• How to Cut Down Your Child’s Sodium Intake

    Nine out of every 10 kids in the United States are consuming more sodium than they should. Evidence of this unhealthy habit is being seen in pediatrician offices around the country, with one in six kids having raised blood pressure levels—an early indicator of high blood pressure in the future. The good news for parents is that cutting your child’s sodium intake is easier than you might think.

    Watch this video for tips for controlling how much salt your child consumes. Forget removing the salt shaker from the table: most kids are getting their sodium from too many processed foods and restaurant meals. Buy low sodium foods and help kids make smart choices in restaurants to reduce salt consumption.

    At Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, our physician referral service can help you find a Las Vegas pediatrician to manage your child’s healthy diet. Call our hospital now at (702) 233-5300 for more information. 

  • New Research in Lung Cancer Treatment

    For most cancer patients, the real danger isn’t the original tumor but the risk of their primary cancer metastasizing. When cancer spreads beyond the primary site, it becomes more difficult to treat. Now, promising new research in lung cancer treatment is bringing oncologists closer to controlling the spread of some kinds of cancer.

    Watch this video to learn about a gene researchers have uncovered that appears to be linked to the metastasis of lung cancer, melanoma, and cervical cancer. By isolating this gene and researching how it may encourage cancer to spread, doctors may be able to develop techniques to contain cancer at its original site, making it easier to treat.

    Cutting-edge cancer care is available in the Adult Oncology Care department at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center. Our full-service Las Vegas hospital also offers emergency care, a heart hospital, and more. For additional information, call (702) 233-5300.

  • Which Health Problems May Be Caused by Depression?

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    Most people think of depression as a mental health disorder, but in reality, it has far-reaching implications for physical health as well. People with depression often suffer physical symptoms, including pain and fatigue, but in addition to these complaints, depression is also linked to some types of chronic health issues.

    The reason depression affects physical health is because it causes irregular stress responses that increase inflammation and the levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the blood. Increased levels of cortisol can weaken bones, increase blood sugar levels, and make you more vulnerable to heart disease. Depression also is linked with an increase in cytokines, immune system chemicals that interfere with the body’s response to cancerous cells.

    For people living with depression, it’s important to work with your doctor to manage all parts of the disease. At Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center , we can provide a physician referral to a doctor who can help. You can get a referral and learn more about our Las Vegas hospital by calling (702) 233-5300. 

  • Celebrating Healthy Lung Month in October

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    October is Healthy Lung Month, which means it’s the perfect opportunity to focus on your lung health. October was chosen as the time to promote lung health awareness for a simple reason: many people suffer respiratory illnesses at this time of year. Allergens soar during the fall, triggering wheezing and asthma problems in many people.

    Although you can’t change the allergens that peak in the fall, such as mold, you can do your best to control your exposure and manage your symptoms. If you have asthma, talk to your doctor about your current treatment plan to make sure it is still the best one for you. If you smoke, ask your physician for help quitting. Giving up tobacco products is the best step you can take for the health of your lungs.

    Do you need help keeping your lungs in good shape? Let Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center help with a physician referral and see us for emergency care for urgent respiratory care needs . You can learn more about our Las Vegas hospital by calling (702) 233-5300. 

  • When Should You See a Neurologist for Specialized Care?

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    Neurologists provide care for a range of conditions that impact the brain, from stroke to epilepsy and migraines. Their specialized knowledge means that they can deliver treatments that are outside the scope of your primary care physician’s work. When should you seek a physician referral to a neurologist? Here are some signs that you could benefit from neurology care.

    You Have Chronic, Severe Headaches

    Everyone gets an occasional headache, and most people do not require medical care. However, if you experience headaches on a regular basis, especially severe ones that interfere with your daily life, then a neurologist may be able to help. Talk to your physician if you get more than two headaches per week or if your headaches are accompanied by other conditions such as nausea or blurry vision. Your physician may refer you to a neurologist to determine if there is an underlying neurological condition that is triggering your pain.

    You Have Had a Stroke

    Neurologists play an important role in treating acute stroke symptoms, but their care doesn’t stop when the immediate crisis is over. They can help patients recover from strokes and learn how to control their future stroke risks.

    You Have Multiple Sclerosis

    If your physician has diagnosed you with multiple sclerosis, then he or she will refer you to a neurologist to help manage the condition. Neurologists work closely with patients with MS to find personalized treatment plans to control symptoms and reduce flare-ups. Your neurologist may also be able to help you find support groups, clinical medical trials, and other resources to help you cope.

    The Nevada Neurosciences Institute at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center provides advanced care for patients with a wide range of neurological conditions, including those in need of emergency stroke care. Whether you’re having stroke symptoms or suffering from chronic migraines, we can help. Call our Las Vegas hospital at (702) 233-5300 for more information.

