• Is it too hot to exercise outside?

    If you love outdoor workouts, then you know exercising can be more challenging during the summer months. Unfortunately, high temperatures put you at risk for dangerous heat-related illnesses that require emergency care . The good news is that you don’t have to say goodbye to your favorite outdoor exercise sessions until the winter. By taking some proactive steps to protect yourself, you can still be active outside during the summer months. Keep this advice in mind.

    Check with your physician
    If you have chronic health conditions such as diabetes or heart disease, ask your physician before you begin exercising outdoors on hot days. Some medications can intensify the way your body responds to heat, including:

    • Ace inhibitors
    • Ace receptor blockers
    • Calcium channel blockers
    • Diuretics
    • Beta blockers

    Drink up
    Hydration is critical when you’re being active outside. Drink some water before your workout, take breaks while exercising to drink, and replenish your fluids after your workout with water or a sports drink. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty—if you’re thirsty, then you’re already dehydrated.

    You can also increase your intake of foods with high water contents during the summer, including:

    • Cucumbers
    • Watermelon
    • Celery

    Hydration is an important ingredient in avoiding heat-related illnesses, so listen to your body. If you feel thirst or have other symptoms of dehydration, such as dizziness, muscle cramps, and fatigue, stop your workout and try again another day.

    Pick the perfect time
    During summer, the hottest time of the deal is usually between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Schedule your workouts for early in the morning and late in the afternoon or evening, when the temperature and humidity is usually lower.

    Don’t forget to give yourself time to adjust to the temperatures. It can take up to two weeks for your body to get used to the heat, so go slowly and lower the intensity of your workout out until your body can handle it.

    If you’re working out outside and experience symptoms of a heat-related illness, seek emergency care at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center right away. We offer the urgent care you need in Las Vegas when a medical crisis occurs any time, day or night. You can learn more about all of our hospital services or request a physician referral by calling (702) 233-5300.

  • Why adults need immunizations too

    Vaccines are strongly associated with childhood and adolescence, but serious diseases can affect people of any age. In fact, some of the shots given during childhood can lose their effectiveness over time, making adults susceptible to serious illnesses like whooping cough. It can be confusing for adults to keep track of their immunization records and vaccine recommendations, but the healthcare providers at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center are here to help with personalized medical guidance.

    Some vaccines lose effectiveness over time
    Certain shots, such as the polio vaccine, confer lifelong immunity from the disease. But others lose their effectiveness over time. This is why kids and adults should get booster shots at recommended intervals.

    One example is pertussis, or whooping cough. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that women get a booster shot of TDaP at each pregnancy .

    Some vaccines are solely intended for older adults
    The shingles vaccine is only recommended for adults ages 60 and older. Shingles is caused by the herpes zoster virus, which is the same one that causes chickenpox. Regardless of whether a person did or didn’t get chickenpox as a child, the shingles vaccine is still recommended.

    This shot protects adults from the painful rash of shingles, and from its potential complications. Shingles can cause post-herpetic neuralgia, which can result in debilitating pain that lingers for weeks or months. Occasionally, shingles can cause vision loss, hearing loss and brain inflammation.

    Some older adults might have missed getting vaccines in childhood
    Over the years, researchers have introduced newly developed vaccines to the public. This means that people who were born before the vaccines were available, or before the vaccines were routinely recommended, might not have been protected with them.

    It’s still possible to contract these serious diseases later in life. Older adults may need to contact their past and current healthcare providers to find their complete immunization records.

    At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center , your health is our highest priority. Our physicians and nurses are strong advocates for preventive medicine, including vaccines, because healthy families strengthen our Las Vegas community. You can call a trusted member of our nursing staff at (702) 233-5300.

  • Why do your heels hurt?

    If you’re suffering from heel pain, it is important to get an accurate diagnosis so that the appropriate treatment can begin. For severe heel pain after an injury, seek emergency care to determine if you could have a broken bone. For chronic pain, request a physician referral to an orthopedic specialist , who can determine the cause of your discomfort. Here is a look at some of the most common causes of heel pain.

