• Becoming Aware of Your Heart Health Risks and Beneficial Lifestyle Changes

    You may already know that physical inactivity and a high-fat diet can increase your risk of heart disease. But did you know that the same is true of excessive alcohol consumption and smoking? During National High Blood Pressure Education Month this May and throughout the year, the heart health team at MountainView Hospital serves as an invaluable resource for Las Vegas-area patients who are looking for ways to improve their heart health. Start your journey by watching this video, which features a cardiologist from our heart hospital . He explains the critical nature of lifestyle changes combined with medications and emphasizes the importance of smoking cessation.

    Smoking Cessation

    Smoking and chewing tobacco both raise a person’s blood pressure, which contributes to heart disease risk. Smoking and exposure to smoke also contribute to atherosclerosis. If you don’t smoke, you can protect your heart by never starting and by avoiding exposure to secondhand smoke. If you do smoke, consider using National High Blood Pressure Education Month as your motivation to talk to your doctor about quitting. There are numerous approaches to smoking cessation, including prescription medications, nicotine replacement products, support groups, and psychotherapy.

    Alcohol Consumption

    The occasional drink isn’t likely to compromise a person’s heart health. However, excessive drinking can raise blood pressure and triglyceride levels—two factors that can contribute to heart disease. Health experts generally recommend that women drink no more than one alcoholic beverage daily and that men stick with no more than two alcoholic drinks per day. If you discover that it’s difficult to limit or abstain from alcohol, your doctor can help you determine whether you might have alcohol use disorder. If so, there are effective treatment options available to you.

    Active Lifestyle

    Along with quitting smoking and limiting alcohol intake, leading a physically active lifestyle can help prevent heart disease. Being physically active involves exercising on most days of the week and looking for ways to work additional activity into your daily routine. Consider taking a walk on your lunch break or trying a treadmill desk to get moving while you work.

    MountainView Hospital is an accredited Chest Pain Center—a designation that reflects our heart hospital’s commitment to protocols-driven and evidence-based practices. Our heart hospital is proud to offer residents of the Las Vegas area exceptional cardiovascular interventions, including surgical procedures and cardiac rehabilitation. Call (702) 233-5300 or visit us online to learn more about our available services, including stroke care, emergency care, robotic surgery, and bariatric weight loss.

  • Can Better Sleep Reduce Obesity?

    Obesity is a complex disease and many factors can contribute to it, one of which may involve sleeping patterns. When a patient is considering having bariatric weight loss surgery, he or she is generally advised to become better informed about the underlying issues related to obesity. When you watch this featured video by a bariatric weight loss provider at MountainView Hospital, you will hear about some of these contributing factors. You can also find out more about the connection between sleep problems and obesity by reading below.

    How Sleep Deprivation Can Contribute to Weight Gain

    Getting a good night’s rest can certainly do wonders for a person’s mindset. It may even help battle weight gain. However, it’s important to note that obesity often requires a multipronged approach. In other words, patients shouldn’t rely on sufficient sleep alone to lose weight. Rather, sleeping habits may be considered as part of an overall approach that includes dietary changes, exercise, and perhaps bariatric weight loss. That said, researchers do know that sleep deprivation disrupts the balance of hormones in the body. The disruption of certain hormones can increase appetite and require greater insulin production. Additionally, a person who is overly tired may not be as motivated to work out or make healthy food choices, which can further contribute to weight gain.

    How Obesity Can Lead to Sleep Problems

    There are a number of obesity-related health problems, ranging from heart disease to joint pain. Obesity can also contribute to the development of sleep problems . As a person gains weight, his or her airway may be more likely to become blocked during sleep by the soft tissues of the throat and mouth. This can cause breathing to temporarily cease during sleep, which is a condition known as sleep apnea. Individuals who suffer from obesity and obesity-related conditions such as sleep apnea might consider undergoing bariatric weight loss to improve their overall health.

    The Surgical Weight Loss Center at MountainView Hospital is dedicated to helping our patients lead longer, healthier, and more personally fulfilling lives. Visit our website to learn more about bariatric weight loss in Las Vegas or to view upcoming seminars and support groups. For general information about bariatric weight loss, you can contact a registered nurse at (702) 233-5300.

