• How to Avoid Heat Exhaustion during the Las Vegas Summer


    With temperatures in the high 90s and 100s and nearly endless sunshine, Las Vegas residents experience a high rate of heat exhaustion when summer arrives. Elderly individuals and children are most susceptible to heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke, but anyone can become overwhelmed by the heat by spending too much time outdoors or neglecting to stay hydrated. Along with drinking plenty of water and sticking to indoor recreation , you might follow these guidelines to reduce your chances of heat-related illness that could send you to the emergency room.

    Acclimate to the heat

    If you do prefer to spend more time outdoors in the summer, you will want to get your body used to the heat by spending shorter periods of time outside, gradually increasing your level of activity and time in the heat. This will help you adjust to your needs in terms of hydration and rest so that you do not push yourself too hard when temperatures are high . Avoiding the outdoors during the peak hours of noon and 4 p.m. where possible will also help minimize your heat exposure.

    Use sunscreen to prevent burns

    When you have a sunburn, your body actually loses its ability to rid itself of excess heat. Therefore, sunscreen and protective clothing are necessities for spending time under the sun.

    Wear loose fitting clothing

    Loose, lightweight clothing will be best for keeping the body at an ideal temperature, since sweat can still evaporate and cool down your skin when clothing is not skin-tight. Lighter colors are ideal, since they reflect more light and reduce excess heat on your body.

    Know your prescription medications

    Certain medications might inhibit how your body regulates its temperature, so you should talk to your doctor about the possibility of this side effect with the prescription medications that you take.

    If you do suffer from heat stroke or heat exhaustion this summer, you can rely on MountainView Hospital for emergency care with low wait times and 42 private ER rooms. When you are uncertain whether emergency medical attention is needed for heat illness, call (702) 233-5300 anytime to speak with one of our registered nurses. 

  • Reasons to Choose a Midwife for Your Delivery


    When you are choosing the details of your birth plan at MountainView Hospital, you might consider the option of a midwife rather than conventional delivery with an obstetrician. A midwife is a certified nurse who is specially trained to provide care for mothers through pregnancy and delivery along with postpartum support. Many women prefer the more intimate approach of the midwife model of care , which is available in our elegant private birthing suites in Las Vegas. Keep reading for a closer look at what a midwife may have to offer for your birthing experience in our hospital.

    Comprehensive holistic care

    Midwives offer hands-on support with prenatal care and counseling prior to assisting in labor and delivery. Working with a midwife, you will have continuous monitoring of your physical and mental health with minimal technological interventions. By selecting a midwife at MountainView Hospital, you will still retain access to obstetrical care with state-of-the-art infant care services should the need arise.

    Natural birthing techniques

    If you are interested in a natural birth without the use of pain medications and extensive technological assistance, a midwife will facilitate the right natural birth plan for your safety and comfort. Midwives base their care on the individual needs of each patient, so your birth experience will be completely unique to you.

    Prenatal education

    Well before your delivery, you may begin working with a midwife to understand the necessary elements of prenatal care—including your pregnancy lifestyle. This personalized, one-on-one support is particularly beneficial for first-time mothers who may have a number of questions and concerns throughout each trimester.

    If you are expecting a new addition to your family, MountainView Hospital will offer detailed prenatal care and dedicated attention through your labor and delivery to provide your child with a great start. You can learn more about the benefits of choosing our facilities for your delivery by calling (702) 233-5300 to speak with one of our registered nurses. 

  • What Can Be Done to Treat Blocked Arteries?

    6-22-2015 9-47-50 AM

    Blocked arteries are the primary characteristic of coronary artery disease, which is the most common type of heart disease and the leading killer of men and women in the United States. Without the right cardiovascular care, a partial blockage in an artery may eventually block blood flow completely, resulting in a heart attack. Even before a more serious cardiac event occurs, limited blood flow in clogged arteries may cause symptoms such as chest pain, fatigue, and weakness. There are a few treatment modalities that can restore blood flow and improve heart health, and these are briefly explained in this video by MountainView Hospital cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Michael Wood . Below, you will find more details on these procedures to determine which is right for your needs.

    Medical Therapy

    Medical therapy will include a non-invasive care plan to treat conditions that can cause CAD to develop. This type of therapy is most appropriate for minor blockages related to high cholesterol, diabetes, or other medical conditions. Your doctor will work closely with you to determine the right diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes to promote better heart health.

    Stent Placement

    A stent is a device that reinforces the artery wall to achieve better blood flow to the heart. It is placed during cardiac catheterization in which a balloon-tipped catheter will be guided through an artery in the arm or groin to the site of a blockage. The balloon is inflated to push plaque against the artery walls, and a stent is placed to allow the artery to remain open.

    Cardiac Surgery

    In the most severe cases, your cardiothoracic surgeon may recommend cardiac surgery, which uses veins and arteries from other parts of the body to create a new pathway for blood flow to your heart. This will be the most invasive approach for care, but it can also offer the most improvement for patients who have multiple blockages or extensively damaged arteries.

    With the Heart & Vascular Care available at MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas, you can plan for many years of good heart health under the care of a diverse, highly specialized team of physicians, nurses, and hospital staff. To explore more details of our cardiothoracic surgery services, visit our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5300.

  • What to Expect After Heart Surgery?


    Even with minimally invasive surgical techniques, heart surgeries are complex procedures that will have an extensive recovery process. Understanding what you can expect following your heart surgery will help you better prepare for the procedure and follow your doctor’s guidelines for a successful and complete recovery. This video features MountainView Hospital surgeon Dr. Arnold Chung, who explains the diet and lifestyle changes you can anticipate after your procedure. Keep reading for a more in-depth look at these changes and the more immediate recovery process that will be necessary with your surgery.

    Hospital stay and recovery at home

    The initial goal following surgery is to get patients home 7-10 days after the procedure. After this period, there is a varied timeframe for recovery to the point where you will feel back to normal. When you do return home from the hospital, your dietary restrictions will be fairly minimal, since it is important to maintain a consistent caloric intake to support your recovery. You will also need to minimize physical activity involving the upper body so that the chest is not under extra stress.

    Extended recovery and cardiac rehab

    Once you overcome the initial recovery period , you may begin to get back to a more consistent daily routine. In this stage, cardiac rehabilitation will be important for helping you make a gradual shift back to daily life with the right changes in your eating habits, physical activity, and medical care.

    Long-term lifestyle changes

    As Dr. Chung explains, the leading cause of recurring heart disease after bypass surgery is high cholesterol, which makes diet and lifestyle changes essential to your long-term health. You might expect to eat a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet once you are more stable in your recovery. Exercise will become an integral part of your life as well, and it will be easier to design an effective workout routine with the support of cardiac rehabilitation.

    For a second opinion on your need for heart surgery or primary cardiac care in Las Vegas, connect with MountainView Hospital at (702) 233-5300. Our registered nurses are available 24/7 to take your call, provide physician referrals, and offer answers to your questions about our cardiovascular care.