• What Is Atrial Fibrillation?

    Atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeat, is often a symptom of pre-existing heart conditions. The top two chambers of the heart are known as the atria, and they are responsible for sending electrical signals through the heart to pump blood efficiently. When irregular beating causes the heart to shake or contract at the wrong rhythm, the heart’s ability to pump blood is reduced and clots may form.

    The symptoms of atrial fibrillation range from unnoticeably mild to debilitating severe. Patients may experience chest pain or strain, vertigo, or fatigue and weakness. These symptoms may be exacerbated during strenuous physical activity. Depending on your medical history and symptoms, treatment options range from medication, lifestyle changes, and surgery.

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    Atrial fibrillation can place you at a higher risk for cardiovascular emergencies such as heart attack or stroke, which is why it’s essential to schedule regular heart screenings with your doctor. To schedule an appointment with a  heart specialist in Las Vegas , contact MountainView Hospital online or call (702) 233-5474 today.

  • Are You Properly Informed About Heart Disease?

    Between health programs and Internet stories, it’s easy to pick up misinformation about heart disease. Preventative treatment will ultimately vary based on your individual medical history, but it is important to determine fact from fiction when it comes to heart disease. Check out some common myths about heart disease with this brief guide from MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas :

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    Myth: Rest is the Best Treatment for Patients with Heart Disease.
    It is important to avoid overstraining the heart after a diagnosis, but an excessively sedentary lifestyle can make symptoms worse and further increase your risk for other complications. Instead, work with your doctor to develop a safe and beneficial diet and exercise routine to strengthen the heart muscles and improve blood flow to major organs.

    Myth: Surgery is a Permanent Fix.
    Surgical procedures such as angioplasty and stenting play a major part in relieving heart disease symptoms, but they don’t address the underlying causes such as atherosclerosis. Without a long-term preventative treatment plan, the symptoms will only return and future surgical procedures may be riskier.

    Myth: Vitamins and Supplements can Lower Your Risk.
    Vitamins do play a factor in overall health and heart disease risk, but ongoing clinical trials have not conclusively proven that over-the-counter supplements significantly lower the risk for heart disease. So far, there is no scientific evidence confirming that vitamins alone prevent or treat cardiovascular disease.

    Myth: Eating Less can Reduce Heart Attack Risk.
    Weight loss is a great way to reduce your risk for cardiovascular complications, but a healthy diet should balance caloric intake with nutritional value. It is advisable to limit items such as LDL cholesterol, saturated fats, and sodium, but a heart-healthy diet should also contain enough HDL cholesterol, unsaturated fats, and omega-3 fatty acids to effectively lower your risk of heart attack or stroke.

    MountainView Hospital is an accredited Chest Pain Center, and we are the only hospital in Las Vegas Valley to offer comprehensive on-site Cardiac Rehabilitation. Contact our 24-Hour Consult-a-Nurse Healthcare Referral line at (702) 233-5474 to learn more about our award-winning facilities or to receive a physician referral .

  • How Can You Lower Your High Blood Pressure?

    If your blood pressure is high, keeping it under control is essential for good health because high blood pressure can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. Medication is one way to lower high blood pressure, and for some patients, it can be the best option. However, there are other things you can do to get your blood sugar in check. Consider these lifestyle changes as you manage your blood pressure.

    One of the most impactful things you can do is lose excess weight. Even dropping 10 pounds can help improve your blood pressure. Getting regular exercise will not only help lower your blood pressure but can also help you control your long-term weight. Reducing sodium in your diet is huge if you have high blood pressure. Avoid adding salt while you cook and eat less processed foods. Reducing your alcohol intake will also lower your blood pressure.

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    At MountainView Hospital, our  heart and vascular center doctors   can help you get your blood pressure under control and deal with any related complications. Our hospital offers a wide range of services, from our stroke center to bariatric surgery, to help you stay healthy. Learn more by calling (702) 233-5474 or visiting our hospital in Las Vegas today.

