• What’s a healthy weight for women?

    A woman’s weight can influence her risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and even breast cancer. It can also influence her quality of life and her socio-emotional health. But weight is just one number, and it can mean different things for different women. At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, our physicians are genuinely caring individuals who will work closely with you to help you achieve your health goals. Your plan for success may include a consultation with one of our highly trained bariatric surgeons.

    Figuring out your body mass index

    When you watch the accompanying video, you’ll hear from a bariatric surgeon at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center as he explains the criteria for determining whether someone is a good candidate for weight loss surgery.

    The bariatric doctor will first determine your body mass index. Your BMI is a calculation that compares your height to your weight. You can also use an online BMI calculator to figure out your number.

    Evaluating your body mass index

    You can compare your BMI to the ranges below.

    • Below 18.5: Underweight
    • 18.5 to 24.9: Normal weight
    • 25 to 29.9: Overweight
    • 30 and above: Obese

    If your BMI indicates that you have obesity, you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery, assuming that you’ve already tried multiple times to lose weight through diet and exercise. If your BMI indicates that you are overweight, consider speaking with your doctor about your lifestyle choices and medical conditions.

    Understanding the limitations of the BMI chart

    It’s important to keep in mind that your BMI is just one number. Your physician will take a “big picture” approach to your health by evaluating all of your vital statistics and your full health history. If you’re a muscle-bound athlete, then you could have a high BMI without being considered overweight or obese.

    Identifying your health risks

    Based on your BMI and other health numbers, your doctor can identify your health risks. If you are overweight or obese, and especially if you have other risk factors like a family history of certain diseases, then there may be an elevated risk of:

    • High cholesterol
    • High blood pressure
    • Heart disease
    • Stroke
    • Diabetes

    Knowing your numbers is one way you can become an informed and empowered patient. Self-knowledge can help you make proactive choices that improve your overall health and quality of life.

    Partner with a physician at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center to work toward your health goals. Our modern medical facility in Las Vegas offers family medicine and specialty services, like bariatrics. You can request a physician referral by calling (702) 233-5300.

  • Answers to your questions about hepatitis

    Your liver is a large, solid organ that produces bile for digestion, supports metabolism and filters toxins out of the bloodstream. One of the diseases that can affect the liver is viral hepatitis . Some patients develop mild hepatitis, but it’s also possible for this disease to lead to life-threatening complications. The U.S. recognizes May as Hepatitis Awareness Month. Consider talking to a doctor at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center about whether you should get tested for hepatitis.

    What are the types of hepatitis?
    Hepatitis is caused by a group of viruses, known as the hepatitis A, B, C, D and E viruses.

    • Hepatitis A: Usually spread by exposure to infected fecal matter or by anal sex with an infected partner. This type is usually mild and often resolves by itself within two months.
    • Hepatitis B: Spread by exposure to infected bodily fluids, including saliva, semen and vaginal fluids. It can also be spread during childbirth, while sharing needles or while sharing contaminated personal hygiene items.
    • Hepatitis C: Usually spread by contact with infected blood. It may require treatment to prevent complications.
    • Hepatitis D: Only develops in people with hepatitis B. It spreads through exposure to infected blood and via unprotected sex.
    • Hepatitis E: Not usually found in the U.S., but may affect international travelers. It spreads through contact with infected fecal matter.

    Can hepatitis lead to other complications?
    It’s possible for viral hepatitis to lead to long-term complications, but this depends on the specific virus. Hepatitis A doesn’t lead to chronic liver disease, but B and C might. Some patients may develop the following:

    • Liver fibrosis (scarring)
    • Liver cirrhosis (serious scarring)
    • Liver cancer

    Should I get tested for hepatitis?
    Only your doctor can determine if hepatitis testing is right for you . In general, screenings are recommended for:

    • Expecting mothers
    • Childcare workers
    • People in close contact with infected patients
    • People with multiple sexual partners
    • Those who use injected drugs
    • People with tattoos
    • Those with jobs that require close contact with bodily fluids
    • Certain international travelers

    At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center , we’ve built a tradition of caring for our patients as if they were our own family. Residents of Las Vegas receive world-class care at our Digestive Health Institute and its Centers for Liver, Pancreas and Bile Duct. Call (702) 233-5300, and a friendly member of our nursing staff can provide a physician referral.

