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Ways that summer can be good for your heart

Extremes in body temperature can be problematic for the heart, particularly in people who have underlying heart conditions. But there are some smart strategies you can use to make the summer work to your advantage. Consider talking to the heart care specialists at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas. Our heart hospital provides cutting-edge treatments and superior, patient-focused care.

Quick tips to stay cool

Heart specialists can prescribe medications that help their patients manage conditions like atrial fibrillation. Although it’s crucial to take all medications as prescribed, your doctor may caution you that some of them may make you more susceptible to heat-related problems. Following a few simple tips can allow you to enjoy the summer without undue risk.

  • Schedule outdoor activities for early morning or evening hours
  • Wear lightweight, breathable fabrics
  • Wear well-ventilated shoes
  • Drink plenty of water, even when you don’t feel thirsty
  • Find shade or an air-conditioned room if you feel hot, dizzy or weak

Fitness activities with your family

Precautions to avoid getting overheated or dehydrated can allow you to enjoy the summer with your family. Physical activity strengthens the heart, and it’s an important part of a cardiac rehabilitation program. Your doctor will let you know which exercises are safe for you to do.

Get the most out of summer with your family with the following fitness activities:

  • Bike rides
  • Game of tag
  • Backyard soccer
  • Gardening
  • Charity walks or fun-runs
  • Dog walks

On days when the temperature is too high to safely enjoy the outdoors, your family can look for fun and active indoor activities to do. Consider indoor rock climbing gyms, bounce playlands or mini golf courses.

Healthy foods for your grill

The summer heat provides the perfect opportunity to incorporate lighter fare into your diet. You can easily increase your veggie intake by tossing them on the grill. Make vegetable kebabs or toss mixed, seasoned vegetables into foil packets. Pair them with a low-sodium veggie burger and try grilling some pineapple for dessert.

Heart Center at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center features a continuum of personalized heart care services—from diagnostics to interventions to cardiac rehabilitation. Our hospital in Las Vegas brings together leading experts in the heart care field to give our patients optimal outcomes and better quality of life. Call us today at (702) 233-5300 to request a physician referral.


What men need to know about prostate cancer

After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common type diagnosed in men. A diagnosis of any type of cancer is always alarming, but the good news is that prostate cancer tends to grow slowly in many cases. And with the superior oncology treatments available at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, many patients enjoy a favorable outcome.

The risk factors of prostate cancer

A man’s risk of prostate cancer may influence his doctor’s cancer screening recommendations. One of the most significant risk factors of prostate cancer is a man’s age. The risk increases after age 50, but most cases are diagnosed in men over 65.

Other risk factors of prostate cancer include the following:

  • Having a family history of prostate cancer
  • Having a personal history of exposure to Agent Orange
  • Leading a sedentary lifestyle
  • Eating a high-fat diet
  • Being African-American

The health screenings for prostate cancer

The screening recommendations for prostate cancer are subject to periodic change. Because of this, and because a man’s personalized recommendations are unique, men may consider talking to their physicians about when and how often they should get screened.

A physician can perform a digital rectal exam, which involves palpating the prostate gland. This exam may sometimes allow the doctor to feel abnormalities such as lumps.

Another screening test for prostate cancer is a blood test that measures the level of a man’s prostate specific antigen (PSA). High PSA levels may sometimes indicate prostate cancer. However, high PSA levels can be caused by many other factors, including prostate infections and enlargement.

The signs and symptoms of prostate cancer

Early on, prostate cancer may not cause noticeable health issues. As the cancer slowly grows, the following urinary problems may develop:

  • Frequent urination, including during the night
  • Impaired ability to start the flow of urine
  • Weakened urinary stream
  • Painful urination
  • Bloody urine
  • Urinary incontinence

Other possible signs and symptoms of prostate cancer include erectile dysfunction, painful ejaculation and unexplainable back pain. Many other medical conditions can cause symptoms like these, but it’s still a good idea to consult a doctor when unusual changes in health develop.

Our accredited Cancer Care program provides much more than superior, state-of-the-art oncology services. At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas, our dedicated oncology unit provides all the comforts of home for our valued patients and their families. You can request a physician referral by calling a registered nurse at (702) 233-5300.


Make running work for your health

Running is an effective way to strengthen your heart and the muscles throughout your body. If you plan to go out jogging in the Las Vegas area this summer, take a few precautions to reduce your risk of injuries and heat-related illnesses. The emergency care doctors and nurses at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center sincerely hope you enjoy a healthy and fun-filled summer!

Create a smart running program

If you have a medical condition, such as a heart problem, consider talking to your physician before starting or changing an exercise program. In addition, you can reduce your risk of sports injuries by warming up and cooling down, and by gradually increasing the intensity of your workout. If you’re having trouble staying motivated, consider looking for a workout buddy or joining a local running club.

Reduce your risk of heat-related illnesses

The summer heat in Las Vegas can be overpowering. Taking the following precautions will help you beat the heat while you’re out running. However, you should still keep your cell phone with you, just in case you need to call for emergency care.

