• Happy Doctors’ Day from Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center!

    Today we celebrate Doctors’ Day, a day we thank and recognize our dedicated physicians for the care and expertise they provide to our patients each and every day. 

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  • Colorectal Cancer: What You Need to Know

    Cancer

    The colon and rectum together form the last section of the digestive system. The colon, also called the large bowel, is responsible for reabsorbing water and nutrients from food and processing it into waste. The rectum, which forms the last several inches of the gastrointestinal tract, eliminates waste. Cancer of the colon and rectum, known as colorectal cancer, occurs when the cells of these structures begin to proliferate out of control and threaten to invade the other tissues of the body. Colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States.

    Although the underlying cause of colorectal cancer is not fully known, studies have linked certain factors with the development of the disease. You may be at a higher risk for developing colorectal cancer if you:

    • Are 50 years of age or older
      According to the National Cancer Institute , over 90 percent of patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer are over the age of 50.
    • Possess colorectal polyps
      Polyps are small growths on the inner wall of the rectum or colon. Although most polyps are benign (not life threatening), others can become cancerous. These growths can be detected and biopsied during a colonoscopy exam.
    • Have a personal or family history of cancer
      Individuals who have already battled with colorectal cancer are at a higher risk for developing the condition a second time. Patients with close family members burdened with the disease are also at a higher risk.
    • Smoke or have poor eating habits
      Smoking cigarettes may increase a person’s risk for developing polyps and colorectal cancer. A diet that is high in fat and low in vegetables, fruits, fiber, folate, and calcium are also at a higher risk.

    The American Cancer Society recommends that men and women should undergo a colonoscopy every 10 years beginning at the age of 50 or sooner, depending on family or personal history. This test is performed in the effort to detect cancerous growths at their most early and treatable stages. Learn more about your risk and increase your awareness by contacting Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center at (702) 233-5300. Our hospital provides only the highest quality of cancer evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment through a nationally recognized and accredited program.

  • How You Can Better Protect Your Eyes in the Workplace

    Eye Health

    Unfortunately,  eye injuries that occur in the workplace are very common in the United States. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, approximately 2,000 eye injuries are sustained on the job each day. Of these, 90 percent can be avoided or improved with simple safety measures. If your occupation puts your eyes in danger through contact with grease, oil, chemicals, foreign objects, or other dangers, read on to learn some helpful ways to protect your eyes from harm.

    • Evaluate your workplace for dangers
      Carefully assess the dangers that may be presented by your work environment. Do you work with any equipment or chemicals that may be hazardous to your eyes? Have any eye injuries occurred in your workplace?
       
    • Assess your visual acuity
      Depending on your occupation, uncorrected vision problems can contribute to accidents. Get eye exams regularly to help ensure that your visual acuity is at its best.
       
    • Wear protective gear
      Not every form of eye protection is created equal. Make sure that the eye protection chosen for your line of work is appropriate for the dangers that may be present. Make sure that your eye protection fits well and is comfortable—have your gear fitted by a professional if necessary.
       
    • Plan ahead
      Even with proper protection, emergencies can happen to you or to someone around you. Educate yourself and become aware of the first-aid procedures associated with eye injuries. Know where any eye wash stations are located ahead of time. Having a quality emergency care center in mind beforehand will also help to expedite treatment.

    March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month. Decrease your chances of sustaining eye injury by wearing the right form of eye protection to suit your occupational needs. If you have any further questions about health and wellness, contact Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 233-5300. 

  • Sunrise Hospital and Sunrise Children’s Hospital Have Been Voted the Best Hospitals in Las Vegas!

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    The Review-Journal newspaper released its annual “Best of Las Vegas” readers’ poll results on Sunday, March 25.   We are excited to announce that Sunrise Hospital and Sunrise Children’s Hospital have been voted as the “Best Hospital” by the Las Vegas community!

    The newspaper includes a brief description of each winner in the poll and for Sunrise the Review-Journal noted that “it’s likely that Sunrise’s roster of public education programs, its willingness to adopt useful medical and technological advances for patients’ benefit, and, when push does come to shove, the quality and compassion of its staff that swung your vote.”  This is the first year that the Review Journal has featured the “Best Hospitals” category in its readers’ poll.

    The Best of Las Vegas designation is just the latest award for Sunrise.  The hospital has also been chosen as the Las Vegas community’s Consumer Choice Award winning hospital for 15 consecutive years and was ranked as the top hospital in Las Vegas by U.S. News and World Report for the past two consecutive years.

    Thank you to all of our patients, visitors, staff and community supporters who participated in voting last month and supported Sunrise and Sunrise Children’s Hospital.  Having served the community with a higher level care for more than 50 years, we are proud to have been chosen as the number one hospital in Las Vegas!

  • The Consult-A-Nurse Health Line

    In the hustle of our busy lives, it can oftentimes be difficult to get fast answers to important medical questions. Making time to find an experienced medical specialist to help you or a loved one can also be a time-consuming task.

    In this video, you can find out more about the Sunrise Health System’s answer to this common problem. The Consult-A-Nurse health line is a completely free service that can help you get answers to your pressing medical questions, find great physicians in the community, and learn more about free health classes in your area. 

    Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center offers the Consult-A-Nurse line to help patients in Las Vegas, Nevada get easy answers to their health questions. To get into contact with our health line today, call (702) 233-5300.

