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Family Wellness: Where to Start

Good health begins at home, which is why it is important to establish positive habits for the whole family to maintain everyday wellness. May is Family Wellness Month, so it is a great time to think about the changes you can make to improve the health of every member of the family. Below you’ll get a look at some of the steps you should take to get started on boosting family wellness in your household for a lifetime of better health.

Schedule Checkups with the Family Doctor

To establish a baseline for your family’s health, you might make a visit to the family doctor for annual checkups for every member of the family. Seeing the doctor annually is a key component of preventive care, and it can help you gain a specific understanding of your family’s unique healthcare needs.

Serve More Meals at Home

Healthy eating is a habit that every family should maintain, but it can be hard to eat healthy if you frequently dine out or order in. Preparing more meals at home can allow you to teach your children how to cook and design balanced meals, and it will create opportunities for family dinners, which can be a positive influence for your family. In addition to cooking more often, you might do an audit of your fridge and pantry, eliminating junk food, soda, sugary cereals, unhealthy cooking fats, and other unhealthy options.

Start a Family Exercise Routine

As you begin to eat better, it’s also helpful to maintain a more active lifestyle. Scheduling daily family walks, enrolling in a family gym membership, or taking a dance class together can all be fun and easy ways to add more exercise to your routine and keep the family together with healthy activities.

Are you looking for more resources to help your family stay well? Consider joining the H2U program at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, which is an affordable way to access interactive health tools, recipes, and more. To learn more, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line today at (702) 233-5300.

Barbecue Safety Tips to Prepare You for Summer

The summer season is synonymous with outdoor cookouts, which means that you might be getting ready to fire up your grill for the first barbecue of the season. Before you get outside to celebrate grilling season, review the essential safety tips below to keep your cookout from ending with a trip to the ER.

Consider Your Fuel Source

There are many different types of grills you might choose from, but it may be best to opt for a grill with a propane fuel source. Propane is a cleaner burning fuel that may reduce contaminants in your food that might be present with charcoal. Plus, you will not need to worry about using highly combustible starter fluids when you want to get the fire started.

Only Grill with Adequate Ventilation

Grilling indoors is a recipe for disaster, because there is not sufficient ventilation to clear the air of harmful carbon monoxide found in smoke. When you set up your grill outside, be sure to keep it on a flat surface clear of any plants or overhead structures.

Keep Kids Away from the Grill

Kids and pets should keep a distance of at least 3 feet from the grill whenever it’s in use. Thermal burns are an incredibly common grill injury, and they often occur from contact with the outside of the grill rather than the flame itself.

Always Clean the Grill Before Use

Residue on grill grates can lead to flare-ups once the grill is ignited, so it is important to clean the grill every time you use it. Not only will this increase safety, but it can make your food taste better too.

For the medical care, you need for a healthy summer from emergency care to wound care with hyperbaric oxygen therapy, stay in touch with Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center. In addition to our clinical services, we provide a number of resources and preventive health care programs to ensure wellness in the Las Vegas community. To learn more about us, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5300.

How Does a Stroke Affect Your Brain?

During a stroke, the brain is either deprived of oxygen due to a blood clot in the carotid artery or one of the smaller blood vessels of the brain, or it is damaged by the force of a ruptured blood clot in the brain tissue. These types of stroke are known as ischemic stroke and hemorrhagic stroke, respectively, and they can be equally damaging to the brain with permanent effects. The video above features Sunrise Hospital neurosurgeon Michael Seiff, MD, who discusses what happens during each of these different types of stroke. In this article, you can discover how each of these processes affects the brain tissue, causing lasting disabilities that will require extensive rehabilitation to restore a patient’s independence and higher quality of life.

Brain Cell Death

Like all tissues in the body, brain cells require a steady flow of oxygenated blood to function properly. When a hemorrhage or blood clot limits oxygen in the brain, brain cells in the affected area will die, having sustained permanent damage. If a hemorrhage is discovered before it ruptures, however, treatment can restore lost brain function.

Functional Losses

Stroke can have a number of different effects, depending on the area of the brain impacted by the loss of blood flow. Many patients will experience certain aphasias that will limit the use of language, because there are various language centers throughout the brain that can sustain damage during a stroke. In other cases, damage to the brain cells might lead to paralysis, limited muscle function, incontinence, and other losses of basic bodily functions.

