vegas patients to make 2014 their healthiest yet. By assessing each aspect of your lifestyle and considering room for improvement, healthy New Year’s resolutions can be made—and more importantly, achieved.

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    Evaluate Your Dietary Behaviors
    Do you skip breakfast every morning? Do you eat dinner with a can of soda each night? The first step to improving your health is to  examine what you eat and drink  on a daily basis. Rather than trying to overhaul your diet, concentrate on changing one or two habits, which can make a significant difference. As you incorporate these initial efforts, you can add more changes over the ensuing months.

    Consider Your Physical Fitness Level
    Exercise is critical to your health for a multitude of reasons. On a basic level, physical activity can burn calories and condition your heart, which can lead to other wellness benefits. When you burn calories, you lessen your risk of obesity and its potential complications, including sleep apnea, stroke, and type-2 diabetes. When you have a strong cardiovascular system, you are also less likely to suffer from heart disease in the future. Exercise can increase bone mass, alleviate arthritis pain, and elevate your mood as well. If you do not exercise currently or do not do it on a regular basis, now is the time to start.

    Enlist Help to Eliminate Unhealthy Habits
    Behaviors such as smoking cigarettes, drinking too much alcohol, and sleeping less than eight hours a night can cause considerable harm to your health. Once you begin these habits, though, they can be difficult to quit on your own. To permanently change your wellbeing for the better, consult a physician for advice on how to eliminate unhealthy lifestyle behaviors.

    Do you want to eat a healthier diet, or want to learn how to manage your diabetes better?  Call MountainView Hospital at (702) 233-5474 to speak with a Registered Nurse about what you can do to improve your health in 2014. You can also access our  Consult-A-Nurse  healthcare referral system for more suggestions on how to increase your wellbeing.

     

  • Why Even Healthy Children Need a Flu Shot

    The flu can have serious ramifications on those who get it. By getting your family a flu shot, you could save your life and the lives of those you love.

    This video explains the importance of getting an annual flu vaccination, and why people, especially children, should get one. Receiving a flu shot each year can prevent inconvenient and potentially life-threatening complications. Did you know that, according to the CDC, approximately half of the children that died from flu complications last year had no other medical conditions or risk factors?  A flu shot can also avert the dangers that accompany spreading the virus to an infant or elderly relative with a weaker immune system.

    Have you gotten your and your family’s 2013-2014 flu vaccination yet? If not, call  MountainView Hospital  at (702) 233-547. Our staff can help you find a physician and answer your questions about flu vaccines.

  • Keeping Toys from Causing Serious Injuries in Children

    The holidays usually mean one thing to children: toys. The introduction of new toys can be very exciting for kids, but it can bring about unanticipated injuries as well. MountainView Hospital urges all parents in the greater Las Vegas area to be mindful of the following suggestions during this holiday season. By supervising the purchase and usage of children’s toys, the holidays can be a safe and happy experience for kids of all ages.

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    Purchase Age-Appropriate Toys
    As interesting as a toy may appear, if a child is too young for it, it can turn into a dangerous object. That is why many toy packages come with age regulations. Children under the recommended age limit may lack the motor skills or cognitive development to understand and safely use a given toy. Even if a child seems advanced for their age, it’s better to purchase a toy that has  safety expert approval for their age range .

    Prevent Playing with Toy Packaging
    Upon opening their toys, some children may be more enthralled with the packaging in which the toy came. However, packaging elements such as plastic bags and foam reinforcement can have life-threatening complications for young children. Foam packaging can easily crumble, which may prompt small children to put pieces in their mouths. Plastic bags can quickly cut off a child’s air supply and induce suffocation.

    Dispose of Broken Toys
    A broken toy may leave a child upset, but it can also leave him injured if they continue to play with it. Damaged toys should be thrown out if they cannot be properly fixed. Should a wooden toy crack, its splintered parts can lead to a laceration or puncture wound. If a plastic toy breaks, its pieces can be ingested and cause internal harm. To protect children at the holidays and all year long, remove broken toys from the home as soon as possible.

    In the event that your child suffers an injury, MountainView Hospital can help. Our  Emergency Department  offers quick and capable care to Las Vegas patients of all ages. To contact us, call (702) 233-5474. You can also access our  iTriage Symptom Checker  to provide up-to-the-minute information on your emergency needs and hospital arrival.

  • Are You Suffering From Atrial Fibrillation?

