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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.

How do risk factors differ for hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke?

It’s frightening to experience the sudden weakness, confusion and slurred speech that can occur with stroke. When every second counts, Las Vegas residents can count on the specialized, life-saving stroke care at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. Our stroke care specialists provide a continuum of superior care, including patient-focused medical guidance on risk management to prevent recurrent stroke.

Understanding hemorrhagic stroke

Hemorrhagic stroke is less common than ischemic stroke. Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel ruptures and causes bleeding on the brain, resulting in the death of affected brain cells. There are two types of hemorrhagic stroke: Intracerebral and subarachnoid hemorrhages.

Identifying risk factors of hemorrhagic stroke

High blood pressure is a major risk factor of hemorrhagic strokes that are caused by ruptured aneurysms. Other risk factors include:

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Substance abuse
  • Hormonal birth control pills

Intracerebral hemorrhagic strokes that are caused by abnormally formed blood vessels in the brain tend to be more common in men. It’s possible, though not conclusively proven, that these abnormal blood vessels may run in families.

Understanding ischemic stroke

Ischemic stroke, which is the most common type, occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Ischemic stroke can occur when plaque accumulates within the arteries and blood clots develop.

Embolic stroke, a subtype of ischemic stroke, occurs when a blood clot forms somewhere else in the body and travels to the brain. Thrombotic stroke occurs when a blood clot develops in an artery that leads to the brain.

Identifying risk factors of ischemic stroke

Like hemorrhagic stroke, high blood pressure is a major risk factor for ischemic stroke.

Atrial fibrillation is a common risk factor among patients who suffer embolic stroke. Atrial fibrillation is a heart rhythm problem that increases the risk of blood clots. These blood clots can form from the pooled blood in the heart, enter the bloodstream and travel to the brain.

Patients who suffer thrombotic stroke often have abnormal cholesterol levels and atherosclerosis, which is damage to the arteries.

Other risk factors of ischemic stroke include:

  • Diabetes
  • Circulation disorders
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Physical inactivity

Many risk factors of stroke are modifiable by making smart lifestyle decisions and working with your doctor to manage health conditions.

The stroke care specialists at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center are committed to giving our patients the best possible care to save lives and improve long-term outcomes. If you require emergency care in the Las Vegas area, please call 911 without delay. Otherwise, contact a registered nurse at (702) 233-5300 for a physician referral.

Recovering from carpal tunnel surgery

The wrist pain, numbness and weakness that is characteristic of carpal tunnel syndrome can keep you from doing the things you love. If you’ve tried nonsurgical treatments, but haven’t found relief from your symptoms, you’re invited to come and talk to the experts at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas. Watch this featured video to hear one of our skilled orthopedic surgeons explain the dramatic relief of symptoms that patients can generally expect following carpal tunnel surgery.

Returning home after surgery

After the surgery, you’ll be taken to a recovery area and monitored until you’re ready to return home. A responsible adult should be available to take you home and stay with you for a while. He or she can also review your discharge instructions with the nurse.

Managing medications after surgery

It’s normal to experience some pain as the anesthesia begins to wear off. Take prescribed pain medications as directed by your doctor. If these aren’t enough to control your discomfort, you or your caregiver can call the hospital to ask for further guidance.

You may be prescribed antibiotics to prevent an infection. It’s important to finish the full course of antibiotics, even if you aren’t showing signs of an infection.

Restricting activity after surgery

Your healthcare provider will let you know how long you must rest after carpal tunnel surgery. The length of your recovery depends on individual factors, including whether you had open or minimally invasive surgery and whether the surgery affects your dominant hand. During your recovery, it’s important not to lift heavy things or otherwise strain the affected hand.

While you rest, your doctor may ask that you do the following:

  • Use ice packs to reduce the swelling.
  • Keep the affected hand elevated.
  • Wear a brace or splint for a few weeks.
  • Keep the surgical site clean and dry.