  • Understanding the Top Health Concerns for American Children

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    As a parent, what do you worry about the most when it comes to your children’s health? Today’s kids face a long list of threats to their physical and emotional health, many of which are unique to this generation. At Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, we provide a comprehensive range of services to help you keep your kids healthy, from our emergency room and physician referral service to our own Sunrise Children’s Hospital for in-patient care. What are some of the threats facing the young people in our nation? Here is a look at some of the biggest health concerns for kids.

    Obesity

    Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. In addition to threatening self-esteem, obesity increases the risk of some very serious health emergencies in children, including type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Poor diets coupled with a decrease in overall physical activity contribute to the rates of obesity in kids. If you need help getting your child on a healthier path, ask our hospital for a referral to a pediatrician who can help.

    Bullying

    Bullying has always been an issue in schools, but today’s technology makes it more pervasive than ever. Teasing in homeroom has been replaced with social media character assassinations and humiliations, leaving kids who are targeted with few safe places. Bullying can severely impact a child’s self-esteem, and—as several high-profile cases have shown—can even lead to self-harm or suicide. Work with your child’s school and pediatrician if he or she is experiencing bullying.

    Substance Abuse

    From drugs and alcohol to cigarettes, children are confronted with access to illicit substances at increasingly early ages. Talk to your kids about the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes, including prescription drugs. Be alert to warning signs, such as a dip in grades or changes in circles of friends. If you suspect your child is abusing an illicit substance, make an appointment with the pediatrician.

    October is Children’s Health Month—the perfect time to focus on the services at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center that can help your child stay healthy. You can get a physician referral and find out more about our emergency care services by calling our Las Vegas hospital at (702) 233-5300.

  • A Look at Breast Cancer Screening in Older Women

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    Doctors agree that regular breast cancer screenings are important for women in a certain age group, but what happens when women get older? Do regular screenings help to save lives, or do they actually have negative consequences? Evidence suggests that some women should discuss the idea of halting screenings with their physicians. What is the right answer for you? Here’s what you need to know.

    Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

    In the United States, most breast cancer screening guidelines say that women should begin mammograms at age 50. There is disagreement over whether these screenings should be repeated annually or every two years. There is also disagreement about whether women should start screenings earlier, at age 40. When it comes to mammograms later in life, the American Cancer Society says women should continue having screenings for as long as they are healthy, while the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force says there isn’t enough evidence to suggest that women should continue having mammograms after age 75. 

    Older Women and Screening Risks

    The reason experts are concerned about breast cancer screenings in older women is the risk of over-diagnosis and treatment. Because older women are more vulnerable to the side effects of cancer treatment than younger women, treating very early stage breast cancer can actually do more harm than good. In a Dutch study into breast cancer screenings in elderly women, early-stage cancer diagnoses rose significantly while the diagnosis of late-stage cancer experienced only a small decline. This kind of over-diagnosis could interfere with quality of life for older women.

    Patient Recommendations

    For now, breast cancer screening guidelines are highly personalized. Work with your physician to make a screening plan based on your medical history and risk factors. Your physician can help you balance screening risks and benefits to give you the best breast cancer protection.

    Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center’s Breast Center offers screening tests for women of all ages. Our Las Vegas hospital boasts a comprehensive range of health care services, including stroke care, an emergency room, and a heart hospital. For a physician referral or more information, call (702) 233-5300. 

  • Answers to Your Questions about Breast Cancer Screening

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    Regular breast cancer screenings play a critical role in early detection of tumors, which often means that treatments can be less evasive and more successful. At Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, the Breast Center provides screening tests through our diagnostic imaging department, while our oncology experts provide treatment when cancer is discovered. If you’re like most women, you probably have questions about how you should approach breast cancer screening. Here are the answers to some of the most common queries that women have.

    What Types of Screening Tests Are Available?

    For most women, three types of breast cancer screening exams are recommended: mammograms, clinical breast exams, and breast self-exams. Mammograms are X-ray exams of the breast that allow doctors to see small tumors in early stages of development. Doctors perform clinical breast exams, often as part of an annual OBGYN visit. Self-exams are performed by you to check for lumps or changes in your breast tissue. Although this combination of tests works for many women, others may require specialized testing, such as MRIs, particularly if they have dense breast tissue.

    How Often Should I Be Screened?

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that women between the ages of 50 and 74 get mammograms every two years and that women between 40 and 49 follow their doctors’ advice for screening schedules. Clinical breast exams usually happen annually, and self-exams should be performed monthly. However, it’s important to develop a personalized screening schedule with your doctor, as some women need more frequent and earlier screenings because of breast cancer risk factors.

    How Can I Set Up a Breast Cancer Screening?

    Ask your doctor to refer you to the Breast Center at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center for a mammogram. If you need help with clinical breast exams or learning to perform self-exams, call our physician referral line to be put in touch with a doctor who can help.

    Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center in Las Vegas provides all of the support your family needs to maintain good health. To learn more about our healthcare services, from the emergency care to our heart hospital , call (702) 233-5300. 

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