• How to Help the Women in Your Life Improve Their Heart Health

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    All adults are susceptible to heart disease , which is why starting a regimen for better heart health is as important for women as it is for men. The process of incorporating sound lifestyle practices and doing away with the detrimental ones can take some time, but it is well worth the effort. By helping the women in your life to pay closer attention to their cardiovascular health, you too can reap the benefits of the following heart health guidelines.

    Understand Heart Numbers
    Understanding if you are at risk for heart issues is the first step to take when looking to become healthier. Knowing your good and bad cholesterol levels, triglycerides, weight, body mass index (BMI), and blood pressure will give you a great baseline to establish your current state of health from. It will also give you a way to see if your new healthy habits are working or not.

    Measure Their Waist Size
    A person’s waist size can not only tell you what size pants they need, but it can also tell you their risk of developing heart-related health issues. If a woman’s waist size is more than 35 inches, they are at an increased risk of developing heart disease and/or type 2 diabetes. Getting serious with dieting and exercise can help bring a person’s weight, and risk of developing heart-related health issues, down.

    Receive Regular Medical Screenings
    Even if you and your loved ones feel great, it’s important to see a doctor for periodic cardiovascular screenings. A qualified medical professional can identify potential heart issues before they become more serious problems, so be sure to schedule a checkup at least once a year.

    Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center provides comprehensive heart health services for patients in the greater Las Vegas region. If you have not received a cardiovascular screening in more than a year, now is the time to do it. Call our facility today at (702) 880-2100 to set up an appointment .

  • Do You Know Your Risk for Heart Attack and Stroke?

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    Every year, more than a million Americans fall victim to either a heart attack or stroke. In most cases, both of these conditions are entirely preventable. One step toward reducing the high occurrence of heart attacks and strokes is finding out if you harbor any risk factors and knowing what you can do to neutralize them.

    Risk Factors for Heart Attacks
    Some circumstances that may cause a heart attack cannot be avoided. In particular, men of advancing age have an increased chance of suffering a heart attack than women or younger individuals. However, risk factors such as excessive weight, lack of exercise, and smoking are within your power to change . If you weigh more than is healthy, or you have neglected your exercise routine, you should take immediate steps to change these factors. If you smoke, quit now. Though smoking cessation can be difficult for many people, numerous support programs exist to help you.

    Risk Factors for Stroke
    Many of the risk factors for stroke overlap with those of heart attacks, which speaks to the importance of trying to minimize the ones that are within your control. Both men and women are susceptible to stroke, but older men do have a higher risk of experiencing them. Regardless of your gender or age, be sure to drink in moderation, as excessive alcohol consumption can increase your risk. Elevated cholesterol levels and blood pressure can further heighten your vulnerability to stroke. To address these issues, consult a cardiovascular expert.

    Preventative Medicine for Heart Attacks and Stroke
    While doing your part to eliminate controllable risk factors is essential to avoiding heart attack and stroke, no amount of at-home prevention can substitute for qualified medical care. Many people who consider themselves healthy are still at risk for a heart attack or stroke because they’re unaware of factors such as high cholesterol that often go unnoticed. To guarantee your cardiovascular health, make an annual appointment with a physician.

    Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center can help you avert the occurrence of heart attacks and stroke. Call (702) 880-2100 today to schedule a cardiovascular consultation at our Las Vegas facility.

  • Southern Hills Hospital Receives Multiple Accreditations from the American College of Radiology


    Southern Hills Hospital was awarded American College of Radiology (ACR) accreditation in four modalities including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), mammography, computed tomography, ultrasound and nuclear medicine. Each has a three-year term of accreditation as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

    The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

    The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

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

  • Tips for Getting Vocal About Your Heart Health

    Some individuals tend to feel ill at ease when speaking to their healthcare providers . This video offers some helpful advice on how to communicate your questions when receiving medical care.

    Every time you see a doctor, be sure to come prepared with all necessary information regarding your past and present health. This means knowing your family history as well as having a list of all current medications. Don’t hesitate to voice any concerns you may have about your medical care; this is the only way that your doctor can take the appropriate measures to improve it. In addition, if you don’t understand what your physician is saying, ask them to rephrase their information using simpler terms.

    At Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center, it is our top priority to provide superior care to patients in a comfortable and supportive environment. To learn more about what our Las Vegas facility can do for you, call (702) 880-2100 or visit our website.

