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Sunrise Hospital and Sunrise Children’s Hospital are committed to providing a healthier environment for members of our community, employees, physicians, patients, families, and visitors.

Protect your eyes from the harsh summer sun

UV radiation from the sun isn’t just a danger for your skin. Your eyes can also be damaged by UV rays, and the more they are exposed, the more damage is likely to be done. Even short periods of sun exposure can cause a condition called photokeratitis, which is similar to a sunburn. Over time, sun exposure is linked to macular degeneration, cataracts, and even cancer of the eye. See a physician if you are experiencing any signs of problems with your eyes so that you can receive treatment that could prevent further damage. Take these steps to protect your eyes from sun-related damage.

Wear protective sunglasses
Sunglasses are more than a fashion statement—they are actually an important part of preventing eye damage. However, to get the protective benefits, you have to choose the right kinds of sunglasses. Be sure your glasses:

  • Block 99-100% of UVA and UVB rays
  • Block 75-90% of visible light
  • Have lenses that are all one color and don’t have distortion
  • Have lenses that are gray so that you can recognize colors

If you wear glasses for vision, talk to your physician about prescription sunglass lenses. If you work outside or otherwise spend a great deal of time outdoors, you may benefit from wrap-around lenses.

Have regular eye exams
If you do have sun damage to your eyes, getting treatment can help to prevent it from worsening. See your physician for regular eye exams, so he or she can diagnose any sun-related eye conditions you may have, often before they even cause symptoms.

Your physician can also help you understand your risk of sun-related eye damage. For instance, if you work outside or have a pre-existing eye condition, your eyes may be more vulnerable to damage and you may need to take additional steps to protect them.

Are you behind on your eye exams? Contact Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center for a physician referral in Las Vegas to a provider who can help you manage your eye health. Call us today at (702) 233-5300 to request a referral.

How trauma and the ER are different

Emergency care and trauma care are similar in some ways. They both involve the rapid delivery of life-saving medical interventions, and neither department in a hospital requires an appointment. Beyond these similarities, the differences are striking. At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, we believe our patients in the Las Vegas community deserve superior care for the best possible outcome. We’re pleased to offer both trauma care and emergency care.

ER: Conditions treated
Emergency Rooms are equipped to handle both life-threatening and non-life-threatening medical emergencies. Patients may be taken to the ER via an ambulance, or a family member might drive them there. ER physicians and nurses commonly treat the following medical emergencies:

  • Broken bones
  • Severe respiratory infections
  • Heart attacks
  • Stroke
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Dehydration
  • Psychiatric emergencies

Some patients who arrive at the ER receive immediate evaluation and treatment, such as those who have signs of a stroke or heart attack. Others, such as those with minor infections or ankle sprains, wait for care while emergent patients are being seen.

Trauma Center: Conditions treated
In contrast to ERs, Trauma Centers only treat patients who require immediate stabilization and treatment for life-threatening injuries. Because of the nature of their injuries, trauma patients are almost always taken to the hospital in an ambulance or medevac helicopter.

Patients treated at the Trauma Center may have the following injuries:

  • Gunshot wounds
  • Stab wounds
  • Car crash injuries
  • Traumatic fall injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Blunt-force trauma
  • Major burn injuries
  • Traumatic loss of body parts

These are all severe, traumatic injuries, in contrast to the conditions treated at an ER, which include infections and cardiovascular events.

ER and Trauma Center healthcare providers
Emergency Rooms are staffed by emergency medicine physicians, who may be board certified. Physician assistants and ER nurses, including triage nurses, also assist patients in the ER. Other specialists may be available, such as pediatric ER doctors.

When you watch this featured video, you’ll hear a surgeon discuss the healthcare providers available at Trauma Centers. These include:

  • Trauma surgeons
  • Registered nurses
  • Clinical nurse specialists
  • Dietitians
  • Pharmacists
  • Chaplain
  • Case and social workers
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Respiratory therapists

Other specialists may be available, such as neurosurgeons, orthopedic specialists and pediatric specialists.

Please call 911 without delay if you or someone else is experiencing a medical emergency. Otherwise, you can get in touch with a registered nurse at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center by calling (702) 233-5300. Our healthcare providers in Las Vegas have made it their life’s work to deliver the high-caliber quality of care that saves lives and helps patients achieve the best possible outcome.

Fun ways to work out with the family at your local park

One of the best things you can do for your kids’ health—and your own—is to exercise together as a family. When working out is a family activity, you show your kids the importance of physical activity, and you also make it more fun. You don’t have to join a gym or pay for expensive workout equipment, either. A family trip to the park is all you need to get a great workout together. As long as everyone has been cleared by his or her physician and you know where to go if anyone needs emergency care, then you’re ready to try these activities with your family.

