• Flu Basics for Older Adults

    For adults over 65, the flu can be a serious health risk. Between 80 and 90 percent of flu-related deaths occur in this age group, as well as 50 to 70 percent of flu-related hospitalizations. The flu is so dangerous to older adults because they are likely to have chronic medical conditions that can be exacerbated by the flu. Serious complications can lead to the need for emergency care as well as worsening of the existing condition. If you are over 65, talk to your doctor about what you can do to lessen your chances of getting the flu, and seek emergency care if you catch the virus and experience complications. Here is what you need to know about this common but dangerous infection.

    Flu Shots Are Essential

    If you are over 65, consider getting the shot as early in the season as possible. You can get it in your doctor’s offer or request a physician referral for an immunization. Walk-in vaccines are also available at many drug stores. If you are over 65 and have health conditions that make the flu especially dangerous, your physician may talk to you about the high dose flu vaccine. This vaccine has four times the antigen as the regular flu shot, which causes higher antibody production against the flu virus.

    Basic Health Protection Works

    Taking steps to prevent the spread of germs can lessen your chances of getting the flu. Wash your hands often, especially before eating, and try to avoid people who are sick. Living a healthy lifestyle will keep your immune system functioning at peak level. If you are sick, cover up when you cough and stay home from work.

    Emergency Care Is Crucial

    If you experience severe symptoms, get emergency care as soon as possible. Often, early treatment can ease the severity of complications and help you get better sooner.

    At Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center in Las Vegas, you’ll find emergency care ready to meet your needs around the clock. For help managing your flu risk, call us at (702) 233-5300 to request a physician referral.

  • When Should You Go to the Emergency Room for a Headache?

    It is not always easy to tell the difference between a standard headache and a medical emergency, especially if you suffer from frequent migraines. However, although headaches are common and usually can be treated at home, they can also be warnings of a medical crisis. Consider seeking emergency care if you experience a headache that occurs with any of these symptoms.

    You Have Severe Pain

    Many headaches can be intensely painful, but if your headache is more severe than you have ever experienced, you may need emergency care. Severe head pain can be the sign of an impending stroke or aneurysm, and urgent care is required to treat both of these conditions. Whether your headache started slowly and the pain has grown to unbearable levels or the headache hit you with explosive intensity, consider getting the cause diagnosed in the ER.

    You Have Vision or Speech Problems

    People with migraines sometimes experience visual anomalies called aura, but if you have a headache and have blurry vision or speech problems, it may be time for emergency care. Both of these symptoms can indicate a stroke, and when it comes to stroke care, timing is everything. Early emergency care can minimize brain damage and disability associated with strokes.

    You Have a Fever and Sore Neck

    Sometimes, a headache can be a symptom of meningitis. There are several types of meningitis, and while sometimes this spine infection clears up on its own, other cases can be life-threatening. A headache accompanied by a fever, stiff neck, or vomiting may be linked to meningitis, which requires emergency treatment.

    The ER at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center in Las Vegas offers comprehensive emergency care services 24-hours per day for patients of all ages. Find out how we can help you cope with medical emergencies or request a physician referral by calling (702) 233-5300.

  • How to Cope with Holiday Stress

    If you’re like many people, the happiness that comes with the holiday season is dimmed by the stress that also arrives at the same time each year. Although stress is a common part of the holiday reason, it doesn’t have to put a damper on your celebrations. If stress is persistent, talk to your physician or request a physician referral to a doctor who can provide strategies for coping with your anxiety. These tips will also help you release the burden of seasonal stress.

    Adjust Your Expectations

    It’s natural to want to give the people you love the best possible holiday experience, but there is no such thing as a perfect seasonal celebration. Instead of putting pressure on yourself to have the best decorations, food, gifts, and parties, focus on simply being together with the people you care about. If you are burdened by the size of your children’s’ wish list, for instance, talk to them about your family’s budget and help them learn a lesson about the true meaning of the holidays. When you relax and realize that perfect is unattainable, you will be better able to focus on making memories.

    Make Yourself a Priority

    Don’t put yourself last on your list this year. Take time to do things for yourself every day, whether it is a short walk or watching a favorite television show. When you take some downtime and recharge, you will be refreshed and able to accomplish the things you want to for other people. Don’t forget to say no to things that add an extra burden to your plate.

    Keep an Eye on Your Finances

    It’s easy for the cost of holidays to get out of control, which is a major source of holiday stress. Resist the urge to spend and worry about the consequences later. Instead, keep a close eye on your budget. You may feel relieved simply by knowing exactly where you stand.

    Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center is here to ensure your holidays are as safe and healthy as possible. From emergency care and stroke care to our heart hospital, we have the cutting-edged care your family needs year-round. Contact us when you need more information by calling (702) 233-5300.

  • Holiday Decorating Safety 101

    For many people, the holiday season doesn’t really begin until the decorations are up, but unfortunately, achieving the perfect holiday décor can also be dangerous. Don’t make a trip to the hospital for emergency care part of your seasonal traditions. Decorate safely with these tips.

    Tree Safety

    If you have an artificial tree, there is a good chance it is fire-resistant. Check the packaging to make sure yours has protection. If you get a real tree, make sure you choose one that is fresh and green. Dry trees are major fire hazards that lead to hundreds of fires each holiday season. Place your tree away from your fireplace, radiator, and other heat sources, which make trees dry out quicker. Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times to reduce dryness. If you’re not sure if your tree is too dry, try bouncing the base on the ground. If needles shower down, then choose another tree.

    Light Safety

    When you hang holiday lights, check each strand for signs of frayed wires or loose connections. If you see any signs of damage, don’t use them. When hanging outdoor lights, be sure they were designed for outdoor use, and fasten them securely. If you are using an extension cord, don’t plug more than three standard-sized light sets into a single cord. Turn off your lights any time you are not around, as any short could cause a fire.

    Candle Safety

    Candles should never be lit near any evergreen decorations, and should never be left unattended. Be sure that lit candles are kept away from paper decorations and wrapping paper and that they cannot be easily knocked over. Keep children away from candles, and make sure all candle bases are non-flammable.

    When disaster does strike during the holidays, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center is here to help with conscientious emergency care for all your decorating injuries. We also provide a physician referral service, stroke care, and a heart hospital in Las Vegas . To learn more about our comprehensive care services, please call (702) 233-5300.