• Can you drink alcohol when you have IBS?

    A diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome can be difficult to adjust to. It’s a manageable medical condition, but there’s no cure, and so patients must commit to making permanent lifestyle changes. Patients at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center receive the full support of our multidisciplinary team, and specialized care is available at Digestive Health Institute.

    The problem with alcohol
    It’s not recommended that patients with IBS consume alcohol, as alcohol is known to exacerbate IBS symptoms. According to the National Institutes of Health , at least one research study demonstrated an increase in IBS symptoms reported the next day among patients who had consumed alcohol the previous evening. The most severe IBS symptoms followed binge drinking episodes.

    This particular study evaluated women between the ages of 18 and 48. It included study participants already diagnosed with IBS, as well as a healthy control population. The researchers identified binge drinking as consuming four or more beverages with alcohol during any given day.

    The IBS symptoms that can occur
    Alcohol is one of the possible triggers of IBS symptoms. Generally, patients experiencing a flare-up of IBS symptoms report:

    • Abdominal pain or cramps
    • Diarrhea
    • Constipation
    • Gas and bloating
    • Mucus in the stool
    • Feeling of an incomplete bowel movement
    • Loose stools

    The recommended dietary changes for IBS patients
    Avoiding alcoholic beverages is just one lifestyle change to make in order to successfully manage IBS symptoms. Patients are also advised to avoid or limit caffeine. Fruit juice, especially prune juice, is recommended for IBS patients with constipation.

    Some IBS patients get good results following a low FODMAP diet. This diet limits the intake of carbohydrates that the body has trouble digesting. Consult your doctor about trying an elimination diet to determine if FODMAPs are giving your GI tract trouble.

    FODMAPs are found in many foods, including:

    • Dairy products
    • High-fructose corn syrup
    • Wheat and rye
    • Cabbage
    • Cauliflower
    • Apples
    • Pears
    • Garlic
    • Onions
    • Mushrooms

    Digestive Health Institute at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center emphasizes the role of patient education in managing chronic digestive disorders like IBS. Our board-certified, fellowship-trained physicians are committed to providing the superior, patient-centered care you deserve. Call our hospital in Las Vegas at (702) 233-5300, and request a physician referral.

  • Do you need endometriosis treatment if you aren’t trying to conceive?

    Endometrial tissue normally lines the uterus. It’s called the endometrium. Each month, women who are still menstruating shed this lining. Some women have endometrial tissue that grows outside of the uterus. This condition, known as endometriosis , can be painful and it can interfere with fertility. Not every woman with endometriosis chooses treatment. This is a personal decision you can make with the guidance of your physician at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. Our women’s care specialists pride themselves on excellent patient education.

    Deciding to get treated
    Your physician will carefully evaluate your symptoms when helping you decide whether to seek treatment. Some women might not have problematic symptoms, while others experience the following:

    • Pain
    • Bleeding between periods
    • Digestive problems
    • Infertility

    The pain is often described as severe menstrual cramps. Some women may have pain during sex, painful bowel movements or chronic pain in the lower back and pelvis.

    The digestive problems that can occur will typically worsen during periods. Diarrhea, constipation, nausea and bloating are all possible.

    If your symptoms are difficult to manage, or are interfering with your quality of life, you’ll likely want to explore your treatment options. Treating endometriosis is important for women with moderate to severe symptoms, even if they aren’t trying to have children.

    Choosing a treatment method
    Inform your physician that you are not planning on having children, as this will affect your treatment options. Usually, physicians recommend hormonal birth control as a first treatment choice for women who aren’t trying for kids. Hormonal birth control is available as a pill, injection and intrauterine device.

    Surgery is typically only recommended for women who do want to become pregnant, have severe complications or experience severe symptoms that don’t respond well to nonsurgical treatments. Your physician will help you decide whether to have a laparoscopic surgery or a hysterectomy.

    Laparoscopic endometriosis surgery is minimally invasive. It involves removing endometrial growths and managing scar tissue .

