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    Signs Your Loved One May Have Suffered a Stroke – Certified Stroke Center at Southern Hills Hospital is Here to Help

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in the United States, and is the third leading cause of death (following heart disease and cancer).  Because a stroke can have such varied effects, it is easy to misunderstand stroke symptoms.  However, immediate medical attention for a stroke is critical in preventing further, more devastating damage.  The Stroke Team at Southern Hills Hospital Stroke Center has compiled this list of stroke warning signs to help you determine if a loved one may require medical assistance.

    Diminished Motor Skills

    A stroke can have a variety of different effects on a person’s cognitive abilities and fine motor skills, depending on where a stroke occurs within the brain.  It isn’t uncommon for a stroke to affect only one half of the body (depending on which hemisphere of the brain is affected), resulting in total or partial paralysis.  A stroke can also result in feelings of numbness or intermittent pain within the head, hands, or feet.

    Loss of Memory/Cognition

    The cognitive effects of a stroke are often much harder to identify if a victim manifests little or no physical symptoms.  Cognitive impairments include a sudden loss of spatial and analytical relations between objects, aphasia relating to speech or spelling, or sudden vision impairment in one or both eyes.  Short-term memory retention may also be affected.

    Sudden Personality Changes

    Unfortunately, a stroke can also have a profound neurological impact on a person’s emotional control.  This may result in a mild to profound change in attitude, resulting in behavior that ranges from extremely cautious to blatantly impulsive, or even inexplicably hostile.

    If you or a loved one exhibits these common signs of stroke, then contact our professional medical team with the Certified Stroke Center at Southern Hills Hospital. We are an award-winning healthcare institution in southern Las Vegas.  Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 880-2700 or visit us online for more information.


    Learn More about Managing Diabetes and Maintaining Good Health

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Would you like to learn more about the health topics recently discussed in our blogs? The following articles contain more information on diabetes, organ donation, and more. If you have any remaining questions, please contact Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center at (702) 880-2700.

    • Type 1 diabetes, unlike type 2, results from the autoimmune destruction of the insulin-secreting cells of the pancreas. Read more about the different types of diabetes on the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse.
    • Managing high blood sugar effectively can help diabetics to avoid many serious health complications. This article from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation provides more information about checking and maintaining blood sugar levels.
    • Men and women with diabetes must pay closer attention to eating a nutritious, balanced diet. Learn more about making healthy food choices from the American Diabetes Association.
    • Have you fallen prey to one of the many myths about alcohol consumption? Find out by visiting
    • If you decide to consume alcohol, it is important that you have accurate information about the risks it may pose to your health. This article from the Addiction Science and Research Center at the University of Texas lists 300 important facts about alcohol.
    • Do you still want to learn more about the effects of alcohol on the human body? This article from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) answers many frequently asked questions about alcohol and its effects.
    • If you are worried that you or someone you know may be abusing alcohol, visit the Alcoholics Anonymous website to learn more about finding help.
    • Southern Hills offers state-of-the-art treatments for stroke and other brain disorders. You can find out more about stroke treatments from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website.
    • Distracted driving is a deadly epidemic facing America—read more about the effects of cell phone use on the roads from
    • Are you registered as an organ donor? If not, learn more about the process from

    "It was by far the most positive hospital experience I've ever had."

    Last updated 2 years ago

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    • I recently had to go to the ER for a kidney infection. I chose Southern Hills because it's closest to my house. It was by far the most positive hospital experience I've ever had. I didn't have to wait at all to be admitted. My total time in the ER was 4 hours.  I only had to wait about an hour for a diagnosis and plan of treatment. I was... More

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    Southern Hills Hospital Receives Top Safety Score in Nevada!

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Southern Hills Hospital receives top safety score in Nevada! Consumer Reports scoring is based on six criteria: avoiding bacteria, avoid readmission, communication about medications and discharge, appropriate use of chest and abdominal scanning, avoiding serious complications and avoiding mortality. Check out this video to learn more from FOX 5 Vegas!

    Type 1 Diabetes Management

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Type 1 diabetes is a chronic disorder caused by the autoimmune destruction of insulin-secreting cells of the pancreas. Without an adequate amount of insulin, the body cannot transport glucose from the blood into the cells, causing glucose levels in the blood to become elevated. Patients suffering from Type 1 diabetes must make various lifestyle changes to ensure proper management of blood glucose levels and to avoid potential disease complications.

    While the dietary recommendations for diabetics may seem complicated at first, a second glance will illuminate the fact that a diabetic diet is the same healthy diet recommended for everyone. 

    • Keep a routine
      Your blood sugar will fluctuate based on your meal schedule. Eat three nutritionally balanced meals each day; do not skip meals. Make an effort to include the same amounts of carbohydrate and protein in each meal as the day before. If a meal may be late, always carry snacks.
    • Choose healthy foods
      Avoid Trans and saturated fats. Control consumption of carbohydrates, such as sugars and starches. When choosing proteins, focus on leaner meats, such as poultry and fish. Learn to count your carbs, as they have the biggest influence on blood sugar level.

    Regular physical activity, like a healthy diet, is essential for maintaining good health. For those with diabetes, exercise can improve the body’s ability to utilize glucose and lower the risk for cardiovascular disease.

    Not only does smoking increase your risk for developing cancer and other serious medical conditions, it can also keep you from adequately managing your diabetes. If you need help quitting, consult with your doctor. To find a physician, contact Southern Hills Hospital at (702) 880-2700.

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