• Balancing competition and safety in kids’ sports

    Sports are an excellent way to teach kids about healthy competition, teamwork and sportsmanship. Children who play sports also enjoy the benefits of physical fitness. Despite these many advantages, there is always a risk of sports injuries . Taking some precautions can help your child stay safe on the playing field. But if an injury does occur, the MountainView Hospital emergency care team in Las Vegas is available 24/7 to help.

    Equip your child with sports safety gear

    Talk to your child’s coach or pediatrician about the protective equipment that is necessary for the sports activity. Your child might need any of the following safety items:

    • Helmet

    • Face shield

    • Knee and elbow pads

    • Wrist guards

    • Mouth guard

    • Protective cup for boys

    • Shin guards

    • Padded gloves

    • Protective eyewear

    Make sure that certain safety gear, such as helmets and eyewear, meet established safety standards. If you purchase secondhand safety gear, check it carefully for signs of damage or defects. Safety gear is most effective when it fits properly, which means you may need to replace some items as your child grows.

    Encourage the use of proper sports techniques

    Emergency care physicians often see young sports enthusiasts with injuries that could have been prevented by following the proper sports techniques. For example, children who land improperly from a jump may suffer ankle sprains. Encourage your child to practice the fundamentals of his or her chosen sport.

    Prevent heat-related illnesses in your child

    Severe heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke, require emergency care. Remind your child to drink plenty of water before, during and after playing sports. Your child’s pediatrician might also recommend sports drinks, which contain electrolytes.

    If heat-related illnesses do occur, they can cause the following signs and symptoms:

    • Dizziness

    • Confusion

    • Lethargy

    • Painful muscle cramps

    • Nausea and vomiting

    • Delirium

    • Shortness of breath

    • Loss of consciousness

    Please call 911 without delay to request emergency care if your child displays serious symptoms.

    If your child does sustain a sports injury in the Las Vegas area, the emergency care team at MountainView Hospital can help him or her recover safely. Our hospital brings together highly skilled, compassionate providers who live and work in the same communities as our patients. A registered nurse is available at (702) 962-5021 to help you with your healthcare questions.

  • How to prevent a second stroke

    With rapid stroke care , patients have a better chance of surviving. But even after the immediate danger has passed, stroke survivors should know that they are at a higher risk of suffering another stroke. When life-threatening medical problems are a possibility, you need to be able to trust the care you receive. MountainView Hospital has earned a sterling reputation for life-saving stroke care and strong support services to give our patients the best possible outcome.

    Take medications as prescribed

    According to the National Stroke Association , about 25 percent of stroke survivors stop taking their prescribed medications during the first three months after the stroke. This is the time period in which the risk of a second stroke is the greatest. Taking your prescribed medications is essential for managing your recurrent stroke risk.

    If you have any problems with your medications, your stroke care team can help. Talk to your doctor if you experience side effects or have trouble remembering to take dosages. Your stroke care team can help you find solutions to any medication-related challenge you’re facing.

    Reconsider alcohol use

    It’s thought that drinking too much alcohol might raise the risk of a second stroke. If you are in the habit of enjoying a glass or two, consider talking to your doctor about whether you should limit your alcohol use or avoid it altogether.

    Quit smoking

    Smoking isn’t healthy for anyone, but it’s particularly dangerous for stroke survivors. Smoking doubles your risk of stroke.

    Your doctor understands how difficult it is to overcome a nicotine addiction. He or she will work with you to find a treatment plan that suits your needs. Speak plainly about the challenges you’re facing with quitting smoking and let your doctor know how he or she can help you.

    Follow a stroke prevention meal plan

    Stroke care specialists typically recommend choosing meals primarily composed of plant-based foods. These are low in fat and sodium, but high in fiber and other important nutrients. Enjoy a wide variety of colorful veggies and fruits, whole grains, and lean protein sources like seafood.

    As a Certified Primary Stroke Center, MountainView Hospital is uniquely qualified to provide superior stroke care to residents throughout the greater Las Vegas area. We encourage stroke survivors to take advantage of our patient education initiatives, including our free Stroke Support Group. Non-emergent questions about our stroke care can be directed to a registered nurse at (702) 962-5021.