    A hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus. Sometimes, the ovaries and fallopian tubes are also removed.

    Women at all stages of life can find the compassionate care they need at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas. Our superior, patient-focused gynecological services include cutting-edge care of endometriosis. Call our nurse referral line at (702) 233-5300.

  • Answering your questions about hemophilia

    Hemophilia is one of many types of blood clotting disorders. It’s a serious, but rare disorder that can lead to excessive blood loss. However, thanks to modern medicine, hemophilia is also treatable. Patients can always find the answers to their questions about medical issues at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. Our physicians are committed to providing helpful patient education and patient-centered care.

    Who can get hemophilia?
    Hemophilia is not a contagious disease. It’s an inherited disorder that is caused by a genetic mutation.

    Hemophilia is more often diagnosed in males than females. Girls can be carriers of the genetic mutation, but not necessarily have the disorder themselves.

    What happens to patients with hemophilia?
    People with hemophilia don’t have enough blood-clotting proteins. This means that they are susceptible to excessive blood loss when they are injured.

    Hemophilia can vary in severity, depending on the amount of blood-clotting proteins, or clotting factors, that are present in the bloodstream. The lower the level, the worse the bleeding can get.

    For example, patients with mild hemophilia might not have much of a problem with small cuts and scrapes, although internal bleeding is still dangerous. Patients with severe hemophilia may suffer spontaneous bleeding.

    Patients with hemophilia may experience complications, such as chronic joint pain if bleeding occurs in the joints. If bleeding occurs in the brain, patients may suffer from seizures or paralysis. Excessive blood loss may also lead to death.

    How is hemophilia diagnosed?
    Since hemophilia is inherited, individuals will often be aware of a family history of this blood clotting disorder. Upon becoming parents, these individuals can request testing of newborns.

    It’s also possible for a child to have hemophilia caused by a new gene mutation, which isn’t found in other family members. In these cases, the symptoms of the patient will lead the physician to suspect hemophilia.

    How is hemophilia treated?
    The standard treatment for hemophilia is to give patients infusions of blood-clotting factor. Patients can self-administer these infusions when bleeding episodes occur. In some cases, the physician may recommend regular use of infusions to lower the occurrence rate of bleeding episodes.

    Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is a state-of-the-art facility serving Las Vegas. In addition to treating blood clotting disorders, our highly trained physicians provide specialized stroke care and other emergency care services. Call (702) 233-5300 any time of the day or night to speak with one of our registered nurses.

  • When would you need to see a neurosurgeon?

    Neurosurgeons are highly trained specialists who diagnose and treat conditions that affect the brain or spine, such as stroke and brain tumors . You can hear directly from a neurosurgeon when you watch the accompanying video. Neurosurgery can be quite complex and delicate, which is why patients prefer to go to a hospital with a reputation for excellence in neuroscience. Nevada Neurosciences Institute at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is the only dedicated center for neurological care in the Las Vegas region. Each of our patients receives world-class treatment and compassionate, personalized care.

    When you have suffered a stroke
    The outcome of a stroke is highly dependent upon the length of time between its onset and when the patient receives stroke care. Emergency responders will coordinate with the emergency care staff, so that the stroke care team is ready to evaluate and treat the patient immediately upon arrival.

    The majority of strokes are ischemic, which means that they are caused by an obstruction that interferes with blood flow to the brain. If the patient gets to the hospital quickly enough, the doctors can use powerful clot-busting drugs to restore blood flow. In some cases, a neurosurgery team must perform interventional surgery to manually remove the obstruction.

    When you have a br

    ain tumor
    The uncontrolled growth of cells can result in the formation of a tumor. A neurosurgeon can treat tumors that arise in the brain. These tumors may be benign (not cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).

    Even noncancerous brain tumors may need to be treated to relieve symptoms and complications. Tumor treatment is particularly complex, and each treatment plan is tailored to the needs of the individual patient. A neurosurgeon may recommend stereotactic radiosurgery, which uses a precise, powerful beam of radiation to shrink the tumor.

