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    Things You May Not Know About the Human Heart

    Last updated 1 year ago

    February is American Heart Month, a designation intended to promote a healthy lifestyle and for ensuring strong cardiovascular health. Take a few minutes to read through some surprising facts about your heart and how it works.

    It’s Not Located on the Left Side of Your Chest
    Most people assume the heart is located on the left side of the chest, and it certainly seems that way because the heartbeat is detectable in that area. However, your heart is actually in the center of your chest, with a lung on either side. It feels as though it’s on the left side because it leans slightly to the left, causing the heartbeat to be detectable there.

    It Circulates Six Quarts of Blood Each Day
    The average human has about six quarts of blood in his or her body. The total volume of your blood circulates throughout your body three times during each minute. This means that in just one day, your blood travels an astonishing 12,000 miles!

    Laughter Really Is Good for Your Heart
    Laughter helps your heart by dramatically increasing blood circulation. It accomplishes this by relaxing and expanding the lining of your blood vessels. If you’re feeling stressed, consider watching a comedy to reduce your blood pressure.

    Broken Heart Syndrome Is Real
    Broken heart syndrome, or stress-induced cardiomyopathy, is indeed a real medical concern. In response to severe stress – such as bereavement or divorce – a rush of stress hormones can temporarily overwhelm your heart, causing chest pain and shortness of breath.

    Southern Hills Hospital features an accredited Chest Pain Center, which provides emergency care 24/7 to residents of the Las Vegas area. Our hospital is fully equipped with the latest technology for fast diagnoses and swift treatment in the event of a heart attack or other cardiovascular event. In addition to emergency care, our hospital offers orthopedic services, maternity care, and geriatric psychiatric assessments including outpatient and inpatient treatment for grief and loss if you are suffering from broken heart syndrome. Contact us at (702) 880-2100 for more information.

    Southern Hills Hospital Announces Andrea Davis as Senior Vice President of Operations

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Davis promoted from Associate Administrator/Ethics & Compliance Officer

    LAS VEGAS (Jan. 31, 2014) – Southern Hills Hospital is proud to announce the promotion of Andrea Davis to Senior Vice President of Operations, effective immediately. Davis plays a key role in Southern Hills Hospital Administration, and, with this change, it recognizes her dedicated efforts for her vast responsibilities. Davis manages and oversees day-to-day operations of the Emergency Department, Surgical Services, Cardiac Services, Environmental Services, Dietary, Linen, Imaging, Respiratory, Lab and Physical Medicine, as well as handles ethics and compliance for the hospital.

    “Southern Hills Hospital recognizes internal talent, and our team believes that it is critically important to allow our employees to be successful,” said Kimball Anderson, CEO of Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center. “We are incredibly fortunate to have Andrea Davis in our organization, and I’m confident she will flourish in this role.”

    “I am honored to serve in this new role at Southern Hills Hospital,” said Andrea Davis, Senior Vice President of Operations. “I look forward to the opportunities in advancing quality healthcare throughout the Southern Nevada community.”

    Prior to her Senior Vice President of Operations position, Davis was the Associate Administrator/Ethics and Compliance Officer (ECO) at Southern Hills. She also served as a Sunrise Health System Market Director, focusing on Senior Care Strategies, where she developed and deployed tactics that encouraged improved geriatric-focused care. Davis has been with Sunrise Health System’s parent company HCA (NYSE:HCA) since 2009, when she started as the Director of Physician Services at Southern Hills Hospital.

    To learn more about the hospital and its services, visit

    Fun Ways to Get More Physical Activity

    Last updated 1 year ago

    It’s commonly known that physical activity can help prevent a range of health problems, including heart attack and stroke. Maternity doctors even recommend it during pregnancy to prevent back pain and other problems. If you’re finding it difficult to motivate yourself to exercise regularly, you may need to change your workout program. Look for innovative ways to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine.

