• Tips for Honoring Your New Year’s Resolutions

    Every year, millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions that are meant to improve their health. Unfortunately, more than half of these people give up on their resolutions within the first six months of the new year.

    In this video, psychologist Dr. Jennifer Hartstein offers some advice to help you stick with your New Year’s resolutions. She says that most resolutions fail because people make unattainable goals. The trick for success is to make smaller, more achievable goals and reward yourself along the way. Dr. Hartstein also says that you shouldn’t let setbacks get you down—instead, you should get back on the wagon and recommit yourself to your health goals.

    For help staying healthy in 2014, turn to the skilled medical professionals at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center. To be referred to a Sunrise physician , call (702) 233-5300.


  • Essential Foods for the Diabetic Diet

    If you have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, your doctor has likely recommended that you alter your existing eating habits. A health-conscious diet is important for everyone, but diabetics must pay especially close attention to the foods they consume. The goal for a diabetic diet is choosing foods that offer stable and long-lasting energy. The food group that can best provide this type of energy is complex carbohydrates. Many people might turn to whole grain items such as oatmeal or quinoa to satisfy their carbohydrate needs. While these foods can prevent abrupt changes to your blood glucose levels, certain vegetables and dairy items can also give you long-lasting energy. In particular, yogurt, spinach, and broccoli are highly beneficial for diabetic individuals.


    Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center  offers  diabetes classes  to residents in Southern Nevada. To learn more about these classes, call (702) 233-5300 today. You can also visit our website for more information on our services for the diabetic community.


  • Exploring the Top Winter Health Risks for Elderly Individuals

    While most people consider the holiday season to be a great deal of fun, it can also be fairly dangerous for certain people. Elderly citizens, whose bodies aren’t as tough as they once were, tend to have considerable health risks during the holiday season. In an effort to save lives , Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center seeks to spread awareness of the top health risks for elderly individuals who live alone.


    Flu and Pneumonia
    Flu season runs from fall to early spring. The flu virus tends to have serious effect for individuals with weakened immune systems, including many elderly citizens. What’s worse is that the flu virus may lead to viral pneumonia, which claims the lives of thousands of senior citizens every year. That’s why it’s important for elderly individuals to get seasonal flu shots.

    As people get older, their circulatory systems tend to slow down. As a result, elderly citizens tend to have trouble staying warm. Those with dementia may forget to turn up the heat on cold nights, increasing their chances of hypothermia, which is a potentially deadly drop in body temperature.

    Slips and Falls
    Though Southern Nevada doesn’t usually have big snowstorms, it’s not unusual for roads and sidewalks to freeze at night. An elderly citizen who expects to walk on the street without any problems may be caught off guard by the icy conditions and suffer a spill that causes a terrible injury .

    Carbon Monoxide
    Furnaces work overtime to keep spaces warm. Combustion-powered furnaces that are ill maintained may leak deadly carbon monoxide into an elderly person’s living space. That’s why it’s important to have a furnace inspected at least once a year.

    Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center provides emergency care, stroke treatment, and general wellness services to the senior citizens of the Southern Nevada area. You can reach us at (702) 233-5300 or visit our website to find out more about our dedication to compassionate healthcare.

  • Hosting a Heart-Healthy Holiday Party

    Since the holidays typically involve lots of fatty foods, this time of year is not ideal for your heart health. While it might be fun to indulge every once in a while, the doctors at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center recommend that you cut calories whenever you can. Here are a few tips to help you throw a heart-healthy holiday party :

    Heart of fruits and vegetables

    Limit the Amount of Alcohol
    Many people use the holidays as an excuse to drink more than they would otherwise. Unfortunately, excessive alcohol consumption leads to high blood pressure and numerous other health concerns. Try to limit the amount of alcohol you serve at your party and instead offer plenty of tasty non-alcoholic alternatives.

    Serve Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables
    Cookies, chocolate bark, and other sweets can be found at virtually every holiday party. Rather than have your guests munch on high-sugar snacks, offer them an assortment of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Pomegranates, Asian pears, cranberries, and sweet potatoes are all very popular natural holiday treats. Consider arranging your healthy treats in a fun way to add to the festive atmosphere.

    Choose Low-Fat Alternatives
    You may have a revolt on your hands if you only serve fruits, vegetables, and non-alcoholic beverages. If you decide to serve holiday favorites,  consider low-fat alternatives . For instance, you might serve low-fat eggnog or use whole wheat flour in your sugar cookies.

    Encourage Your Guests to Relax
    While the holiday season can be a lot of fun, it can also be very stressful. Instead of worrying about getting all the details of your party just right, think of it as an excuse to relax. You might also consider playing soothing holiday music during your party to get your guests to unwind.

