• Important differences between heart attack and cardiac arrest

    Heart crises are among the most common reasons people seek emergency care. However, not all heart emergencies are the same. Many people use the terms heart attack and cardiac arrest interchangeably, however, they are very different. If you go to the hospital for heart care, the treatment you get will be determined by the specific kind of crisis you are having. Here is a look at how these heart conditions differ.

Heart attack
A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is blocked because of a blockage in an artery. When this occurs, the oxygenated blood can’t reach the part of the heart that is served by that artery. If blood flow is not restored, that part of the heart will die. The damage will continue to spread through the heart until blood flow is restored. However, the heart does not usually stop beating.

Symptoms of a heart attack include:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue

Cardiac arrest
Cardiac arrest is caused by an electrical problem in the heart that causes the heart beat to become irregular. When this happens, blood flow to the brain, lungs, and other parts of the body is stopped completely.

Cardiac arrest occurs very suddenly, usually without any warning signs at all. Almost instantly, the person experiencing cardiac arrest will lose consciousness. It is extremely important for a person suffering from cardiac arrest to get care immediately, or loss of life can occur.

Are they related?
Having a heart attack in the past can increase the risk for cardiac arrest. Some people also experience cardiac arrest in the course of a heart attack. In both cases, having heart health issues can increase the risk of experiencing a heart attack or cardiac arrest.

Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center provides emergency care around the clock to help people with heart health conditions care the urgent care they need fast. Find out more about our emergency room and cardiac care services by calling (702) 233-5300.

  • Should teens be screened for depression?

    Depression is extremely common during adolescence, but many teens don’t display any symptoms, so their illness goes unnoticed. Sometimes, the first time that parents find out that their teens are depressed is when they need emergency care after harming themselves. For these reasons, many physicians recommend that teens be screened for depression as part of their regular preventive care checkups.

  • Depression symptoms in teens
    Mood swings are part of life during adolescence, so parents frequently overlook the signs of depression because they assume that their teen is just being a teen. Some common symptoms of depression in teens are:

    • Prolonged periods of sadness and irritability
    • Withdrawal from normal activities
    • Changes in sleep habits
    • Changes in eating habits
    • Drug or alcohol use
    • Unexplained aches and pains
    • Preoccupation with death or suicide

    If you recognize these symptoms in your teen, consider making an appointment with a pediatric physician for a depression screening.

    Screening basics
    A depression screening consists of a conversation between your teen and their physician. The physician will ask questions about your teen’s feelings, energy levels, ability to pay attention at school, and eating habits.

    The physician may ask other questions as well, depending on the answers your teen gives. During this process, it may be helpful for your teen to speak to the physician alone, so they feel comfortable giving honest answers.

    Treatment Options
    There are several treatments available for teens who have depression symptoms. Your teen’s physician will work with you and your teen to find a treatment plan that feels right to everyone.

    Some of the treatments for depression in teens include therapy and medications, as well as testing and treatment for any underlying medical conditions that are contributing to his or symptoms.

    Are you concerned about your teen’s symptoms and want to find a physician who can help? Contact Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and request a physician referral in Las Vegas to a specialist who can help. Contact us today by calling (702) 233-5300.

  • How do you perform a breast self-exam?

    An important part of finding breast cancer is in its early stages is performing breast self-exams. Self-exams can be easily performed at home and are instrumental in getting early treatment if you have breast cancer, which can be lifesaving. Performing self-exams is easy and only take a few minutes once per month. These tips will help.

    Pick a time
    Performing your breast self-exam on the same day every month is helpful. Because your breast tissue can become swollen and sore at different times per month, if you don’t follow a schedule for self-exams, it is more difficult to notice when a change could indicate breast cancer or is just a normal part of your cycle.

    As the video discusses, about 10 days after your period is usually a good time. If you do not menstruate, simply pick the same day every month. Writing it down on a calendar will help you to keep track.

    Perform a through exam
    Start your breast self-exam by visually inspecting your breasts. Look at them in the mirror with your arms by your side, and then raise your arms over your head to inspect them again. Look for puckered or bulging skin, inflammation, or changes in shape, size, or color.

    Next, lie down and using the tips of your fingers in a circular motion, examine the entire surface of both breasts. Pay attention to signs of hard, raisin-like lumps under the skin, or any changes in your breast from the previous month.

    Lastly, using the same circular motion, examine your breasts in the shower. Look for the same symptoms of lumps and changes.

    Call your physician if you notice a change
    Report any change in your breast tissue to your physician right away, but don’t panic. In most cases, these changes are not linked to any kind of problem. However, your physician will make sure, so in the case it is breast cancer, you can begin treatment right away.

    The Breast Center at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center offers diagnostic services, including mammograms, breast cancer treatments, and other breast health needs. Get a physician referral in Las Vegas to one of our breast specialists by calling (702) 233-5300.

  • Answers to Your Questions About Breast Cancer

    Finding out that you or someone you love has breast cancer is scary. There are so many questions you may have about the disease and the future, from what causes breast cancer in the first place to what treatment options are available. Your physician and multidisciplinary team of care providers will assist you every step of the way as you make decisions for you and your family. Here are the answers to questions that many people have after a breast cancer diagnosis.

    What causes breast cancer?
    There is no single cause for breast cancer, but there are some things that physicians believe could contribute to the disease in some cases. These include:

    • A family history of breast cancer
    • Age
    • Weight
    • Dense breast tissue

    Not everyone who has these risk factors will get breast cancer, and not everyone with breast cancer has these risk factors. Often, the cause of the disease is unknown.

    What kind of treatment will I need?
    There are many different treatments available for breast cancer, so the right one for you depends on multiple factors, including the stage of the disease, age, general health history, and preferences. Some of the treatments that are used for breast cancer include:

    • Chemotherapy
    • Surgery
    • Radiation

    Your physician will review the pros and cons of each treatment plan with you and help you understand what to expect in terms of side effects and other facets of the care you are receiving. Keep in mind that there are many healthcare providers who can help with issues such as side effects, financial concerns, and emotional support during treatment.

    Can breast cancer be prevented?
    It is not possible to completely prevent breast cancer, but there are things you can do to reduce your risk. Get mammograms to screen for breast cancer on a schedule recommended by your physician, and make sure your doctor knows if you have a history of breast cancer in your family. Maintain a healthy weight and avoid smoking or drinking excessively, which both contribute to multiple kinds of cancer.

    If you or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, The Breast Center and oncology team members are here to provide cutting-edge care in a compassionate environment. For a referral to a cancer specialist in Las Vegas, call (702) 233-5300.