• Recognizing the Symptoms of a Stroke

    Cardiac Emergency

    A stroke is a life-threatening medical event that occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. Without an oxygen-rich blood supply, brain cells become damaged and die very quickly. The symptoms of a  stroke occur suddenly—being aware of the signs can save lives and can help to prevent stroke’s possibly disabling effects. Symptoms can differ depending on the area of the brain affected, but the most common symptoms include:

    • Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm, or leg, especially if it occurs only on one side of the body
    • Severe, unusual headache that can be described as the ‘worst headache of your life’
    • Blurry, dimming, or lack of vision in one or both eyes
    • Sudden difficulty swallowing
    • Difficulty speaking or understanding what is spoken to you
    • Lack of coordination, dizziness, falling, or loss of balance
    • Sudden confusion or memory loss

    Symptoms of a stroke can also be different depending on whether it is caused by a blood clot (ischemic stroke) or by bleeding (hemorrhagic stroke). A transient ischemic attack , or TIA, can cause similar symptoms, but only for a brief period of time.  These ‘mini strokes’ are caused by a blockage that quickly dissolves and does not cause damage to the brain tissue. However, a TIA is still serious, as it can be a warning sign that a true stroke may happen in the future.

    If you experience any possible stroke symptoms, seriously consider seeking medical intervention as soon as possible. The Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center is staffed with a professional Stroke Team of doctors and nurses to identify symptoms as quickly as possible. The Certified Stroke Center offers our community access to world-class medical care for this and other brain and spine injuries. You can learn more about our full range of services by contacting Sunrise Hospital at (702) 233-5300.

  • Introducing Sunrise Hospital’s New Hybrid Operating Room

    Medical Technology

    Sunrise Hospital and Sunrise Children’s Hospital have introduced yet another way to achieve better efficiency and safety in the way we provide care—the Hybrid Operating Room. The first of its kind in Southern Nevada, Sunrise’s Hybrid OR saves surgeons time when every second counts. The room, which is outfitted with the most advanced cardiac imaging and surgical equipment, allows appropriate cardiac catheterization procedures and cardiac surgeries to be performed in the same space, without the need to move the patient between procedures. This flexibility is made possible through the installation of roof-mounted medical equipment that can shift on command, easily switching from interventional to surgical procedures.

    Many patients are expected to benefit from this new addition to the Las Vegas community. In cooperation with Sunrise Children’s Hospital, pediatric cardiologists will also utilize the state-of-the-art capabilities of the Hybrid OR to treat children with cardiovascular disorders. With this new addition, Sunrise’s leading adult and pediatric cardiac hospitals in Southern Nevada will continue to provide high-quality care with the most advanced technology available. Sunrise Children’s Hospital is the only hospital in the state that treats pediatric open hearts.

    At Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, we are proud to offer the community of Las Vegas the benefits of comprehensive cardiovascular care. Our Chest Pain Center has earned accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers for its high standard of service, skillfully helping patients who are experiencing chest pain or a life-threatening cardiac episode. Our specialty physicians and staff are dedicated and highly trained professionals who strive to provide only the best care for both the adults and children in our community.

    If you would like to find out more about the new technological advances at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and how you can benefit, contact us at (702) 233-5300.

  • First of its Kind Heart Procedure at Sunrise Hospital

    Sunrise Hospital is proud to announce that its first Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure was completed successfully yesterday. This revolutionary treatment is the first of its kind in Southern Nevada and is only offered through a Hybrid Operating Room (OR). Sunrise Hospital unveiled Southern Nevada’s first Hybrid OR earlier this year.

    Until recently, the only way to get a new heart valve was to have open heart surgery.  Now that has changed with the TAVR procedure allowing patients to undergo aortic valve replacement through a small incision in the skin.

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  • Living with Diabetes (Part 1)

    Diabetes is a chronic medical condition in which a person’s body does not produce enough insulin or does not use insulin properly. Insulin is a hormone that allows glucose (sugar) to be moved from your blood and into your cells, so it can be used to produce energy.

    If you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes or if someone you know has been diagnosed, know that you are not alone. Watch this video to learn about how some people have been affected by diabetes and what you can do to help yourself and those you love.

    If you are looking for more information regarding diabetes, contact Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center —we are happy to answer your health-related questions. Contact us at (702) 233-5300 today.

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  • Common Reasons Patients Consider Inpatient Rehabilitation

    Care and Support

    After undergoing a surgical procedure, regaining function through rehabilitation can be crucial to your successful recovery. Some hospitals provide inpatient rehabilitation services to their communities to provide a wide range of therapies and services that aid in a patient’s progression to better health. During inpatient rehab, a patient is admitted to the hospital so that different therapies can work together to create a formal plan for rehabilitation. Keep reading to learn the common reasons patients seek out inpatient rehab programs:

    • Extensive emotional and physical support
      Whether a patient suffers from a stroke, car accident, or any other traumatic medical event, inpatient rehabilitation offers them physical and emotional support from a team of compassionate specialists around the clock. The purpose of inpatient rehab is to help each patient to rebuild their health, skills, and confidence to get back on track with their daily activities.
    • Continuity of care
      Those who have undergone surgery for a complicated medical issue can benefit from staying in the same facility for their inpatient rehabilitation. Patients have access to familiar physicians, emergency services if needed, cutting-edge imaging equipment , and all other capabilities of the inpatient hospital. 
    • Care from a multi-disciplinary team
      Instead of focusing only on one area of therapy, inpatient rehab gives patients access to an experienced, multi-disciplinary team of healthcare providers. These different physicians and therapists communicate with each other during each patient’s recovery process and formulate a personalized treatment plan based on their needs. This strategy allows for a much more effective and comprehensive recovery plan. 

    Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center is proud to offer our community the only inpatient rehabilitation facility in Clark County to be accredited by CARF as providing the highest quality of rehab care. For more information about our program and other inpatient services, contact us at (702) 233-5300 today.   

  • Type II Diabetes: Understanding Your Risk Factors


    Type-II diabetes mellitus is a disease of insulin resistance. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas to help sugar move into your cells to act as fuel for your body; those with diabetes cannot use this hormone properly. Without insulin, sugar remains in the bloodstream and can result in serious damage to almost all of the body’s tissues and organs.

    Are you at risk for developing type-II diabetes? The following factors have been associated with a higher risk for developing this condition:

    • A blood pressure that is at or above 140/90 (hypertension)
    • Abnormal levels of cholesterol in the blood; HDL level below 35 mg/dL (low levels of ‘good’ cholesterol) or triglyceride level above 250 mg/dL
    • A sedentary or underactive lifestyle (exercising fewer than three times per week)
    • For women, having polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or having been diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy
    • Having a sibling or parent that has already been diagnosed with diabetes
    • History of cardiovascular disease
    • Being overweight and/or more advanced in years
    • Having a family background that is American Indian, Alaska Native, African American, Hispanic/Latino, Pacific Islander, or Asian American

    For each factor that applies to you, your risk for developing diabetes increases. Fortunately, there is much you can do to decrease your risk of suffering from this chronic disease. Make an effort to exercise regularly, reduce your intake of fatty, high-calorie foods, and lose that excess weight. Speak with your doctor about lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol levels if they are high. Taking these simple steps can also lower your risk of other serious health problems, such as heart attack and stroke.

    Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center of Las Vegas, Nevada offers diabetes classes to help those with diabetes better manage their disease. Learn more about class locations and times by contacting us at (702) 233-5300.

  • Resources for Living a Healthier Life

    Increasing your awareness of the newest medical technologies and treatment options can help you improve your health and prevent disease. Take an active step in learning more by looking through the helpful articles below. If you have any further medical questions, please contact Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center at (702) 233-5300.

    • Undergoing regular screening is the best way to detect cancer early, while it is most treatable. Visit the  American Cancer Society website to read their recommended screening guidelines for most adults.
    • Would you like to find out more about your potential  colorectal cancer risk? This digital booklet found on the National Cancer Institute website provides a comprehensive overview of this type of cancer, including its symptoms, treatment, and risk factors.
    • You can also find out more about the statistics associated with colorectal cancer by reading this article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .
    • Our vision is a powerful way that we are able to interact with our world. Learn more about  protecting your vision while at work by visiting the American Optometric Association website.
    • Prevent Blindness America is another helpful resource for those looking to learn more about eye health and safety. 
    • The term “cardiovascular disease” encompasses many different heart conditions, from arrhythmias to  coronary heart disease . This overview from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides more detailed information about the types of heart disease.
    • High blood pressure is one of the major risk factors for developing cardiovascular disease. Visit the American Heart Association website to find out more about this condition and what you can do to control it.
    • Men and women living with diabetes mellitus are also at a higher risk for heart disease. The American Diabetes Association website contains more information about eating well and controlling diabetes.
    • The new Hybrid OR at Sunrise Hospital provides patients and physicians with a new level of safety and efficiency in cardiac care by allowing cardiac catheterization procedures and cardiac surgery to be performed in the same room.
    • There are many different types of heart surgery that have been developed to treat different issues with heart function. This article from MedlinePlus provides more information about the various cardiac surgical procedures.

  • See Sunrise Hospital’s Hybrid OR for Adult and Pediatric Heart Care

    With high-definition monitoring, advanced imaging systems, advanced surgical equipment, and more, the new Hybrid Operating Room at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center saves patients and physicians time when it matters most. As a hybrid space, the new OR allows medical professionals the opportunity to perform cardiac catheterizations and surgical procedures in the same room.

    In this video, you can get a look at the layout of Sunrise’s new Hybrid Operating Room . Contained within the space of this OR is some of the most advanced imaging and surgical technology available today, made available to the experienced pediatric and adult surgeons of Sunrise and Sunrise Children’s hospitals. Watch the video to see more of this cutting-edge technology in action.

    To promote heart health, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center’s new Heart Murmur Program is providing those in our community with more information about heart valve disease. Many people suffer from valve disease and do not know it—learn more about when and where this program will be held by calling (702) 233-5300.