• Learning to Communicate with Loved Ones Suffering from Aphasia

    Do you know someone who is a stroke survivor? This video explains how to communicate with individuals suffering from aphasia as a result of stroke.

    The key to effective communication is remembering three easy rules. First, ask straightforward questions. If possible, pose questions that require only a one-word answer. Second, give your loved one ample time to process your question and provide a response. Third, give your friend or family member your complete concentration as he answers your question. Being an attentive listener can greatly enhance your interactions.

    MountainView Hospital offers stroke care services for the residents of Las Vegas. For information on our stroke treatment options, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 233-5474.

  • Helpful Tips for First-Time Dads

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    Are you expecting a bundle of joy this summer? Given the comprehensive role that mothers have in carrying, delivering, and feeding their babies, some fathers might feel less than helpful during those first few months. However, you can be an integral part of your newborn’s life if you communicate with your partner. Though you may not be able to birth your child, you can make the process easier for your partner. Ask ahead of time what she needs for a smooth and comfortable delivery. Once the baby arrives, discuss how you can aid in feedings by providing pumped breast milk or formula via bottle to your newborn.

    You can also rely on your hospital’s maternity department for help. Inquire as to what classes it might offer for expectant parents. By taking these courses, you can become better acquainted with what your role will entail as a first-time dad.

    MountainView Hospital offers multiple prenatal and postpartum classes for moms and dads in the greater Las Vegas area. Visit our website today to view our upcoming schedule. You can also call (702) 233-5474 to speak with a hospital representative about our classes.

  • Protecting Your Eyes from the Bright Las Vegas Sun

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    Cataracts are common among senior individuals. However, you can take action to protect your eyes from this common problem. For instance, did you know that sunlight exposure could increase your risk of getting cataracts? With the frequent sunny days in the greater Las Vegas region, you may be putting yourself in danger on a regular basis if you do not take proper precautions to protect your eyes. First, invest in a quality pair of sunglasses that offer protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Each time you venture outside, put on your sunglasses. Second, for added protection from the sun’s damaging rays, wear a hat when possible. Because cataracts can develop for months or even years before you notice their effects on your eyesight, you may also want to consult a physician to test the quality of your vision.

    MountainView Hospital’s H2U wellness program offers a wealth of easy and applicable tips for maintaining optimal health all summer long. To learn more about this program, call us at (702) 255-5404

  • Should You Be Screened for Prostate Cancer?

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    MountainView Hospital strives to provide individuals living in the greater Las Vegas region with the tools they need to protect their health. Cancer is a common disease, but early detection is possible with preventive screenings. If you are a man who may be at risk for prostate cancer, discuss if getting a prostate cancer screening is right for your healthcare needs with your physician. Continue reading to learn more about if you should be screened for prostate cancer:

    You Have an Immediate Family Member with Prostate Cancer

    Like many other types of cancer, prostate cancer tends to arise more frequently in families with at least one affected family member. As a result, you might want to consider a screening should you have a son, brother, or father with prostate cancer. If you are unaware of a prostate cancer diagnosis in your family, it is never too soon to have a conversation with your immediate family members to discuss whether any of them have experienced this health concern.

    You Are of African American Descent

    Research shows that some ethnic groups experience higher rates of prostate cancer in comparison with others. In particular, the African-American community typically sees more of its male members suffer from this disease. If you are of African American descent, you may have a higher risk for prostate cancer than other individuals. Having a prostate cancer screening might be necessary if your physician determines that your ethnicity puts you in danger of this disease.

    You Are 50 or Older

    No matter your race or family history, you immediately fall into a higher risk group once you reach the age of 50. Even if you are in good health, you should discuss your need for a prostate cancer screening with your physician. If you are well beyond the age of 50 and have never undergone this procedure, now is the time to schedule an appointment for your prostate health.

    MountainView Hospital wants you to be in control of your health. Our Las Vegas-based hospital provides many preventive services that can detect potentially life-threatening diseases before they become serious health concerns. To speak with an associate about the preventive screenings we offer, call (702) 233-5474.

  • Are You Prepared for Medical Emergencies in Your Household?

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    Preparedness and emergencies might seem like two mutually exclusive concepts, but should a medical crisis occur, you could save valuable minutes—and potentially a loved one’s life—if you’ve prepared ahead of time. For instance, if you know to text “ER” to 23000, MountainView Hospital can respond with the most current wait time information for our Las Vegas emergency care department. The following information can also help you handle any health crisis that occurs.

    Knowing Where to Find the Nearest ER

    A medical emergency demands the swiftest professional treatment available. If you need ER care, taking even a few minutes to look up the address of your nearest emergency department can result in a delay that may turn a serious situation into a life-threatening one. Before the day comes when you or a family member might require ER attention, know the address and driving route to the facility closest to home.

    Readying Your Medical Documents

    Doctors and nurses must tailor their treatment to the needs of each patient. Existing medical conditions, allergies, and other health issues all factor into how the ER staff addresses a medical emergency. To ensure that you and your loved ones can receive appropriate treatment as soon as possible, prepare the medical histories of each person in your family. You can also have copies made of your insurance paperwork so that you can provide them to the ER staff.

    Packing an ER Travel Bag

    Emergency room treatment means fast attention; however, it might not always translate into a fast departure. If your doctor or nurse is waiting for imaging or blood work results, you might end up staying at the ER for several hours. For your comfort and convenience, consider packing a bag or backpack with snacks, toys, reading materials, and other handy items. If your condition is serious enough to warrant hospitalization, you may also need clothing and personal hygiene products.

    MountainView Hospital wants you to be ready for the unexpected health emergencies that can happen in life. If you have more questions about how to prepare for a trip to the ER, our representatives can help. Call our Las Vegas hospital at (702) 233-5474 to speak with a nurse about emergency preparedness.