Hit the playground
The playground in the park is fun for everything, and it can give you a good physical workout. Do these activities in the playground to stay fit:

  • Climb across the monkey bars or use them for pull-ups
  • Climb up the fireman pole
  • Pump your legs to see who can swing the highest
  • Take turns pushing each other on the swing to give your arms a workout

If you have the space to yourself, you can also set up a timed obstacle course using the playground equipment.

Take a stroll
Enjoy the scenery of the park and your family’s company as you take a brisk walk around the perimeter of the park. Find out how long the walking path is and do a few laps to work up to the distance you want. Simply walking for 30 minutes can also be great exercise.

If you have a family of runners, you can jog the path. You can also have sprint competitions as you make your way around.

Use the benches
Benches are great for taking a break or sitting and enjoying some downtime after your workout, but they also double as exercise equipment. Use the benches to have modified push-up challenges, or step one leg up at a time onto the bench to do tap-ups.

Just 30 minutes of exercise per day can help your family reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. At Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, we’re your partner in good health, with comprehensive physician care, emergency care, and inpatient services. Get answers to your questions about our hospital by calling (702) 233-5300.

What is mitral regurgitation?

Mitral valve regurgitation is a heart condition that affects the flow of blood through the chambers of the heart. Any sort of cardiac problem can be frightening. At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, we’re empowering heart care patients to live life well by making informed decisions for their healthcare. The cardiologists at our Heart Center, including the one featured in the accompanying video, put our patients first.

Understanding mitral valve regurgitation
To fully understand mitral regurgitation and why it’s problematic, it’s helpful to know how blood flows through the heart.

  1. Blood goes through the right side of the heart
  2. Blood enters the lungs
  3. The lungs oxygenate the blood
  4. Blood re-enters the heart at its left side
  5. The heart pumps oxygen-rich blood out to the body

Blood flows properly because of the four heart valves, which open and close to keep blood moving in the right direction. The valves also prevent the backflow or regurgitation of blood.

The mitral valve opens to let blood pass from the left atrium to the left ventricle. Then, it closes to prevent that blood from flowing backward. When this valve doesn’t close well, the patient has mitral valve regurgitation, also called a leaky valve.

Identifying the signs and symptoms of leaky valves
It’s possible to have mild mitral regurgitation that doesn’t cause symptoms. When this heart problem does cause symptoms, patients may notice the following:

  • Heart palpitations, especially when lying on the left side
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Swelling of the feet or ankles
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness

Some patients with mitral regurgitation have co-existing cardiovascular problems, including the following:

  • Heart failure
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Mitral valve prolapse
  • Pulmonary hypertension

Undergoing treatment for mitral regurgitation
Each heart patient’s treatment plan is personalized to meet his or her needs. Mitral regurgitation treatment may include any of these:

  • Watchful waiting/ongoing evaluations
  • Heart-healthy lifestyle
  • Treatment of underlying problems
  • Surgical valve repair
  • Surgical valve replacement

Heart Center at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is pleased to offer our comprehensive Valve Program to patients in the Las Vegas area. Our state-of-the-art heart hospital was the first in the state to perform TAVR—an advanced surgical technique to replace failing mitral valves. A registered nurse is available at (702) 233-5300 to provide physician referrals.

Are you at risk for fatty liver disease?

Fatty liver disease refers to the excessive accumulation of fatty deposits in the liver. Excessive fat deposits can lead to liver inflammation, which may consequently lead to cirrhosis or scarring. Two of the main types of fatty liver disease are alcoholic and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. If you’re concerned about your liver health, watching this featured video will help you learn more about it. This video is a brief interview with an oncologist at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.


As the term suggests, alcoholic fatty liver disease affects people who consume excessive amounts of alcohol. Heavy alcohol consumption may take years to dramatically affect the liver, or it may take only a few months. Overweight and obesity combined with alcoholism can raise the risk of fatty liver disease even further.

Some researchers think that alcohol negatively affects the liver because of oxidative stress. In other words, the process of breaking down alcohol in the liver causes a chemical reaction. This reaction may damage cells, leading to inflammation and scarring.

The good news is that it may be possible to reverse the effects of alcohol consumption on the liver by abstaining from alcohol.

Obesity and fat distribution

Obesity and morbid obesity are significant risk factors for people who develop nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. In fact, most people who develop this disease are overweight.

However, it’s important to note that it’s possible for people to be obese without developing a fatty liver. Likewise, it’s possible for people to only be slightly overweight with a fatty liver.

Fat distribution may also influence risk. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease seems to be more common in patients who have a greater fat concentration in the abdominal region.

Medical conditions

Aside from alcoholism and obesity, other medical conditions may influence the risk of fatty liver disease. These risk factors include the following:

  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Abnormal cholesterol levels
  • High triglyceride levels
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Sleep apnea
  • Underactive thyroid
  • Underactive pituitary gland

The entire staff at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center firmly believes that our patients deserve superior medical care that is personalized to meet the individual needs of each patient. Here, you’ll find exceptional oncology and digestive health specialists. Call a registered nurse in Las Vegas at (702) 233-5300 to request a physician referral.

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