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    Learn More About Promoting Overall Health From These Helpful Resources

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Are you still looking for more ways to improve your mental and physical health? Read through these articles or contact Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center at (702) 880-2700 for more information.

    • Are you at risk for developing skin cancer? Find out by reading through this article on the American Cancer Society website.
       
    • Visit the American Academy of Dermatology for more information about what you should be looking for during a skin self-exam. 
       
    • Deliberate sun tanning, outside or in a tanning bed, can significantly increase your risk of developing skin cancer. Check out this article from the Skin Cancer Foundation to find out more about the importance of sun protection.
       
    • Even if you are at a higher risk for a stroke, there are things that you can do that help to prevent a stroke. Read this article from the National Stroke Association for more information.
       
    • Participating in regular physical activity will improve your mental and physical fitness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention go into more detail about the benefits of exercise on their website.
       
    • Alzheimer’s disease is the leading cause of dementia in the United States. Read more about this progressive disease on MentalHealthAmerica.net.
       
    • You can learn about the 10 signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease on the Alzheimer’s Association website.
       
    • Do you still have questions about the effects of Alzheimer’s? This article from the National Institutes of Health answers many frequently asked questions about the disease.
       
    • Visit the American Psychological Association to find out more about a variety of mental disorders and psychological health issues. 
       
    • Mental illnesses are serious conditions that require professional care and support.  The articles found on the American Psychiatric Association website provide more information about many common mental illnesses.

    Stroke Prevention

    Last updated 2 years ago

    A stroke, also commonly called a “brain attack,” is a deadly medical event caused by the interruption of blood flow to an area of the brain. Without its normal supply of oxygen, the brain cells become starved of nutrients and can die within minutes. Patients experiencing stroke symptoms who do not seek immediate stroke care can suffer permanent long-term disability and even death. Even men and women at an increased risk, however, can take steps to prevent a stroke. 

    Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center is proud to offer the community of Las Vegas and the surrounding areas state-of-the-art neurosciences care close to home. Our program specializes in minimally invasive surgical techniques, advanced craniotomy procedures, and the highest quality of stroke care provided by our Joint Commission Certified Stroke Center.

    To reduce your risk of a stroke and improve your overall health, consider taking the following steps:

    • Exercise more
      If you don’t exercise already, then start. Fitting regular physical activity into your daily routine will not only help to improve your mood and cardiovascular health, but can also help to manage many of the risk factors for stroke, including obesity and high blood pressure.
       
    • Eat a diet low in fat and sodium
      Diets rich in saturated and trans fats contribute to the development of fatty plaques in the arteries and can increase your risk of a stroke. Diets high in sodium can increase your blood pressure and therefore your risk of a hemorrhagic stroke.Do your body a favor and focus on eating higher volumes of leafy greens, fruits, fish, and whole grains instead of fatty, processed food items.
       
    • Speak with your doctor about chronic medical conditions
      Chronic diseases, such as high cholesterol and diabetes, can increase your risk of a stroke when not managed carefully. Your doctor can help you better manage your condition and may prescribe medications to keep cholesterol and blood sugar levels under control.

    If you are ever in need of emergency stroke care, you can trust that the experts at Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center will work to evaluate, diagnose, and treat your symptoms as quickly as possible. Learn more about our neurosciences program by calling (702) 880-2700 today.

    Skin Cancer: Amanda

    Last updated 2 years ago

    According to the American Cancer Society, melanoma accounts for almost 9,000 of the nearly 12,000 skin cancer deaths that occur each year in the United States. Although the condition can be the result of hereditary factors, it is generally caused by overexposure to harmful ultraviolet rays from sunlight or tanning booths. By watching this video, you can learn more about one woman’s experience with skin cancer and how it has changed her life forever.

    Even if you may enjoy the look of a new tan, you should seriously consider protecting your skin from the risk of sun cancer. For more information about covering up and avoiding UV rays during the day, contact Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center at (702) 880-2700. Our staff is always available to answer your health-related questions.

