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Answers to your questions about hepatitis

Your liver is a large, solid organ that produces bile for digestion, supports metabolism and filters toxins out of the bloodstream. One of the diseases that can affect the liver is viral hepatitis. Some patients develop mild hepatitis, but it’s also possible for this disease to lead to life-threatening complications. The U.S. recognizes May as Hepatitis Awareness Month. Consider talking to a doctor at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center about whether you should get tested for hepatitis.

What are the types of hepatitis?
Hepatitis is caused by a group of viruses, known as the hepatitis A, B, C, D and E viruses.

  • Hepatitis A: Usually spread by exposure to infected fecal matter or by anal sex with an infected partner. This type is usually mild and often resolves by itself within two months.
  • Hepatitis B: Spread by exposure to infected bodily fluids, including saliva, semen and vaginal fluids. It can also be spread during childbirth, while sharing needles or while sharing contaminated personal hygiene items.
  • Hepatitis C: Usually spread by contact with infected blood. It may require treatment to prevent complications.
  • Hepatitis D: Only develops in people with hepatitis B. It spreads through exposure to infected blood and via unprotected sex.
  • Hepatitis E: Not usually found in the U.S., but may affect international travelers. It spreads through contact with infected fecal matter.

Can hepatitis lead to other complications?
It’s possible for viral hepatitis to lead to long-term complications, but this depends on the specific virus. Hepatitis A doesn’t lead to chronic liver disease, but B and C might. Some patients may develop the following:

  • Liver fibrosis (scarring)
  • Liver cirrhosis (serious scarring)
  • Liver cancer

Should I get tested for hepatitis?
Only your doctor can determine if hepatitis testing is right for you. In general, screenings are recommended for:

  • Expecting mothers
  • Childcare workers
  • People in close contact with infected patients
  • People with multiple sexual partners
  • Those who use injected drugs
  • People with tattoos
  • Those with jobs that require close contact with bodily fluids
  • Certain international travelers

At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, we’ve built a tradition of caring for our patients as if they were our own family. Residents of Las Vegas receive world-class care at our Digestive Health Institute and its Centers for Liver, Pancreas and Bile Duct. Call (702) 233-5300, and a friendly member of our nursing staff can provide a physician referral.


Is pregnancy possible for stroke survivors?

Stroke care teams primarily treat older adults who suffer this life-threatening condition. However, stroke can also affect younger individuals in their 20s and 30s. At any age, stroke can cause long-term health complications, such as muscle weakness and paralysis. It can also affect the health of an expecting mother and her unborn child. Pregnancy is indeed possible for stroke survivors, but there are risks women should be aware of. For patient-centered health guidance, couples in the Las Vegas area can turn to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.

Understanding the risks of post-stroke pregnancy
Stroke survivors are cautioned to closely follow a doctor-developed rehabilitation program to reduce the risk of a recurrent stroke. This is because stroke survivors are at a higher risk of suffering another one of these life-threatening events. For women who are pregnant, the risk increases further due to pregnancy-related complications, such as:

  • Gestational hypertension
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Bleeding after childbirth

In addition, survivors of stroke may be more likely to suffer a miscarriage.

Planning for a healthy pregnancy
Despite the risks, it’s still possible to have a healthy pregnancy. Women who desire pregnancy are strongly encouraged to speak with a physician about their health history during a preconception exam. The obstetrician may recommend consulting a neurologist and possibly a cardiologist, depending on the cause of the stroke.

Prior to trying for pregnancy, the patient’s lifestyle habits will be evaluated. All stroke survivors, especially women who desire children, are encouraged to make healthy lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of complications during pregnancy. These may include following a low-sodium diet and maintaining a healthy weight.

Exercise is also important for stroke survivors and women who wish to become pregnant. However, a physician should be consulted to make sure it’s safe for the patient to exercise. It’s possible that the expecting mother will need to go on modified bed rest at some point during the pregnancy to manage troubling conditions.

For superior care at all of life’s stages, your family can trust Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center . Our hospital in Las Vegas attracts highly trained physicians for our maternity and stroke care teams. Call our 24/7 nurse referral line at (702) 233-5300.

Why is asthma so common in Las Vegas children?

Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that commonly affects children. Parents in Las Vegas should be on the lookout for potential signs of asthma in their kids, as Nevada’s asthma rates are higher than the national average. Children suspected of having an asthma attack can be brought to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center for compassionate emergency care.

Tobacco usage
Arsenic, formaldehyde and cyanide are just a few of the poisons found in tobacco smoke. These poisons are toxic to the smoker, the smoker’s family and everyone else who is exposed to secondhand and thirdhand smoke (residue). Physicians know that children of smokers are more likely to cough and wheeze more frequently than children of non-smokers.

