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    How to Stick to a New Year's Resolution for Weight Loss

    Last updated 1 year ago

    If you’re like many people, you likely start out every year with the motivation to lose weight, then revert to your old habits a few weeks later. The good news is that it is never too late to reap the health benefits of weight loss. Losing weight can help lower your risk of stroke, heart attack, type 2 diabetes, and other medical conditions. This year can be the year that you succeed. These tips will help.

    Pick a Program that Works for You
    There is no one-size-fits-all weight loss solution that works for everyone, but making a plan for how you will tackle your weight can be helpful. If you’re not sure which weight loss program is suitable for you, talk to your doctor. He or she can help you explore your options and explain any diet plans you should stay away from for health reasons. Having a plan will help boost your motivation and get you started on the right foot.

    Know Your Triggers
    Everyone has one or two foods that they just can’t refuse. For most people, these trigger foods set off a chain reaction of binge eating and over-indulging. For this reason, people tend to completely deprive themselves of these favorite treats, which only intensifies the craving. Instead of total deprivation, learn your triggers and have them one or two times per week. Don’t keep them in the house—that way, you’re not tempted to eat them outside of those treat times.

    Put Yourself at the Mercy of Others
    Did you know that the average human body has more fat cells than there are people on Earth? If you’re going to lose a few billion of those extra fat cells, you’ll need to enlist the help of friends and family members. Telling people about your weight loss plans can provide the accountability you need to stay committed. Also, making a weight loss pact with one or more people is a great way to boost everyone’s chance of success.   

    Your Southern Hills Hospital doctor can provide you with all sorts of interesting weight loss tips. For example, did you know that getting more sleep and reducing stress can help you lose weight? For other healthcare needs including ER services, visit Southern Hills Hospital in the southwest valley. Learn more about our Las Vegas hospital by calling (702) 880-2100.

    A Healthy Seasonal Reminder from Southern Hills Hospital

    Last updated 1 year ago

    This holiday season, give yourself and those around you the gift of health! Get a flu shot for you and your family now!

    This CDC video assists in showing  why flu shots are so important this holiday season and every year. A flu shot can help you keep illness at bay so you don’t miss any of the festivities. By getting a flu shot, you also help keep all of the other people on your list healthy by not spreading the virus to them.

    Southern Hills Hospital can help you with your health needs. We offer urgent care at our emergency room as well as maternity services and orthopedic care. Explore all of the services at our Las Vegas hospital by calling (702) 880-2100.

    Common Flu-Related Complications to Be Aware of This Season

    Last updated 1 year ago

    If you think the flu isn’t that serious, think again. Although some people only experience relatively minor symptoms, it can be life-threatening for others. Complications from the flu cause people to seek urgent medical care every year, and some are hospitalized at Southern Hills Hospital because of flu-related complications. Here are some of the complications that can develop with the flu.

    Pneumonia
    When flu infections linger, they can easily turn into pneumonia. Both bacterial and viral pneumonia are seen with the flu. The symptoms of pneumonia can be quite serious. People with pneumonia often experience chest pain, intense coughing, increased pulse, and decreased oxygen in the blood. Shortness of breath and abdominal pain are also likely. Bacterial pneumonia may respond well to antibiotics, but they will not work for viral pneumonia. In many cases, people with pneumonia end up needing urgent care and hospitalization.

    Diabetes Complications
    Diabetics often suffer from longer, more intense flu infections. The flu often causes blood glucose levels to rise dangerously high. In some cases, the flu can cause diabetic ketoacidosis, a potentially life-threatening condition associated with very high blood glucose levels. For diabetics, the worse news is that high blood glucose interferes with immune system functioning, exacerbating the flu infection. 

    Heart Problems
    Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States. For the elderly in particular, the flu can jeopardize heart health. Heart attacks, myocarditis, and pericarditis are all possible. If you have the flu and experience chest pains or shortness of breath, seek urgent care immediately.

    The staff at Southern Hills Hospital stand ready to help you before, during, and after a case of the flu. You can learn more about our ER, stroke center, and maternity programs by calling (702) 880-2100. 

    The Great American Smokeout is Tomorrow!

    Last updated 1 year ago

    The Great American Smokeout debuted in 1976 as an opportunity for smokers to give up the habit for just one day with hope the decision would lead to a permanent change. This year, the American Cancer Society has designated Thursday, Nov. 21 as the Great American Smokeout. The Southern Nevada Health District encourages smokers in the community to participate and to commit to a long-term plan to quit for good. For information about tobacco products, secondhand smoke, or to access downloadable No Smoking signs, contact the health district’s Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, (702) 759-1270 or visit www.SNHD.info or www.GetHealthyClarkCounty.org

    Smokers can contact the Nevada Tobacco Users’ Helpline at 1-800-QUIT NOW for free assistance to help them quit smoking. They can speak with a professional, licensed counselor for confidential assistance. With the advent of electronic cigarettes, which also contain nicotine, the Nevada Tobacco Users’ Helpline can also provide help to callers who seek assistance to quit using these products as well.  Smokers can also visit the health district's Get Healthy Clark County website, www.GetHealthyClarkCounty.org, to find tips to help them quit smoking as well as additional resources

    Twenty minutes after squashing out a final cigarette, a former smoker reaps the benefits of quitting when the heart rate drops to a normal level. In three months, the risk of a heart attack drops; in one year, the added risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s; in five to 15 years, the risk of a stroke is reduced to that of a nonsmoker; and 15 years after quitting, the risk of dying from lung cancer or bladder cancer is reduced to half of smoker’s risk and the risk of coronary heart disease is the same as a nonsmoker’s.

    In Clark County, nearly eight of 10 residents are non-smokers. Each year, approximately 2,500 Nevadans under age 18 become daily smokers. About 80 percent of adult smokers became regular smokers before the age of 18. Healthcare costs are about $565 million for smoking-related illnesses and 3,300 Nevadans die from smoking-related illnesses each year. The average smoker will spend approximately $1,000 annually on cigarettes.

    How Southern Hills Hospital's Women's Imaging Program Can Help You Live a Healthy Life

    Last updated 1 year ago

    According to the American Cancer Society, a woman’s 40th birthday is not only an important milestone in her life, but also the year that she should start getting an annual mammogram.  Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center’s Women’s Imaging Program consists of a team of highly skilled, American College of Radiology accredited specialists who use the most current technology and techniques.  This includes the “softer mammogram,” which uses the MammoPad to provide greater comfort.  Southern Hills has also received the top safety score in Nevada from a leading consumer magazine.  We are here to help ensure that you have many healthy birthdays to look forward to, so call us at (702) 880-2948 to schedule your mammogram today.

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