     

  • How to Take Control of Your Heart Health for Good

    Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, but that doesn’t mean that it has to happen to you. Small lifestyle changes can have a dramatic effect on your heart health. At MountainView Hospital , our heart health center can help when trouble does strike, but why not take some simple steps to avoid heart complications in the first place? Here are some smart moves to make for your heart health.

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    Adopt a Healthy Diet
    The foods you eat have a lot to do with how healthy your heart is. Some food choices, like sodium-filled processed foods, can contribute to  heart disease . Other food options, like fiber-rich choices, help to keep your heart in good condition. You don’t have to go overboard or give up all of your favorite foods to keep your heart healthy. Just focus on eating a balanced diet and limiting your indulgences in food that isn’t high in nutritional value.

    Give Up Smoking
    You can’t smoke and have a healthy heart. If you smoke, your risk of developing cardiovascular disease goes up significantly. The good news is that your body begins to repair itself the second you give up the cigarettes. Quitting is no easy task for many people, as nicotine is a highly addictive substance. However, with the help of your doctors, you can find a strategy that works for you.

    Manage Your Stress
    Don’t underestimate the role stress can play in compromising your health. Not only does chronic stress put undue strain on your heart muscle, but it can also cause you to slip on things like diet and exercise, which help protect your heart. Develop a plan for tackling stress, like taking a walk, doing yoga, or calling a friend. By having a plan, you can always keep stress under control.

    Your heart health is too important to ignore. Make the heart team at MountainView Hospital part of your strategy for taking control of your heart health. You will also find a stroke center, bariatrics center, and much more at our  Las Vegas hospital . To make an appointment with one of our physicians, please call us at (702) 233-5474.

     

  • Cleaning Out Your Medicine Cabinet for the New Year

    Chances are that you check the expiration date on milk before you pour a glass, but do you ever stop to look at the expiration dates on your medications? Taking medications after the expiration dates can be dangerous. The New Year is a great time to clean your medicine cabinet for safety’s sake.

    Watch this video to find out why taking medicines after the expiration date is risky. When medications have expired, there is a good chance that the chemical composition has changed. That means they may not be as potent, and you won’t get the treatment you need. Expired medications could also cause adverse reactions within your body.

    Medication complications can quickly turn into  medical emergencies .When you need help, turn to the healthcare team at MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas, NV. In addition to an ER, our medical facility offers stroke care, robotic surgery, and more. Get answers to your questions about our services by calling (702) 233-5474

     

  • Is Bariatric Surgery Right for You?

    Dealing with weight loss often requires much more than simply dieting and exercising. For many patients, one of the most powerful treatments for obesity is bariatric surgery. At MountainView Hospital , we have been awarded the title of Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. This title means our hospital passed a rigorous evaluation and adheres to strict standards to ensure safe procedures and recoveries. Could bariatric surgery be right for you? Here are some signs you should consider discussing this procedure with your doctor.

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    Your Other Weight Loss Methods Have Failed
    Most doctors don’t recommend  bariatric weight loss surgery   as the first course of treatment for obesity. However, if other weight loss methods including diet and exercise haven’t helped you reach your goals; bariatric surgery can be a viable alternative.

    You Have Weight-Related Medical Issues
    Being obese can set off a chain reaction of dangerous health problems. Many people with obesity also face high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and type-2 diabetes. Post-bariatric surgery weight loss can not only make these conditions easier to control, but in some cases can eradicate them completely.

    You’re Psychologically Ready for the Procedure
    In some cases, obesity is linked to an underlying psychological condition, like depression or an eating disorder. Having such a condition may not rule you out as a candidate for bariatric surgery, but your doctor may want to stabilize that condition before you undergo surgery so that it doesn’t interfere with your recovery. Further, many lifestyle changes are necessary to get the best results from bariatric surgery, so discuss them with your doctor to make sure you are at a place in your life where you can commit to the guidelines.

    The best way to find out if bariatric surgery is right for you is to schedule a visit with our bariatric team at MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas, NV. You can make an appointment and  find out more about our services  by calling (702) 233-5474.

  • Are You at Risk for Flu Complications?

    You may not think of the flu as a dangerous illness, but it can actually cause some serious complications. In fact, in the United States alone, more than 30,000 people die each year from flu complications, and another 200,000 people are hospitalized. Could the flu send you to the hospital or put your life in jeopardy? Here are some things that put you at risk of experiencing major complications from the flu.