    Offer to Babysit
    There’s a good reason why parents of young kids seem exhausted; youngsters are full of energy! If you don’t have kids, offer to babysit for your friends or family members. Running around after a young child for an afternoon can burn quite a few calories. Plan to spend the day chasing squirrels at a local park, playing hopscotch on the sidewalk, rollerblading, riding a scooter, or jumping rope while singing rhymes.

    Grab a Frisbee
    The traditional method of playing Frisbee doesn’t involve much running – unless your fellow players have poor aim. Instead, consider taking up Ultimate Frisbee. Ultimate Frisbee is played by two teams and involves nearly non-stop running. In fact, the only time players stop running is when they’re in possession of the Frisbee, at which point they must pass it immediately.

    Become a Philanthropist
    If you’re the type of person who likes to multitask, consider turning your workouts into philanthropic activities. There are many ways to stay active while contributing to a good cause. You could volunteer at a worksite for Habitat for Humanity, for example. Or, you could organize a car wash or dance-a-thon and donate the proceeds to a local kids’ sports team. You might also consider signing up for a walk, run, or bike ride to raise money for cancer research.

    Southern Hills Hospital is pleased to offer healthy living strategies to residents of the Las Vegas community. Contact our hospital at (702) 880-2100 and ask us about H2U – Health to You – which provides timely wellness information and interactive health tools. Our nationally accredited hospital provides emergency care, orthopedic care, maternity care, and much more.

    What You Need to Know about the FDA's Ban on Trans Fats

    Last updated 1 year ago

    There are a few different types of fats, and not all of them are bad for you. In fact, monounsaturated fats protect your cardiovascular health. Trans fats, on the other hand, increase of the risk of cardiovascular problems. Doctors in hospitals around the country have long cautioned patients to stay away from trans fats, and the FDA has recently announced plans to ban trans fats altogether.



    Trans Fats are Not GRAS
    The FDA rarely designates a substance as not “generally recognized as safe.” Usually, substances that are not designated as GRAS are those that have a causal relationship with a disease, such as cyclamate, which is an artificial sweetener that causes bladder cancer. However, the FDA has declared that no amount of trans fat is safe for human consumption, since it contributes to chronic diseases. Trans fats elevate your level of low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, which contributes to heart disease.

    The Ban Has Been Years in the Making
    For the last 15 years, the FDA has been involved with analyzing trans fats and their adverse effects. In 2006, the FDA required food manufacturers to list trans fats on nutritional labels. However, trace amounts of trans fats did not need to be listed. During the subsequent years, many manufacturers and restaurants have phased out the use of trans fats, and some municipalities have banned them altogether. Consumption of trans fats has dropped dramatically.

    Thousands of Lives Could Be Saved
    Since very small amounts of trans fats occur naturally in animal products such as lamb, beef, and full-fat dairy products, it’s impossible to completely eliminate them from the American diet. However, a ban on trans fats in all restaurants and processed food products could prevent as many as 7,000 deaths and 20,000 heart attacks each year, according to The Huffington Post.

    If you’re looking for a hospital with the latest in cardiovascular care technology, look no further than Southern Hills Hospital. Our nationally accredited hospital in Las Vegas offers state-of-the-art emergency care and stroke care services, in addition to our orthopedic and maternity services. New and current patients are always welcome to contact us at (702) 880-2100 for appointments.

    A Look at Shoulder Replacement Surgery

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Damage from degenerative joint disease or injury can result in severe chronic pain and restricted movement. Joint replacement surgery is a proven method of reducing joint pain and restoring shoulder mobility. This short video provides an overview of joint replacement surgery and the recovery process.

    During joint replacement surgery, the damaged portions of bone are removed and replaced with prosthetic joints to aid in movement. Physical therapy and medication can help restore mobility and provide a long-term solution to chronic pain.

    The Joint Replacement Program at Southern Hills Hospital utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to address joint pain and limited mobility from various complications. To find a joint replacement specialist in Las Vegas, contact and to learn more about these procedures, register for our free joint replacement education classes by calling our 24-Hour Consult-A-Nurse Healthcare Referral line at (702) 880-2100.

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