• How to Play It Safe with Produce

    Produce is an important part of a balanced diet, but not taking proper precautions when handling them could leave you feeling anything but healthy. How can you prevent food poisoning from fruits and veggies?

    Watch this video to learn more about safe handling of fruits and vegetables. When grocery shopping, make sure produce is kept separate from meats, which could contaminate them with bacteria. You should also store them separately at home. Before eating, wash your hands as well as your fruits and vegetables to rinse away bacteria.

    If you do get food poisoning, get emergency care at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center. Our emergency room is open 24-hours daily for all of your urgent care needs . Learn more about our Las Vegas hospital by calling (702) 233-5300. 

  • What Is the Difference between Good and Bad Cholesterol?

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    If you’re concerned about you heart health , there is a good chance that you’ve discussed your cholesterol with your doctor. Knowing your cholesterol number is an important part of managing your health, and most people know that they want that number to be as low as possible. However, did you know that your cholesterol number doesn’t tell the whole story? There are both good and bad kinds of cholesterol, and how much of each you have plays a major role in your heart disease risk. What is the difference between these two? Here is what you need to know.

    Bad Cholesterol

    Low-density lipoprotein , or LDL, cholesterol is called bad cholesterol in layman’s terms. This kind of cholesterol adds to the build-up of plaque in your arteries, which is a hard substance that causes atherosclerosis. With atherosclerosis, the arteries become clogged and stiff, which makes it more difficult for blood to flow through. This can lead to a blood clot, which in turn can cause a heart attack or stroke. Atherosclerosis can also lead to peripheral artery disease, which specifically causes plaque build-up and narrowing of the blood vessels in the legs.

    Good Cholesterol

    The medical term for so-called good cholesterol is high-density lipoprotein, or HDL, cholesterol. Doctors believe that HDL cholesterol helps to remove LDL cholesterol from the blood stream and take it to the liver, where it is processed to be passed from the body. By scrubbing LDL cholesterol from the body, HDL cholesterol can help to prevent heart disease and stroke.

    For your best heart health, your doctor wants to see a low overall level of cholesterol with more HDL than LDL. For help achieving those numbers, make an appointment with a Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center doctor. If you do experience a cardiac emergency, seek urgent care in our ER and heart hospital . For a physician referral, call us in Las Vegas at (702) 233-5300. 

  • Exploring the Recovery Process for Spinal Cord Injuries


    Spinal cord injuries occur when one or more of the vertebrae that usually protect the spine are fractured or dislocated, which causes the spinal cord to be stretched or damaged by bone fragments. Spinal cord injuries require emergency care for diagnosis and treatment, and long-term care is usually needed. Here is what to expect after a spinal cord injury.

    Emergency Care

    One of the first things emergency room personnel do when they suspect a spinal cord injury is to immobilize the head and neck to prevent further damage. Doctors may order imaging tests, including an MRI and CT scan, to determine if there really is a spinal cord injury. Once the injury is confirmed, a rigid brace or axil traction will be used to stabilize the spine and reduce the risk of additional injury. Emergency surgery may also be necessary to remove bone fragments, fractured vertebrae, slipped discs, and anything else pressing on the spine. In some cases, spinal decompression surgery is also performed shortly after the injury to alleviated built-up pressure.


    Patients need both physical and emotional support after a spinal cord injury. In the initial stages, therapists usually focus on developing leg and arm strength as well as communication skills, if necessary. Occupational therapists help people with spinal cord injuries re-learn fine motor skills, including things like eating and self-grooming. Overall, rehabilitation is tailored to the patient and their specific needs, including emotional support.

    Management of Related Problems

    An important part of recovery is managing medical problems that are associated with spinal cord injuries. These include breathing difficulties, pneumonia, circulatory issues, and depression. A patient with spinal cord injuries should report all symptoms to his or her doctor to help develop a care plan.

    For any suspected spinal cord injury, seek emergency care at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center. In addition to emergency care, our Las Vegas hospital provides stroke care, a heart hospital, orthopedic care, and much more. For a physician referral or to find out more, please call (702) 731-8000.

  • Knowing the Steps of Proper Food Safety

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    Each year, one in six Americans could be impacted by food poisoning, and about 100,000 of those people will end up in the emergency room . In addition to short-term health problems, food poisoning can have long-term effects, including kidney failure and brain damage. The good news is that there are many things you can do to protect yourself and your family from food poisoning dangers. Follow these steps to keep your food safe.


    Keeping everything in your kitchen clean can help reduce the spread of bacteria. Before you handle food, wash your hands with soap under running water for 20 seconds. Wash all kitchen surfaces, dishes, and equipment after each use with a clean cloth or paper towel. Wash all fruits and veggies before consuming, but don’t wash meat, poultry, or eggs – by doing so, you could actually end up splashing bacteria around and contaminating the kitchen.


