• Resolve to Take Charge of Your Heart Health Now Rather Than Later

    Cardiovascular disease is a growing healthcare concern in the United States. While this condition affects mostly older Americans, it often stems from lifestyle habits begun long ago. Though you may be young and healthy at the moment, now is the time to evaluate your risk for heart disease. By addressing potential problems today, you can decrease your chances of getting cardiovascular disease in the future.

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    Manage your stress

    Perhaps you eat right and exercise daily, but are you in control of your stress ? Job demands, family obligations, and other commitments can often lead to high stress levels, which has a direct effect on your heart health. Stress impacts your blood pressure, an early sign of cardiovascular disease. To lessen the strain on your heart, implement measures to reduce stress. Though physical activity is a highly beneficial way to alleviate daily tensions, you may also want to eliminate the factors contributing to your stress.

    Stop smoking immediately

    Sometimes, individuals may assume that because they’re young and healthy, smoking won’t cause them significant problems. On the contrary, smoking can quickly deteriorate your heart health and cause early cardiovascular disease. Smoking not only damages heart tissue and blood cells, but it also causes plaque buildup in the arteries. This makes it even harder for the heart to supply ample oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body. To safeguard your heart now and in the future, quit smoking.

    Discuss your family history

    Though you can’t change your family’s health history, you can use your knowledge of it to prevent future health problems. If your grandparents, parents, or siblings have experienced heart health issues, you are at a heightened risk for the same. By discussing your family’s health history with your healthcare provider, you can put into action preventative measures to protect yourself from heart disease at an older age.

    Do you have more questions about how to manage your heart health? Come to our H2U Dinner with Doctor: Treating Minor Heart Attacks with Dr. Bhatti. RSVP for Thursday , February 7th at 5:30PM. Or, call Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center . Our Las Vegas facility can help you determine what steps you need to take to protect your cardiovascular wellbeing. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 880-2100 to schedule a consultation with a healthcare provider.

  • Southern Hills Hospital Presents: “Preventing and Treating Minor Heart Attacks”

    Southern Hills Hospital is celebrating American Heart Month in February by providing a free dinner workshop called “Preventing and Treating Minor Heart Attacks.” The program provides the expertise of cardiologist Dr. Muhammad A. Bhatti, MD with the tips and tricks necessary to lead a heart healthy lifestyle and knowing what to do if a minor heart attack occurs. Southern Hills Hospital is an accredited Chest Pain Center.  The free dinner program is brought to the community by the hospital’s Health to You (H2U) program, a health and wellness membership program. The workshop is on:

    Thursday, Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m.
    Southern Hills Hospital Education Room/First Floor
    9300 W. Sunset Rd.
    Las Vegas, NV 89148

    The workshop and dinner are free, but registration is required by calling 702.880.2700 at least 48 hours in advance of the event date. To learn more about the hospital and its services, visit S outhernHillsHospital.com .

  • Taking a Closer Look at the Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy with da Vinci Robotic Surgery

    In the past, women who underwent a hysterectomy would often experience a range of side effects, including stretched abdominal muscles, extensive scarring, and prolonged recovery times. Medical advances have now made it possible for hysterectomy patients to receive the medical treatment they need without these unwanted complications. The minimally invasive hysterectomy made possible with the da Vinci robotic system significantly reduces the discomfort and inconvenience that many women suffer after undergoing treatment.

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    What are some of the benefits of robotic surgery?

    1. State-of-the-art surgical technology
    2. Ability to perform adult robotic surgery
    3. Offering a less invasive surgical option, which leads to faster recovery times, a return to your normal daily activities and to those you love.
    4. This is yet another example of the advanced care offered at Southern Hills Hospital.

    Why is a minimally invasive hysterectomy performed?

    Most hysterectomies are performed to treat a potentially life-threatening uterine condition. Endometriosis, fibroids, and uterine cancer all may necessitate a hysterectomy. Though a vital part of a patient’s care, a traditional hysterectomy is often associated with several negative side effects, like conspicuous scarring or excessive discomfort. A minimally invasive hysterectomy, while providing the same benefits as a traditional hysterectomy, comes with a fraction of the potential side effects.

    How is a minimally invasive hysterectomy performed?

    A minimally invasive hysterectomy has been given its name due to the use of da Vinci robotic technology. This innovative system allows surgeons to provide the same high level of medical care with significantly reduced invasive measures. Instead of making one large incision across the lower pelvic region, the da Vinci robotic system makes several minute incisions that result in little to no scarring after the procedure. With the guidance of a camera, the surgeon is then able to remove the uterus through the vagina instead of the abdominal wall.

    Who is an eligible candidate for a minimally invasive hysterectomy?

    Unless they have other existing medical conditions that preclude minimally invasive hysterectomy, most women can greatly benefit from this surgical procedure. The da Vinci robotic system allows for smaller incisions, faster recovery times, and minimal discomfort. To determine if you are an eligible candidate for the procedure, consult with your healthcare provider.

    Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center offers the minimally invasive hysterectomy procedure at our Las Vegas healthcare facility. We also offer our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line for those with questions about hysterectomies or the conditions that may require them. Visit our website or call (702) 880-2100 to learn more about our healthcare options.

  • Working to Fight Stroke with Simple Steps

    Did you know that approximately 80 percent of strokes can be prevented? This video explains how you can take control of your health to ward off stroke.

    Engaging in regular physical activity can reduce the risk of many illnesses, including stroke. To minimize your chances of stroke, discuss with a healthcare provider how to implement a consistent exercise regimen. Making smart food choices can also lessen the dangers of stroke. Experts also advise individuals to see a doctor on a regular basis to determine if their blood pressure levels are healthy. By implementing these easy preventative measures, you and your family can avoid the risks of stroke.

    Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center is a certified primary stroke center as part of our Las Vegas-based medical facilities. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 880-2100 or visit our website for more information on our healthcare options.

  • The Steps to Recovery After Stroke

    Stroke can be a life-changing experience. Though its effects can vary greatly from person to person, stroke can rob you of your health and self-reliance. With appropriate stroke care measures, however, you can regain your physical abilities and everyday autonomy. If you have suffered stroke, the following steps can put you back on the path to an engaged and independent life.

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    Discuss your recovery goals with your healthcare provider

    The road to stroke recovery begins with your healthcare provider . Once your condition stabilizes, your doctors can assess how your brain function has been affected and what areas of the body have been impacted. Some patients may experience mild symptoms such as moderate speech impairment, while other suffer full paralysis on one side of the body. Establish an open dialogue with your healthcare providers regarding measures that can be taken so that your recovery addresses all necessary heath considerations.

    Begin therapy to regain your independence

    Many stroke sufferers will undergo some form of rehabilitative therapy to alleviate the side effects of stroke. Speech therapy can help those whose verbal communication skills have been impaired by stroke. Physical therapy can teach individuals with lost limb function how to strengthen their arms and legs. Occupational therapy can address everyday tasks like bathing or cooking that stroke may have affected. Each of these therapy methods can restore patients’ independence and self-confidence.

    Enlist the support of family and friends

    For many stroke sufferers, recovery is an ongoing process. Depending on the severity of the effects of a stroke, rehabilitation may take months or years. To ensure that you have the support and assistance you need both now and as you move through therapy, communicate your needs to your loved ones. Friends and family want to help, but may need guidance as to what you require from them.

    Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center is a certified primary stroke center. We also offer an iTriage Symptom Checker app that can help individuals better determine if they or a loved one requires medical assistance for a condition like stroke. For more information about our many healthcare services, call (702) 880-2100 or visit our website.

  • A Look at the Benefits of Preventative Healthcare

    Preventative healthcare can save time, expense and lives. This video discusses what you can do to ensure greater health and longevity.

    Seeing a healthcare provider before you become ill can work to your advantage in several ways. A doctor can give suggestions to increase your wellness, such as incorporating better eating habits or starting an exercise program. He or she can also advise cessation methods if you smoke. Regular visits to your doctor can also facilitate the early detection of potentially serious health problems . When your physician is able to prescribe a course of action prior to the development of serious health complications, it can safeguard both your life and your wallet.

    Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center offers several preventative healthcare programs for patients in the greater Las Vegas region. Our Women’s Services department provides childbirth and breastfeeding classes. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 880-2100 for more information.

  • Happy First Birthday, RISE Behavioral Health!

    A year ago, Southern Hills Hospital’s new geriatric psychiatric unit opened, providing a 14 bed program that addresses behavioral health issues in seniors. Today, we celebrate the care and treatment provided to our patients and their families through this much-needed resource for ages 55 and older.

    If you or a loved one suffers from behavioral health issues such as depression, be sure to recognize it, address it and treat it as soon as possible. 

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    By implementing the following steps, you can strengthen your body and mind and gain control of your mental wellbeing. 

    Get Active

    Exercise is essential for your physical health, but it can boost your mental health as well. Researchers have found that physical activity is an effective measure for treating clinical depression, which is why it can be an important component for preventing it. Exercise has been proven to improve mental illness in many ways, including alleviating the effects of addiction and body image disorder. To reduce your risk for depression, make a point to get active on a regular basis in the coming year.

    Be Social

    Social isolation can often contribute to the onset of clinical depression. Especially in older individuals, the lack of a social support system can bring on mental illness. If your social interactions are limited, try to implement new ways of meeting and engaging with others. Join a club. Invite your coworkers out for lunch. Call up a friend you haven’t seen in a while. Maintaining your social ties can prove vital toward warding off depression.

    Ask for Help

    When it comes to clinical depression, it’s important to know when you need help. If you are exhibiting common signs of depression such as excessive sleeping or lack of interest in enjoyable activities, consider speaking with a mental health professional. By recognizing when you need medical intervention, you can get back on the road to mental health more quickly.

    Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center offers expert mental healthcare to those ages 55 and older in the greater Las Vegas community. Our RISE Behavioral Health program can help. Call us at (702) 880-2100 for more information about the RISE program or our other healthcare services.