• What Can Be Done About Your Chronic Heartburn?


    Chronic heartburn, which is caused by Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD, is a common condition that affects digestion, causing discomforts such as chest pain, hoarseness, coughing, and trouble sleeping. If you are suffering from GERD and the chronic heartburn this disease causes, you do not have to live with your symptoms. At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center , you can find treatment to meet your needs with the innovative solution of LINX reflux management, which is only offered in a few centers nationwide. Read on to learn more about LINX and other possible treatment options that can address your GERD symptoms.

    Drug Therapy

    Heartburn is the result of stomach acid getting into the esophagus due to a weak lower esophageal sphincter (LES). While drug therapy will not prevent this cause of GERD, it can offer some relief by reducing acid production in the stomach.

    LINX Device

    The LINX Device is a small magnetic ring, which is placed around the lower esophagus to mimic the function of the LES, thereby keeping the opening of the stomach closed to prevent acid reflux. The procedure to put the LINX device in place is a minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, and it only takes about 30 minutes to perform.

    Dietary Changes

    For some patients, making lifestyle changes such as a new diet may help to reduce irritation from stomach acid. Cutting down on spicy foods, fatty foods, and alcohol can be helpful in minimizing heartburn, though other treatments may still be beneficial in addition to new eating habits. Losing weight and quitting smoking are also potentially helpful changes you can make to manage GERD symptoms.

    As the only hospital in Las Vegas to offer the LINX procedure , Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is a regional leader in heartburn treatment and management of other digestive disorders. To learn more about the innovative treatment offered at our Heartburn Center, visit us online or call (702) 233-5300 and speak with one of our registered nurses.

  • Knowing How Much Exercise Your Kids Need to Stay Healthy


    The week of April 19-25 is Every Kid Healthy Week, which may be a time for you to reflect on your child’s health with an assessment of his or her level of physical fitness. In the age of computers, video games, and cell phones, children have become more sedentary, which has contributed to the problem of childhood obesity in the U.S. To combat obesity and ensure better health in your child, keep reading for a look at how much activity your child needs and the types of exercise that will be most beneficial.

    Types of Physical Activity

    Like adults, kids need both aerobic activity and muscle strengthening activity to stay healthy. Aerobic activity is physical activity that gets the heart rate up. Examples include running, jumping rope, or riding a bike. Muscle-strengthening activity may burn fewer calories but works to build muscle tissue and improve strength. These activities may include push-ups, play on a jungle gym, or sit-ups.

    Hours of Activity Needed

    Children need lots of activity as they grow, and most of that activity should be dedicated to aerobic exercises. Children need about 60 minutes of activity daily , and they should have some vigorous-intensity exercise at least three days per week. Vigorous-intensity exercise is any type of activity that makes it difficult to hold a conversation such as running or rapidly-paced dancing.

    Creative Ways to get Exercise

    When you think of muscle strengthening activities, workouts like weight lifting may come to mind. However, kids benefit from more playful activities such as climbing trees, performing gymnastics, or even participating in yoga. Playtime is important for both the social and physical development of your child, so remember that time spent running in the park or wrestling with the family dog does count as exercise.

    For exceptional care that the whole family can rely on, visit Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas. Our state-of-the-art facilities offer a wide range of specialized services, and we provide a number of community classes and events that can help you stay healthy. To learn more about us, visit our website or call us at (702) 233-5300. 

  • Why Is Back Pain So Common in the United States?


    Back pain is one of the most common complaints in emergency rooms and physician’s offices around the country, and it is a problem that can become significantly worse without appropriate care. There are many different conditions that can lead to back pain, which means that an accurate diagnosis of back pain as important as the treatment itself. Below you can get a look at the reasons why conditions causing back pain are so prevalent in the U.S., some of which may be prevented with some lifestyle changes.

    High Obesity Rates

    Obesity has become one of the leading health concerns in the nation, because it has such a profound effect on the entire body. When it comes to back pain, obesity is an issue, because excess weight puts more pressure on the spine.

    Sedentary Lifestyles

    A possible contributor to obesity, sedentary lifestyles have reduced the level of physical fitness among American adults, making back pain much more common. Many people work in desk-bound professional environments and spend most of their days sitting down. Without physical activity to balance out the pressure of constant sitting, problems like herniated discs are more likely to occur.

    Aging Population

    Back pain becomes more frequent in the aging process as the bones become more brittle and the muscles lose their strength. With more and more baby boomers approaching retirement age, the population of seniors in the U.S. is growing, leading to higher rates of back pain.

    High-Stress Lifestyles

    Many Americans report stress as a significant concern in their lives, and mental stress can take a heavy toll on your physical well-being. If you are under high stress at home or at work, you may be more likely to suffer physical pain due to tension that builds up in the back and neck. Stress can also cause you to develop poor habits like undereating or cigarette smoking, which can further increase your pain and discomfort.

    With the FLEX Program at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, you can find surgical and conservative spine care backed by the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval. To locate a physician within our orthopedic program, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5300, or visit us on our website .

  • How to and Why Become and Organ Donor


    At any given time, there are more than 120,000 people on the national waiting list of organ recipients in the United States. These individuals are given great hope and potentially lifesaving treatment through transplants from organ donors , but there are simply not enough donors to keep up with the growing list of recipients in waiting. If you are considering changing someone’s life by becoming an organ donor, keep reading to discover how you can sign up and the profound difference you may make as a donor.

    Joining the donor registry

    There are currently about 120 million Americans who have signed up to become organ donors, and you can do the same easily by joining the Nevada state donor registry. Almost anyone over the age of 18 can donate organs by enrolling in the registry , though children and teens may become donors too with parental consent. Even if you have a medical condition or you think you are too old to become a donor, you should not rule yourself out and consider the many benefits of donation.

    Saving and improving lives

    Each day, there are about 79 people who receive lifesaving organ transplants. Even more patients benefit from corneal and other tissue transplants, which may be necessary following spinal injuries, vision loss, or severe trauma. If you are an organ donor, you have the potential to leave a legacy of eight lives saved following your death.

    Meeting a constantly growing need

    Though every donor does have the potential to save many lives, there are still more people waiting for organs than there are available donors. About 21 people die each day waiting on organ transplants, because the national waiting list continues to grow much more rapidly than the registry of organ donors.

    For more information about organ donation, call Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center at (702) 233-5300. You might also consider volunteer opportunities with our hospital to continue making a difference in your community by promoting the highest quality of care available in Southern Nevada.