    What is Alzheimer

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Alzheimer’s disease is a form of progressive dementia that results in the destruction of brain cells over time. Although the cause of this disease is not known, medical scientists believe that deposits of beta amyloid plaques and the presence neurofibrillary tangles lead to Alzheimer’s symptoms. In the beginning, the signs of this disease are typically limited to mild memory lapses. At Southern Hills Hospital, we feel privileged to offer the older adults in our community the services of our RISE Behavioral Health Center. Introduced earlier this year, the RISE program focuses on effectively managing and treating the mental health needs of residents in Las Vegas and the surrounding areas. Read on to learn about the variety of symptoms patients can experience as dementia progresses.

    • Difficulty remembering the locations of familiar places, the names of friends and loved ones, how to perform simple tasks, the time of day, or how to do simple arithmetic
    • Difficulty concentrating on a single task for extended periods of time or problems completing spoken sentences due to forgotten words
    • Getting lost in familiar places or having trouble finding his or her way in a place he or she has lived for a long period of time
    • Experiencing dramatic mood swings, becoming abnormally withdrawn, or having changes in personality
    • Losing coordination, balance, or mobility

    Unfortunately, there is no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease. There are, however, various FDA-approved medications that are used to slow the progression of the disease or manage the symptoms. Patients with Alzheimer’s disease must often modify their lifestyle to ensure optimal quality of life and safety. Light exercise, family support, and a calm environment can all help to manage the disease and promote overall health and wellness.

    At Southern Hills Hospital, our specialists are trained to provide assistance and support for those with anxiety disorders, psychoses, depression, dementia, and more. Contact our staff today at (702) 880-2700 for more information about RISE.

    Southern Hills Hospital Introduces Single Balloon Enteroscopy – Less Invasive Gastrointestinal Procedure

    Last updated 2 years ago

    First and Only Hospital to Offer Procedure in Southern Nevada
     

    LAS VEGAS – Southern Hills Hospital is proud to offer its newest service – Single Balloon Enteroscopy, a minimally invasive procedure that uses a longer scope for gastrointestinal (GI) procedures allowing physicians to further reach the small intestine, diagnose and treat patients immediately. The procedure enhances the patient’s care with less recovery time, enabling physicians to identify issues faster than before. Southern Hills Hospital is the first and only hospital to offer the procedure in Southern Nevada.

    “We are excited to provide Single Balloon Enteroscopy to our patients,” said Kimball Anderson, CEO of Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center. “We started seeing a pattern of endoscopy patients that could benefit from this new procedure, and now, we’re able to deliver those benefits to future patients.”

    Single Balloon Enterscopy uses a hose-like scope that includes a balloon on the tip of the scope, which inflates as an anchor allowing the scope to delve further in the small intestine. Prior to Single Balloon Enteroscopy, physicians were limited by the reach of a shorter scope and would essentially need to perform a second scoping procedure to diagnose issues. With Single Balloon Enteroscopy, physicians can enter the GI tract once, and immediately reach the area in question.

    To learn more about the hospital and its services, visit SouthernHillsHospital.com.

    About Southern Hills Hospital:

    Recognized by The Joint Commission as a “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures” (one of only 405 hospitals in the nation with this designation), a “Best Hospital” runner-up in the Best of Las Vegas Readers’ Poll and awarded an ‘A’ grade on patient safety by Hospital Safety Score, Southern Hills Hospital provides the communities of southwest Las Vegas with emergency and pediatric emergency services, a new behavioral health unit for ages 55 and older, an accredited Chest Pain Center, a Certified Primary Stroke Center, OB-GYN, diagnostic imaging and surgical services. Utilizing advanced digital technology and an accomplished medical staff, Southern Hills Hospital’s advanced care and superior service make for better outcomes and an exceptional patient experience. Southern Hills Hospital is the first institution in the state of Nevada to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a leading hospital in cardiology through their compliance with the "Get with the Guidelines - Heart Failure" program.  In addition, Southern Hills Hospital is a home to award-winning spine physicians from the Nevada Neurosciences Institute.  The hospital is also a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, MountainView Hospital and several surgery and diagnostic imaging centers offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services. 

    Southern Hills Hospital
    9300 W. Sunset Rd.
    Las Vegas, NV 89148
    SouthernHillsHospital.com

    Talk to a registered nurse 24/7 to find a physician or get answers to your health questions through our free Consult-A-Nurse line at 702.880.2700. 

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