• Ensuring Better Nutrition for the Whole Family


    Parents can help their children learn how to make healthy food choices by modeling these good behaviors. When kids see their parents enjoying green vegetables, limiting sugar intake, and choosing fruits for snacks or dessert, they may be more likely to copy these habits. Parents can also get their kids involved in the meal preparation process. This may mean going to the grocery store together and letting the kids pick out a few vegetables they’d like to try. Kids can help prepare the meal by measuring ingredients and washing vegetables for a salad. Additionally, kids who are a little finicky about eating vegetables may be more inclined to try them if they grew veggies in a family garden.

    There are a number of tricks parents can use to ensure that everyone gets plenty of vegetables and fruits in their diet. Sliced bananas and blueberries may be added to oatmeal or cold cereal. Pizza made with whole grain dough can be topped with broccoli, peppers, and other tasty veggies. Grated carrots, sliced mushrooms, and peas make great additions to pasta sauce.

    For more tips on healthy living in Las Vegas, browse the health information available on the website of MountainView Hospital. Or, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 233-5474 and ask us about our community hospital’s service areas, including bariatric weight loss.

  • Tips to Promote Safe Athletic Training


    There are a number of steps you can take to reduce your risk of sports injuries. Before participating in sports activities, you may wish to visit your community hospital for a physical exam. Your doctor can determine whether it’s safe for you to play a particular sport. This is especially important for children and teenagers. Next, design a reasonable training program. Trying to train very intensely without the proper conditioning can easily lead to sports injuries. When designing a schedule of workouts, be sure to include some rest days to give your body time to recover.

    Before each workout, stretch your muscles well and warm up. Remember to cool down after your training session. Before, during, and after your workout, drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration. It’s also a good idea to schedule your training sessions for the early morning or evening to reduce your risk of heat-related illness. Additionally, if you feel fatigued or you experience any pain, it’s best to stop your training session early and visit the local hospital if you suspect you may have an injury.

    MountainView Hospital provides 24/7 emergency care for athletes throughout the Las Vegas area. To speak with a registered nurse, call (702) 233-5474.

  • Understanding Kidney Disease and Your Risk


    Kidney disease develops when these organs become damaged and can no longer filter blood efficiently. The kidneys gradually lose their ability to function, which can cause dangerous levels of waste products and fluid to accumulate in the bloodstream. Eventually, kidney disease can be fatal unless the patient receives a kidney transplant or regular dialysis treatments at a community hospital .

    Signs and Symptoms

    Since kidney disease often doesn’t cause symptoms initially, it’s a good idea to undergo screening at your local hospital if you have risk factors. As the condition becomes more severe, you’re likely to notice sleep disturbances, fatigue, appetite loss, nausea, and shortness of breath. Frequent urination, swollen feet and ankles, chest pain, confusion, and concentration impairment can also occur. Additionally, you may suffer from high blood pressure that is difficult to manage, persistent itching, and hiccups.

    Causes and Risk Factors

    Most people diagnosed with chronic kidney disease develop it because of poorly controlled diabetes. The kidneys and many other bodily structures sustain damage from high blood sugar levels. Other possible causes of chronic kidney disease include high blood pressure, polycystic kidney disease, and prolonged urinary tract obstruction. You’re at an increased risk of kidney disease if you have a family history of it and if you’re 65 or older.

    Treatments and Lifestyle Changes

    If the disease is not yet severe, it may be manageable with medications. Additionally, you may be advised to make lifestyle changes, such as limiting your intake of protein, salt, and potassium. However, if you have end-stage kidney disease, you’ll require dialysis treatments or a kidney transplant.

    In addition to helping patients manage chronic kidney disease, MountainView Hospital is pleased to offer free, informational classes to help adults learn how to live well with diabetes and subsequently, reduce their risk of kidney disease. We also provide sophisticated robotic surgery, advanced bariatric weight loss, and state-of-the-art stroke care to residents of Las Vegas. If you have any questions about the resources available at our community hospital, please call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 233-5474.

  • Exploring the Facts About Colorectal Cancer

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    Thousands of new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. every year. In fact, it’s among the most common types of cancer. Fortunately, it’s also highly preventable and the death rate has been declining over the last two decades. You can safeguard your health by visiting your local hospital and discussing your risk factors of colorectal cancer with your doctor.

    How Colorectal Cancer Develops

    Like other types of cancer, colorectal cancer develops when abnormal cells begin to replicate in an uncontrollable manner. These cancer cells are found in either the rectum or the colon, which is the large intestine. In most cases, colorectal cancers begin with the development of polyps. Polyps are growths that can develop in the colon or rectum. Certain types of polyps, known as adenomas, can eventually become cancerous .

    Why Screening Tests are Important

    Your doctor might recommend a colorectal cancer screening test, such as a colonoscopy, depending on your age and other risk factors. During a screening test, the physician can remove any polyps he or she finds. This means that it is possible to prevent colorectal cancer before it develops. Screening tests are particularly important because colorectal cancer often does not give rise to symptoms until it is already advanced.

    What the Symptoms Are

    When symptoms do occur, they may include bloody or tarry stool, constipation, diarrhea, unexplained weight loss, and constant fatigue. You may feel as though the bowel does not completely empty and the stool may be more narrow than usual. If you experience changes in your bowel habits, you can schedule an appointment at your local hospital for an evaluation.

    At MountainView Hospital, you’ll find exceptional cancer care within a compassionate, comfortable environment. In addition to our In-Patient Oncology Unit, our community hospital offers robotic surgery, bariatric weight loss, emergency care, and stroke care to our neighbors throughout Las Vegas. For more information , call (702) 233-5474 to speak with a registered nurse.