• Distracted Driving Dangers [Infographic]

    What are you doing when you’re behind the wheel? If you’re doing anything except concentrating on the road, you could be a distracted driver. Putting on makeup, reading a text message, or even taking a sip of coffee all dramatically increase your odds of being injured during a car accident. Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, an emergency care clinic in Las Vegas , has created this infographic to provide more information about distracted driving and trauma prevention. Everyone benefits from safer road conditions, so repost this information to spread the word about the risks of distracted driving.


  • Understanding the Guidelines for Cardiovascular Care

    The American Heart Association is an advocate for the reduction of heart disease in the United States. This video explains the health guidelines that the AHA has created for this purpose.

    The AHA guidelines focus on both the prevention and treatment of heart disease. Cardiovascular experts urge Americans to find out their heart health numbers, which include blood pressure rate, cholesterol levels, and body mass index. The AHA also recommends that each person assess his individual heart disease risk. Risk factors include smoking, obesity, and a family history of cardiovascular problems. For individuals who already suffer from heart disease, taking appropriate action to prevent more severe medical problems is key.

    The Heart Center at Sunrise cares for more hearts than any other hospital in Southern Nevada, with  extensive cardiac services  to provide the highest quality care. To learn more about your heart health numbers, call us at (702) 233-5300.


  • Why Emergency Care Is Essential When You Observe the Signs of Stroke

    Many people can live long, healthy lives with only one kidney or no appendix. However, one’s quality of life can suffer significantly if even a small region of the brain experiences damage from stroke . If stroke care is not given in time, brain damage can be fatal. That is why healthcare professionals stress the importance of emergency care for individuals experiencing the signs of stroke, which may include loss of vision, severe headache, incoherent speech, and impaired limb movement. These symptoms indicate that the brain is not receiving enough blood for normal and healthy function. When the brain is deprived of blood for even a few minutes, it can result in the death of countless brain cells.


    Knowing the signs of stroke is imperative for your health and the health of your loved ones. For additional facts on stroke prevention and treatment, call Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center at (702) 233-5300. Our facility offers both emergency care and stroke care services for those experiencing medical emergencies in Southern Nevada.

  • Which Numbers Should You Know to Manage Your Heart Health?

    When it comes to your health, few aspects are more fundamental than the wellbeing of your heart. Given the widespread incidence of heart disease in the United States, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center hopes to give the community the information it needs to properly manage heart health. To ensure that you have the facts regarding your risk of heart disease, our heart hospital hopes you take the necessary steps to track the following key numbers.


    Waistline Measurement
    Measuring tape is all you need to find out your waistline measurement. The size of your waistline can directly impact your heart health. Though excessive weight anywhere on the body can hamper wellness, fatty deposits in the midsection can be especially harmful. The American Heart Association recommends that men have a waistline of no more than 40 inches and women should maintain a waistline of 35 inches or less.

    Body Mass Index
    Even if you fall within the approved waistline guidelines, be sure to calculate your body mass index as well. This important number takes into consideration your total weight against your height. Regardless of gender, if you have a body mass index that exceeds 25, your excessive weight may be hindering your cardiovascular well-being.

    Blood Pressure Reading
    Your blood pressure can give instant insight into your heart health. If you score a reading over 120/80, you may have hypertension. High blood pressure readings indicate that the force of blood against your arteries is too high. This circumstance may one day lead to a heart attack or stroke, as your arterial walls are susceptible to blockage and ruptures.

    Cholesterol Amount
    When cholesterol builds in the bloodstream, it can attach to the arterial walls, producing plaque buildup. Plaque buildup makes it more difficult for the heart to effectively pump blood throughout the body. By keeping your cholesterol at a healthy level, you can diminish your risk of cardiovascular health complications. A cholesterol measurement of 200 or less is ideal for ultimate heart wellness.

    Do you know your heart numbers? If not, contact Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. Call us today at (702) 233-5300 to speak with a Registered Nurse at our healthcare referral line.

