• What Are the Early Signs of Parkinson’s Disease?

    Parkinson’s disease is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that grows progressively worse. It occurs when the cells in the brain that produce dopamine die, resulting in symptoms that interfere with proper movement. Some of these symptoms include problems walking and difficulty with balance. Patients experience muscle rigidity, cramps, tremors, and spasms.

    As you’ll learn by watching this video, Parkinson’s disease can also cause side effects that involve functions other than movement, such as cognitive function. Patients also experience side effects from the medications used to treat the disease. This slideshow also explains some of the risk factors of Parkinson’s disease.

    Although no cure exists for Parkinson’s disease, the highly skilled physicians and surgeons of Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center can perform procedures to help manage the disease . Call our hospital in Las Vegas at (702) 233-5300 to speak with our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line.

  • Teaching Kids the Right Dietary Habits

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    Fast food has often been blamed for the obesity epidemic among children in the U.S. While fast food certainly isn’t healthy – it contains excessive calories and contributes to heart problems – physicians often find that children who develop the right dietary habits are more likely to stay at a healthy weight, regardless of their fast food intake. If you’re concerned about your child’s eating habits, you might consider working with a physician at your local hospital to improve your entire family’s nutrition. Doing so may help your child avoid the need for stroke care or heart care later in life.

    Consider Food Availability

    If your pantry is stocked with unhealthy processed snacks, chances are your child will reach for those after school instead of having an apple. The availability of healthy food in the household is a key component of promoting the right dietary habits in your child. If your child is young, consider slicing fruit and vegetables in advance, and storing them in containers your child can easily reach. Instead of keeping a bottle of soda in the fridge, keep a jug of filtered water available.

    Involve Kids in Meal Preparation

    If your child is a picky eater, you may be able to encourage him or her to try healthy foods by asking for help with meal preparation. Give your child age-appropriate tasks to do, such as peeling carrots or stirring a healthy lentil soup. Some families even plant vegetable gardens to encourage children to eat homegrown veggies.

    Create a Treasure Hunt at the Store

    Make nutritional choices fun for your child by turning it into a game. When you bring your child to the grocery store, you can challenge him or her to find the healthiest version of a particular product. Examine the nutrition labels together and discuss why products with lower amounts of sugar, salt, and fat are healthier.

    Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center is the largest acute care hospital in the Las Vegas community, offering both inpatient and outpatient services. You can connect with our heart hospital by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5300. Ask us about our emergency room capabilities, stroke care, and physician referral services.

  • Knowing What to Look for on Food Nutrition Labels

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    Plenty of prepackaged food items boast phrases like “all natural,” “sugar-free,” and “multigrain.” While these phrases make the food sound healthy, they don’t necessarily mean that it is. Instead, avoid relying on the packaging material itself and read the nutrition label to determine if a food is healthy. If you’re looking for a whole grain product, check the list of ingredients for words such as “whole rye” or “whole wheat.” This indicates the inclusion of whole grain products; the word “multigrain” on the packaging merely means that the product contains more than one type of grain.

    In addition to reading the list of ingredients, be sure to check the nutrition label for the product’s fat, sugar, and cholesterol content. A product advertised as being “sugar-free” may actually be high in fat. You can also check the product’s number of calories per serving and compare that number to the number of servings per product.

    The team at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center is dedicated to helping patients lead healthy lifestyles . Our hospital in the Las Vegas community provides emergency care, stroke care, diabetes classes, and more. You can reach us at (702) 233-5300 to take advantage of our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line.

  • How Does Deep Brain Stimulation Help Parkinson’s Patients?

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    While no cure has yet been discovered for Parkinson’s disease, your local hospital may offer various surgical treatments to help manage the symptoms. Usually, physicians recommend trying medications first because of the risks involved with any type of surgery. However, if your symptoms are not well managed with medications, you might consider exploring surgical treatments at your local hospital. One of those treatments could be deep brain stimulation.

    How It Works

    During this procedure, electrodes are placed in the brain, along with various other components. These devices transmit electrical impulses continuously to certain key areas of the brain involved with the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. These electrical impulses can prevent you from experiencing symptoms such as muscle tremors. The device is similar to a pacemaker, which is commonly used to keep the heart functioning properly.

