• Why Is Early Screening Important in Preventing Colon Cancer?

    Did you know that colorectal cancer is among the most common types of cancer diagnosed in U.S. adults? Fortunately, the incidence rate of colorectal cancer has been declining in recent years. One of the reasons for this could be growing awareness of the importance of early screening. Since cancer could affect anyone, you might consider visiting your community hospital to discuss whether colorectal cancer screening is right for you. Residents of the Las Vegas area can turn to MountainView Hospital for colorectal cancer screening services and advanced colorectal cancer treatment options.

    Understanding the Progression of Colorectal Cancer

    To understand the importance of colorectal cancer screening, it can be helpful to have a basic understanding of how this type of cancer progresses. In the video featured here, Dr. Stephanie Wishnev, a colorectal surgeon at MountainView Hospital, explains the usual progression of the disease. The healthy cells in the colon and rectum typically divide in a regulated manner. However, mutations that affect certain genes may trigger the uncontrollable growth and division of cells. When this occurs in the colon and rectum, the patient can develop polyps. Polyps are accumulations of cells. Over a period of years, it is possible for some polyps to become cancerous. When this occurs, the cancerous cells may eventually invade other areas of the body.

    Identifying the Benefits of Colorectal Cancer Screening

    It can take years for a person to develop polyps and then to develop colorectal cancer. When a patient does develop polyps, a physician can detect and remove them through colorectal cancer screening, which means the polyps never have the opportunity to become cancerous. In this manner, colorectal cancer screening saves lives and can reduce the need for cancer treatments.

    If colorectal cancer screening does reveal the presence of cancerous cells, you could choose to undergo sophisticated robotic surgery, which uses a minimally invasive approach. MountainView Hospital is pleased to offer robotic surgery to colorectal cancer patients in the Las Vegas area. Our community hospital also provides stroke care, emergency care, and bariatric weight loss. Call (702) 233-5300 for general information about our hospital services.

  • MountainView Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program Receives Accreditation


    Contact: Jennifer McDonnell

    Vice President, Marketing & Communications

    702.562.5633 office


    Las Vegas, NV Sept. 24 , 2015 — MountainView Hospital announced today it received accreditation for its Internal Medicine Residency Program from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

    This accreditation marks an important milestone for MountainView Hospital’s Graduate Medical Education department.

    “This is a significant step forward in the development of medical education in the Las Vegas Valley,” said Chris Mowan, MountainView Chief Executive Officer. “With the establishment of MountainView’s Graduate Medical Education department, it allows medical students more options for their residency, with the goal of growing the base of physicians in Nevada to serve our community.”

    ACGME is a private, non-profit organization that evaluates and accredits graduate medical education (GME) programs. Specialized training in Internal Medicine GME residency programs takes place over a three year period. Residency is the final phase of a long educational process, required for a physician to practice medicine, and is most influential in determining where a physician eventually practices.

    The MountainView Hospital / University of Nevada School of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Program is listed with the National Resident Matching Program and will begin interviewing medical school seniors and first year residents who have completed one year of residency for positions in the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

    Interviews will begin in late October, with applicants from around the country. Residents who are accepted into the MountainView Internal Medicine GME program will begin July 2016. Approximately 20 first year and 20 second year residents are expected to be selected.

    “MountainView Hospital has shown its dedication to the community by establishing this program,” said Internal Medicine Residency Program Director Dr. Ali Rahimi. “Our vision is to offer an exceptional training environment that prepares residents to practice quality Internal Medicine using a high standard of clinical medicine.”

    Dr. Darren Swenson, Chief Medical Officer and Interim Designated Institutional Official for the Internal Medicine Residency program said: “This is a transformational event for MountainView Hospital and the Las Vegas healthcare community.”

    The program will help enhance the local supply of physicians serving southern Nevada and help to improve patient care access for the Las Vegas community.

    About MountainView Hospital:

    MountainView Hospital is a state-of-the-art, full-service medical facility located in the heart of northwest Las Vegas, one of the fastest growing areas in the Valley. With a dedicated and talented staff of employees and outstanding physicians, MountainView Hospital (MVH) is recognized for high patient satisfaction and for providing quality and compassionate care to our community since 1996. MountainView is also committed to training the next generation of physicians through its Graduate Medical Education program. MountainView is a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and several surgery and diagnostic imaging centers offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services. @MountainViewLV

    MountainView Hospital
    3100 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89128

  • Taking a Look at Common Heart Rhythm Disorders

    Heart rhythm disorders are referred to as arrhythmias. If you’ve been diagnosed with an arrhythmia at a heart hospital , it means that your heart is beating irregularly, or too quickly or too slowly. An arrhythmia isn’t always a serious problem. However, some arrhythmias may cause symptoms or increase the risk of life-threatening complications. The heart care specialists at MountainView Hospital can help patients with arrhythmias understand their condition and explore their treatment options. You can also watch this video, which features a cardiologist from MountainView Hospital. In the video, Dr. Mock explains which type of arrhythmia can be particularly dangerous.

    Premature Beats

    In most cases, this type of arrhythmia is harmless. Many people do not experience symptoms and require no treatment. However, the symptoms of premature beats may include a fluttering sensation in the chest . Premature beats may occur in the upper chambers of the heart, which are the atria, or the lower chambers, which are the ventricles. They may be caused by heart disease, stress, caffeine, or nicotine.