  • Which doctors do you need to see when you’re pregnant?

    Pregnancy and childbirth are some of the most exciting times in a woman’s life, but navigating healthcare options can be confusing at times. That’s why MountainView Hospital offers a complete spectrum of prenatal care and maternity health services to give your growing family the personalized care you deserve. At our hospital in Las Vegas, you might work with a few different healthcare providers during your pregnancy.


    Many women choose to receive prenatal care from an obstetrician or obstetrician-gynecologist (OBGYN). Obstetricians are specialists in women’s health. They provide expert prenatal care, childbirth services and postpartum healthcare.

    Seeing an obstetrician is particularly advantageous for women with high-risk pregnancies, and those who experience complications during labor and delivery. Choosing an obstetrician offers the following benefits:

    • Specialized training to diagnose and treat complications during pregnancy

    • Specialized surgical training to perform C-sections

    • Ability to facilitate childbirth with interventions when needed

    Certified Nurse Midwives

    As an alternative to seeing an OBGYN, you might choose to see a Certified Nurse Midwife. Midwives provide a holistic model of care that addresses all aspects of a woman’s health. A midwife can offer:

    • Preconception counseling

    • Prenatal education

    • Labor and delivery services

    • Lactation support

    • Nutritional guidance

    • Newborn care

    • Postpartum care

    Although midwives are highly trained and certified healthcare providers, they may not be the right choice for every expecting mother. A midwife may refer you to an OBGYN if you have a high-risk pregnancy.

    Midwives can also work closely with the obstetrics team in the hospital, so if there is a complication during labor, the midwife may turn over your care to an obstetrician.

    Lactation consultant

    It’s customary for new moms who wish to breastfeed to see a lactation consultant shortly after childbirth. However, you could choose to receive lactation counseling before birth, as well. Lactation consultants might not be licensed doctors, but they are certified professionals who can help you prepare for a successful breastfeeding experience.

    MountainView Hospital is a warm and welcoming place to have your baby. Our superior, family-centered couple care is delivered by a multidisciplinary team of specialists, including OBGYNs, Certified Nurse Midwives, and OBGYN nursing staff. Call our nurse referral line at (702) 962-5021 for more information about our unparalleled maternity services in Las Vegas.

  • When to see a doctor for a hernia

    A hernia is a structural abnormality that occurs when a body part protrudes through the surrounding tissue. For example, a hiatal hernia occurs when a portion of the stomach pushes up into the chest. Hernias can occur in other parts of the body, such as the thigh or groin. If you have been diagnosed with a hernia or you have been experiencing troublesome symptoms, you can count on the surgery team at MountainView Hospital.

    When to consult your doctor about a hernia

    As a general rule of thumb, patients should always feel free to consult their doctors if any abnormal symptoms develop. When you watch this featured video, you’ll hear a general surgeon at MountainView Hospital explain what you can expect during a consultation regarding hernias.

    You can consult your doctor if you experience any potential signs of a hernia. You may notice a bulge or lump under the skin, which you might be able to gently massage back in place. Other signs and symptoms can vary depending on the hernia’s location.

    • Pain or discomfort in the area

    • Pain that worsens with activity like lifting heavy objects

    • Heartburn

    • Chest pain

    • Difficulty swallowing

    • Enlarged scrotum in men and boys

    • Pulling sensation that affects the groin

    Lifestyle changes may help relieve symptoms in some cases, but surgery is the only way to fix the underlying problem. You might not need surgery right away if your symptoms are not severe.

    When to seek emergency care for a hernia

    If the pain worsens or complications develop, you might need surgery right away. It’s possible for a hernia to grow larger, get stuck in the hole it is protruding through, and cut off the blood supply. Doctors call this strangulation.

    Strangulation of a hernia requires emergency surgery . It may be indicated by these symptoms:

    • Failure to have bowel movements

    • Nausea and vomiting

    • Worsening pain and swelling at the affected area

    MountainView Hospital is committed to maintaining the highest standards of surgical excellence. Our hospital in Las Vegas offers patient-centered, compassionate emergency care and robotic surgery within a supportive setting. Call 911 for emergency care or call a registered nurse at (702) 962-5021 for general healthcare information.