  • Is pregnancy possible for stroke survivors?

    Stroke care teams primarily treat older adults who suffer this life-threatening condition. However, stroke can also affect younger individuals in their 20s and 30s. At any age, stroke can cause long-term health complications, such as muscle weakness and paralysis. It can also affect the health of an expecting mother and her unborn child. Pregnancy is indeed possible for stroke survivors, but there are risks women should be aware of. For patient-centered health guidance, couples in the Las Vegas area can turn to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.

    Understanding the risks of post-stroke pregnancy
    Stroke survivors are cautioned to closely follow a doctor-developed rehabilitation program to reduce the risk of a recurrent stroke. This is because stroke survivors are at a higher risk of suffering another one of these life-threatening events. For women who are pregnant, the risk increases further due to pregnancy-related complications, such as:

    • Gestational hypertension
    • Gestational diabetes
    • Bleeding after childbirth

    In addition, survivors of stroke may be more likely to suffer a miscarriage.

    Planning for a healthy pregnancy
    Despite the risks, it’s still possible to have a healthy pregnancy . Women who desire pregnancy are strongly encouraged to speak with a physician about their health history during a preconception exam. The obstetrician may recommend consulting a neurologist and possibly a cardiologist, depending on the cause of the stroke.

    Prior to trying for pregnancy, the patient’s lifestyle habits will be evaluated. All stroke survivors, especially women who desire children, are encouraged to make healthy lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of complications during pregnancy. These may include following a low-sodium diet and maintaining a healthy weight.

    Exercise is also important for stroke survivors and women who wish to become pregnant. However, a physician should be consulted to make sure it’s safe for the patient to exercise. It’s possible that the expecting mother will need to go on modified bed rest at some point during the pregnancy to manage troubling conditions.

    For superior care at all of life’s stages, your family can trust Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center . Our hospital in Las Vegas attracts highly trained physicians for our maternity and stroke care teams. Call our 24/7 nurse referral line at (702) 233-5300.

  • Why is asthma so common in Las Vegas children?

    Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that commonly affects children. Parents in Las Vegas should be on the lookout for potential signs of asthma in their kids, as Nevada’s asthma rates are higher than the national average. Children suspected of having an asthma attack can be brought to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center for compassionate emergency care.

    Tobacco usage
    Arsenic, formaldehyde and cyanide are just a few of the poisons found in tobacco smoke. These poisons are toxic to the smoker, the smoker’s family and everyone else who is exposed to secondhand and thirdhand smoke (residue). Physicians know that children of smokers are more likely to cough and wheeze more frequently than children of non-smokers.

    Nevada is home to a disproportionately large number of smokers, which is thought to be one reason why children in the Las Vegas area are so severely affected by asthma. There is insufficient scientific evidence to prove that smoking causes asthma.

    However, scientific evidence does indicate that asthmatic children who are exposed to secondhand smoke have more frequent and more severe asthma attacks. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America , more than 40 percent of all children who require emergency care for asthma attacks have a parent or other household member who smokes.

    Environmental factors
    In addition to tobacco smoke, some environmental factors can increase the risk of an asthma attack.

    Children in Nevada live in a very dry, dusty region. Nevada is also known for its extremely strong winds, which blow around pollen and other particulate matter. Those who have asthma have a more difficult time coping with these climate conditions, and can be more likely to suffer frequent asthma attacks.

    Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and our partner, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, are committed to providing families in Las Vegas superior medical services with a personalized, compassionate approach. We provide 24/7 emergency care , along with chronic disease management. Call 911 if your child is having a medical emergency, or call a registered nurse at (702) 233-5300 for general information about our healthcare services.