  • Celebrating Family Wellness Month

    This May, MountainView Hospital encourages our neighbors in Las Vegas to celebrate Family Wellness Month. This awareness month was created to support healthy lifestyle choices and family connectivity—two major aspects of well-being that are often neglected due to the fast pace of modern life. Every family has unique needs, goals, and definitions of wellness. For your family, celebrating Family Wellness Month might involve making appointments at the community hospital for annual check-ups. Or, it might mean sitting down to a family dinner together on most nights of the week.

    Enjoying Family Meals

    Sitting down together for dinner as a family can help promote well-balanced nutrition while combating childhood obesity. However, this family wellness choice has benefits beyond the obvious. Some proponents claim that family meals can help children develop better resilience, higher self-esteem, and even better academic performance. Family meals also offer teaching opportunities, especially for young children. Parents can ask preschool kids to make creative place cards for the table to promote writing skills and fine motor skills. Young kids can also learn about the importance of handwashing to prevent the spread of germs. Older kids can learn practical food preparation skills that will serve them well for their lifetime.

    Promoting Family Togetherness

    In addition to sharing meals together, families can look for other ways of strengthening relationships and encourage connectivity. Consider declaring one day a month an “electronics-free day.” Instead of texting, playing video games, or watching movies, families can get outdoors and enjoy a bike ride, visit a farmer’s market, explore a zoo, or participate in volunteer activities like serving meals or building homes for the homeless.

    Addressing Harmful Habits

    Family Wellness Month is about coming together as a family. But sometimes, the health choices of an individual can affect the entire family. One major example is smoking. Smoking harms the health of everyone around the smoker, even after the cigarette has been extinguished. Emerging research highlights the dangers of third-hand smoke, or residual material left behind on clothing and other items. If one or both parents smoke, there’s no time like the present to kick the habit.

    Here at MountainView Hospital, our providers are dedicated to helping families throughout Las Vegas live life well. Visit us online to sign up for our Health to You program or to read about our specialty services, including heart care, stroke care, robotic surgery, and bariatric weight loss. For general information, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 233-5300.

  • Rethinking the Way You Understand Mental Health

    Mental health is a complex, dynamic aspect of overall well-being. A person’s mental health combines his or her emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing. Mental health also involves the way in which a person is able to maintain resiliency in the face of stress, relate to other people appropriately, and make positive and responsible choices. Many people can benefit from the guidance of a behavioral health specialist. Just as a person might undergo bariatric weight loss at MountainView Hospital to treat obesity, a person who is struggling with mental health issues can seek treatment from a specialist. Continue reading to learn more about mental health.

    Psychiatric problems are health issues .

    It’s commonly thought that the body and mind have little influence over each other. However, the truth is that mental health and physical health are closely intertwined. When a patient has a psychiatric disorder such as depression or anxiety, he or she may be less likely to care for his or her physical health. Poor mental health can encourage poor decision making with regard to physical activity, dietary choices, substance use, sleeping patterns, and medication compliance.

    Mental health issues can affect anyone.

    Another common misconception about mental health disorders is that they are relatively rare. In fact, mental health disorders affect about one in five American adults, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. About one in every 25 adults is living with a serious mental illness and about one in every 10 young adults has experienced major depression. Mental health issues can affect a person of any age—from childhood to the golden years. Mental health issues may also affect a person regardless of socioeconomic status, education level, or personal background.

    Mental health issues vary considerably in severity and scope.

    Mental health problems can have a minor impact on a person’s wellbeing or they can completely disrupt daily routines. They may be relatively short-lived or they may persist for years. Some mental health issues, such as bipolar disorder, are incurable, yet manageable. In short, every person has unique mental health challenges and needs. It’s the role of a behavioral health specialist to help individuals find a treatment plan that works well for them.

    MountainView Hospital is a state-of-the-art medical center that offers a number of specialty healthcare services. These include stroke care, emergency care, robotic surgery, bariatric weight loss, and heart health services. Residents throughout the Las Vegas area can call (702) 233-5300 to speak with a registered nurse at our community hospital.