• What Patients Can Do to Improve Their Hospital Care

    Did you know that you are one of the most important members of your healthcare team? Doctors and nurses depend on patients to be active participants in their own care to get the best treatment results possible. This video explains ways you can help boost the quality of your care while you’re in the hospital.

    Start by ensuring that every member of your care team washes his or her hands before they touch you. Report any changes in your symptoms to a doctor or nurse and follow all treatment plans exactly as your doctor recommends.

    Your medical team at MountainView Hospital welcomes your input into your treatment. You can talk to your doctors and nurses about how you can help them give you the best possible care . Call our Las Vegas hospital today at (702) 233-5474 to make an appointment with one of our providers. 

  • Reasons to Focus on Nutrition for Your Overall Health

    When it comes to maintaining good overall health, it is difficult to overstate the importance of nutrition. Eating a healthy diet helps you look your best and feel your best, and keeps many chronic diseases at bay. At  MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas , our team can help you find the best approach to nutrition. Just why does nutrition matter so much? Consider these benefits of dishing up a healthy diet.

    Diet and exercise

    Reduced Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

    At MountainView’s heart hospital, many patients are coping with heart disease that was the result of poor nutrition. In fact, one of the most important parts of controlling cardiovascular disease is sticking to a healthy diet . If you eat a diet that is high in fat and cholesterol, your risk of heart disease is increased dramatically. On the other hand, sticking to a diet of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy can help keep your heart in good condition.

    Weight Control

    It’s much easier to beat obesity when you follow a healthy eating plan. Nutrient-dense foods will keep you full for longer than unhealthy fare, so you’ll feel satisfied on fewer calories. Being overweight contributes to a laundry list of health issues, from type 2 diabetes to high blood pressure. Keep these serious health problems at bay by managing your weight with a nutritious diet. If you are struggling to tackle your weight issues, the bariatric surgery team at MountainView Hospital may be able to help.

    Lower Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

    There is growing evidence of a link between diet and Alzheimer’s disease . People who skip fried foods and stock up on fruits and vegetables tend to have a lower risk of developing the disease. Foods rich in vitamin E, like walnuts, almonds, and pecans, may also be helpful.

    At MountainView Hospital, we’re committed to helping your entire family experience good health for life . Our Las Vegas hospital is home to a comprehensive range of services, including bariatric surgery and a stroke center. Find out more about what we have to offer by calling (702) 233-5474. 

  • How Does Diet Affect Your Cancer Risk?


    Lifestyle choices play a central role in minimizing your risk of getting cancer. Your dietary choices loom particularly large. The foods you eat can help shield you from cancer—or they can increase your chances of developing it. With a few simple dietary tweaks, you can help to protect yourself from cancer and enjoy better overall health.

    Start by making plant-based foods the center of your diet and cutting back on meat. Plant-based foods include fruits and vegetables along with nuts and seeds. The less processed these foods are, the more you will reap the nutritional benefits. Focus on increasing your intake of high-fiber foods. Eat fat sparingly, and when you do eat it, make sure it is the right kind. Unsaturated fats— those that are liquid at room temperature—are the best for you. Saturated fats and trans fats can increase your cancer risk.

    Do you need help developing a good nutritional routine? Contact MountainView Hospital. Our H2U newsletter and quarterly magazine are always filled with good nutritional tips, and our physicians, diabetes educators, and bariatric surgery teams can also offer great advice. To find out more, call (702) 233-5474.

  • Why Is Excessive Sugar Consumption Such a Big Problem?

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    Sugar consumption is at an all-time high in the United States. During the past three decades, the average number of calories Americans get from sugar has climbed steadily. Although some sugar in your diet is OK, excessive consumption can have many negative effects. At MountainView Hospital , we offer a range of nutritional services to help you understand how the foods you eat affect your health. If you’re not convinced that excessive sugar consumption is bad for you, consider the following risks:

    Heart Disease

    Having too much sugar in your diet increases your heart disease risk significantly. A study reported in JAMA: Internal Medicine in 2014 indicated that people who get 17 to 21 percent of their calories from sugar are 38 percent more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than those who get only eight percent from sugar. People who get 21 percent of their calories from sugar have double the risk of dying from heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends that women get no more than 100 calories per day from sugar and that men limit themselves to 150 calories.


    Excessive sugar is a major contributor to the obesity epidemic. Calories from sugar provide no nutritional value and don’t satisfy hunger, so they leave you eating more. Excess sugar calories are calories on top of those needed for health. The extra calories translate into weight gain.


    Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease not caused by excess sugar consumption. However, type 2 diabetes does have an indirect link with sugar, since it is often triggered by obesity. Excessive sugar consumption can exacerbate both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

    Let the physicians at MountainView Hospital of Las Vegas help you take control of your nutrition so you can take control of your health. In addition to our bariatric surgery center and diabetes classes, our H2U members always have access to great nutritional information. Our full-service hospital is also home to a stroke center, heart hospital, and robotic surgery team. Make an appointment with a provider today by calling (702) 233-5474 to speak with our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line.

  • Exploring the Best Sources of Protein for Your Diet


    Protein is the foundation of good nutrition. It helps to keep you full and can even help you lose weight. However, not all sources of protein are created equal. Some proteins are high in cholesterol and saturated fats. You can help yourself avoid cardiovascular disease and other health issues by filling your plate with the right kinds of protein.