    When you’re cooking, be sure to separate cutting boards and knives for produce and proteins, to avoid cross-contamination. Meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs should always be kept separate from other foods in your grocery cart and when you’re storing them at home.


    Undercooked allows bacteria to breed. Use a food thermometer to ensure that your foods are cooked to the proper temperature. Keep hot food in a warming dish if you won’t be serving it right away as bacteria could grow as it cools. When you microwave food, always allow it to sit for a few minutes so that undercooked areas can continue to absorb heat.


    Perishable foods should never be out of the refrigerator for longer than two hours. Avoid thawing meat on the counter and instead let it thaw in the fridge. Throw away foods if you’re unsure if they are still edible. Check the government’s food safety website for a guide to how long foods can be safely stored.

    If you’re experiencing the symptoms of food poisoning, visit the emergency room at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center in Las Vegas. We provide emergency care for patients of all ages, including heart and stroke care. Learn more about our hospital services by calling (702) 731-8000. 

  • Exploring Symptoms That Could Indicate Gynecological Cancer

    With all types of cancer, early diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. That’s why it’s so important to familiarize yourself with common cancer symptoms and to know your risk factors. Learn about the red flags of gynecological cancers in this video.

    Gynecological cancers include cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar cancers. Symptoms including spotting after menopause, heavier periods, and the sense that you become full from eating quicker than normal can all indicate gynecological cancers.

    If you’re concerned about symptoms you’re having, see your Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center Physician. Our Las Vegas hospital offers oncology services as well as a heart hospital , emergency care, and much more. For more information, please call (702) 731-8000

  • What Is Sickle Cell Anemia?


    Normal red blood cells have a donut-like shape that allow them to flow easily through blood vessels. Sickle cells, on the other hand, are crescent-shaped and can block blood flow. In honor of Sickle Cell Awareness Month, here is what you need to know about this serious disease.

    Sickle cell anemia is one type of sickle cell disease. Normally, red blood cells carry oxygen-rich blood through the body for about 120 days before dying. With sickle cell anemia, the sickle cells die off in about 10 to 20 days. The body can’t replace them fast enough, which can lead to a long list of symptoms, including chronic pain and fatigue. Although some people have resolved their sickle cell anemia with blood and marrow stem cell transplants, there is no cure that works for everyone. However, there are treatments that can help control the symptoms.

    Sunrise Hospital & Medical Care in Las Vegas can provide physician referrals for doctors who can help manage sickle cell anemia and all of your other health concerns. Call us today at (702) 233-5454 to find out more about Heart Center, emergency care, and more.

  • Problems Associated with Childhood Obesity

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    Childhood obesity is a global epidemic, and the implications for young people are profound. Doctors are seeing obesity-related diseases, like type 2 diabetes and heart disease, in younger patients than ever before, setting children up for a lifetime of health complications. Another problem linked to childhood obesity that is having a dramatic effect on young girls in particular is the early onset of puberty.

    According to a study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, in 2010, girls were starting puberty at age 10.5, compared to age 14.6 in 1920. Doctors suspect that this jump is due to hormonal disturbances caused by obesity as well as inflammation.

    If your child is struggling with obesity, talk to his or her pediatrician. If you need a physician referral for your child, call Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center in Las Vegas. We offer comprehensive pediatric care , including emergency care. Get more information about our hospital by calling (702) 233-5300.  

  • Is Prostate Cancer Testing the Right Decision for Your Health?

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    After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common kind of cancer in men in the US. Although it can strike any male at any age, it’s most likely to occur in men over 50, men of African-American descent, and those with a family history of the disease. Your Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center physician can help you weigh your risk factors and make decisions about prostate cancer testing. As you consider your options, these facts will also help.

    Digital Rectal Exam

    During a digital rectal exam , your doctor will check your lower rectum for any signs of enlargement or lumps in your prostate. During the exam, your doctor will first examine the outside of the anus and then insert a gloved finger into your rectum, using lubrication. He or she will gently examine the area to look for signs of prostate issues. The test may cause mild discomfort, but the exam is over quickly. Your doctor will use the results to determine if further testing is necessary.

    Prostate-Specific Antigen Test

    The prostate-specific antigen test, or PSA test, measures the level of PSA in the bloodstream. PSA is made by the prostate gland, and its levels get higher in men with prostate cancer. However, high PSA levels don’t always indicate prostate cancer. They can also be linked to prostate inflammation or infection or a condition called benign prostate hyperplasia. High levels of PSA in the blood usually mean that a prostate biopsy should be done. In many cases, doctors combine digital rectal exams and PSA tests for more effective screening.

    Should you be screened for prostate cancer? Talk to your Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center doctor to find out. In addition to our testing services, we also provide treatment for prostate cancer in our oncology department. From our stroke care to our heart hospital, you can trust our Las Vegas hospital for your family’s healthcare needs. Get more information by calling (702) 233-5300.