    Did you know that 2.2 million people in the United States suffer from atrial fibrillation , or A-Fib?  A-Fib, also known as an irregular heartbeat, is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, or a heart rhythm disorder, and has been shown to potentially lead to a stroke or heart failure.  This is why it’s very important to speak to your cardiologist about A-Fib and your treatment options.

    One treatment option that MountainView Hospital’s accredited Chest Pain Center offers catheter cyroablation.  Cryoablation involves freezing targeted portions of heart tissue to correct irregular heartbeats.

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    MountainView Hospital  is an accredited Chest Pain Center, which means we have demonstrated our expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and completing on-site evaluations.  So, be sure to contact your cardiologist about cyroablation at MountainView Hospital, or call us at (702) 233-5474, and remember, at MountainView Hospital, your heart is in good hands.

  • How to Prevent Holiday-Related Injuries

    One surprise you do not want during the holidays is an injury that puts you in the hospital. That’s why MountainView Hospital wants to stress the importance of looking after your orthopedic health during this holiday season. Incidents both at home and on the road can cause significant injury to your muscles, bones, and joints. Keeping in mind these tips can help you prevent unexpected accidents.

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    Make Holiday Decorating a Group Effort
    Many people decorate their homes and offices during the holidays. With the introduction of holiday décor, though, comes more opportunities to get hurt. Trying to hang decorations from a doorway, ceiling, or rooftop presents the chance of fall-related accidents. Attempting to carry heavy or bulky holiday decorations can create a dangerous situation for back-related injuries. If you want to put up holiday décor, always have a friend, family member, or coworker help you.

    Watch Where You Step
    Decorations may not always stay where you put them. A stray ornament can provide the catalyst for a serious slip and fall accident. A fallen string of lights or garland can create a hazardous tripping scenario. During the holidays, make a point to check all walkways to remove items. If you plan to open gifts during the holiday season, make sure to rid your office reception area, living room, and other commonly walked spaces of all wrapping paper and presents to prevent accidents.

    Travel Light When Visiting Loved Ones
    Millions of people take to the road and sky during the holidays to visit with friends and family. Should you have  plans to travel over the holiday season , make sure that your luggage does not cause you or your family injury. If you are bringing gifts to loved ones, mail them ahead of time to avoid having to carry them at the airport. When packing your clothing and other items, keep it to essentials. Especially when traveling to a cold climate, sweaters, boots, and other winter attire can quickly add weight to your suitcase. Pare down your wardrobe to lighten your load.

    The holidays are a time to relax and celebrate with friends and family.  We at  MountainView Hospital  wish you and yours a happy holiday season, and while we hope that everyone remains safe and healthy, we understand that accidents sometimes happen.  This is why our doors are always open for you and your family, just in case you need us.  For more information, call our Consult-A-Nurse Healthcare Service at (702) 233-5474).

  • Guidelines for Proper Medication Use

    Medications to help your health can actually do harm if handled improperly. This video discusses the steps to take to ensure correct medication usage.

    Each time you go to a doctor, bring every medication you take. This includes prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, and even vitamin and herbal supplements. By informing your physicians of your current usage, they can help you avoid duplicating your prescriptions. Transparency among your doctors can also prevent the mixing of drugs that could have potentially dangerous side effects. When given a new prescription, inquire as to its benefits. By knowing how a medication should help you, you can better note unusual complications from it.

    MountainView Hospital  offers personalized healthcare options for residents in the greater Las Vegas area. Call us today at (702) 233-5474 for more information about our hospital and our urgent care services. 

  • Keeping Your Heart Healthy Through the Holidays

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    The holiday season can be a dubious time for your health. The plethora of holiday dishes and desserts combined with a calendar of social obligations can leave you eating more and exercising less than normal. Both activities can put added stress on your heart. MountainView Hospital aims to help Las Vegas residents keep on task with their heart health objectives. 

    Prepare for Holiday Party Temptations
    Tables full of delectable appetizers and desserts are a common sight at holiday parties. If you arrive just in time for dinner, though, those platters of savory and sweet treats may prove too irresistible to ignore. To avoid binging on foods high in fat and cholesterol, never go to a holiday party without a dining plan. That may mean sampling only the veggie tray when you grab a plate. It might also mean keeping a healthy snack in your briefcase, purse, or car console that you can eat prior to your arrival.