    When you ha
    e a spinal disorder

    Spinal disorders tend to be more common than brain disorders. Your primary care physician may refer you to a neurosurgeon if you have a spinal disorder such as the following:

    • Spinal stenosis

    • Herniated disc

    • Congenital defects

    • Siatica

    • Spinal trauma

    Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center attracts top neurosurgeons with impeccable credentials because of our reputation for putting our patients first. Our neurosurgery team treats complex brain and spine disorders, taking a collaborative approach to give our patients the best possible outcomes. To request a physician referral, call a registered nurse in Las Vegas at (702) 233-5300.

  • What to expect after you’ve broken your hip

    The hip is a ball and socket joint, and most hip fractures occur just below the ball. Hip fractures are most often diagnosed among older adults with osteoporosis, but significant physical trauma can cause a broken hip in younger patients. When you arrive at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center with a suspected hip fracture, the emergency care team will evaluate you right away and explain what to expect next.

    Deciding to perform orthopedic surgery
    The majority of patients with a broken hip have surgery, as it typically offers the most favorable outcome. If your fracture is minor, or your overall health is too poor to withstand the rigors of surgery, you may be asked to undergo a period of strict bed rest instead. Your doctor may recommend that you recover in a long-term care facility, as close medical monitoring is needed due to the risk of complications from prolonged bed rest.

    Patients who are expecting to have surgery may be asked to have the following in preparation for the procedure:

    • Blood tests
    • Electrocardiogram
    • Chest X-rays
    • Urine tests

    Undergoing hip surgery
    An orthopedic surgeon will determine the most appropriate surgical technique , based on the specifics of your fracture. You may have surgical plates and screws inserted to keep the bones aligned properly as they heal. Or, your surgeon may recommend a hip replacement procedure.

    Recovering from a hip fracture and surgery
    You can expect to remain in the hospital for a while during your initial recovery. Fairly soon, you’ll get started on physical and occupational therapy. You’ll learn how to move with assistive devices, like a walker or crutches, and you’ll learn how to do simple self-care tasks without straining the joint.

    If you lack sufficient support at home, you may move from the hospital to a long-term care facility until you can adequately care for yourself. Throughout your recovery, you’ll work closely with rehabilitation specialists to regain your strength, balance and range of motion. It’s important to follow your rehab team’s exercise recommendations closely, as this is crucial for your full recovery.

    At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center , you’ll find the region’s only CARF-accredited inpatient rehabilitation facility. Our orthopedic specialists encourage patients to take advantage of our multidisciplinary team of rehab experts to support a good outcome for joint surgery. Residents of the Las Vegas area can get in touch with a trusted member of our nursing staff at (702) 233-5300.

  • How do you know which hospital to go to in an emergency?

    Some health problems can’t wait for a regular appointment with your doctor. If you think you need emergency care , don’t delay going to the hospital. But which one should you go to? Watch the accompanying video to hear from an emergency care expert at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. He explains that not all hospitals have the same resources. At Sunrise, patients have access to a full range of specialty services.

    How to know when to drive to the ER
    Some examples of medical emergencies that aren’t life-threatening include:

    • Broken leg
    • Sprained ankle
    • Respiratory infection
    • Food poisoning
    • Moderate lacerations
    • Moderate burn injuries

    How to know which hospital to choose
    In many cases, patients simply prefer to go to the closest emergency care center. However, a little research can make a big difference. For instance, HCA-affiliated hospitals are famous for having very short waiting times.

    Additionally, you can check the hospital’s website for a list of their specialty medical services. If you’re a cancer patient and you’re experiencing potential complications of your disease or treatment, you would want to go to a hospital with an oncology unit. If you’re a diabetic with a potentially infected wound, you would want a hospital with a wound care program.

    How to know when to call 911
    Any injury or condition that you suspect might be life-threatening warrants a prompt call to 911. Some examples include:

    • Heart attack
    • Stroke
    • Seizure
    • Traumatic injury
    • Ectopic pregnancy
    • Pulmonary embolism

    The emergency responders will coordinate your care for you. They may take you to the nearest emergency room, or they may take you straight to a hospital that offers specialty programs like cardiac care.

    Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center provides superior emergency care to Las Vegas residents 24/7, every day of the year. Our team of specialists and nurses is dedicated to saving lives because we live and work in the same community as our patients. For non-emergent questions only, or for a physician referral, you can call a registered nurse at (702) 233-5300.

  • Overcoming low vision with assistive devices

    Several million Americans have low vision , which is not the same as nearsightedness or farsightedness. Ophthalmologists define low vision as visual impairment that can’t be overcome by the usual vision restoration approaches. In other words, eyeglasses, contact lenses and eye surgery aren’t enough to restore vision. Unfortunately, it isn’t yet possible to reverse low vision. You may receive a physician referral to a specialist at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, who can help you adapt to your impairment.

    Using assistive devices
    An occupational therapist can help you learn how to use assistive devices that will allow you to overcome visual impairment. There is a range of battery-powered, illuminated magnifiers available in various sizes and strengths.

    Another option is a self-focusing telescope. This device is worn much like eyeglasses are. Your occupational therapist may recommend an optical reader, which projects a magnified image of a document onto a screen.

    Making lifestyle modifications
    There are many low-tech changes you can make to your daily life to make tasks easier. For entertainment, consider the following:

    • TV remote control with oversized buttons
    • Large-print books
    • Audiobooks
    • TV screen magnifiers

    You can also use ordinary objects found around a typical home to help you handle daily tasks. Use brightly colored craft paint to help you find the 425 degree setting on your oven. Wrap skillet and pot handles with brightly colored tape.

    If you take two different medications, put a rubber band around one of the pill bottles. This will let you distinguish between them. You can also ask your pharmacist about pill bottle labels with large print.

    Use contrasting colors to help you see everyday objects more clearly. Use white coffee mugs, for instance, to contrast with the dark color of the coffee. Add a vivid tablecloth to your coffee table to stop yourself from bumping into it.

    Every patient with low vision has unique challenges, and they can be frustrating at times. Let your vision rehabilitation specialist or occupational therapist know what’s problematic for you. They’ll help you find effective solutions for your visual challenges .

    Here at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, your health, safety and quality of life are our highest priorities. Our team of specialists, which includes occupational therapists , will do everything possible to help you live life well. Call a registered nurse at our hospital in Las Vegas at (702) 233-5300.

  • How a congenital heart defect will affect your child’s life

    A congenital defect is one that is present at birth. Congenital heart defects , of which there are many types, may affect the heart’s valves or interior walls, or the blood vessels near the heart. Although these are the most common type of birth defect, most of them are, fortunately, minor and require little to no treatment. Even if a child is born with a serious defect, there is specialized care available at heart hospitals like Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.

    Symptoms in heart defect patients
    Children with minor, asymptomatic heart defects may be diagnosed during a routine exam. If the heart defect is severe, it may be diagnosed shortly after birth or within the first few months of life.

    Some heart defects may cause these signs and symptoms:

    • Feeding problems

    • Poor weight gain

    • Breathing problems

    • Very low blood pressure

    Potential complications of heart defects
    Severe heart defects may result in additional health problems that may require medical management . Some possible complications include:

    • Heart failure

    • Heart rhythm problems

    • Delayed growth

    • Delayed development

    • Heart tissue infection

    • Heart valve problems

    Doctors typically recommend that patients with congenital heart defects be examined by a cardiologist on a routine basis for their lifetime.

    Physical activity for heart defect patients
    In most cases, children born with heart defects can safely enjoy mild to moderate exercise. In fact, regular exercise is usually recommended to support cardiovascular health and overall health. But just in case, it’s always advisable for parents to consult a cardiologist about whether their children must follow any activity restrictions.

    Cardiologists may recommend avoiding strenuous activities, such as weightlifting, if the child has an enlarged aorta. Enlarged aortas can occur in patients with Marfan syndrome, Turner syndrome or a bicuspid aortic valve.