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    Age
    The very young and the elderly have increased risks of dealing with  flu complications . For people over 65, the flu can be especially dangerous, causing complications like pneumonia. People in these age groups should seek treatment for the flu right away. Although antibiotics are not effective, there are antiviral medications that can help when taken soon after your symptoms begin.

    Chronic Medical Conditions
    The flu can exacerbate chronic medical conditions, causing symptoms related to those conditions as well as extreme side effects from the flu. For instance, people with diabetes may struggle to control their blood glucose levels when dealing with the flu, which can lead to diabetic ketoacidosis. Because high blood glucose interferes with healing, flu symptoms make become worse, which in turn drives blood sugar up even higher. People with asthma, emphysema, HIV/AIDS, and other chronic conditions should carefully consider a flu shot and seek treatment when symptoms appear.

    Pregnancy
    Being pregnant can take a toll on your immune system, which leaves you more susceptible to flu infections and complications. These complications can be especially dangerous to your baby. Talk to your obstetrician about getting a flu shot and what to do if you get the flu while you are with child.

    When you need urgent medical care for your flu symptoms, head to the  emergency room  at MountainView Hospital right away. With a heart hospital, stroke center, and much more on site, our Las Vegas hospital has the experts you need. To find out more, call (702) 233-5474 or visit our website.

     

  • How Stroke Affects Young Patients

    A stroke happens every 40 seconds in the United States. Although strokes are most common in people over 65, they can and do strike people of all ages. Many young people who have strokes don’t have many of the common risk factors, so being vigilant to stroke symptoms is even more crucial.

    In this video, you’ll hear from a young stroke survivor. This patient experienced a stroke at age 20 with little warning. Although she suffered paralysis on one side of her body and was initially bound to a wheelchair, she now competes in 5K marathons and continues to work on her recovery. The video also reviews the important symptoms of a stroke to look out for in yourself and in others.

    The Stroke Center in Las Vegas’ MountainView Hospital stands ready to react quickly during a stroke and help survivors through the recovery. Visit our  emergency room  for medical care at the first sign of a stroke. For more information, please call (703) 233-5474.

     

  • Healthy New Year’s Resolution: Striving for Stroke Prevention

    Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. When a stroke occurs, emergency care can help preserve brain tissue, stave off long-term complications, and even saves lives. However, while fast treatment is good, prevention is even better. You can’t completely eradicate the risk of a stroke, but there are many things you can do to significantly lower your risk of becoming a victim. This year, make it one of your resolutions to invest time in keeping your brain healthy. If you or someone you love has suffered from a stroke, MountainView Hospital offers a stroke support group that helps families affected by stroke.

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    Stop Smoking
    People who smoke have between a two and four time greater risk of having a stroke than non-smokers. One of the main problems with smoking is that it contributes to atherosclerosis in the carotid artery, which is the main source of blood supply to the brain. When this artery becomes clogged and blood supply to the brain is diminished, a stroke occurs. Smoking also makes your blood thicker, so that it clots easier, and reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood. These factors also boost your risk of a stroke.

    Control Diabetes
    Poorly controlled diabetes can have a disastrous effect on your blood vessels, including those in your brain, which will up your stroke risk. Further, if blood sugar levels are high at the time of a stroke, the resulting brain damage may be more severe. By controlling your blood sugar levels with diet and medication, you can reduce your risk of stroke and of significant complications if one does occur. MountainView Hospital has great opportunities to learn more about diabetes by offering classes on diabetes essentials such as diet.

    Lose Weight
    Being overweight can trigger a long list of health complications that are associated with an increased risk of having a stroke. If you are overweight, you are more likely to have high blood pressure, heart diseases, and type 2 diabetes. Losing even a small amount of weight can dramatically curb your stroke risk.

    If you think you are experiencing a stroke, go to the ER at MountainView Hospital immediately. Our Las Vegas stroke center can help you with both urgent care and recovery. Find out about all of our hospital services by calling (702) 233-5474.

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