    Plantar fasciitis
    Plantar fasciitis refers to inflammation of the plantar fascia, a ligament that runs from your heel bone to your toes. As stated in the video, this is the most common cause of foot pain. It generally appears in middle-aged people, but young people can develop it as well, particularly if they spend a lot of time on their feet.

    The symptoms you may experience with plantar fasciitis include:

    • Pain that is worse when you get out of bed and improves when you take a few steps
    • Pain that gets worse as the day goes on
    • Pain that intensifies when you climb stairs or stand for an extended period

    Tarsal tunnel syndrome
    Tarsal tunnel syndrome is similar to carpal tunnel syndrome, except it affects your heel and ankle instead of your wrist. With this condition, the tarsal nerve that runs down the back of your leg into your ankle gets entrapped or pinched. This may occur after you injure your ankle or as the result of tendon inflammation or a mast or cyst in the ankle.

    With tarsal tunnel syndrome, you may experience:

    • Numbness and tingling in the foot sole or arch
    • Pain in your heel and ankle
    • Weakness in your heel and ankle

    Bursitis
    Bursitis occurs when the bursae that cushion the bones and tendons around joints become inflamed. It can be caused by repetitive motions as well as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and an infection.

    If you have bursitis, you will have:

    • Pain that gets worse when you put pressure on your heel
    • Swelling and redness in your heel

    Visit Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center for emergency care for an acute heel injury to prevent exacerbating the condition. You can also contact us for a physician referral in Las Vegas to a provider who is part of our health care system. Call us at (702) 233-5300 to learn more.

  • Breastfeeding basics for new moms

    Ideally, new mothers can breastfeed within the first hour of delivery. Some doctors call this the “golden hour.” The immediate skin-to-skin contact after birth helps babies regulate their breathing and body temperature, improves the chances of successfully breastfeeding and eases the delivery of the placenta. Expecting mothers who choose to deliver at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center appreciate our family-centered, sensitive approach to maternity care.

    Feeding cues
    Babies need to eat whenever they become hungry. For newborns, on-demand feeding occurs about every two to three hours, or eight to 12 times within a 24-hour period. Nursing mothers of newborns often place a bassinet by their own bed to make nighttime feedings easier—babies should never be put to sleep with their parents in the family bed.

    Infants tell their parents that it’s time to eat with the following feeding cues:

    • Covering the mouth with a hand
    • Making sucking sounds or mouth movements
    • Turning toward something that strokes the baby’s cheek or mouth (rooting)

    Babies should be fed before they start to cry.

    Breastfeeding duration
    Infants should nurse until they stop on their own. After burping the baby, the mother can offer the other breast. When a baby starts with the left breast at one feeding, he or she should start with the right breast at the next feeding, and vice versa.

    Doctors recommend breastfeeding exclusively for six months before gradually introducing solid foods. Mothers can nurse for as long as they and their babies wish. If a baby weans off breastfeeding before 12 months, he or she should receive formula instead of regular milk until the first birthday.

    Proper latching
    Getting a proper latch can take practice. If nursing is painful, there’s a good chance the latch isn’t quite right. Gently sliding a finger into the corner of the baby’s mouth breaks the seal and lets moms try for a better latch.

    Here are the steps for getting a good latch :

    • Bring the baby to the breast, instead of leaning forward toward the baby
    • Hold the breast from both sides, but keep the fingers away from the nipple
    • Aim the nipple at the baby’s nose or upper lip
    • Get as much of the areola as possible in the baby’s mouth
    • Check that the baby has “fish lips” and the baby’s chin is at the lower part of the breast

    Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is a widely recognized leader in family-centered maternity care. Everything we do serves the best interests of our patients—from our Level III NICU to our compassionate breastfeeding support services. Call (702) 233-5300 to request a physician referral at our hospital in Las Vegas.

