• How exercise can help you manage unhealthy stress

    How exercise can help you manage unhealthy stress

    Because stress is unavoidable in life, most people don’t think of it as a medical emergency. However, chronic stress can lead to a long list of medical issues, including heart disease , stroke and depression. Fortunately, exercise can be an effective way to manage stress and reduce your risk of medical complications. Here is what you need to know.

    What are the effects of chronic stress?

    Chronic stress leaves your body suspended in a constant state of fight or flight. The surge in hormones associated with chronic stress has many effects. It can cause your heart to consistently beat harder than is healthy, leading to damage, heart disease and even a heart attack. It can also interfere with your ability to sleep, which can lead to weight gain, depression and an increased risk of accident injuries.

    Stress can also increase your appetite and trigger cravings for comfort foods as well as the desire to drink excessively, smoke and use drugs. These unhealthy habits can further exacerbate the effects of stress.

    How can exercise help?

    When you exercise, your brain releases chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins reduce both physical and emotional stress and create a feeling of relief. With the endorphins active in your brain, your stress levels will fall, which in turn reduces the risk of negative health impacts.

    Endorphins also help to battle insomnia, so you can get restorative sleep that will further help your stress levels. Although regular exercise is most beneficial for long-term stress management, as little as five minutes of exercise can help to reduce stress levels .

    Don’t let stress trigger dangerous health problems for you. If you’re living with chronic stress , contact Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center for a physician referral in Las Vegas. We can match you with a caring physician who can help you conquer stress and its side effects. To reach our hospital, please call (702) 233-5300.

  • Prevent injuries as you get active this spring

    When spring weather beckons you to get outside and get active, the last thing you want is a trip to the emergency room for treatment of an injury that could leave you sidelined until the fall. With just a few simple steps, you can keep injuries at bay while still enjoying the activities you love. Reduce your risk of a springtime sports injury with these tips.

    Warm up before you begin

    As Fred Redfern, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, discusses in this video, warming up before you begin any physical activity is crucial in preventing injuries.

    When you warm up, you stretch your muscles slowly and get your blood pumping so that it is not such a shock to your system when you begin more rigorous activity. If you fail to warm up and jump right into activity, you have a higher risk of pulling or tearing a muscle, tendon or ligament.

    Increase your conditioning slowly

    If you have spent most of the winter on the couch, don’t expect to jump into a physically demanding activity right away. Slowly increase your fitness levels as you start a new activity regime. If your physical conditioning is not advanced enough for the activity you’re attempting, your body may be too fatigued to maintain proper form, which could lead to an injury.

    Use the appropriate safety gear

    Never participate in any physical activity without the necessary safety gear. From helmets to face masks and shin guards, safety equipment protects you from broken bones, concussions, broken teeth and eye injuries, which all require emergency care. Make sure your safety gear fits you correctly, and replace it if it becomes worn or damaged.

    If an injury does occur, the emergency care team in Las Vegas at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center is on standby to provide urgent treatment so you can get back in the game fast. Learn more about our ER or get a referral to a physician by calling (702) 233-5300.

  • Teaching Your Child to Dial 9-1-1

    Every American adult knows that emergency care is just a phone call away, but what happens if the only adult in the area is incapacitated or a child is alone? It’s important that all children are taught the basics of handling emergency situations . The emergency care physicians at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center recommend that children be introduced to the concept of calling 911 as soon as they are developmentally able to understand it. For some children, this may be as early as three years of age, or as late as four or five.

    Recognizing Emergencies and Non-Emergencies

    Countless calls to 911 are for non-emergencies. You can begin teaching your child about handling emergencies by helping him or her to understand what constitutes an emergency. Lost toys and skinned knees are situations that call for a parent’s intervention, not emergency care. House fires, unconscious and non-responsive adults, drowning, severe bleeding, and choking are situations that require an emergency response. Be sure to tell your child that if he or she isn’t sure if something is an emergency, it’s best to call 911 just in case.

    Practicing Emergency Responses

    Discussing the act of dialing 911 isn’t always sufficient to empower children to act when necessary. Ask your child questions such as, “What should you do if you see a fire in the kitchen?” and “Is it an emergency if your sister won’t share her toy?” Then, practice dialing 911 using a toy phone or a disconnected landline phone. If your child is still working on number recognition, spell out 911 in large letters and post it by the phone.

    Identifying Age-Appropriate Skills

    Emergency care physicians can save lives, but sometimes children can, too. Depending on your child’s maturity level, you can teach him or her how to apply pressure to a bleeding wound and perform hands-only CPR. Let your child know that if someone is drowning, your child can throw that person a flotation device and call 911, but he or she should not go into the water. Elementary-age children can even be taught how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

    Emergency care physicians are available around the clock, every day of the year at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center . Families in the greater Las Vegas area have been placing their trust in our hospital for nearly 60 years. All medical emergencies should be directed to a 911 dispatcher, but non-emergent, general healthcare questions may be directed to a registered nurse at (702) 233-5300.

  • How Can Women Prevent Cancer?

    Cancer prevention is important for everyone, because anyone can be affected by it. For women who are busy juggling the demands of work and family, it’s often difficult to find the time to put their own health first, but leading a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of these deadly diseases. If you’re ready to focus on your wellness, consider speaking with a physician at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas. You can also watch this featured video to hear one of our OB/GYN specialists discuss the simple changes women can make to prevent cancer.

    Compelling evidence points to the importance of a physically active lifestyle for cancer prevention. Specifically, individuals who exercise regularly may be at a lower risk of breast, endometrial, and colon cancer. It’s thought that the benefits of exercise that directly contribute to lower cancer rates include better hormonal balance, weight maintenance, improved immune function, and reduced systemic inflammation.

    Avoid Tobacco
    Did you know that lung cancer is responsible for more cancer-related deaths among women than any other type? Smoking, secondhand smoke, and tobacco residue are the most common causes of lung cancer. It isn’t enough to avoid smoking yourself. It’s also necessary to ban everyone else from smoking in your home or vehicle.

    Limit Alcohol
    Excessive alcohol consumption has been linked to an increased risk of breast, esophageal, mouth, and colorectal cancers. More research is needed in this area, but it’s thought that one possible reason for the increased risk of breast cancer among heavy drinkers is the effect of alcohol on estrogen levels. Physicians generally recommend that women consume no more than one alcoholic beverage daily, if they drink at all.

    Beware of UV Light
    Skin cancer is an often-overlooked threat, but more American women are diagnosed with skin cancers than breast cancer. It only takes a few minutes to cover exposed skin with liberal amounts of sunscreen. Remember to bring a bottle of sunscreen with you and reapply it every couple of hours. Instead of tanning, consider using sunless tanning lotions.

    The oncologists at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center provide an unsurpassed level of patient care, including specialized cancer care for women in The Breast Center . At our hospital in Las Vegas, we firmly believe in the importance of prevention, which is why we offer genetic counseling and extensive patient education. You can request a physician referral by calling (702) 233-5300.