  • Making a Resolution to End Stroke Related Deaths

    On average, more than 100,000 Americans suffer from fatal strokes each year. This figure can be greatly reduced with enhanced efforts toward stroke prevention and stroke care. Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center offers stroke care for residents in Las Vegas and the surrounding region, but we urge the local community to do its part in 2014 to help reduce the number of stroke fatalities.

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    Control Stroke Risk Factors
    Like heart disease and cancer, stroke is a condition whose occurrence is affected by lifestyle risk factors. Activities such as excessive drinking and smoking can contribute to stroke , and stopping these behaviors can thus lower the chances of stroke. Poor diet habits and a lack of physical activity can also make stroke more likely. These behaviors can increase blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight gain. Making a commitment to eating nutritious meals and exercising on a daily basis can lower stroke risk.

    Know Stroke Symptoms
    Though healthy lifestyle habits can substantially lessen the chances of having a stroke, they cannot completely eliminate them. That is why knowing the signs of stroke is important. A stroke can present in different ways, but sufferers often display common symptoms. Sudden speech challenges and difficulty seeing in one or both eyes may indicate a stroke. Many people who have strokes also notice abrupt changes to their motor skills.

    Seek Immediate Stroke Care
    The longer a person experiences stroke symptoms with no medical attention, the greater the odds that his condition will cause extensive and permanent brain damage. Death can also result from a lack of immediate emergency care. If stroke symptoms arise, do not wait for them to abate. Contact a healthcare provider as soon as possible and follow instructions for getting medical attention.

    Would you know if you were having a stroke? Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center can help you better understanding the facets of this condition. To find out more about stroke symptoms and side effects, call our facility at (702) 233-5300. If you are experiencing a stroke-related emergency, our iTriage Symptom Checker can notify our emergency care staff of your immediate medical needs.

  • Knowing When Your Child Needs Medical Attention for Flu Symptoms

    Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center recommends that all individuals six months or older receive an annual flu vaccination for the prevention of this potentially dangerous illness. Given their weaker immune systems, children can be especially at risk for more severe cases of the flu. If your child contracts the flu, you can likely manage their symptoms at home.  If they experience any of the following circumstances, you may want to consult your pediatrician or emergency care provider.

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    He Cannot Keep Down Fluids
    Nausea is a common side effect of the flu. Your child may not have the capacity to tolerate food for 24 hours or longer. However, keeping them properly hydrated is imperative to their health, as dehydration can worsen his status and lead to other medical problems. If your child continually  vomits the fluids you give him , seek medical attention. Should the flu bring on bouts of diarrhea, which can further dehydrate your child, you should consider contacting a doctor.

    His Fever Returns
    A fever should disappear on its own over time. You may also use child-friendly medication such as ibuprofen to reduce this symptom. After the fever abates, do not stop checking your child’s temperature on a regular basis. If a fever rebounds, it may be the sign of an infection in the body.

    He Shows Signs of Confusion
    The flu can make your child display traits that are unusual given his normal demeanor. For instance, he may become fatigued, irritable, or withdrawn. Should your child exhibit signs of confusion or incoherence, he may need professional help. Only you can know if your child is showing cognitive distress, so be sure to monitor his behavior closely until the flu is gone.

    If you or your child has yet to receive a flu shot, now is the time to do it. Call Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center at (702) 233-5300 to  schedule a vaccination  appointment today. Please contact your local physician or the Southern Nevada Health District for your flu vaccination. 

  • Nutrition Consultations for Weight Loss Surgery

    Those who cannot lose weight through diet and exercise may turn to bariatric surgery for help reaching their target weight. If you’re considering weight loss surgery, you must first understand how the procedure will affect your appetite.  

    In this video, registered dietician Shannon Hitzman of Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center discusses a patient’s diet progression following bariatric surgery. Immediately after the surgery, the patient only consumes liquids, then moves on to pureed foods, soft foods, and normal foods in the ensuing weeks. At first, the reduced stomach size only allows the patient to consume about ¼ cup of food at each meal.  

    For more information about bariatric surgery, call  Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center  at (702) 233-5300. We’re dedicated to providing emergency care and general wellness services to the people of Southern Nevada.