  • Protect your eyes from the harsh summer sun

    UV radiation from the sun isn’t just a danger for your skin. Your eyes can also be damaged by UV rays, and the more they are exposed, the more damage is likely to be done. Even short periods of sun exposure can cause a condition called photokeratitis, which is similar to a sunburn. Over time, sun exposure is linked to macular degeneration, cataracts, and even cancer of the eye. See a physician if you are experiencing any signs of problems with your eyes so that you can receive treatment that could prevent further damage. Take these steps to protect your eyes from sun-related damage.

    Wear protective sunglasses
    Sunglasses are more than a fashion statement—they are actually an important part of preventing eye damage. However, to get the protective benefits , you have to choose the right kinds of sunglasses. Be sure your glasses:

    • Block 99-100% of UVA and UVB rays
    • Block 75-90% of visible light
    • Have lenses that are all one color and don’t have distortion
    • Have lenses that are gray so that you can recognize colors

    If you wear glasses for vision, talk to your physician about prescription sunglass lenses. If you work outside or otherwise spend a great deal of time outdoors, you may benefit from wrap-around lenses.

    Have regular eye exams
    If you do have sun damage to your eyes, getting treatment can help to prevent it from worsening. See your physician for regular eye exams, so he or she can diagnose any sun-related eye conditions you may have, often before they even cause symptoms.

    Your physician can also help you understand your risk of sun-related eye damage. For instance, if you work outside or have a pre-existing eye condition, your eyes may be more vulnerable to damage and you may need to take additional steps to protect them.

    Are you behind on your eye exams? Contact Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center for a physician referral in Las Vegas to a provider who can help you manage your eye health. Call us today at (702) 233-5300 to request a referral.

  • How trauma and the ER are different

    Emergency care and trauma care are similar in some ways. They both involve the rapid delivery of life-saving medical interventions, and neither department in a hospital requires an appointment. Beyond these similarities, the differences are striking. At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, we believe our patients in the Las Vegas community deserve superior care for the best possible outcome. We’re pleased to offer both trauma care and emergency care.

    ER: Conditions treated
    Emergency Rooms are equipped to handle both life-threatening and non-life-threatening medical emergencies. Patients may be taken to the ER via an ambulance, or a family member might drive them there. ER physicians and nurses commonly treat the following medical emergencies:

    • Broken bones
    • Severe respiratory infections
    • Heart attacks
    • Stroke
    • Severe abdominal pain
    • Dehydration
    • Psychiatric emergencies

    Some patients who arrive at the ER receive immediate evaluation and treatment, such as those who have signs of a stroke or heart attack. Others, such as those with minor infections or ankle sprains, wait for care while emergent patients are being seen.

    Trauma Center: Conditions treated
    In contrast to ERs, Trauma Centers only treat patients who require immediate stabilization and treatment for life-threatening injuries. Because of the nature of their injuries, trauma patients are almost always taken to the hospital in an ambulance or medevac helicopter.

    Patients treated at the Trauma Center may have the following injuries:

    • Gunshot wounds
    • Stab wounds
    • Car crash injuries
    • Traumatic fall injuries
    • Traumatic brain injuries
    • Blunt-force trauma
    • Major burn injuries
    • Traumatic loss of body parts

    These are all severe, traumatic injuries, in contrast to the conditions treated at an ER, which include infections and cardiovascular events.

    ER and Trauma Center healthcare providers
    Emergency Rooms are staffed by emergency medicine physicians, who may be board certified. Physician assistants and ER nurses, including triage nurses, also assist patients in the ER. Other specialists may be available, such as pediatric ER doctors.

    When you watch this featured video, you’ll hear a surgeon discuss the healthcare providers available at Trauma Centers. These include:

    • Trauma surgeons
    • Registered nurses
    • Clinical nurse specialists
    • Dietitians
    • Pharmacists
    • Chaplain
    • Case and social workers
    • Anesthesiologists
    • Respiratory therapists

    Other specialists may be available, such as neurosurgeons, orthopedic specialists and pediatric specialists.

    Please call 911 without delay if you or someone else is experiencing a medical emergency. Otherwise, you can get in touch with a registered nurse at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center by calling (702) 233-5300. Our healthcare providers in Las Vegas have made it their life’s work to deliver the high-caliber quality of care that saves lives and helps patients achieve the best possible outcome.

