A stroke, also called a cerebrovascular accident or brain attack, occurs when blood flow to a part of the brain is interrupted. When blood flow is interrupted for any period of time, oxygen and nutrients are not able to nourish the brain tissue, causing brain cells to die. It is the death of these cells that can lead to death or permanent disability as the result of a stroke. Because no two strokes are exactly the same, the area of the brain and the bodily functions affected by the attack can differ with each stroke. There are, however, some common effects that can occur as a result of this condition.
- Physical challenges
After surviving a stroke, many patients can suffer from problems with movement or muscle contraction. Spasticity, or problems with muscle tightness, and difficulty swallowing are two common stroke-related disabilities. Patients can also suffer from problems with vision, balance, and muscle pain.
- Communication difficulties
When the stroke affects the left hemisphere of the brain, a patient can have difficulties with the expression and understanding of language. Aphasia, apraxia, and auditory overload are three of the most common communication problems associated with stroke.
- Emotional & behavioral changes
Behavioral health issues can also be the result of a stroke. Many stroke survivors suffer from depression, dementia, and emotional expressive disorders as a result of a stroke.
Stroke is the number one cause of long-term adult disability in the United States. Do not become a part of this number—learn to recognize the symptoms of stroke and have an excellent treatment center in mind in case of medical emergency. The Primary Stroke Center at Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center is certified by the Joint Commission as a center of excellence in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of stroke in our community. Call Southern Hills at (702) 880-2100 to learn more.
- Physical challenges
Today we celebrate Doctors’ Day, a day we thank and recognize our dedicated physicians for the care and expertise they provide to our patients each and every day.
Finding quality prenatal care early in your pregnancy and continuing until childbirth is vital to the future health of you and your child. By seeking prenatal care early in your pregnancy, you can identify risks for complications before they have the chance to adversely affect the health of you or your baby. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately four million women give birth every year, and about one-third will suffer from complications with their pregnancy. With help from an experienced physician, these problems can be identified early and managed appropriately, helping to ensure that you and your baby experience a healthy future together.
Seeking early prenatal care will also provide you with a medical professional that is readily available to answer any questions that you may have about the pregnancy , labor, and childbirth process. Arming yourself with knowledge about these processes will instill feelings of confidence and make the experience as enjoyable as possible. Your physician will also be able to guide you in choosing the right supplements and vitamins to make sure that you are getting proper nutrition for yourself and your child during this important time.
Studies have shown that mothers who seek quality prenatal care tend to have fewer complications and may significantly decrease their likelihood of having a high-risk pregnancy. At Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center , we offer the expecting mothers in our community high-quality prenatal care through our Sunny Babies program. By helping each mother find a great physician, apply for financial assistance, and register for free childbirth classes, we help women gain confidence and health during this exciting time of their lives. Our Sunny Babies program has multiple locations—to make an appointment at the location nearest you, contact Southern Hills Hospital at (702) 880-2100 today.
Thursday, March 29
11 a.m. – Noon
Education Room/First Floor
Wear your dancing shoes and come line dance with us! Learn the benefits and basics of this dance method and increase your fitness level. Sponsored by CareMore. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Call 702.880.2700 to register. Free to H2U members.
Respect, Inspire, Strengthen, Empower: Introducing Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center’s RISE Behavioral Health Unit
For many men and women who suffer from behavioral health problems, the stresses of daily life can interfere with their routine and significantly reduce their overall quality of life. To help the seniors of Las Vegas combat these stresses and improve their health, Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center has recently opened the RISE Behavioral Health Unit as another dedicated service to our community.
RISE Behavioral Health is a 14-bed, in-patient specialty unit committed to serving men and women aged 55 and older who suffer from behavioral health problems. The unit is located within the acute care facility, providing our patients with immediate specialized health care if the need arises. This service, in combination with the expert health care offered by the RISE medical team, provides families with a greater sense of security and safety for their loved ones during their stay.
The new RISE unit provides care for seniors with a wide variety of ailments that may be interfering with their quality of life. These issues can include, but are not limited to anxiety disorders, depression, dementia, and psychosis.
Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center is dedicated to the continued health of the communities of southwest Las Vegas. Through advanced, innovative health care and the experience of our medical professionals, we strive to provide only the highest quality of care to our patients. As a part of our comprehensive health care services, we also offer the Consult-A-Nurse line, a free service that allows you to speak directly with a registered nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week for answers to your medical questions. Call (702) 880-2100 to speak with our nurses today.
As with most types of cancer, detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages is one of the most important factors in being cured. In addition to breast self-exams, mammography screening can help to detect cancer of the breast before it can develop into more advanced stages.