    Supraventricular Arrhythmias

    This type of arrhythmia involves a rapid heart rate, known as tachycardia. Supraventricular arrhythmias include atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, and Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. Atrial fibrillation is the most commonly diagnosed type of arrhythmia that requires treatment. If left untreated, patients may have a higher risk of blood clot formation, stroke, and heart failure.

    Ventricular Arrhythmias

    As the name implies, ventricular arrhythmias begin in the ventricles. Dr. Mock explains that this type of arrhythmia can be very dangerous and requires aggressive, prompt treatment. If a patient with ventricular arrhythmia develops ventricular fibrillation, it means that the ventricles quiver, rather than pump. Sudden cardiac arrest can be the result.

    At MountainView Hospital, you’ll find sophisticated diagnostic procedures and treatment options for heart health issues. Our heart hospital also provides robotic surgery, stroke care, bariatric weight loss, and emergency care to residents throughout the Las Vegas area. If you have general questions about heart health, you can call (702) 233-5300 to speak with a registered nurse.

  • Strategies to Help You Lower Your Cholesterol

    If you’ve been informed that you have abnormal cholesterol levels , you could consider discussing your treatment options with a heart care specialist at MountainView Hospital. Our heart hospital in Las Vegas invites you to view this video, which features one of our cardiologists. Dr. Mock explains why some patients may need to take medications for high cholesterol, while for others, lifestyle changes may be sufficient.

    Choose Healthy Fats

    As Dr. Mock explains, not all fats are bad for your heart. In fact, replacing unhealthy fats with polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats may help you manage your cholesterol levels. Some good sources of healthy fats include walnuts, salmon, avocados, and olives. The fats that aren’t good for your heart health are saturated and trans fats. Saturated fats are primarily found in animal products. Trans fats are commonly found in baked goods. You can easily identify trans fats on a food product label by looking for hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils.

    Join a Gym

    In addition to improving your diet, you might consider joining a gym to help you maintain a healthy weight and manage your cholesterol levels. It’s a good idea for patients with a medical condition to consult a doctor before starting or changing their exercise programs. By joining a gym, you’ll likely have access to fitness trainers and fitness classes, in addition to the workout equipment.

    Consider Smoking Cessation

    Did you know that smoking isn’t only bad for your lungs—it’s also detrimental to your heart health? Individuals who smoke may be more likely to have cardiovascular problems such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure. If you do smoke and you’re ready to quit, your doctor can help you.

    Manage Your Medications

    If your physician does recommend that you use medications in addition to lifestyle changes, compliance will help you boost your heart health. To help you remember to take medications on time, consider using a pill organizer and posting reminder notes in prominent places. Keep track of side effects that you may experience and discuss them with your doctor.

    Are you looking for in-depth, personalized guidance on managing your cholesterol levels? The heart care professionals at MountainView Hospital are here to help. Residents in the Las Vegas area can reach our heart hospital by calling our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 233-5300.

  • Finding Solutions for Slow-Healing Wounds [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Wound healing can be impacted by a number of different factors, including diabetes and vascular diseases. When a wound doesn’t heal on its own, it’s important to seek treatment to avoid serious complications. In addition to infection, an unhealed wound can lead to disfigurement and amputation if you don’t receive care. Fortunately, there are many different ways to treat slow-healing wounds. One of the most powerful options is hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBO therapy. This treatment, which is provided in hospitals as an outpatient service, boosts the levels of oxygen in the blood so tissues function more efficiently to promote the healing process. Find out more about slow wound healing and the available treatments in this infographic from MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas.

  • What You Need to Know about Cardiac Bypass Surgery

    If you’re anticipating undergoing cardiac bypass surgery at MountainView Hospital, consider watching this featured video. In the video clip, Dr. Mock explains why some patients, such as those with a weakened heart or symptoms of heart disease, may be good candidates for cardiac bypass surgery. The cardiology team at our heart hospital provides extensive pre-operative patient education.

    Before the Procedure

    Your heart care physician may ask you to stop taking certain medications for two weeks prior to the cardiac bypass surgery. If you smoke, quitting will help you have a safer surgery and will help you recover more quickly. Follow your doctor’s instructions regarding when you should cease food and drink intake. Doing so will prevent certain complications of the anesthesia.

    During the Procedure

    After you’ve been placed under general anesthesia, the cardiac surgeon will create an incision in your chest and separate the breastbone. Then, the surgeon will take an artery or vein from somewhere else in your body, such as your leg or wrist. This blood vessel is used to create a graft. The surgeon will attach the ends of the blood vessel to your coronary artery and an opening in the aorta. This graft will improve the flow of blood to your heart. Once the graft is placed, the doctor will close the breastbone with wires and then close the incision.

    After the Procedure

    You can expect to stay in the heart hospital for a few days. Patients typically remain in the intensive care unit for the first night. You may then be transferred to another room in the heart hospital. Depending on your condition, you may be discharged in three to seven days and you’ll recover at home for the next four to six weeks. For the best possible outcome, your heart health team may design a cardiac rehabilitation program for you.

    MountainView Hospital is a premier heart hospital serving residents throughout the Las Vegas area. Our heart care specialists provide interventional cardiology, non-invasive cardiovascular testing, electrophysiology, and many other advanced services. Call (702) 233-5300 to speak with a registered nurse at our heart hospital or visit our website to browse our other services, including bariatric weight loss, stroke care, and robotic surgery.