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    Finding Support Following Stroke

    Last updated 1 day 2 hours ago

    After suffering a stroke, patients may need ongoing care and support from their families since there are a number of tough symptoms that can make the recovery process difficult. You might notice that friends and family will offer help from all fronts, and it is important to accept their support to stay on track with recovery. This video shares the story of one patient who was considered low risk, but still suffered a stroke and relied heavily on his family to help him recover.

    If you suspect that a loved one is having a stroke, the first step in recovery is immediate emergency care that can minimize permanent damage to the brain. Southern Hills Hospital offers the highest level of care for stroke victims, and we will be there to help you and your family get through this tough condition. Explore our Stroke Center on our website or call us directly at (702) 880-2700 to learn about the difference in our care. 

    Why You Won't Want to Gamble with Chest Pain

    Last updated 3 days ago

    Chest pain is a relatively vague symptom that could be indicative of conditions ranging from heartburn to heart failure, which means that you might think of waiting for symptoms to subside before seeking medical care. However, when chest pain is caused by some of the more serious possible causes, you will not want to hesitate to get medical attention. In the case of a heart attack, immediate care can be lifesaving and minimize the rehabilitation process following the incident. Because a heart attack might have some of the same symptoms as more minor medical conditions, you should never take the gamble and make sure that you have a reliable ER on your side for immediate care.

    The Southern Hills Hospital Emergency Room is a Certified Chest Pain Center with consistently low wait times in the ER to ensure excellent care for every patient. If you suspect you are having a heart attack, call 911. To explore more of our services or hear current ER wait times, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 880-2700. 

    Ways to Preserve Your Spine Health at Any Age

    Last updated 6 days ago

    The aging process can take a significant toll on your spinal health, because degenerative conditions like osteoporosis and spinal disc degeneration tend to set in as the body gets older. However, you can stop or at least slow down age-related damage in your spine by making a commitment to your spinal health earlier in life with the right habits. It is never too late or too early to start taking preventive measures to avoid back pain, so consider implementing the following habits to make sure that you are moving freely for more of your older adult years.

    Avoid Sitting Down

    At home and in the workplace, there are always tons of places to sit down and take a load off your feet. Unfortunately, the human body is poorly designed for sitting down, and sitting for long periods can lead to pain in the neck and lower back. Use tools like standing desks or sit on an exercise ball to minimize pressure on your spine throughout the day, and make sure to maintain a neutral posture when you do sit in a regular chair.

    Push Yourself to Stay Active

    Physical activity is essential for a healthy spine—especially exercises that strengthen the core muscles supporting the spine. As you get older, you may feel the urge to slow down with your exercise routine, but physical activity is more important than ever at this age. To make exercise more fun as you age, you might join an adult sports league or try fitness classes that add a social aspect to your activity.

    Find the Right Sleep Posture

    Some of the most severe damage that can take place in the spine occurs when you are not even aware of it. While you sleep, there is about 50 pounds of pressure on your spine, and sleeping in the wrong position can only increase this load. Ideally, you should sleep on your back with your head and neck supported. Sleeping on your side can be a neutral position for your spine too, but you will need to sleep with a pillow between your legs to reduce spinal pressure.

    Are you struggling with persistent spinal pain? To find relief, explore the leading minimally-invasive spinal surgery program in the Southwest at Southern Hills Hospital in Las Vegas. Connect with us on our website or call (702) 880-2700 to reach our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. 

    Signs that an Elderly Loved One Needs Behavioral Care

    Last updated 9 days ago

    Older adults are at a greater risk than younger people for a handful of mental disorders such as depression, dementia, and anxiety disorders that could lead to a wide range of complications and frequent hospitalization. When an elderly loved one is struggling with a mental disorder, he or she may not be able to continue living independently and managing his or her physical health. If you notice any of the behavioral red flags discussed below, you should not neglect to seek the care your loved one needs sooner rather than later to avoid more serious complications and improve his or her quality of life. 

    Extreme Forgetfulness

    Forgetfulness is often thought of as a normal part of the aging process, but memory loss that gets in the way of everyday activities is problematic and may point to dementia. A forgotten birthday or anniversary every so often is nothing to worry about, but more frequent forgetfulness should be brought to the attention of your loved one’s physician.

    Withdrawal from Social Activities

    In both dementia and depression—which are often co-occurring conditions—seniors may neglect social engagements and stay home more often. They may also show a loss of interest in activities they once loved and begin to feel uncomfortable in social settings.

    Neglect of Personal Care

    Physical health tends to suffer in seniors with mental disorders, because they often neglect personal hygiene, household chores, and meal preparation. If you notice a decline in these activities, you may need to find help to improve you loved one’s life at home.

    Low Self-Esteem

    If a loved one makes comments about how he or she does not feel wanted at family events or feels like a burden to family members, you should take these thoughts seriously and offer to find psychiatric care. These statements may be the only way that an elderly relative reaches out for help, since older adults tend to be stubborn when it comes to accepting mental healthcare.

    The RISE Behavioral Health unit at Southern Hills Hospital provides dedicated inpatient care through a 14-bed facility for patients 55 and older as well as intensive outpatient care for patients over 50. These services in your community can address dementia, depression, and related mental disorders that may be diminishing your loved one’s quality of life. Learn more about how we can help by visiting our website or calling (702) 880-2700. 

    Helping Your Kids Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

    Last updated 10 days ago

    The holiday season can present a number of extra health risks for anyone, but children are particularly vulnerable to the injuries and illnesses that boost ER visits during the season. As a parent, you may have to take some steps in managing your kids’ health through the holidays so that you do not spend the season in the hospital. Here are some of the most important health tips all parents should remember as the festive season kicks off.

    Teach Proper Hand Washing Techniques

    Unfortunately, most adults do not wash their hands properly, which means that you might need to brush up on your own hand washing skills to set a good example for your kids. In order to kill the germs that cause the cold and flu to spread, you need to scrub your hands with soap for a full 20 seconds. The time may pass faster if you sing a song or come up with a fun rhyme to teach your children. Proper hand washing is the best line of defense from the seasonal flu, especially when you encourage all friends and family members to get their annual flu shots.

    Use Extra Caution in the Kitchen

    When you get to your holiday baking, you may have some tiny hands eager to help in the kitchen, but you should keep these hands away from sharp or hot surfaces. Eating cookie dough should also be discouraged, since kids can easily get sick from eating raw eggs. As you prepare holiday meals, remember that kids are more susceptible to food poisoning, so you will want to follow food safety guidelines for proper food storage, cooking, and serving temperatures.

    Never Let Kids Decorate Unsupervised

    Decorating is another area where kids like to help out, and it can also present some opportunities for injury. Make sure that decorating is always a family activity so that you can prevent any falls, scrapes, or other accidents that might ruin the fun.

    When accidents happen this holiday season, you can rest assured that your child will have a quick recovery with the dedicated pediatric ER at Southern Hills Hospital. You can also trust us for health tips and physician referrals over the phone with our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 880-2700. 

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