• Checking in on your meds

    Patients are encouraged to take advantage of events hosted by pharmacies across the country. These include “brown bag” medication reviews offered by pharmacists underscore the importance of knowing exactly which medications you’re taking and how they could interact with each other. But if you miss a brown bag event near you, there’s no need to worry. You can always count on the team at MountainView Hospital to give you sound medical guidance.

    Keep a list of your medications
    If you’re taking any kind of medication regularly, whether prescribed or over the counter, it’s a smart move to write it down. Note the name of the medication, the dosage strength and how many doses you take each day. Keep this list in your wallet or purse so that it’s handy in the event you need emergency care.

    Ask for a medication review
    One of the reasons why National Check Your Meds Day got its start is that many patients are prescribed medications by different doctors. For instance, your primary care physician might prescribe an antidepressant and your cardiologist might prescribe a high blood pressure medication. This can create the potential for different drugs to interact with each other, which can cause undesirable side effects.

    Your primary care physician should know about all of the medications you’re taking, including over-the-counter drugs. Bring in your list of medications and ask your doctor to take a look for potential problems.

    Check your meds at the pharmacy
    Another way to be a proactive patient is to double-check your medications when you pick them up at the pharmacy. Note whether the pills look different. Are they a different color or shape, or do they have a different identifying number?

    If your pills look different, ask your pharmacist to verify that they are the correct medication.

    If you ever have questions about your medications, a registered nurse or physician at MountainView Hospital is always here to help. Our hospital in Las Vegas provides patient-centered care that focuses on your unique health needs and goals. Call a registered nurse today at (702) 962-5021 or explore our upcoming community health classes.

  • Celebrating National Healthcare Quality Week

    The healthcare profession carries on a time-honored tradition of compassionate care. Technicians, nurses, primary care physicians and specialists—all of the healthcare providers at MountainView Hospital genuinely care about the health and safety of our patients. During National Healthcare Quality Week, which extends from October 21-27, we invite you to reflect on what quality care means to you.

Share a story
Have you experienced the difference that quality healthcare can make? Perhaps a friendly nurse offered a shoulder to lean on during a difficult time. Or perhaps your family physician took the extra time to connect you with local resources to help you improve your health or reach a health goal.

Healthcare quality is made up of little moments like these that show patients just how much their providers truly do care about them. You can show your appreciation by sharing your story of how a provider’s compassionate care helped you during a difficult time.

Schedule a screening
Doctors and nurses are keenly aware of the importance of preventive medicine. Every day, they see the harsh realities of serious diseases that might have been prevented or detected earlier. And there are few things a dedicated provider enjoys more than knowing his or her patients are taking proactive steps to protect their health.

Another way you can share your appreciation for healthcare quality is by scheduling an annual exam and health screenings. Your primary care physician can review your health history and recommend health screenings that are appropriate for you.

Become a volunteer
If quality healthcare has made a major difference in your life, consider giving back to the community by volunteering in the hospital. Hospital volunteers are dedicated individuals who are motivated by a desire to help others. The important work that volunteers do allows doctors and nurses to spend more time delivering high-quality healthcare.

MountainView Hospital is a proud HCA affiliate. It’s an affiliation that reflects our commitment to bringing our patients superior care through state-of-the-art medical technology and exceptionally trained providers. If you have any questions about our healthcare specialties, you can call (702) 962-5021 to speak with a friendly member of our nursing staff here in Las Vegas.

  • What you can do about your cardiac arrest risk

    Cardiac arrest occurs when the electrical system of the heart malfunctions. The heart stops beating, which means the rest of the body no longer receives the blood it needs to sustain life. Immediate medical intervention is necessary, as cardiac arrest can kill within four to six minutes. The emergency care physicians at MountainView Hospital encourage our neighbors in Las Vegas to learn about their potential risk of cardiac arrest. Your doctor can help you explore ways of managing your risk.

    Making lifestyle changes to reduce your risk
    Cardiac arrest is strongly linked with coronary artery disease. Because of this, the lifestyle habits that increase the risk of coronary artery disease may also increase the risk of cardiac arrest. These include obesity and a sedentary lifestyle.

    If you currently don’t exercise, consider talking to your doctor about starting an exercise program. If you have a pre-existing health condition, such as a heart problem, your doctor will evaluate whether it’s safe for you to exercise.

    Exercising can also help you control your weight, but if you already have obesity, you’ll also need to make significant dietary changes. Your doctor may refer you to a registered dietician if you want help planning meals and learning about nutrient intake. Focus on making small changes that add up over time.

    Talking to your doctor about overcoming addictions
    Sudden cardiac death is more common in people who:

    • Take recreational drugs
    • Drink alcohol to excess
    • Smoke tobacco

    You don’t have to fight your addiction alone. Your primary care doctor can help you understand your treatment options and refer you to treatment programs or specialists. Beating an addiction takes a lot of hard work, but you can build a network of support to help you move forward.

    Exploring your treatment options for heart conditions
    A wide range of heart conditions can lead to cardiac arrest. If you’ve been diagnosed with any heart problem, you can benefit from specialized cardiology care. Some of these heart conditions include:

    • Scarred heart muscle
    • Enlarged heart
    • Coronary artery disease
    • Blood vessel abnormalities
    • Long QT syndrome
    • Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome

    A cardiologist will thoroughly evaluate you and recommend an appropriate course of treatment.

    MountainView Hospital’s Heart Care Services provides world-class care, including specialized surgeries like open heart surgery, vascular surgery and TAVR. Our heart hospital in Las Vegas brings together the latest cutting-edge medical technology with highly trained doctors who are leaders in their field. Call 911 immediately if you need emergency care, or call a registered nurse at (702) 962-5021 for general questions only.

  • Increasing your breast cancer awareness

    In the U.S., breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. But the good news is that survival rates are better than ever, particularly when breast cancer is detected in its early stages. During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, the Breast Care Services team at MountainView Hospital encourages women to know their risk factors and talk to their doctors about getting a mammogram.

    Know your risk factors of breast cancer
    Certain factors may increase your risk of getting breast cancer. However, not all women who are at a high risk will get breast cancer, and some women with a low risk may still develop it. It’s important to know your risk factors because they help guide your doctor’s recommendations for mammograms and lifestyle changes.

    Age is one risk factor of cancer. Most women who are diagnosed with breast cancer are 50 years of age or older. Other risk factors include:

    • Inherited genetic mutations
    • Having dense breast tissue
    • Having a personal history of cancer
    • Having a family history of breast cancer
    • Previously undergoing radiation therapy to the chest
    • Starting menstruation before age 12
    • Starting menopause after age 55

    Those risk factors cannot be changed. The good news is that other risk factors can indeed be modified, such as the following.

    • Sedentary lifestyle
    • Overweight or obese after menopause
    • Alcohol consumption
    • Long-term use of hormone replacement therapy

    Talk to your doctor about mammograms
    Mammogram guidelines can differ, depending on the health organization issuing them. They are also subject to change over time. Every woman needs personalized recommendations from her own doctor, which takes into account her unique health history, lifestyle and preferences.

    In addition to having routine mammograms, you can protect your health by doing a breast self-exam each month. This helps you become better aware of how your breasts normally look and feel. You’ll be able to detect unusual changes more easily.

    MountainView Hospital is proud to offer state-of-the-art computer-aided detection, 3D digital mammography to women throughout the Las Vegas area. Our Breast Care Services team is focused on providing superior, patient-centered care that puts your needs first. For more information, call a registered nurse at (702) 962-5021.