  • Monitoring Your Blood Pressure at Home

    Taking your blood pressure at home can help you to regulate your levels more effectively and can give your physician more information about your condition during your everyday life. Depending on the results of your monitoring, your doctor may want to adjust your medications to provide optimal results.

    Watch this video to learn more about taking your blood pressure at home . Learning the correct way to monitor your blood pressure can help improve your condition and alert your doctor to any potential health complications.

    If you have any further questions about monitoring blood pressure, please consult the professionals at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center —we are happy to help you. Contact us at (702) 233-5300.

  • Promoting Good Sleep Habits

    Good Sleep Habits

    Restless nights have that frustrating ability to sap your energy and vitality. Without enough sleep, individuals tend to become more forgetful, have difficulty concentrating, become more accident prone, and often feel irritable. Sleep is a physiological necessity that is part of what the brain and body need to survive. Promoting good sleep habits is an important factor in your quality of life. Good sleep habits include:

    • Going to bed at the same time every night
    • Reserving your bed for sleep and sex—watching television and reading should be done in another room
    • Avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and cigarettes, especially in the afternoon and evening
    • Limiting drinking liquids a few hours before bedtime
    • Sleeping on comfortable bedding
    • Avoiding going to bed hungry or too full, which can both cause physical discomfort
    • Sleeping in a cool, quiet, dark room, wearing earplugs and eyeshades to block out light and sound.
    • Limiting naps and never napping for longer than 30 minutes
    • Exercising at least 20-30 minutes three days per week

    There are many health problems that can lead to a poor night’s sleep. Pain, heartburn, respiratory problems, menopause, and certain medications can all interrupt normal sleeping patterns. An enlarged prostate or other health issues can causes an increased need to get up and go to the bathroom during the night, which can also disturb your sleep. Sleep disorders , such as insomnia and sleep apnea, are also huge problems for many adults.

    Sleep is a necessity, not a commodity. Getting a good night’s sleep and maintaining good sleep habits are just as important for your overall health as good nutrition and regular exercise. If you are having problems sleeping or have any questions regarding sleep habits, contact Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center at (702) 233-5300.

  • Learn More about Heart Murmurs and Heart Valve Disease!

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  • Learn More About Your Health With These Great Resources

    Medical Information

    Being able to recognize the signs of medical emergencies can help you to take early action, which helps to improve the prognosis and treatment of these serious conditions. You can find out more about the signs of heart attack and the other topics discussed in our recent blog posts by looking through the helpful links below:

    • This article from the National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service answers many frequently asked questions regarding Graves’ disease and hyperthyroidism. 
       
    • You can read more about the causes, incidence, risk factors, treatment, and prognosis of Graves’ disease from PubMed Health .
       
    • ChooseMyPlate.gov provides more information about weight management and eating a nutritious, balanced diet on their website.
    • Learn more about healthy eating from the Harvard School of Public Health website.
       
    • Understanding the warning signs of stroke can help you to reduce the delay in seeking treatment for yourself or for a loved one. Become more aware of the signs by visiting the American Stroke Association website.
    • Visit KidsHealth.org to find out more about atrial septal defect and how it can affect your health.
       
    • This CNN health guide provides more information regarding heart murmurs and their symptoms.
       
    • Read more of the facts and statistics associated with heart disease on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
       
    • This fact sheet found on the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute describes the risk factors for heart disease and heart attack.
       
    • Learn to recognize the symptoms of a heart attack by reading this article on the American Heart Association website.

    If you have any questions, contact the friendly staff of Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center at (702) 233-5300.

  • Causes and Symptoms of Graves’ Disease

    Thryoid Pain

    Thyroxin is a hormone produced by the thyroid, the butterfly-shaped gland located just below the larynx in the front of the neck. This hormone is essential in regulating many bodily functions, including metabolism, breathing, body temperature, weight, brain development, and much more.  When the thyroid does not secrete enough thyroxin or when it is stimulated to release too much, these functions can become interrupted, resulting in changes in physical appearance, physiological function, and mood. Graves’ disease is a disorder that leads to the secretion of too much thyroid hormone, resulting in a condition called hyperthyroidism.        

    Graves’ disease is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism in the United States. It is caused by an autoimmune reaction to the body’s own thyroid cells. This response involves the production of an antibody by the immune system (called thyrotropin receptor antibody, or TRAb) that binds to a specific protein found on the surface of thyroid cells. TRAb mimics the action of the chemical that stimulates the release of thyroxin, causing the thyroid to overproduce this hormone. 

    Due to the fact that thyroxin influences many different physiological functions, the symptoms associated with Graves’ disease can be comprehensive and affect the entire body. The common symptoms associated with this disease can include:

    • Heart palpitations or arrhythmias
    • Restlessness, difficulty sleeping, and insomnia
    • Weight loss with increased appetite
    • Double vision, exophthalmos (eyeballs that protrude), eye irritation
    • Heat intolerance and increased sweating
    • Anxiety and nervousness
    • Tremors and muscle weakness

    Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center offers the community of Las Vegas comprehensive healthcare for patients suffering from Graves’ disease . If you would like to find an experienced physician that is knowledgeable in the diagnosis and treatment of this thyroid condition, contact us at (702) 233-5300 for a physician referral.  

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