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Southern Hills Recognized by Consumer Reports

100,000 Americans die every year from hospital-acquired infections, many of which are largely preventable. In this video, the host explains the types of infections that are common in hospitals and which facilities keep their patient infection rates higher or lower than the national average.

Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center has recently been recognized by Consumer Reports for its low infection rates, receiving a perfect rating. Our professionals are committed to following the latest guidelines in protecting our patients from unnecessary infections. Learn more about us and our services by contacting our staff at (702) 880-2100 or visiting our website. 

A Look at What Causes Stroke

MRI Scan

Stroke is a life-threatening medical event that occurs when the brain’s blood supply is interrupted. Without the oxygen and nutrients supplied by adequate blood flow, brain cells suffer damage and death within 10 minutes of the event. A victim of stroke experiences sudden loss of function and cognitive difficulties.

There are two main types of these ‘brain attacks’:  ischemic stroke and hemorrhagic stroke.

  • An ischemic stroke occurs when a clot or local plaque buildup obstructs blood flow to a region of the brain. A clot can break off from another part of the brain or from anywhere else in the body and travel in the bloodstream to cause the obstruction. A clot can also form in an artery that is already very narrow. Fat, cholesterol, and other substances can form plaques that collect on the artery walls, which also can be the cause of a blockage. 

  • A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, causing blood to leak (hemorrhage) into the brain. The bleeding puts pressure on the brain and prevents cells from getting their normal blood supply.

Stroke symptoms typically develop suddenly and require immediate medical attention to minimize damage to the brain tissue. To minimize your risk for developing a stroke, consider speaking with your physician if you have any of the following risk factors:

  • High blood pressure
  • High homocysteine levels in the blood
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Cocaine, heroin, or amphetamine abuse
  • Use of birth control pills if over the age of 35
  • Long-term use of hormone replacement therapy
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Atrial fibrillation

If you or a loved one experiences the symptoms of stroke, consider calling 911 and seeking medical assistance immediately. At Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center, our Primary Stroke Center is certified by the Joint Commission as a facility with the highest quality in stroke care. Don’t become a statistic—call us today at (702) 880-2100 to learn more stroke treatment and prevention.

Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease - Causes and Symptoms

Alzheimer's Disease

Dementia is the term used to describe a group of symptoms involving cognition. To be diagnosed with dementia, a patient must have a disturbance in memory and a decline in one or more cognitive domain that includes language, praxis, executive function, or visuospatial function. Those suffering from dementia tend to have increasing trouble remembering things, such as how to do simple math, how to pay bills, and how to get to familiar locations. They may also have difficulty concentrating on tasks and experience personality changes. Dementia is usually a degenerative condition and cannot be prevented or reversed.

The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is a progressive condition that slowly destroys brain cells, destroying a person’s ability to learn, remember, and function normally. The causes of Alzheimer’s disease are not yet known, but studies suggest that plaques and neurofibrillary tangles within the nerve cells are involved in the condition’s development. These factors begin by compromising the function of the hippocampus (memory center) and slowly moving throughout the brain.

While the cause of the disease remains unknown, some factors may increase your chances of developing the Alzheimer’s. These risk factors include:

  • Being 65 years old or older
  • Family history of Alzheimer’s
  • Down’s syndrome, or Down’s in a first-degree relative
  • Lower educational achievement
  • Previous serious, traumatic brain injury
  • Smoking
  • Women under 35 who give birth to a child with Down’s syndrome
  • Depression
  • Elevated levels of homocysteine
  • Heart disease

The roles of certain factors such as poor nutrition in childhood, excess metal in the blood, certain viral infections, diabetes, and high cholesterol in the development of Alzheimer’s disease are currently being evaluated.

Alzheimer’s disease begins with mild memory lapses before it progresses to a more profound loss of memory and function. The symptoms of the disease correlate with other types of dementia. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s or any known way to slow its progression. If you would like to learn more about this disease or how to support a loved one with this diagnosis, please contact Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center at (702) 880-2100.

Vote for Southern Hills as the BEST HOSPITAL in Las Vegas


UPDATE: The voting period for this story has ended. Link is no longer valid.

We are excited that the Review-Journal newspaper is asking the community to vote on the Best Hospital in the Las Vegas area. We think Southern Hills Hospital should win the designation as Best Hospital and we want you to cast your vote in the readers’ poll. The Best Hospital category will appear in the “Locations” section of the newspaper’s ballot. Voting for the Best Hospital will begin on Sunday, Jan. 22 and continue through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30.

You can vote two ways: Fill out the “Best of Las Vegas” form in the Review-Journal’s special section on Sunday, Jan. 22; and/or, beginning that same day, cast your vote online at:

Thanks for your vote and tell your friends and family to vote too.

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