• Healthy Upgrades to Make to Your Thanksgiving Dinner

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    The holidays provide many sources of temptation that can have you straying away from healthy eating habits. Thanksgiving may be the first of many holiday events that will present a wealth of not-so-healthy choices that can add inches to your waistline by the time the New Year arrives. You can minimize the impact of this holiday dinner by swapping out a few fattening ingredients and changing the way you serve food at the table.

    Butter, cream, and turkey fat are all used liberally in traditional Thanksgiving recipes, but you can often swap these out for lower-fat alternatives such as olive oil or fat-free milk without anyone noticing. Adding more vegetables to the spread (that are not covered in cheese or cream sauces, that is) might also lighten up the meal. You can also keep the calorie count down without changing any recipes and simply offering smaller dinner plates. This will make it easier to manage serving sizes and cut down on overeating.

    For more tips on staying healthy for the holidays , contact Southern Hills Hospital in Las Vegas. You can call us at (702) 880-2100 or visit us online for more information about our services. 

  • Southern Hills Hospital Honored with Quality Achievement Award for Stroke Care


    LAS VEGAS (Nov. 21, 2014) – Southern Hills Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients.

    Get With The Guidelines Stroke helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Southern Hills Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.  These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

    “Southern Hills Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Stroke helps us achieve that goal,” said Kimball Anderson, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Southern Hills Hospital. “With this award, our hospital demonstrates our commitment to ensure that our patients receive care based on internationally-respected clinical guidelines.”  

    “We are pleased to recognize Southern Hills Hospital for their commitment and dedication to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparity gaps in care.”

    Get With The Guidelines–Stroke also helps Southern Hills Hospital’s staff implement prevention measures, which include educating stroke patients to manage their risk factors and to be aware of warning signs for stroke, and ensuring they take their medications properly. Hospitals can make customized patient education materials available upon discharge, based on the patients’ individual risk profiles. The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format in either English or Spanish. Sister hospitals Sunrise and MountainView have achieved the Get With the Guidelines®- Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award in past years.     

    According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.                                                                               

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    About Southern Hills Hospital:

    Southern Hills Hospital provides the communities of southwest Las Vegas with emergency and pediatric emergency services, a new behavioral health (geriatric psychiatric) inpatient and outpatient program serving ages 50 and older, an accredited Chest Pain Center, a Certified Primary Stroke Center, a dedicated orthopedic, neurology and spine unit, OB-GYN, diagnostic imaging and surgical services. Utilizing advanced digital technology and an accomplished medical staff, Southern Hills Hospital’s advanced care and superior service make for better outcomes and an exceptional patient experience. The hospital is a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, MountainView Hospital and several surgery and diagnostic imaging centers offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services. 

    Southern Hills Hospital

    9300 W. Sunset Rd.

    Las Vegas, NV 89148


    Need to find a physician or get answers to your health questions? Call 702.880.2700.         

    About Get With The Guidelines

    Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines.  Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 4 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/quality or heart.org/myhealthcare .

  • Coping with Stress and Mood Swings As You Quit Smoking

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    Quitting smoking can make a significant improvement to your health, driving down your risk for heart disease , lung cancer, and a long list of other conditions you won’t want to deal with later in life. Unfortunately, quitting is not easy, and it can bring extra stress and sharp mood swings into your life as you break your addiction to nicotine. To make sure that this stress does not have you going back to your old habits, follow these tips for stress management in your efforts to quit.

    Change Your Daily Routine

    For most smokers, there is a ritual that comes with lighting up each cigarette. Maybe you always had a cigarette with your morning coffee, or perhaps you always smoked on your car ride home. To avoid the longing for a cigarette in these situations, you will want to mix up your routine so the urge to light up is somewhat softened. Something as simple as switching to tea or taking a different route home might make all the difference.