  • Fun ways to work out with the family at your local park

    One of the best things you can do for your kids’ health —and your own—is to exercise together as a family. When working out is a family activity, you show your kids the importance of physical activity, and you also make it more fun. You don’t have to join a gym or pay for expensive workout equipment, either. A family trip to the park is all you need to get a great workout together. As long as everyone has been cleared by his or her physician and you know where to go if anyone needs emergency care, then you’re ready to try these activities with your family.

    Hit the playground
    The playground in the park is fun for everything, and it can give you a good physical workout. Do these activities in the playground to stay fit:

    • Climb across the monkey bars or use them for pull-ups
    • Climb up the fireman pole
    • Pump your legs to see who can swing the highest
    • Take turns pushing each other on the swing to give your arms a workout

    If you have the space to yourself, you can also set up a timed obstacle course using the playground equipment.

    Take a stroll
    Enjoy the scenery of the park and your family’s company as you take a brisk walk around the perimeter of the park. Find out how long the walking path is and do a few laps to work up to the distance you want. Simply walking for 30 minutes can also be great exercise.

    If you have a family of runners, you can jog the path. You can also have sprint competitions as you make your way around.

    Use the benches
    Benches are great for taking a break or sitting and enjoying some downtime after your workout, but they also double as exercise equipment. Use the benches to have modified push-up challenges, or step one leg up at a time onto the bench to do tap-ups.

    Just 30 minutes of exercise per day can help your family reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke , and type 2 diabetes. At Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, we’re your partner in good health, with comprehensive physician care, emergency care, and inpatient services. Get answers to your questions about our hospital by calling (702) 233-5300.

  • What is mitral regurgitation?

    Mitral valve regurgitation is a heart condition that affects the flow of blood through the chambers of the heart. Any sort of cardiac problem can be frightening. At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, we’re empowering heart care patients to live life well by making informed decisions for their healthcare. The cardiologists at our Heart Center, including the one featured in the accompanying video, put our patients first.

    Understanding mitral valve regurgitation
    To fully understand mitral regurgitation and why it’s problematic, it’s helpful to know how blood flows through the heart.

    1. Blood goes through the right side of the heart
    2. Blood enters the lungs
    3. The lungs oxygenate the blood
    4. Blood re-enters the heart at its left side
    5. The heart pumps oxygen-rich blood out to the body

    Blood flows properly because of the four heart valves, which open and close to keep blood moving in the right direction . The valves also prevent the backflow or regurgitation of blood.

    The mitral valve opens to let blood pass from the left atrium to the left ventricle. Then, it closes to prevent that blood from flowing backward. When this valve doesn’t close well, the patient has mitral valve regurgitation, also called a leaky valve.

    Identifying the signs and symptoms of leaky valves
    It’s possible to have mild mitral regurgitation that doesn’t cause symptoms. When this heart problem does cause symptoms, patients may notice the following:

    • Heart palpitations, especially when lying on the left side
    • Chronic fatigue
    • Swelling of the feet or ankles
    • Shortness of breath
    • Lightheadedness

    Some patients with mitral regurgitation have co-existing cardiovascular problems, including the following:

    • Heart failure
    • Atrial fibrillation
    • Mitral valve prolapse
    • Pulmonary hypertension

    Undergoing treatment for mitral regurgitation
    Each heart patient’s treatment plan is personalized to meet his or her needs. Mitral regurgitation treatment may include any of these:

    • Watchful waiting/ongoing evaluations
    • Heart-healthy lifestyle
    • Treatment of underlying problems
    • Surgical valve repair
    • Surgical valve replacement

    Heart Center at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is pleased to offer our comprehensive Valve Program to patients in the Las Vegas area. Our state-of-the-art heart hospital was the first in the state to perform TAVR—an advanced surgical technique to replace failing mitral valves. A registered nurse is available at (702) 233-5300 to provide physician referrals.