Nevada is home to a disproportionately large number of smokers, which is thought to be one reason why children in the Las Vegas area are so severely affected by asthma. There is insufficient scientific evidence to prove that smoking causes asthma.

However, scientific evidence does indicate that asthmatic children who are exposed to secondhand smoke have more frequent and more severe asthma attacks. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, more than 40 percent of all children who require emergency care for asthma attacks have a parent or other household member who smokes.

Environmental factors
In addition to tobacco smoke, some environmental factors can increase the risk of an asthma attack.

Children in Nevada live in a very dry, dusty region. Nevada is also known for its extremely strong winds, which blow around pollen and other particulate matter. Those who have asthma have a more difficult time coping with these climate conditions, and can be more likely to suffer frequent asthma attacks.

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and our partner, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, are committed to providing families in Las Vegas superior medical services with a personalized, compassionate approach. We provide 24/7 emergency care , along with chronic disease management. Call 911 if your child is having a medical emergency, or call a registered nurse at (702) 233-5300 for general information about our healthcare services.

Important reasons to become an organ donor

This April, hospitals, transplant centers and organ recipients across the U.S. are celebrating National Donate Life Month. This designation is intended to raise awareness about the critical and never-ending need for individuals to register as organ donors. The physicians and nurses at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center would like to extend our sincere thanks to members of our Las Vegas community who have registered as organ donors.

Organ donors give back to their communities
Life is precious, and most people agree that it’s important to care for others in the community by doing things like donating blood and registering as an organ donor. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 95 percent of American adults support organ donation—yet just 54 percent are registered as organ donors.

One organ donor can save up to eight lives
It’s possible for just one organ donor to give up to eight people the gift of life. If an organ donor dies in a way that allows for organ donation to occur, that person can donate:

  • Heart
  • Two lungs
  • Liver
  • Pancreas
  • Two kidneys
  • Intestines

Most organ donations come from deceased, registered donors, rather than living donors. But only three in every 1,000 registered organ donors die in a manner that allows organ collection and transplantation to occur.

This means that every year, the waiting list for an organ grows at a rate that is faster than the number of donors. Every day, about 20 people die while waiting for a donated organ.

It’s easy and free to become a registered organ donor
It takes very little effort to become a registered organ donor. Each state maintains a registry.

You can visit your local Department of Motor Vehicles, either online or in-person, and sign up in just a few minutes. You’ll need your driver’s license or photo ID number.

The emergency care team at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center encourage members of our Las Vegas community to become registered organ donors. If you do, you may be able to give new life to waiting patients and new hope to families. If you have general healthcare questions, you can reach a registered nurse at our hospital by calling (702) 233-5300.

Knowing what a personal health record is and how to use it

In the U.S., patients have many legal rights mandated by federal law. You have the right to make your own healthcare decisions, the right to access your medical information and the right to manage access to your medical records by other parties. If you ever have questions or concerns about your official medical record or your personal health record, a staff member at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas will be happy to assist you.

Defining PHRs
Your personal health record is any electronic application that you can use to store and manage your medical information. PHRs keep your private information confidential in a secure location. Your PHR may contain a wide range of health information, including:

  • Your list of diagnosed conditions
  • Your allergies
  • Your immunization history
  • Your medication names and dosages
  • Your family medical history
  • Your history of major illnesses and operations
  • Lab reports and medical images
  • Consent and authorization forms
  • Physicians’ orders

Your own PHR may have information that differs from this list.

Understanding PHRs, EHRs and EMRs
Personal health records are often confused as being the same as electronic health records and electronic medical records. The purpose of an EHR is to allow various hospitals, clinics and imaging centers to share information with each other. Only authorized clinicians have access to a patient’s EHR.

EMRs are like the paper charts that doctor’s offices used to rely on. They are a digital version of the information and doctor’s notes for the office.

PHRs are different because they’re intended to be managed and used solely by the patient. PHRs can also include a broader variety of health information, depending on the patient’s individual needs.

Using your PHR
You may have a tethered or connected PHR, which is linked to your health insurer’s or healthcare provider’s electronic health record. Or, you may decide to create your own, standalone PHR on your personal computer.

Using your PHR is simple. Each time there is a change in your medical history, you can add the information to your records. You can also make notes about your progress regarding managing conditions, and you can choose to share this information with your healthcare providers in order to better inform your treatment plan.

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is your partner in health. Our state-of-the-art hospital in Las Vegas offers a full range of medical services, including emergency care, stroke care and heart health services. If you’d like to request a physician referral, you can get in touch with a registered nurse at (702) 233-5300.

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