    Meat and seafood are two major sources of protein. When it comes to meat, opt for lean cuts and white meat. Eggs are an affordable way to add protein to your diet. Although you may have heard that eggs are high in cholesterol, the American Heart Association says most adults can safely have one egg per day. Beans and low-fat dairy also make good choices. If you’re on the go, a protein bar can be a healthy choice if it has at least six grams of protein and is low in fat and sugar.

    Talk to your doctor at MountainView Hospital about other smart nutrition decisions you can make. If you have diabetes, our Las Vegas hospital offers nutrition classes to help you understand your dietary needs. Learn more by calling (702) 233-5474.  

  • The Sunrise Health System of Hospitals Awarded Re-certification as Primary Stroke Centers from the Joint Commission


    Distinction recognizes hospitals for offering the best possible treatment for stroke patients

    Las Vegas (April 4, 2014) — After undergoing on-site evaluations and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care, the Sunrise Health System of Hospitals – Sunrise Hospital, MountainView Hospital and Southern Hills Hospital – have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for re-certification as Primary Stroke Centers. Sunrise Health was the first system of Certified Primary Stroke Centers in Las Vegas.

    In order to receive re-certification, the Sunrise Health System hospitals were evaluated by The Joint Commission — the leading healthcare accreditation and certification organization in the United States — using standards for stroke from the recommendations published by the Brain Attack Coalition and American Stroke Association. This includes an assessment of compliance with consensus-based national standards, effective use of primary stroke center recommendations and clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care and performance measurement and improvement activities.

    “We are proud to achieve this distinction again from the Joint Commission,” said Todd P. Sklamberg, Chief Executive Officer at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center. “Along with our Accredited Chest Pain Centers, both our heart and stroke care programs at all three hospitals provide optimal care for patients needing emergent care.”

    The Certified Stroke Centers at each Sunrise Health Hospital offer diagnosis, treatment, education and outreach. A trained Stroke Team of doctors and nurses works to identify stroke symptoms as quickly as possible, beginning with emergency medical service workers in the field. By the time a patient arrives at the hospital, the Stroke Team is ready. The hospitals of Sunrise Health were first certified as primary stroke centers in 2009.

    According to the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability.  On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every three minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

    About Sunrise Health:

    Sunrise Health is the most technologically advanced hospital network in the Southwest.  Committed to providing the finest healthcare, Sunrise Health includes Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, MountainView Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and Sunrise Children’s Hospital, as well as outpatient diagnostic imaging and surgical centers.  Specialty services include advanced cardiovascular services, comprehensive neurological services, a designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Nevada Neurosciences Institute, The Breast Center at Sunrise, the state’s most comprehensive Children’s Hospital and women’s healthcare services and Las Vegas’ first network of Certified Primary Stroke Centers and Accredited Chest Pain Centers.

    For more information about Sunrise Health, visit www.SunriseHealthInfo.com .

    Need a Physician, Nurse Advice or Health Information? Call our free 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse line at ( 702) 233-5300 . In case of emergency, dial 9-1-1.


  • How Do Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) Affect Patients?

    A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is nothing short of life-changing for patients and their families. Patients with TBIs often need around-the-clock care and many never fully recover. The stress on patients and their caregivers can be tremendous.

    Watch this video to hear from a TBI patient, Josh, who injured during a drunk driving accident. He doesn’t remember the first year of his recovery. He has regained some of his abilities but remains dependent on his mother for most things.

    A head injury should always be taken seriously. If you or someone you love experiences such an injury, go to the emergency room at MountainView Hospital of Las Vegas right away for urgent medical care. We offer emergency care, a stroke center, and in-patient rehabilitation. Learn more about our Las Vegas hospital by calling (702) 233-5474. 

  • What Is a Concussion?

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    Concussions have recently made headlines as part of the national debate on football safety, but it is not just NFL players who are at risk. Concussions can happen to anyone, and the impacts can be serious. If you happen to suffer a head injury, it’s important that you go to the hospital so you can be evaluated for a concussion. Here are some facts on concussions that you need to know:

    Concussions Explained

    A concussion is a minor form of a traumatic brain injury (TBI). It usually occurs when something strikes the head or the head slams into something. Concussions can happen while you’re playing sports, during a car accident, or even during a fall. When the brain is jarred in such a collision, the way it functions is compromised. These changes are usually temporary, but can last for weeks. In rare instances, concussion symptoms can last indefinitely.


    The symptoms of a concussion vary depending on the severity of the injury. Possible signs include confusion, headache, drowsiness, and the general sense that you’re not thinking clearly. Some people may see flashing lights or stars. Nausea, vomiting, headaches, and balance issues are also possible. With severe concussions, seizures, unconsciousness, and muscle weakness may occur. If you notice any symptoms of a concussion, seek immediate medical care in an ER. Note that some people with concussions don’t experience any symptoms at all or experience symptoms for hours or even days after the initial injury. For this reason, you should always consult with your doctor after a head injury.

    Diagnosis and Treatment

    To diagnose a condition, your doctor will perform a physical exam and check your reflexes. He or she may also order an EEG, head CT, or brain MRI to confirm the injury and check for bleeding. If you have a severe concussion, you will be admitted to the hospital. For a mild concussion, you will need to refrain from activities that could lead to further brain injury, like playing sports, until your symptoms go away.

    MountainView Hospital’s emergency room and neurologists are ready to treat any kind of brain injury. Our Las Vegas hospital is also home to a stroke center, heart hospital, robotic surgery center, and more. Find out more about our full-service medical facility by calling (702) 233-5474 to speak with our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line.