    Challenge Yourself with Fitness Goals

    One of the many advantages of smoking cessation is an improvement in your lung capacity and physical fitness. You can amplify these effects and find stress relief along the way by exercising more frequently once you quit. You might use a gym membership and some specific fitness goals to keep you on track once you stop smoking, which will let you avoid the weight gain that might come with quitting.

    Force Yourself to Have Fun

    It may seem counterintuitive to force yourself to have fun, but you may not feel as willing to participate in activities you once enjoyed as your mood declines. However, once you start forcing yourself to remain involved with these activities and surround yourself with friends, you will notice that it is easier to stay on track.

    Southern Hills Hospital can serve as a resource to help you quit smoking during Lung Cancer Awareness Month this November. You can explore the ways we might provide support for your efforts on our website or at (702) 880-2100.

  • Knowing If You Could Have Prediabetes

    Type 2 diabetes is often preventable when prediabetes is identified early on through a blood test. If you begin making smarter choices during this stage of diabetes development, you may be able to bring your blood sugar back to normal and avoid ever getting a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. This video explains that anyone who is over the age of 45, overweight, or physically inactive could have prediabetes. If you fall into any of these groups, you should take the time to talk to your doctor about diabetes screening and prevention.

    Southern Hills Hospital can help you identify your diabetes risk and learn the right way to eat and exercise to manage your risk. Explore our schedule of free diabetes education classes on our website or at (702) 880-2100. 

  • Surviving Stroke without Long-Term Disabilities

    Stroke is frequently associated with long-term disabilities that can severely impact daily life, but suffering a stroke does not have to mean learning to live with these side effects. If you are able to identify stroke symptoms right away and seek immediate medical care, your chances of a complete recovery will be much higher. In this video, one nurse talks about her experience with stroke and her efforts to spread the word about stroke awareness.

    If you suspect you or a loved one is having a stroke, the emergency department at Southern Hills Hospital can provide the specialized care you need with low wait times at all hours of the day. You can check our current wait times by calling (702) 880-2100 or using our text-to-ER program and texting ‘ER’ to 23000. 

  • Taking a Closer Look at Real Age and Life Expectancy

    Woman Embracing Man From Behind While Looking Away Against Sky

    Your age is a significant risk factor for a wide range of health conditions, as health risks tend to be higher for older individuals. However, your calendar age and your real age may not line up since there can a number of influences to the way your body progresses through the aging process. Some people are able to defy the odds and live far beyond the average life expectancy for their generation, while others age at a faster rate because of habits that can accelerate degenerative processes in the body. This article will offer more insight on the possible gap between your real age and your biological age so that you are empowered to add more years to your life while you are still able to change the path of your health .

    Life Expectancy Trends

    There has been a consistent pattern of increasing life expectancy at birth over the past 40 years, but new generations of Americans actually have a life expectancy that is declining. This is in large part due to the obesity epidemic, which raises the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke—all leading causes of death in the United States. Obese individuals in the category of extreme obesity weighing 100 or more pounds over the recommended weight range are at the highest risk for a shortened life expectancy.

    Biological vs. True Age

    Aside from obesity, there are several other factors that can determine your true age. Cigarette smoking, for example, can drive up blood pressure and cholesterol numbers, making your true age go up. Alternatively, this may be viewed as your life expectancy going down. On the other hand, individuals who stay active and eat within recommended nutritional guidelines tend to have a true age lower than their calendar age.

    With Southern Hills Hospital in Las Vegas, you can learn the proper preventive strategies to manage your health. We provide complete medical care through our state-of-the-art facilities along with classes and programs to help members of the community stay healthy in their daily lives. You can learn more about us on our website or call (702) 880-2100 to reach our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line.

  • Is There New Hope in the Treatment Possibilities for Alzheimer’s?

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    Alzheimer’s disease is the subject of many medical studies aiming to not only find a cure, but also to explore the process of this disease’s development in the earliest stages . There is still a great deal of information surrounding Alzheimer’s that remains unknown, though progress has been significant in Alzheimer’s research over the past several decades. Today, there are many avenues of hope for the future treatment and possible cure of the disease that might inspire you to show support during Alzheimer’s Awareness Month this November.