Doing physical therapy after surgery

Your doctor will let you know when you can start doing physical therapy. Your physical therapist will walk you through some gentle stretches and exercises. These are designed to restore strength and flexibility.

When you have your carpal tunnel surgery at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center , you’ll benefit from sophisticated medical technology and highly trained healthcare providers who genuinely care about your quality of life. Our surgical services department attracts the top surgeons in their field, thanks to our hospital’s reputation for healthcare excellence and superior patient safety. You can request a physician referral by calling

What do you donate as an organ donor?

Organ donation plays an important role in the health care system. Donation saves lives of people who need emergency care and those living with a chronic, critical illness. People of all ages can donate organs, and registering to become an organ donor does not ever impact the medical care you receive. If you have questions about organ donation, talk to your physician, who can explain the process to you. Here is a look at what you can donate if you become an organ donor.


Organs can be donated via deceased donation and living donation, depending on the specific organs. The following organs can be taken from deceased donors:

  • Heart
  • Liver
  • Both lungs
  • Both kidneys
  • Intestines
  • Pancreas
  • Hands
  • Face

With living donors, the following organs can be donated:

  • One kidney
  • One lung
  • Part of the pancreas
  • Part of the liver
  • Part of the intestines

Hand and face donations were added to the organ transplant list in 2014 and are still relatively rare. Only about 125 have been done worldwide, but advances in techniques are making the procedures easier and more effective.


In some cases, donors provide tissue to recipients. Tissue donation is done after death, and it must be harvested within 24 hours of the death. Once the tissue is retrieved, it can be stored for a long period of time. Tissue that can donated includes:

  • Heart valves
  • Bone
  • Skin
  • Tendons
  • Corneas
  • Middle ear
  • Ligaments

Blood, bone marrow and stem cells

Blood, bone marrow and cells can all be donated by living donors. These donations are critical to emergency rooms and critical care units, and it is important for donors from all ethnicities and racial groups to donate, so that patients have access to the appropriate blood type. Living donors can provide these cells:

  • Bone marrow
  • Cord blood stem cells
  • Peripheral blood stem cells
  • Blood
  • Platelets

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, like all hospitals, relies on the generosity of donors to provide lifesaving care to our patients. If you are interested in organ donation or have questions about the donation process, talk to a compassionate member of our medical team today. Dial (702) 233-5300 to reach our Las Vegas hospital.

Know the signs and symptoms of testicular cancer

Testicular cancer affects one in 263 men in their lifetimes, and the risk of dying of the disease is one in 5,000. The low death rates for this kind of cancer are largely thanks to early detection. Performing monthly self-exams plays a central role in early detection of the disease, as does being aware of the symptoms. If you are concerned that you could have the symptoms of testicular cancer, request a physician referral for an exam as soon as possible. Here is a look at some of the potential signs of this disease.


Frequently, men who have testicular cancer are diagnosed after finding a lump in or on a testicle. In most cases these lumps are painless, though occasionally, they can be tender. If you discover a lump, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have testicular cancer, but it does mean that it should be evaluated by a physician. Your physician may order a biopsy of the lump to see if it contains cancerous tissue.

Breast Enlargement

Testicular cancer may in some cases affect hormone levels and cause a decrease in testosterone or an increase in hormones that cause breast tissue to grow. When this occurs, it may cause men to develop breasts or to experience soreness in the area of the breast. Young boys who have testicular cancer may also have a hormonal imbalance that leads to early puberty. These hormonal effects are rare, but if you notice these symptoms, your physician should determine the cause.


In most cases, testicular cancer is painless, but some men experience aching pains in their lower backs, abdomens and groins. Men with testicular cancer sometimes describe a heavy, full feeling in their scrotums that can also indicate a tumor.

At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, we offer comprehensive cancer treatments and a dedicated unit for cancer patients. To learn more about oncology services at our hospital in Las Vegas or to request a physician referral, please call (702) 233-5300.

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