• How to Make Your Home Kid-Friendly and Accident-Proof

    For kids, the home can be a danger zone of one risk after another, often in areas that seem harmless to adults. Although your home may seem safe to you, if you haven’t kid-proofed it recently, then your child could be one preventable incident away from needing emergency care . Avoid a trip to the hospital and keep your child safe with these kid-proofing tips.

    Get Real About the Risks
    It is easy to underestimate the risk of an accident, but accidental injuries are the leading cause of death in kids up to age 14 , and over a third of these accidents happen in the home. That means that you not only have to be wary of what a baby can get into in your house, but you have to keep up your kid-proofing until your little one is in his or her teens.

    Lock It Up
    Many accidents occur when kids get access to things that should be locked away, such as toxic cleaning products, medications, and other dangerous objects. Add child-proof safety latches on cupboard doors anywhere you are storing anything that could be hazardous to your child. Keep all medications out of children’s reach. Be especially aware of medicine that is kept in a purse that can be easily accessed by kids. If you have a gun in your home, it should always be locked away where there is no risk that your child could find it. Choking hazards, such as small batteries, should also be stored out of your child’s reach.

    Boost Your Home Safety Strategies
    Ensure that all of the smoke detectors in your home are functioning, and consider adding extra ones if you don’t have full coverage. Repair any loose wires or outlet boxes. If you have a pool, make sure it is surrounded by a high fence with an alarm, so your child can’t enter the area unattended. When your child is young, use safety gates to prevent him or her from entering any area that is not child-proofed or from going up or down the stairs without supervision.

    If an accident does occur, the ER at MountainView Hospital has you covered. We provide emergency care in Las Vegas for people of all ages. Find out more by calling (702) 962-5021.

  • Coping with Medical Emergencies During Pregnancy

    No expectant mother likes to consider the possibility of facing a medical emergency during pregnancy, but complications can and do occur. Fortunately, seeking emergency care quickly makes it possible to treat most urgent complications and protect you and your baby’s wellbeing. Your obstetrician can tell you about your specific risk factors for complications, so you can tune into your symptoms and take steps to prevent them.

    Know the Symptoms
    Getting fast treatment is critical if a medical emergency arises, so be alert to symptoms of a problem so you can take action quickly when necessary. Pelvic pain, bleeding, extreme fatigue, and chronic nausea and vomiting can all be signs an emergency. Although ankle swelling is common during pregnancy, extreme swelling, especially on one side, can indicate an emergency. If you are concerned about any symptoms you are having, consult your doctor or seek emergency care. It is better to go to the ER and find out that you don’t have an issue than to wait and let a pregnancy complication become worse.

    Avoid Self-Treatment
    When you’re pregnant, over-the-counter medications you might otherwise take may not be safe. Don’t attempt to self-treat any symptoms of a complication at home. Instead, get emergency care, so that you can be confident that any medications you do receive are safe for both you and your baby. If you do decide to take an over-the-counter remedy, always consult your doctor first.

    Act Fast
    When it comes to dealing with any medical emergency during pregnancy, time is of the essence. The faster you get emergency care, the sooner both you and your baby can be protected. Fast treatment also helps to prevent a minor emergency from becoming a more serious one.

    The ER at MountainView Hospital is open 24-hours per day to provide emergency care in Las Vegas for all of your critical medical needs. Contact us today at (702) 962-5021. for more information about our emergency services or a referral to maternity care specialist.

  • Understanding the Safety of Cholesterol Medication

    High cholesterol is a dangerous condition that can lead to heart disease , heart attacks, and stroke. When you have high cholesterol that can’t be treated through diet and exercise, your doctor may prescribe cholesterol medications, particularly statins. Although the safety and effectiveness of cholesterol medications has been questioned in the media, doctors remain convinced that they can be an important part of lowering cholesterol and protecting people from dangerous complications. Here is what you need to know.

    What is cholesterol?
    Cholesterol is a vital substance that your body uses to create hormones, bile acids, and vitamin D. However, having too much of one form of cholesterol, called low-density lipoproteins, or LDL cholesterol, and not having enough high-density lipoproteins, or HDL cholesterol, can be dangerous. LDL cholesterol can lead to plaque build-up in your blood vessels that can cause blockages that may eventually lead to heart attack or stroke.

    What causes high cholesterol?
    A number of different factors contribute to high cholesterol. About 25% of the cholesterol in your blood comes from the food you eat, so a diet high in saturated fat will contribute to high cholesterol. Your liver produces about 75% of your cholesterol. Some people are genetically predisposed to excess cholesterol production. Having some medical conditions, such as diabetes, can also make you more prone to having high cholesterol.

    What is the role of cholesterol medication?
    Some people with high cholesterol can effectively lower their numbers through diet, exercise, and weight loss. For others, medications can help. Cholesterol medications work by slowing down the production of cholesterol by the liver, and for patients with risk factors for complications from high cholesterol, they can have a noticeable positive impact on overall health. As MountainView Hospital cardiologist Dr. Thomas Lambert details in this video, cholesterol medications have been demonstrated to be safe and effective, despite the bad reputation they get in the press.

    At MountainView Hospital, our heart care team in Las Vegas provides comprehensive diagnostic and interventional care for a range of cardiac conditions. Whether you need emergency care for heart attack symptoms or long-term management of congestive heart failure, we have you covered. For a referral to one of our heart care providers, call (702) 962-5021..