  • Drink water before, during and after your workout
  • Consume sources of electrolytes, such as coconut water or sports drinks
  • Run in the early morning or evening
  • Run indoors on a treadmill during very hot days
  • Stop and seek shade if you feel dizzy, nauseous or overly fatigued

Prevent UV damage

It only takes a few minutes to apply sunscreen, but those few minutes can help spare you from the pain and anxiety of dealing with skin cancer. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that is sweat-resistant, and reapply it every 30 minutes. Additionally, consider jogging with sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV damage.

Protect yourself from traffic accidents

If you’re running on a road, you should always face oncoming traffic. Avoid wearing headphones or earbuds, as your hearing can help you detect and avoid potential traffic collisions.

Athletes who do suffer serious medical problems in the Las Vegas area can always count on the emergency care physicians at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. Our emergency care team consistently maintains ER wait times below the national average. Call 911 for medical emergencies or call (702) 233-5300 for non-emergent questions about our hospital services.


What is melanoma?

Melanin is the pigment that gives skin, moles, eyes and hair their color. Melanin is produced by cells called melanocytes. When cancer originates in the melanocytes, it is called melanoma. Although melanomas most often develop as a form of skin cancer, they can develop elsewhere in the body. Melanoma isn’t as common as other types of skin cancer, but it can be more aggressive. If you have concerns about your risk of skin cancer or if you’ve spotted a suspicious lesion on your skin, you can find the answers you’re looking for at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.

Types of melanoma

There are three primary types of melanoma.

  • Cutaneous melanoma: Skin cancer
  • Mucosal melanoma: Cancer of the mucous membranes
  • Ocular melanoma: Cancer of the eye

Causes of melanoma

According to the Melanoma Research Foundation, an estimated 90 percent of melanoma diagnoses are associated with unprotected UV exposure. Unprotected exposure to sunlight and indoor tanning beds inflicts damage to the DNA in the skin cells. This triggers other abnormal changes, which can sometimes lead to the development of cancer.

Other risk factors of melanoma include the following:

  • Presence of multiple moles
  • Family history of melanoma
  • Fair skin that freckles and burns easily
  • Suppressed immune system
  • Certain inherited skin conditions

Treatments for melanoma

Treatment for melanoma is more likely to be successful when the cancer is detected early. Once melanoma begins to spread to other parts of the body, this disease becomes deadlier and treatments are less effective.

Surgery is often used, especially when melanoma is detected early. Sometimes, surgery is the only cancer treatment that a patient will need. Other patients may have some combination of the following treatments:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Radiation therapy

Cancer Care Services at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center maintains our enduring commitment to healthcare excellence within our dedicated oncology unit. We understand that cancer patients and their families have unique needs, which is why we’re pleased to offer educational resources and amenities you won’t find elsewhere. Call (702) 233-5300 to request a physician referral from a friendly member of our nursing staff.


Reducing the stigma of mental illness

May is Mental Health Month, which makes it the perfect time to get involved with the StigmaFree campaign. It’s an initiative by the National Alliance on Mental Illness to end the negative perceptions of mental illness and give hope to the millions of people struggling with it. At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas, you’ll find compassionate, sensitive care for all your health concerns. If you’re struggling with a mental health disorder, such as depression or anxiety, consider talking to your family physician about your treatment options.

Understand the perceptions of mental illness

Living with a mental illness is hard enough by itself, but coping with the stigma of mental illness makes it even more challenging. Prejudice and stereotypes—and the real consequences that result—are problems that often occur because of a lack of understanding.

One of the most common false perceptions about people with mental illnesses is that they are violent. In fact, they are more likely to be the victims of violence or self-harm. Other false perceptions are that people with mental illnesses are:

  • Childlike and dependent
  • Irresponsible
  • Of poor character or willpower
  • Alcoholics or drug addicts

These stigmatizing attitudes can lead to social isolation.

Become aware of the problems that mental illness stigma causes

People with mental illnesses face social rejection, isolation and poor self-esteem, and they may begin to believe these false perceptions about themselves. In addition, mental illness stigma is associated with the following problems:

  • Education, housing and employment discrimination
  • Poverty
  • Harassment or bullying
  • Physical violence
  • Reluctance to seek mental healthcare

As alarming as these consequences are, there is hope for the future.

Fight back against mental illness stigma

During Mental Health Month, you can help eliminate stigmatizing attitudes about mental illness by becoming better informed of the types, effects and prevalence of mental health disorders. Spend a little time educating your family and friends about the truth behind the stigma.

Learn to recognize the signs of common mental health problems. Give your wholehearted support to others who are struggling with these challenges. And if you experience mental health issues, know that your doctor is always available to help you overcome them.

At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, your health and quality of life are our highest priorities. Our caring team of physicians and nurses lives and works in the same Las Vegas communities as you, which means we are neighbors serving neighbors. Call our 24/7 nurse referral line at (702) 233-5300 and let us know how we can serve you better.


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