    If someone you love experiences heart troubles this holiday season, don’t hesitate to seek emergency care at  Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center . The doctors at The Heart Center at Sunrise Hospital can successfully treat a wide range of heart ailments. Call us at (702) 233-5300 or use our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line to find out more.

  • What Are the Safest Toys to Give to Your Children?

    Some parents use the holidays as an excuse to live vicariously through their children. These parents may get so swept up in the holiday shopping season that they buy potentially dangerous toys that aren’t age appropriate. Before you get serious about your holiday shopping, sit down and think about which toys are the most appropriate for your children. Buying safe toys can spare you an unexpected visit to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center .

    Coloring in Book

    Washable Stuffed Animals
    A stuffed animal is a sure to be a holiday hit for any child younger than eight years old. However, stuffed animals have a way of getting dirty very quickly. If you’re not careful, bacteria and viruses from a stuffed animal could infect your whole family. To help prevent sickness during the holidays and all year round, consider getting stuffed animals that are machine washable. 

    Nontoxic Art Supplies
    Children who have something of a creative spark will love getting crayons, paints, and other art supplies. However, younger children have a tendency to put things in their mouths. To make sure your children  have a safe holiday season , avoid small art supplies that pose a choking hazard. You should also check the label on each product for the word “nontoxic.”

    Safety Equipment
    This holiday season, you may not be able to resist getting your child a new bike or scooter. While these toys are considerably more hazardous than stuffed animals, they can be a lot safer with the right equipment. If you’re going to get your child one of these toys, consider buying a helmet, knee pads, and elbow pads. Be sure to supervise your child whenever he rides his bike or scooter.

    Staying safe this holiday season is easy with help from Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. If you have any health concerns, call (702) 233-5300 to schedule an appointment or visit our Las Vegas ER to receive emergency care. You might also use our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line for help  finding the right treatment .

  • What You Need to Know About the Seasonal Flu Shot


    Before you dismiss influenza as a minor illness, you should know that thousands of people die from flu-related complications every year. Experts recommend that everyone older than six months gets a seasonal flu shot every year. It is especially important for young children, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems.

    It’s important to get a flu vaccine every year because the flu virus is always changing. The flu vaccine is basically a weakened form of the virus itself. Upon injection, the vaccine prompts your immune system to create antibodies that prevent the disease from taking hold. Some vaccines are designed to protect the body from three or four different kinds of flu. There are a small number of people who are allergic to flu vaccines; you might talk to your doctor before vaccinating yourself and your family.

    Getting the flu vaccine is an important way to keep yourself healthy, so be sure to reach out to your local pharmacy or the Southern Nevada Health District to find out where you can get your vaccine today!  If you or a member of your family experiences serious flu-related complications, do not hesitate to seek emergency care at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center . Call us at (702) 233-5300 to learn more or use our Text ER service, where you can text “ER” to 23000 to find out the latest ER wait times.

  • How to Avoid Spine Injuries This Holiday Season

    Shopping woman

    During the holiday season, you likely have a thousand things running through your mind. Between putting up decorations, getting presents for the kids, and cooking extravagant meals, you probably don’t have much time to think about maintaining a healthy spine . The experts at The FLEX Program at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center recommend the following tips to help you avoid a spine injury:

    Don’t Push Yourself While Shopping
    If you have a busy schedule, you will likely try to make your shopping adventures as efficient as possible. For example, you might carry all your goodies around with you as you peruse different stores. However, carrying around heavy bags can take its toll on your spine. Between stores, consider making trips to your car to drop off your bags. You might take the opportunity to give yourself a break from strenuous shopping.

    Get Help with Holiday Decorations
    Hanging lights and putting up decorations can sometimes be physically demanding. You could easily hurt your spine if you fall off a ladder or spend too much time hunched over a string of lights. Instead of taking the lone wolf approach to putting up holiday decorations, enlist the help of a friend or family member. To completely eliminate the chances of an injury, consider hiring a professional to do it all for you.

    Use the Proper Lifting Technique
    Every year, thousands of people end up in the emergency room with spine injuries caused by poor lifting techniques. Whether you’re lifting a tree or a particularly large gift, remember to lift with your legs, and keep your back straight. Try to keep the object as close to your body as possible while carrying it. For especially heavy or unwieldy items, ask a friend to help.

    If you suffer a spine injury this holiday season, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center can provide prompt and effective treatment. If you require emergency care, be sure to use our Text ER service, where you can text “ER” to 23000 in order to check on the latest wait times. You can also call us at (702) 233-5300 to speak with one of our friendly representatives.