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    Where Is Salt Sneaking Into Your Diet?

    Last updated 10 hours ago

    If you choose to eat potato chips and French fries, chances are you already know you’re eating a hefty dose of salt. But there are plenty of surprising ways that salt can sneak into your diet. In fact, most of the sodium Americans consume comes from processed foods and restaurant meals, rather than from the salt shaker. For example, just one four-ounce slice of cheese pizza can cost you up to 760 milligrams of salt! Other surprising sources of sodium include bread, deli meats, cheese, and pasta sauce.

    Watch this video for a lighthearted approach to depicting the ways salt can surprise you. Although this video uses a whimsical approach, there is nothing funny about a diet high in sodium. Too much sodium can increase your risk of landing in urgent care because of serious health concerns.

    Families throughout the greater Las Vegas area can learn effective strategies of safeguarding their health with help from the friendly physicians at Southern Hills Hospital. For general healthcare questions, call the Consult-A-Nurse referral line for our hospital at (702) 880-2700.

    What Can You Expect Following Successful Cancer Treatment?

    Last updated 5 days ago

    It’s common knowledge that cancer treatment is associated with an array of side effects. But did you know that even after surviving cancer and ending your course of treatment, you could still experience physical effects? One of the most common side effects is lingering fatigue, in addition to changes of the skin, osteoporosis, cognitive dysfunction, and lymphedema.

    As you’ll learn by watching this video, there are treatments available to help you manage post-cancer side effects. For example, if you experience pain, you might visit a physical therapist and an occupational therapist at your local hospital.

    At Southern Hills Hospital, our physicians and hospital support staff are here to help you at every stage of life. For more information about the services available at our hospital in Las Vegas, call (702) 880-2700.

    What to Do When You Have Food Poisoning

    Last updated 7 days ago

    In most cases, food poisoning won’t send you to urgent care at your local hospital. If you experience symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps, you can care for yourself by drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated. Avoid consuming dairy products or caffeine, and consider taking a probiotic to reintroduce good bacteria to your digestive tract. When you’re no longer vomiting, increase your caloric intake with sports drinks and bland foods, such as applesauce, dry toast, and crackers.

    Some people do need to go to urgent care because of food poisoning. If you suspect your symptoms could have been caused by shellfish or mushrooms, it’s best to seek a doctor’s help. You should also consider visiting urgent care if you experience symptoms such as bloody vomit, bloody stool, or a high fever.

    The emergency room at Southern Hills Hospital provides 24/7 urgent care to residents throughout the Las Vegas area. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911; otherwise, you can reach our hospital at (702) 880-2700.

    Knowing How to Interpret the Results of Your Cholesterol Test

    Last updated 12 days ago

    If you’re 20 years old or older and you don’t yet know your cholesterol levels, it’s time to visit your local hospital for a cholesterol test. There are different types of cholesterol – and one type is actually beneficial for your body. The doctor at your community hospital can help you understand the results of your cholesterol test and which treatment options are available to you in the event that you need to improve your cardiovascular health. Here is a basic overview on interpreting your cholesterol test results:

    Total Cholesterol

    Your total cholesterol level reflects the combination of your high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, plus 20 percent of your triglycerides. Hospital representatives recommend that patients strive for a total cholesterol level of less than 180 mg/dL.

    LDL Cholesterol

    LDL cholesterol is the type of cholesterol that is harmful for your body. Having high LDL cholesterol levels increases your risk of heart attack and stroke. Individuals who adhere to a diet that is typically high in saturated and trans fats generally have higher LDL cholesterol levels. If you are considered to have a very high risk of heart disease, it’s a good idea to keep your LDL cholesterol levels below 70 mg/dL.

    HDL Cholesterol

    HDL cholesterol is beneficial for your body because it helps clear away LDL cholesterol from the arteries. You can raise your HDL cholesterol levels by avoiding smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, and staying physically active. An ideal HDL cholesterol level is 60 mg/dL or higher.


    If you have high triglycerides, low HDL, and high LDL cholesterol, you’re at a particularly high risk of atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular problems. Doctors recommend lowering your triglyceride level to less than 150 mg/dL.

    Las Vegas residents can schedule a cholesterol test at Southern Hills Hospital. Our physicians are always happy to help patients learn about lifestyle modifications that can improve cardiovascular wellness. If you have any general questions about our hospital services, such as urgent care, geriatric psychology services, or stroke are, you can call (702) 880-2700 to speak with a registered nurse.

    How to Manage Anxiety Disorders in Everyday Life

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Everyone experiences a little anxiety from time to time, but if you’re a constant worrier, you know how anxiety can quickly take over your life. It may prevent you from interviewing for a new job or meeting new people, and it may even cause physical health concerns. It’s always advisable for individuals struggling with anxiety disorders to explore the resources available at their local hospitals. Your hospital might offer a specialized geriatric psychology program if you’re an older adult, for instance. There are also a few simple steps you can take to manage anxiety in your everyday life.

    Try Laughter Yoga

    You may have heard of laughter therapy, but have you heard of laughter yoga? This wellness workout can help those with anxiety disorders because laughter has been clinically proven to lower levels of cortisol and other stress hormones. The body benefits regardless of whether the laughter is genuine or forced. Laughter yoga is a group exercise. As the instructor guides participants through yoga breathing exercises, the forced laughter often turns to real laughter.

    Exaggerate Your Worries

    Between laughter yoga classes, you can cope with your anxiety by exaggerating your worries to the point at which they become silly. For example, if you’re worried about public speaking, imagine yourself doing so poorly with a presentation that your audience begins to pelt you with tomatoes. Since this ridiculous scenario is highly unlikely to ever occur, viewing this concern with humor may trick your brain into letting go of your worries.

    Make a Peace Treaty with Yourself

    If you’re still having trouble with your worries, make a peace treaty with your brain. Tell yourself that you’ll allow yourself to worry about something for exactly five minutes, after which time you’ll move on to something more positive.

    As part of our ongoing commitment to improve quality of life for our neighbors in Las Vegas, Southern Hills Hospital is pleased to announce the opening of the RISE Behavioral Health Unit. Our inpatient and outpatient treatment programs serve adults who are 50+ and who are struggling with anxiety, depression, and similar mental health issues. Call (702) 880-2700 or visit us online to explore our hospital’s other services, including urgent care, maternity care, orthopedic surgery, and stroke care.

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