    New Disease Monitoring Technologies

    In order to research any disease, it must be recreated in a lab setting. This is often accomplished using animals, whose shorter life expectancy helps accelerate the progression of disease so that possible drugs and treatments may be explored. Unfortunately, researchers have struggled to achieve the two factors that contribute to the neurodegenerative process of Alzheimer’s in lab animals. However, there is now a method that does not involve animals, as is essentially the creation of the disease in a lab dish. This may pave the way for research of new medications that can slow or even stop the progression of Alzheimer’s in future patients.

    Biomarker Breakthroughs

    Another significant challenge in treating Alzheimer’s is the fact that symptoms tend to appear well after damage in the brain has taken place. Cognitive decline trails significantly behind early degeneration of brain tissue, but modern MRIs may reveal biomarkers that could indicate a likelihood for the development of Alzheimer’s in older adults.

    While the treatment possibilities discussed here are still in the stages of early research, it is important to recognize that knowledge of Alzheimer’s is increasing all the time. If you are concerned about your own risk for Alzheimer’s, connect with Southern Hills Hospital on our website or at (702) 880-2100 to explore the right medical care for your needs. 

  • Things That Could Be Affecting Your Diabetes without You Knowing It

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    If you have diabetes , you are probably well aware of the ways that diet slip-ups and physical inactivity can negatively impact your blood sugar, but did you know that losing sleep can also cause steep fluctuations in sugar levels? There are many things that can cause blood sugar spikes that not all diabetics are familiar with, and these may be the real danger when it comes to managing your health. Here is a look at a few of the other influences that might raise your blood sugar without you realizing the damage.

    Artificial Sweeteners

    Artificial sweeteners are largely considered the safe alternative to sugar for those with diabetes, but ongoing recent research indicates that sugar-free products containing sugar substitutes may not be so healthy after all. Diet sodas and other sugar-free beverages are especially problematic, because they contain high concentrations of artificial sweeteners, which may not have the neutral effect on blood sugar that they claim.


    Water is the best beverage choice for diabetics and non-diabetics alike, because it has no sugar or caffeine and provides nourishing hydration that the body needs. People with diabetes may have to drink more water than the standard eight glasses per day, because dehydration can be very dangerous for blood sugar. Dehydration and blood sugar peaks are problems that aggravate one another, so it is best to stay hydrated by drinking more water than you think you might need.

    Extreme Weather

    Las Vegas residents are not strangers to high temperatures, which can be problematic for diabetic individuals because of the added stress heat puts on the body. For some patient, the high heat may cause a spike in blood sugar, while those taking insulin might experience a significant drop. In either case, staying indoors during the hottest parts of the day will be the best bet for blood sugar stabilization.

    Are you working to manage your diabetes with healthier habits? The free diabetes classes offered at Southern Hills Hospital can help you get on the right track. You can sign up for upcoming classes with us online or by calling (702) 880-2100.

  • Movember Is About More than Just Facial Hair

    Handlebar Mustache Man

    During the month of November, you may see more men sporting moustaches in celebration of Movember, which has become an annual tradition for men of all ages in America. This month-long celebration may appear to be purely aesthetic, but it is actually an initiative to raise awareness of men’s health. Men have a life expectancy of 76.2 years, which is nearly five years less than the average female life expectancy of 81. About one in two men will be diagnosed with cancer in his lifetime, and more than 12% of adult males are in poor or fair health. This means that men have work to do in raising awareness of the health issues that affect them and participating in regular screenings for conditions such as cancer and heart disease.

    If you are past due for the vital screenings you need to avoid becoming a statistic that reflects poor men’s health in the United States, connect with Southern Hills Hospital in Las Vegas. You can reach us through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 880-2100, where you can find answers to your health questions and explore our wide range of hospital services