    The most sophisticated, comprehensive heart care program in Southern Nevada is available at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center . Our heart hospital in Las Vegas is home to numerous specialized programs and operating suites because we believe our patients deserve the best possible outcome. Call (702) 233-5300 for general information about our hospital services.

  • What tests can you expect to have in the emergency room?

    Emergency care doctors and nurses evaluate patients based on their signs and symptoms, health history and vital signs. They often use diagnostic tests as well, such as blood and urine tests. Watch the accompanying video to hear from an emergency care physician at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center . He explains some of the most common tests that he and his colleagues use.

    Blood tests
    A blood test measures the different components in your blood, including your red and white blood cells. This test provides a broad look at overall health. An emergency care doctor might request a blood test if you are:

    • Showing possible signs of an infection
    • Atypically tired or weak
    • Showing signs of inflammation or bruising

    A blood test can also be useful when a patient shows signs of diabetes, a heart attack, kidney complications or blood thinning.

    Kidney and liver function
    A comprehensive metabolic panel is a special type of blood test that can check for several problems, including problems with kidney and liver function. An emergency care physician might suspect a liver problem because of these signs and symptoms:

    • Yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes
    • Abdominal swelling
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Pain in the upper right abdominal area

    A kidney problem might be indicated by these symptoms:

    • Nausea
    • Fatigue
    • Confusion
    • Swelling of the lower extremities
    • Decreased urine output
    • Shortness of breath

    Urine test
    A urinalysis is a common test performed in the ER. Urine tests may reveal the presence of any of the following:

    • Kidney problems
    • Pregnancy
    • High blood sugar
    • Bacterial infection
    • Drugs

    Radiologic exams
    Imaging scans are used in the ER to quickly diagnose patients who might have internal injuries, such as a broken bone, or other problems like lung infections. An ER doctor may request any of the following:

    • Chest x-ray
    • X-rays of the extremities
    • CT scan of the abdomen, head or chest

    Individuals in Las Vegas who are suffering signs of a true medical emergency, such as a heart attack or stroke, should call 911 immediately. Patient-focused emergency care is available 24/7 at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. For non-emergent inquiries only, you can call our registered nurse at (702) 233-5300.

  • What is the reason for Wear Red Day?

    Each year, the first Friday in February is designated as National Wear Red Day. Red is a bold, eye-catching color that symbolizes love and the heart. And so it’s fitting that wearing red on this particular day is intended to raise awareness about heart disease. Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is a renowned heart hospital in Las Vegas. This February, we’re proud to support National Wear Red Day, and we encourage our neighbors to take proactive steps to protect their heart health . Our physicians and cardiologists are here to help.

    Background of National Wear Red Day
    Many men and women still believe that heart disease kills more men than women. But according to the American Heart Association , heart disease results in the deaths of almost half a million women in the U.S. each year.

    Since women weren’t receiving the information they needed to make informed decisions for their heart health, the American Heart Association decided to take action. In 2003, the group teamed up with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and created National Wear Red Day.

    Progress in heart health
    The American Heart Association has credited National Wear Red Day with empowering women to make the healthy lifestyle changes needed to reduce the risk of heart disease. Since 2003, fewer women are dying from heart disease, and many women have:

    • Gotten their cholesterol levels checked
    • Started or increased exercise
    • Changed their diets
    • Lost weight
    • Spoken with their doctors about heart health

    Although this is promising news, there’s a great deal more work to be done, and it starts with you.

    Steps you can take
    In addition to wearing red this February, make a commitment to support your heart health. Talk to your doctor about screening tests, choose low-sodium meals and get active. Every small change you make now can help you prevent heart disease later.

    Call 911 immediately if you think you might be having a heart attack. If you just need to get in touch with a nurse in Las Vegas to request a physician referral, you can call (702) 233-5300. Heart Center at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is an accredited Chest Pain Center, and offers an atrial fibrillation program and cardiac rehabilitation program.

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