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    Getting the Facts on Poisoning Prevention

    Last updated 2 days 5 hours ago

    The majority of all poisoning cases occur in the home. Many of these cases involve young children. While parents may know that they need to keep chemicals such as antifreeze and pesticides away from the reach of children, they may not realize that there may be other hidden household hazards. Additionally, poisoning is a common cause of death among adults, often occurring as a result of carbon monoxide or medication mismanagement. While prevention is always ideal, it’s a good idea to know the quickest route to the nearest emergency care center or community hospital, just in case.

    Practice Medication Safety

    It’s quite common for kids to be averse to taking medications. As a result, many parents try to convince their children to take medications by telling them that it’s just like candy. Unfortunately, this may tempt the child to access the medication later and overdose on it. By never comparing medications to candy and by keeping all medications, even over-the-counter drugs, locked up, you can keep your kids safe. Medication mismanagement is hazardous for children and adults alike. Many adults, particularly seniors, end up in emergency care centers each year because they mistakenly took the wrong drug or took an inappropriate dosage. Scrutinize the product label before taking medications.

    Beware Electronic Cigarettes

    Did you know that through the end of 2014, the American Association of Poison Control Centers received 3,957 reports of toxic exposure to liquid nicotine from e-cigarettes? Adults may overlook the potential hazards of e-cigarettes simply because they’re a relatively new product and not much is known about their safety. E-cigarettes and liquid nicotine should always be locked up when not in use. Additionally, adults who use these products should carefully protect their skin from contacting the liquid nicotine. Other adults and children can suffer from secondhand exposure through skin contact.

    To better serve the emergency care needs of families in the Las Vegas area, Southern Hills Hospital has partnered with Sunrise Children’s Hospital to provide access to sub-specialists for pediatric emergencies. If you believe your child may have ingested a poisonous substance, our emergency care team is standing by to help. For general healthcare information, call the Consult-A-Nurse referral line for our community hospital at (702) 880-2100.

    What Are the Signs of Lung Cancer?

    Last updated 8 days ago

    When lung cancer is detected in its early stages and patients receive care at a community hospital, treatments are more likely to be effective. Unfortunately, most cases of lung cancer do not result in symptoms until the latter stages of the disease. When symptoms are observable, they may include a persistent, worsening cough. The cough may produce blood or phlegm. Hoarseness, shortness of breath, fatigue, and wheezing may also indicate lung cancer. Other possible symptoms can include loss of appetite, weight loss, and chest pain that may worsen with activities such as laughing, coughing, or deep breathing. Individuals with lung cancer may be diagnosed with pneumonia, bronchitis, or similar infections that may recur.

    When lung cancer spreads, or metastasizes, it can lead to other symptoms. These symptoms can vary widely, depending on the area of the body that is affected. For example, if the cancer spreads to the liver, the patient can suffer from jaundice, which is the yellowing of the skin and eyes. Some lung cancer patients may suffer from bone pain and they may notice lumps beneath the skin. Dizziness, balance problems, and seizures may develop as a result of the disease spreading to the brain or spinal cord.

    The healthcare providers of Southern Hills Hospital in Las Vegas provide personalized, compassionate care. You can call our community hospital at (702) 880-2100 and speak with a registered nurse.

    One Woman's Story of Heart Disease

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Thanks to public awareness campaigns such as The Heart Truth, more women than ever are becoming aware of their risk factors of heart disease. When you watch this video, you’ll hear the story of Yaskary, whose mother passed away from a heart attack at the shockingly young age of 38. Since Yaskary’s aunt also died of heart disease at a young disease, she was diligent in seeing a doctor when she felt a very mild pressure on her left shoulder.

    After being diagnosed with multiple blockages in her coronary arteries, Yaskary underwent a multiple bypass surgery. Today, she is dedicated to raising awareness about this deadly disease. Yaskary urges women to be proactive about their health and to see their physicians promptly if they suspect a medical problem.

    Southern Hills Hospital of Las Vegas is an Accredited Chest Pain Center, which reflects our dedication to healthcare excellence. Call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 880-2100 if you have any questions about our other service areas, including geriatric psychology and stroke care.

    Innovative Future Cures for Lung Cancer

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Lung cancer has an alarmingly high mortality rate. In fact, it is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. Clinical trials play an important role in the research and development of new treatments that may offer hope to lung cancer patients and their families. You can hear about two of these trials by watching this video.

    This expert describes Lung Map, which is a multi-drug, biomarker-driven clinical trial. It has enrolled patients with advanced squamous cell lung cancer, a particularly devastating diagnosis. In its initial phase, the trial will evaluate five experimental drugs, including targeted therapies. The interview with this cancer expert also covers Alchemist, another clinical trial for patients with early stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

    Families throughout Las Vegas can turn to Southern Hills Hospital for a comprehensive range of exceptional healthcare services, including emergency care and stroke care. You may speak with a registered nurse by calling (702) 880-2100.

    How Women Can Live Healthy to Prevent Heart Disease

    Last updated 21 days ago

    Women are often so busy caring for others that they may neglect their own well-being. However, thanks to public awareness campaigns, more women than ever are realizing the critical importance of taking care of their heart health. You may already know that staying physically active and following a low-fat, low-sodium diet can help reduce your risk of landing in the emergency care center because of a heart attack. But did you know that some fats are actually good for your heart or that adjusting your alarm clock can boost your heart health?

    Put Fats to Work for You

    It’s true that saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol contribute to heart disease. However, not all fats are bad for you. In fact, your body needs monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, commonly referred to as MUFAs and PUFAs. These healthy fats have been shown to decrease total cholesterol levels, including low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, while either maintaining or increasing the good type of cholesterol. To get more MUFAs and PUFAs in your diet, spread some avocado on your whole grain bagel or add a dab of almond butter to your apple slices.

    Catch Up on Your Sleep

    Many women fail to get the sleep they need because they’re so busy juggling the demands of family, work, and other obligations. However, adjusting your alarm clock to let yourself catch a few extra zzz’s can help reduce your risk of heart disease. Sleep deprivation can increase your blood pressure levels, which in turn increases your risk of other cardiovascular problems. Additionally, people who are chronically sleep deprived may be more likely to be overweight—another risk factor of heart disease.

    If you think you could be having a heart attack, please call 911 for transportation to an emergency care center. In addition to providing emergency care, the team at Southern Hills Hospital offers orthopedic surgery, geriatric psychology services, and maternity care at our Las Vegas location. To speak with a registered nurse at our community hospital, call (702) 880-2100.

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