  • Who is at High Risk for Flu Complications?

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    Americans are facing a decidedly harsh flu season this year. The situation has recently reached epidemic proportions, but the good news is that you can still take steps to protect you and your family from the flu. It’s extremely important for each member of your family to get a flu vaccination as soon as possible, particularly those who may experience more severe complications from the flu. If complications persist, go to the ER at Southern Hills Hospital. Here are a few of the demographics that frequently experience serious flu complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia.

    Young Children
    Until they reach the age of five, children are at a heightened risk for flu complications . In large part, this is due to the time it takes for a child to build his or her immune system. Because they have a weakened immune system, or have not received their full vaccinations for other diseases, young children are vulnerable to experiencing greater health problems when they get the flu.

    Older Individuals
    People aged 65 or older are also highly susceptible to flu complications. Just as children are not strong enough to ward off complications, many seniors cannot fight illnesses that eventually overwhelm their immune systems. Because older individuals are at such a high risk for flu complications, healthcare professionals recommend that they get a special high-dose flu shot to combat potential health problems.

    Heart Disease Sufferers
    Individuals with heart disease can also become vulnerable to flu complications. Unfortunately, many people with this condition are not aware of it, which is why maintaining regular health checkups is important for people of all ages. To avoid the problems that may result from the flu, be sure to take preventative measures to identify potential risk factors before you get sick.

    If you or a loved one is suffering from a flu complication, go directly to the ER at Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center in Las Vegas. Our iTriage app and its iNotify feature allow patients to inform our ER staff that they are on their way. For more information, call (702) 880-2100.

  • Know What to Do When Your Child is Sick

    A sick child can prompt any parent to contact urgent care for antibiotics. As this video stresses, however, antibiotics may not always be the remedy your child needs. Antibiotics are not effective for colds or the flu, two culprits that commonly cause coughing, sneezing and sore throats in children. If your child becomes ill, you should still seek the medical advice of a healthcare professional to rule out other potential concerns. If your child is diagnosed with a cold or flu, the best medicine is keeping them as comfortable as possible until their symptoms pass.

    Would you like more tips on what to do when you child is under the weather? For help, call Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center at (702) 880-2100 or visit SouthernHillsHospital.com. Our Las Vegas facility offers compassionate care for patients of all ages. Download our free iTriage app for its on-the-go symptom checker, and, if necessary, use iNotify to let our ER know that you are on your way.

  • Exploring the Advanced Technology Used in Our Accredited Chest Pain Center

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    Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center is proud to offer one of the most advanced Chest Pain Center facilities in the greater Las Vegas region. To provide our patients with the highest level of care, we have equipped our center with the most effective equipment, software and logistical innovations. To find out why our Chest Pain Center is so highly recommended, take a look at the advancements in our facility.

    Advantages of Our Cath Lab Services
    If you are experiencing chest pain, you need access to comprehensive medical care that will quickly and accurately determine the cause of your problem. Our cath lab services are equipped to administer a wide range of cardiovascular tests for swift diagnosis and treatment. Among our many diagnostic tools, we provide coronary ultrasounds, echocardiograms, electrocardiograms, peripheral angiograms, pulmonary angiograms, and stress testing. Our treatment options include coronary angioplasty, peripheral angioplasty, and pacemaker implantation.

    Benefits of AirStrip CARDIOLOGY™
    Because we want our patients to receive the best care possible, we rely on the expertise of many cardiovascular experts to determine a diagnosis and appropriate mode of treatment. However, the process of providing test results such as those for electrocardiographs can take time, which some patients do not have. To expedite our medical care, our Chest Pain Center now uses AirStrip CARDIOLOGY™ software, which allows for the instant transfer of data to any electronic device without detriment to the transferred images. Now our entire team of heart specialists has immediate access to each patient’s medical records for faster treatment.

    Additional Pros of the Chest Pain Center
    Undergoing any heart test or treatment can be an overwhelming experience for both the patient and his or her family. That’s why our Chest Pain Center provides many services for comfortable treatment. In addition to our fast care and convenient parking accommodations, we offer several technologies to make each patient’s experience at Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center a positive one.

    If you are suffering from chest pain, go directly to the ER at Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center. To facilitate our patients’ needs, we offer an iTriage service with an iNotify feature to inform staff that patients are on their way. For more information about our vascular services, contact (702) 880-2100.