    What the Benefits Are

    Deep brain stimulation offers numerous benefits over other surgical techniques for Parkinson’s disease. These include procedures such as thalamotomy and pallidotomy, both of which involve destroying parts of the brain that play a role in the development of Parkinson’s symptoms. With deep brain stimulation, these areas of the brain are preserved and the procedure is potentially reversible. This type of treatment is also adjustable; you might return to your local hospital to have a neurologist customize the settings for your needs.

    What to Expect from the Procedure

    During deep brain stimulation, the neurosurgeon places the stimulating electrode lead into an area of the brain called the internal globus pallidus or into the thalamus. An impulse generator is implanted in the chest. The two devices are connected by a wire. The neurologist can program the impulse generator with the use of a computer that transmits radio waves. Additionally, you can easily turn the impulse generator on or off with the use of a special magnet.

    Patients with Parkinson’s disease can find comprehensive management resources at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, including deep brain stimulation. For more than 50 years, our hospital has proudly served residents of the Las Vegas area with comprehensive stroke care, emergency care, and heart health services. We encourage new patients to call (702) 233-5300 or visit us on the Web.

  • How Are Potentially Fatal Brain Aneurysms Treated?

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    A brain aneurysm occurs when a blood vessel in the brain bulges abnormally. If the blood vessel ruptures, it results in bleeding in the brain—a life-threatening condition known as hemorrhagic stroke. One common treatment method is surgical clipping, which involves the placement of a very small metal clip on the bulging area to halt blood flow, preventing bleeding. Surgical clipping is an invasive method that requires the removal of a section of the skull to access the area.

    Another method is endovascular coiling, which involves inserting a catheter into an artery elsewhere in the body. The catheter is gently guided to the aneurysm and a wire coil is inserted into the area to cause blood clotting. Unfortunately, these methods may not work well for giant aneurysms. Some hospitals may have new technology available to treat these aneurysms. It’s known as the Pipeline Embolization Device (PED). This minimally invasive technique enables the diversion of blood flow from the aneurysm.

    Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center is pleased to offer state-of-the-art stroke care to our patients in the Las Vegas area, including the latest PED technology. Our Level II Trauma Center provides life-saving treatment for patients with complex and life-threatening aneurysms. Contact us at (702) 233-5300 to speak with our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line.

  • Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center First in Las Vegas to Receive Knee, Hip, and Spine Certification by the Joint Commission


    LAS VEGAS, NV (APRIL 7, 2014) –  The FLEX Program at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for disease-specific care in the areas of knee, hip, and spine by demonstrating compliance with national standards for healthcare quality and safety. The certification recognizes Sunrise’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s rigorous standards.

    “We are making a significant investment in the quality, patient-centric care that we provide throughout the region. This certification through the Joint Commission provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” says Todd P. Sklamberg, Chief Executive Officer at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center. “Achieving Southern Nevada’s first combined knee, hip, and spine certified program is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

    Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center underwent three rigorous on-site reviews in March 2014. A Joint Commission expert evaluated Sunrise for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

    “In achieving Joint Commission certification, Sunrise has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with knee, hip, and spine conditions,” says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. Executive Director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Sunrise for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”


    About Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center:

    Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center offers high-quality, patient-centered healthcare to the residents of Southern Nevada and its surrounding region.  As Nevada’s largest acute care facility and Level II Trauma Center, located just minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip, we care for patients from all over the world. A Consumer Choice award-winning hospital for 16 years, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center is the region’s healthcare leader. Located on the same campus is Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Nevada’s largest, most comprehensive children’s hospital.  Together, we offer a full range of services for both children and adults. 

    Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital

    3186 South Maryland Parkway

    Las Vegas, NV 89109



    Need to find a physician or get answers to your health questions?  Call (702) 233-5454.

    About The Joint Commission:

    Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory, and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also certifies more than 2,400 disease-specific care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at  www.jointcommission.org


  • The Sunrise Health System of Hospitals Awarded Re-certification as Primary Stroke Centers from the Joint Commission


    Distinction recognizes hospitals for offering the best possible treatment for stroke patients

    Las Vegas (April 4, 2014) — After undergoing on-site evaluations and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care, the Sunrise Health System of Hospitals – Sunrise Hospital, MountainView Hospital and Southern Hills Hospital – have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for re-certification as Primary Stroke Centers. Sunrise Health was the first system of Certified Primary Stroke Centers in Las Vegas.

