• How Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center Can Treat Your Heart Murmur

    A heart murmur can be a serious problem or a subtle nuance in the way your heart pumps blood. These issues are initially identified by the way your heart sounds through a stethoscope. More detailed diagnostic tests can indicate whether a murmur is a problem.

    At Sunrise Hospital, you’ll find complete care for heart murmurs and valve disease through our Heart Center. Our Heart Murmur Program treats patients with abnormalities in their blood flow using the latest technology for diagnostics and treatment. In some cases, heart murmurs are caused by underlying conditions and will go away when these other conditions are treated. Other types of heart murmur may be caused by defective valves, which need to be repaired through minimally invasive surgical procedures. Most often, these defects are identified and treated in adolescence, though adult treatment may be necessary, too.

    Stethoscope Heart Shape

    To schedule your care at  Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center , visit our website or call (702) 233-5300 for our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. We provide highly specialized cardiovascular care for a wide range of conditions through our state-of-the-art Las Vegas facilities. 

  • Fitness Celebrities Share Their Heart Health Stories

    You might think that fitness celebrities are immune to heart disease, but many of them have actually been inspired by their own experiences with heart problems. This video from the American Heart Association provides an introduction to these stories, which are meant to inspire people everywhere to take a step in the right direction with regular physical activity.

    If you are concerned about your health during American Heart Month and want to get started on your new lifestyle changes, visit  Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center  for helpful education and ongoing support. You can reach us online or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5300. 

  • How to Take Control of Your Blood Pressure for Good

    February is American Heart Month and may be the right time for you to make big decisions that improve your health for years to come. If you have been diagnosed with hypertension, or high blood pressure, it is important to take control sooner rather than later. There is no cure for high blood pressure, but you can bring your blood pressure levels down with these simple long-term changes.

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    Find a Salt Substitute
    Your diet is a critical player in your  blood pressure management , so you should start making healthier decisions, such as chicken over beef or salad over French Fries. One area you may struggle with is your salt intake. It can be hard to give up salt, but it can be done if you get creative about your spice selections. If you like things spicy, try using hot sauce to dress up your food—just make sure that it has no added sodium. Fresh herbs, garlic powder, and cracked black pepper can also add flavor without increasing your salt intake.

    Cut Out Alcohol
    It is best to stop drinking alcohol completely to manage your blood pressure. If you still want to enjoy the occasional drink, be sure to limit yourself so you are not indulging in more than one or two drinks a day.

    Explore New Types of Physical Activity
    You simply cannot lower your blood pressure without exercising, but you do not have to be limited to certain activities. You may not like going to the gym, but you might have fun dancing or taking a fitness class with friends. Take any opportunity to get moving, and set a goal to get at least three hours of physical activity each week.

    Stay Informed
    Ignoring your high blood pressure is one of the worst moves you can make. You should check your numbers regularly and communicate with your doctor about your plans to take control. Your doctor may offer some help with blood pressure medication, but this will only be effective if you do your part.

    You can learn more about your blood pressure management and  heart health with the Heart Center at Sunrise  Hospital & Medical Center. To connect with us, visit our website or call (702) 233-5300 for our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. 

  • Why All Women Should Be Concerned About Heart Disease

    While more women are becoming aware that heart disease affects them just as much as it affects men, there are still many women living with the misconception that heart disease is only a problem for older ladies. As you will learn in this video, women should be concerned about their heart health early in life, as changes in one’s 20s can make a difference much later on. Plus, there are some heart conditions that can affect younger women.

    To learn the right steps for  managing your heart health , visit The Heart Center at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5300 or visit our website to find out what you need to do to keep your heart healthy. 

  • Learn the Facts About Cardiac Arrest

    Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops beating. It is often confused with heart attack, but the two conditions are different. Cardiac arrest happens when the electrical pulse of the heart is disturbed enough to stop completely. This condition can be fatal if it is not immediately treated with a defibrillator. You can be better prepared for sudden cardiac arrest by learning more of the facts about this condition.

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    What are the Signs?
    While there may be some clues leading up to cardiac arrest , it is difficult to identify the condition until a person loses consciousness and a heartbeat is no longer felt. There might be warning signs such as faintness or a racing heartbeat just before cardiac arrest, or the condition may be truly sudden and come without any indicators.

    Who is at Risk?
    Unlike heart attack risk factors, cardiac arrest risk factors can be difficult to identify. Cardiac arrest can occur in someone who appears to be completely healthy before the episode. However, there may have been risk factors present, such as an undiagnosed arrhythmia. Patients who have recently suffered a heart attack are also much more likely to experience cardiac arrest.

    How is it Treated?
    Immediate treatment of cardiac arrest requires a defibrillator, which sends electrical pulses back to the heart to jump start it like a battery. These devices are portable and carried by any type of emergency vehicle. They can also be found in many public facilities. After emergency care is applied, survivors of sudden cardiac arrest will be monitored in the hospital and given medication to reduce the chances of another cardiac episode.

    For emergency cardiac care from an Accredited Chest Pain Center in Las Vegas, you can rely on Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center. To learn more about The Heart Center at Sunrise, visit our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5300.

  • Preventing Heart Disease with a Healthier Diet

    Heart disease  is the leading cause of death in the United States, but it does not have to take so many lives. With a few preventive steps, you can keep heart disease from taking over your life and the lives of those around you. With some easy changes to your diet, you can get started on heart disease prevention for your whole family.

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    Eat a New Vegetable Each Week
    If you think that you do not like vegetables, it is time to branch out and try something new. Perhaps you don’t like broccoli, but you may find broccolini to be much more delicious. When you go to the grocery store, don’t hesitate to try new things in the produce section—especially items that are rich in color. Set a goal to try one new vegetable each week. You will be surprised how long it takes to run out of new items to try.

    Seek Whole Grain Options
    You do not have to abandon pasta, bread, and cereal to  be healthy , but it is helpful to seek more wholesome options for these foods. There are many whole grain varieties of these foods in stores, and it should be easy to make the transition in your household.

    Find New Sources of Protein
    Red meat is one of the worst sources of protein for your heart, so try eating other meats, such as chicken and fish. Vegetarian protein sources like nuts and tofu are also excellent choices that could have you rethinking the way you plan your meals.

    Enjoy Good Fats
    Your body naturally craves fat because you need fat in your diet to stay healthy. You should answer this craving with foods like avocado, olive oil, and nuts rather than with butter and other full-fat dairy products.

    Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center  can provide the support you need to make heart healthy choices. To explore our complete line of cardiac services, visit our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5300.