• How does childhood obesity affect future heart disease risk?

    As a leading cause of death in the United States, heart disease has the potential to directly or indirectly affect your family. Assessing the risk of heart disease in your family can help influence healthy lifestyle changes. It’s well-established that older adults have a higher likelihood of developing heart disease. But increasingly, heart care specialists are finding evidence to suggest that childhood obesity increases the risk of heart disease later in life. At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, the health of the next generation is of the highest importance to us. Our Heart Center provides cutting-edge treatments, but we emphasize the value of preventive medicine.

    The impact of childhood habits
    It’s always possible for a person to change his or her lifestyle habits. However, the longer a person sticks to a habit, the harder it is to break.

    Children with poor dietary habits are more likely to become obese, and they may continue this harmful pattern of eating into adulthood. Coupled with physical inactivity and obesity, the lack of proper nutrition throughout life can raise the risk of heart trouble .

    The risks of high blood pressure
    Research indicates that, as childhood obesity rates rise, so too do rates of high blood pressure in younger people. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is known as the “silent killer.”

    It doesn’t cause symptoms, and problems from hypertension can take years to develop, but the complications can prove fatal later in life. Uncontrolled high blood pressure increases the likelihood of life-threatening problems like heart attack, heart failure and aneurysms.

    The development of insulin resistance
    Children who are obese may be more likely to develop insulin resistance over time. Eventually, this may develop into type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is known to be a significant risk factor for heart disease.

    As a leader in family-centered healthcare in Las Vegas, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center attracts top doctors and specialists who genuinely care about our patients. Heart care and surgical weight loss are just two of the specialized services you’ll find here. Call a registered nurse at (702) 233-5300 to request a referral to a physician.

  • Taking stock of your food safety habits

    The food supply in the U.S. is far safer than in most countries, but millions of Americans still develop foodborne illnesses each year. Thousands require emergency care and hospitalization for severe cases of food poisoning, and some cases prove fatal. Foodborne illnesses can certainly be serious, but the good news is that they are often preventable. Here at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, we understand how uncomfortable food poisoning can be. Our emergency care team is committed to giving you the superior care you need to feel well again.

    Start with clean hands
    Handwashing is a simple, yet effective way to curb cases of foodborne illnesses. Slapping on some soap and rinsing off quickly, however, won’t remove germs well. Instead, use these hand-washing tips:

    • Use running water and plenty of soap
    • Scrub your hands well for at least 20 seconds
    • Scrub under the fingernails, between the fingers and up to the wrists
    • Dry your hands with a clean towel

    Wash your hands before preparing meals and eating, and immediately after handling any raw meat, poultry or seafood.

    Keep raw and cooked foods separate
    Raw food like chicken and beef can easily contaminate cooked dishes and raw produce. Keep foods separate to prevent cross-contamination, and use separate kitchen utensils for these items.

    For example, do not use the same cutting board for vegetables that you use for meat. Place cooked food on a clean platter, instead of using the same platter that held raw food.

    Use a meat thermometer
    Cooking foods to the proper internal temperature is essential for killing off micro-organisms inside the food. Print out a chart of safe internal food temperatures , and keep it posted on your fridge for easy reference. A meat thermometer is the only effective way to determine whether food is fully cooked and safe to eat.

    The Emergency Room at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is open 24/7, 365 days per year to save the lives of our neighbors throughout the Las Vegas community. True medical emergencies should be directed to a 911 dispatcher, but you can speak with a registered nurse at (702) 233-5300 if you have general questions. Our free nurse line can also connect you with a physician referral.

  • Early signs of prostate cancer to know

    Prostate cancer is among the most common types of cancer diagnosed in men, second only to skin cancer. A diagnosis of any type of cancer is emotionally devastating, but it may comfort you to know that the prognosis for men with prostate cancer is generally favorable. In most cases, the cancer grows very slowly. Early detection of prostate cancer is still crucial, however, as some types do grow more aggressively. For all of your questions and concerns about prostate cancer, you can rely on the Cancer Care team at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center .

    Prostate cancer symptoms
    Every man should be alert to unusual changes in health, as they can sometimes indicate an underlying problem that needs treatment. Prostate cancer often doesn’t result in noticeable symptoms in its early stages. Consider talking to your primary care physician about whether you should have health screenings, which check for potential problems in the absence of symptoms.

    Urinary changes
    The primary indicators of prostate cancer are urinary changes. Men may notice any of the following:

    • Pain or burning sensations during urination
    • Frequent urges to urinate, especially at night
    • Decreased urinary flow or velocity
    • Difficulty urinating
    • Problems starting and maintaining the urinary flow
    • Blood in the urine
    • Loss of bladder control
    • Feeling unable to completely empty the bladder

    Sexual health issues
    Some men with prostate cancer may experience sexual health problems. These can include bloody semen and pain while ejaculating. Erectile dysfunction can also occur, which refers to problems getting or maintaining an erection.

    It’s important to note that erectile dysfunction, and other possible symptoms of prostate cancer, can also have many other potential causes. Your doctor can perform a full evaluation and recommend medical tests as needed to determine what the source of these problems are.

    Cancer Care at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of genuinely compassionate specialists who care about our patients’ quality of life. If you’re receiving treatment from Cancer Care in Las Vegas, you’ll have access to the latest, state-of-the-art therapies, our Patient Navigator, and exceptional patient amenities in our dedicated oncology unit. Request a physician referral by calling (702) 233-5300.

  • What is asthma treatment like at the ER?

    The goal of asthma treatment is to avoid asthma attacks . The airways are chronically inflamed in people with asthma. An asthma attack occurs when the airway becomes narrower than usual, causing severe breathing problems. With the superior care you’ll receive at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, you’ll know how to avoid your asthma triggers and use your medications properly. But if you ever do require emergency care for an asthma attack, we’re always here to help.

    Know when to go to the ER
    When you watch this featured video, you’ll hear from one of the highly skilled emergency medicine physicians at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. He recommends seeking emergency care if you suffer an asthma attack and don’t have a rescue inhaler. You should also go to the ER if you must use your rescue inhaler more than three times in one hour, without relief of your symptoms.

    Receive fast-acting medications
    The emergency care team will need to know about all of the medications you’ve already taken. It’s likely that you’ll be asked to use a nebulizer. This machine turns fast-acting asthma medicines into a mist that you can easily inhale.

    Sometimes, the doctor will recommend corticosteroids. If you’re able to swallow, you can take this medicine by mouth. Otherwise, you’ll receive it intravenously.

    Stay on oxygen therapy
    Severe asthma attacks may require oxygen therapy. Oxygen therapy will keep air flowing into your lungs while the medications work to get the episode under control.

    Be admitted to the hospital
    If your symptoms subside, you’ll likely be monitored for a few hours before being discharged. Persistent symptoms may require hospital admittance. Very severe asthma attacks might lead to a stay in the intensive care unit.

    At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, we understand that it can be frightening to be rushed to our ER with a serious medical problem. Our entire team—from our emergency care physicians to our Guest Services Department—continually strives to deliver healthcare excellence within a comforting setting. Call 911 for emergency help, or chat with a registered nurse at (702) 233-5300 for non-emergent questions.