The moment you suspect that someone is having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately for emergency care. With Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, you can expect the highest level of care with our Certified Primary Stroke Center and CARF accredited neuro-rehabilitation programs. To learn more about the care we can provide to you and your loved ones in Las Vegas call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5300.

Men's Health Alert: Testicular Cancer Screening Guidelines

Testicular cancer refers to cancer that begins in the testes, which are male sex glands that are responsible for producing male hormones and sperm. Testicular cancer is not among the most common types of cancer and it has a high rate of remission. However, it’s still advisable for men of all ages throughout Las Vegas to be aware of the potential signs of testicular cancer to facilitate early treatment. If you’re concerned about your cancer risk, consider talking to a doctor at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center about screening tests that may be appropriate for you.

Screening Guidelines

Screening guidelines are issued by different organizations and these guidelines may not always give the same advice. Since every man’s health status and concerns are unique, it may be a good idea to speak with a physician for personalized recommendations. Routine self-exams and regular doctor-provided screenings for testicular cancer are not currently recommended by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). However, the American Cancer Society recommends that doctors perform a testicular exam on men ages 20 and older during their routine physicals.

Signs and Symptoms

Men are generally advised to see their doctors if they notice any abnormal changes in the testicles. Testicular cancer can cause enlargement or swelling of the testicle, perhaps accompanied by a painless lump. Men may experience achiness in the groin or lower abdomen, pain in the scrotum or testicle, or the sensation of heaviness in the scrotum. In its later stages, testicular cancer may cause lower back pain. Rarely, men may develop gynecomastia.

Diagnostic Tests

Health screenings are tests or exams that are performed despite the absence of symptoms. In contrast, diagnostic tests may be performed after symptoms have developed. Men who report possible symptoms of testicular cancer may be asked to have blood tests and imaging tests, which may be followed by a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis.

At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, residents of Las Vegas and the surrounding areas have access to a dedicated oncology unit with private rooms, a Cancer Resource Center, and American Cancer Society Patient Navigator. Our Cancer Care program is just one of the many specialty medical services you’ll find here; our hospital in Las Vegas also offers heart health services, stroke care, emergency care, and physician referrals to specialists. Call (702) 233-5300 to speak with a registered nurse about our hospital services.

Stress and Fertility

To successfully achieve pregnancy, your body must complete a complex series of steps. There are many things that can go wrong with the process of egg maturation, release, fertilization, implantation, and other stages. If you have encountered fertility problems, consider visiting a community hospital for an evaluation. An Ob/Gyn at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, such as the doctor featured in this video, can look for the potential causes of infertility. If need be, you might also obtain a physician referral to a reproductive endocrinologist at our hospital.

Understanding Physical and Emotional Stress

More research is needed to determine what if any, effect psychological stress has on female infertility. It is thought that high levels of stress hormones might affect ovarian function. However, couples who are having trouble conceiving a child are generally advised to undergo medical tests and exams to try to pinpoint the most likely cause of the problem. It is known that excessive physical stress may affect a woman’s ability to conceive. Although regular exercise is healthy, training too intensely may adversely affect reproductive health.

Making Healthy Lifestyle Choices

It is possible for stress to indirectly affect one’s overall health. If you find yourself in a constant state of worry or anxiety, you may be more likely to make poor lifestyle choices. In turn, these choices may cause a decline in fertility. Some examples of unhealthy lifestyle habits include smoking and consuming alcohol. Additionally, women who are significantly overweight or underweight may have a harder time conceiving a child.

Managing Stress Levels

When it comes to dealing with infertility, lifestyle changes are not generally considered a substitute for medical care. However, along with working with a physician, it never hurts to strive for a healthier balance in life. You could try relaxation techniques and light to moderate exercise to reduce your stress. Make a list of common stressors and try to avoid them or change your response to them.

For every stage of life, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center offers family medicine and physician referrals to specialists. If you’re having trouble conceiving and you live in the Las Vegas area, consider visiting our hospital to discuss these issues with one of our providers. For general information about our hospital services in Las Vegas, you can call a registered nurse at (702) 233-5300.

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