    Don’t Put Your Exercise Plans on Holiday
    Deciding to stop your workout regimen for even a month or two can have serious consequences on your heart health. Consistent exercise strengthens your cardiovascular system and eliminates the presence of plaque in the arteries. In the absence of a physical fitness routine, those benefits can disappear. Given the greater likelihood of eating high-calorie and high-fat foods during the holidays, abstaining from exercise at this time of year can have even more substantial side effects on your heart’s wellbeing.

    Cook Your Own Holiday Meals
    A busy holiday schedule can make finding time to cook and bake your own dishes difficult. When you buy pre-made meals from restaurants, fast food chains, or even the grocery store, though, you have little information about what ingredients went into those foods. To please the palates of their customers, many of these outlets season their dishes with high amounts of butter, oil, salt, and sugar. To cut down on your consumption of these foods, make a commitment to make your own holiday dishes.

    MountainView Hospital provides comprehensive healthcare services for the greater Las Vegas community. For more information about our services, call us at (702) 233-5474. We will be offering numerous Heart Nutrition Classes in 2014, so be sure to check our calendar for those details.  You can also subscribe to our H2U , or Health to You, program for more tips on how to live a healthier lifestyle.

  • Join Us at Our Free H2U Event on December 12: “Beating the Holiday Blues”

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    The holiday season is meant to be cheerful for all, but it doesn’t always turn out that way for everyone. For some individuals, the holidays can produce high levels of stress, as they attempt to juggle long work hours and multiple social engagements.  For others, it can be psychologically draining. 

    To learn more about these “holiday blues,” join Jennifer Riedel, Director of RISE Behavioral Health of Southern Hills Hospital, and Linda Freyenhagen R.N. of Southern Hills Hospital at the FREE H2U event “Beating the Holiday Blues” on December 12 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM.

    Our sister hospital, Southern Hills Hospital, recently opened RISE (Respect, Inspire, Strengthen, Empower) Behavioral Health, a 14-bed, in-patient specialty unit serving ages 55 and older with behavioral health needs including, but, not limited to, depression, dementia, psychosis and anxiety disorders. 

    There will be discussions about the prevalence of depression in the elderly, explanations on how depression, and mental illnesses associated with depression, specifically impacts older adults, as well as recovery to depression associated with aging.  Reservations are required, so please call (702) 233-5474 to reserve your spot.  For more information, please visit MountainView Hospital online, or call (702) 233-5474. 

  • Creating Healthier Diabetes-Friendly Meals

    Learning to eat right when you have diabetes is not about following a diet plan; it is about living a healthier lifestyle so that you can adapt your healthy diet to any situation. With this short video from the American Diabetes Association, you can learn how to design your plate so that you get the right amount of nutrition with every meal.

    You should split your plate and half and dedicate one half of it to non-starchy vegetables such as broccoli, lettuce, or tomatoes. Then, divide the space of the remaining two halves between lean protein and starches. Visualizing your plate this way will provide you with optimal portion control at any meal.

    For diabetes care and tools to manage your blood sugar, explore the diabetes classes offered at MountainView Hospital. To reserve your seat in an upcoming class with us, visit our website or call (702) 233-5474 to reach our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. 

  • Diabetes Health Tips: Getting More Exercise This Holiday Season

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    Holiday weight gain is a common problem for everyone, but it can put your health in danger if you have diabetes. Still, you may find yourself rather busy through the holidays, so you might need some creative techniques to squeeze in the exercise you need. Below are just a few of the ways you can add more exercise to your busy holiday routine and stay on the right track with your diabetes management .

    Exercise on vacation
    If your holiday plans involve travel, you should not forget to bring along your exercise routine. You might practice some 30-minute aerobic routines at home before you pack up for vacation so that you have a quick go-to work out to use anywhere. Jogging in place and jumping jacks are a great way to get your heart rate up before doing some push-ups, abdominal crunches, and leg lifts. These are all exercises that you can do with no equipment and minimal space, making them ideal for vacation and family visits.

    Get exercise in small increments
    When you can’t get a full workout in one session, it may be helpful to break up your exercise into 5-10 minute intervals. To add more exercise to activities you already do, you might walk a few extra laps around the mall while you do your holiday shopping or park further away from the entrance.

    Schedule a pre-dinner walk
    On Thanksgiving and other family gatherings, you might change up your family’s traditions by taking a walk before the meal starts. As the turkey is resting after roasting in the oven, take a walk around the neighborhood to work up an appetite and kick-start your metabolism before the big meal.

    For more information about staying healthy, contact MountainView Hospital today! You can reach us on our website or by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474. 

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