In this video, you can witness one man’s experiences with breast cancer and how the disease affected his loved ones. This video is a part of Southern Hill Hospital’s first “Think Pink” event to raise breast cancer awareness and to emphasize the importance of annual mammograms in the early detection of this potentially deadly disease.
If you would like to find out more about recommended cancer screening guidelines, contact Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center at (702) 880-2100. Our staff is available to answer your questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Hospital emergency rooms operate on the triage system. Triage, from the French word meaning to sift, determines the medical need of each patient based on the severity of their condition. For example, a patient experiencing stroke symptoms would likely be seen sooner than a patient with a sprained ankle. This sifting process allows for emergency resources to be rationed effectively when there is not enough staff to see all cases at once. A patient’s interview with a triage nurse is the first step to receiving care in this process.
When you or a loved one is in need of emergency care, it is completely natural to expect the highest quality medical care in the least amount of time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the national wait time to see a qualified medical professional is one hour. A qualified professional is defined as a Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Osteopathy (DO), Physician Assistant (PA), or Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP). At Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center, we strive to beat the national average. In fact, all hospitals in the Sunrise Health System strive for prompt, quality care, and their average wait times are substantially lower than the national average.
The emergency facilities at Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center and the other Sunrise Health hospitals save lives when seconds count— 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We diagnose and treat our ER patients and are never closed to you and your family. Learn more about our ER wait times by contacting our staff at (702) 880-2100, or text “ER” to 23000 to receive Sunrise Health Hospitals’ average wait times via text message.
You can work to avoid experiencing serious medical conditions by knowing your risk factors and taking preventive steps. Learn more about your risk factors for a stroke and the other topics discussed in our recent posts by looking through the following links or contacting Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center at (702) 880-2100.
- This article from PubMed Health provides more information about pleurisy , a possible cause of sharp chest pain.
- Angina is one of the most common causes of chest pain. Read more about this condition from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute .
- Emergency room or urgent care? This guide from the National Association for Ambulatory Care may help you to choose which facility is best to treat your illness or injury.
- Become more aware of the symptoms of a stroke by reading this helpful guide from the National Stroke Association .
- Determine your risk factors for experiencing a stroke by looking through this outline found on the American Stroke Association website.
- Visit the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to learn more about transient ischemic attacks and what to do when you or a loved one experiences one of these “mini strokes.”
- This article found on the American Pregnancy Association website describes fetal development during weeks 14-16 of pregnancy.
- Read this helpful article provided by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to learn more about how to tell when labor begins.
- Are you at risk for heart disease ? Find out if you have any of the defined risk factors by reading this fact sheet on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
- Gestational diabetes is a temporary form of diabetes that can occur during pregnancy—read this article from the American Diabetes Association to learn more.
For first-time expectant mothers, pregnancy can be a time of both excitement and trepidation. Learning as much as possible about the development of your baby and birthing process can be a huge help in alleviating any apprehension. Read on to find out more about the development of your child by each defined trimester.
- The First Trimester (weeks 0-12)
Pregnancy begins when a sperm cell penetrates an egg. Soon after fertilization, the egg begins to rapidly divide. After the third week has begun, the egg (now made of hundreds of cells) implants into the lining of the uterus. By the end of this trimester, the embryo has begun to develop his or her brain, lungs, spinal cord, heart, and digestive and reproductive systems. The umbilical cord, which is responsible for supplying vital nutrients to the developing child and disposing of waste, is also formed during the first trimester.
- The Second Trimester (weeks 13-26)
During the second trimester , your child will begin to develop hair and his or her bones and muscles will become more defined. He or she will grow very rapidly—you will begin to feel pressure on your lungs, bladder, stomach, and kidneys as the baby gets bigger and bigger. At the end of this trimester, your child will be about one foot long, weigh about two pounds, and have formed all of his or her essential internal organs.
- The Third Trimester (weeks 27-40)
You may feel a lot of movement from your baby during the third trimester. During the final weeks of pregnancy, he or she will probably gain a great deal of weight, usually around half a pound per week. Birth typically takes place at or around week 40.
If you are expecting a child and live in the greater Las Vegas area, consider experiencing your baby’s birth in one of the private suites of Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center . You are invited to tour our state-of-the-art maternity hospital and see for yourself—simply call our friendly and knowledgeable staff at (702) 880-2100 to schedule your appointment, or contact us online .
- The First Trimester (weeks 0-12)
Thursday, March 15
11 a.m. to Noon
Education Room/First Floor
Find your Zen and join us for a yoga session. Sponsored by CareMore. Bring a yoga mat. Call 702.880.2700 to register. Light refreshments will be provided. Free to H2U members.