    In order to receive re-certification, the Sunrise Health System hospitals were evaluated by The Joint Commission — the leading healthcare accreditation and certification organization in the United States — using standards for stroke from the recommendations published by the Brain Attack Coalition and American Stroke Association. This includes an assessment of compliance with consensus-based national standards, effective use of primary stroke center recommendations and clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care and performance measurement and improvement activities.

    “We are proud to achieve this distinction again from the Joint Commission,” said Todd P. Sklamberg, Chief Executive Officer at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center. “Along with our Accredited Chest Pain Centers, both our heart and stroke care programs at all three hospitals provide optimal care for patients needing emergent care.”

    The Certified Stroke Centers at each Sunrise Health Hospital offer diagnosis, treatment, education and outreach. A trained Stroke Team of doctors and nurses works to identify stroke symptoms as quickly as possible, beginning with emergency medical service workers in the field. By the time a patient arrives at the hospital, the Stroke Team is ready. The hospitals of Sunrise Health were first certified as primary stroke centers in 2009.

    According to the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability.  On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every three minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

    About Sunrise Health:

    Sunrise Health is the most technologically advanced hospital network in the Southwest.  Committed to providing the finest healthcare, Sunrise Health includes Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, MountainView Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and Sunrise Children’s Hospital, as well as outpatient diagnostic imaging and surgical centers.  Specialty services include advanced cardiovascular services, comprehensive neurological services, a designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Nevada Neurosciences Institute, The Breast Center at Sunrise, the state’s most comprehensive Children’s Hospital and women’s healthcare services and Las Vegas’ first network of Certified Primary Stroke Centers and Accredited Chest Pain Centers.

    For more information about Sunrise Health, visit www.SunriseHealthInfo.com .

    Need a Physician, Nurse Advice or Health Information? Call our free 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse line at ( 702) 233-5300 . In case of emergency, dial 9-1-1.

  • Discouraging Cigarette Use with the “Real Cost” Campaign

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched its first national public education campaign targeting kids who already smoke or are at risk of picking up the habit. Targeting the next generation of smokers in this manner may help reduce the total overall number of smokers—and smoking-related deaths—in the coming years.

    The public education ads use visually compelling imagery to explain how smoking prematurely ages a person. When you watch this video, you’ll see some sample TV and print ads that call attention to wrinkles and discolored teeth caused by smoking. One of the TV ads compares cigarettes to a bully that takes away a child’s lunch money and interferes with his social life.

    Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center is pleased to be a tobacco-free facility and campus to improve the wellness of patients visiting our hospital. Las Vegas-area residents can contact our hospital at (702) 233-5300 to speak with a nurse at our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line.

  • Identifying the Sources of Added Sugar in Your Diet


    Some foods naturally contain sugars, such as fruit and milk. Many foods, however, contain extra sugars, or added sugars. Consuming these foods regularly can contribute to poor overall health. For example, you may be at a higher risk of being overweight or obese, developing systemic inflammation, and suffering heart problems such as atherosclerosis. You can prevent heart problems and improve your overall health by learning to identify the sources of added sugar in your diet and by taking steps to reduce these foods. You might consider working with a physician at your local hospital to improve your nutrition.

    Common Ingredients

    Added sugars are often found in processed foods. Unfortunately, they can be tricky to identify because they’re often listed under names other than “sugar.” In general, if you notice any ingredients that contain the words “syrup” or “nectar,” or that end in “-ose,” the product contains added sugar. Examples of “-ose” sugars include fructose, dextrose, anhydrous dextrose, sucrose, and maltose. Other common sources of added sugars include corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, molasses, and pancake syrup. Additionally, be on the lookout for more obvious ingredients such as sugar, brown sugar, and confectioner’s sugar.

    Types of Processed Foods

    Any type of processed food is likely to contain added sugars. However, certain types of products are more likely than others to contain significant amounts of sugars. These include candies, cookies, cakes, and pastries. Dairy products such as ice cream and yogurt, and beverages such as soft drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, and coffee creamers also tend to contain high amounts of added sugar. To reduce the amount of added sugar you consume, consider scrutinizing the nutritional labels on products before you purchase them.

    If you do suffer from a heart condition, turn to the trusted cardiovascular specialists at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center . Our heart hospital provides comprehensive care with advanced techniques. Residents of the Las Vegas area are welcome to call (702) 233-5300 to reach our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line or to ask questions about our hospital’s services.