• Possible Causes for Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

    Heavy menstrual bleeding, or menorrhagia, is more than an inconvenience. It can be significantly disruptive to a woman’s life and may indicate a serious medical condition. As a Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center OBGYN explains in this video , there are several different potential causes of heavy bleeding, and the specific cause dictates the necessary treatment. In honor of September’s Gynecological Cancer Month, get the facts about heavy menstrual bleeding and some of the potential triggers. It could save the life of you or someone you love.

    Fibroids and Polyps

    Uterine fibroids and polyps are benign growths that typically occur in women during their childbearing years. They affect the lining of the uterus and frequently cause heavy and prolonged menstruation. Doctors are unsure why they occur, but they seem to be linked to estrogen levels and could be caused by hormonal imbalances. Polyps that appear on the cervix can also cause heavy bleeding. Uterine and cervical polyps can be surgically removed. Treating fibroids is more complex. Surgical treatments, hormone therapy, and even hysterectomies can be used to resolve uterine fibroids.

    Hormone Fluctuations

    Hormonal changes during adolescence and menopause are frequently tied to heavy menstrual bleeding. Some women also experience heavy menstruation after giving birth as their hormones adjust after pregnancy. This kind of heavy menstruation can often be treated with birth control pills or other kinds of hormone therapy.


    Uterine, cervical, and ovarian cancers can all cause heavy menstrual bleeding. Although cancer is not the most common cause of heavy bleeding, it is one of the reasons it is so critical to get your symptoms evaluated by a doctor. Early diagnosis often allows treatment to begin before the cancer spreads, which leads to better outcomes.

    At Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center, we’re pleased to offer comprehensive women’s health services , including maternity care, gynecological surgeries and breast care. Request a referral to a specialist or find out more about our hospital services, from emergency care to stroke care in Las Vegas, by calling (702) 880-2700.

  • What Do Neonatal Nurses Do?

    Neonatal nurses are the backbone of critical care for newborns. They play an essential role in the maternity hospital at Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center and in the ER when infants need emergency care. In honor of Neonatal Nurses Day on September 15, take a moment to learn about the jobs of these crucial healthcare providers.

    What Is Neonatal Nursing?

    Neonatal nursing is a type of specialty field within nursing. These nurses have special training in treating newborn infants and babies up to one month of age, although some neonatal nurses provide care after that age window for conditions that occurred within the neonatal period. They have specialized training to deal with patients in this age group beyond their general nursing education.

    What Types of Conditions Do Neonatal Nurses Treat?

    Neonatal nurses assist doctors in providing care to infants who develop a range of serious health conditions, from birth injuries to low birth weight, birth defects, cardiac problems, and surgical complications. Often, they work in the maternity units of hospitals and begin assisting with care as soon as a newborn presents health problems. If an infant needs intensive care, neonatal nurses in the NICU—the neonatal intensive care unit—are involved in the care. In other cases, neonatal nurses may assist with caring for infants who come to the hospital for emergency care. Because many conditions that occur immediately after birth persist, some neonatal nurses may be involved with a baby’s care for longer than the strictly neonatal period.

    The neonatal nurses are essential members of our team at Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center. They provide compassionate care to newborns and their families during particularly stressful medical crises with the smallest possible patients. Our neonatal team is one of the reasons so many families choose our maternity hospital in Las Vegas when they are ready to welcome a new member into the world. You can find out more about our maternity services and request a referral to one of our family care specialists by calling (702) 880-2700.

  • Preventing Prostate Cancer

    Although treatments for prostate cancer have improved dramatically and are very effective, especially when the disease is caught in early stages, prevention is still the goal. Although it is not possible to completely prevent all cases of prostate cancer, there are a number of things that men can do to reduce their risk. Cut your chances of developing prostate cancer with this advice.

    Maintain a Healthy Weight

    Obesity is associated with many different kinds of cancer, including prostate cancer. Managing your weight can help to make your chances of getting prostate cancer lower. If you are overweight, eat fewer calories and aim to get about 30 minutes of physical activity most days. These healthy lifestyle habits will help you lose weight and will make it easier to maintain your healthier weight and lower cancer risk that comes with it.

    Stop Smoking

    Smoking is one of the most dangerous things you can do for your health. Most people think of the effect smoking has on the heart and lungs but overlook the other health complications it can cause. Smoking increases the risk of prostate cancer, and smoking combined with heavy drinking can increase that risk even more. Quitting is difficult, but help is available. Talk to your doctor about strategies for giving up smoking, including support groups and medicines that help to control cravings.

    Adjust Your Diet

    There is evidence that keeping your intake of red meat and processed meats to a minimum is helpful in reducing your risk of prostate cancer. Eating more fish, especially fish that has omega-3 fatty acids, may also help to cut the chances of prostate cancer. Tomatoes, cruciferous vegetables, and green tea are also smart additions to your diet if you are trying to protect yourself from prostate cancer.

    At Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center, we are committed to helping you live your healthiest life possible, with comprehensive medical services ranging from emergency care and stroke care to maternity services and geriatric psych services in Las Vegas . To request a referral to one of our physicians, please call (702) 880-2700.

  • Sports Injuries: What Every Athlete Should Know

    In addition to reaping the rewards of being active, something every athlete also has to be aware of is the risk of injury. Fortunately, there are things that all athletes, from weekend warriors to the pros, can do to stay safe while competing and prevent their games from ending in the need for emergency care . Make sure you don’t have to watch the action from the bench by following this advice.

    Make Conditioning a Priority

    One of the most dangerous things an athlete can do is enter a game without being in the proper condition. Between practices and competitions, make sure you maintain your physical fitness with additional workouts, including aerobic workouts and strength training. Without proper conditioning, you run the risk of becoming injured because of muscle stiffness and poor form caused by fatigue.

    Wear Safety Gear as a Rule

    Safety equipment can dramatically reduce the risk of sports injuries. Don’t enter the game without wearing the appropriate safety gear for your sport as well as any additional protective equipment you need, such as a back brace. It is also important to ensure that the safety equipment that you’re wearing fits you properly. Poorly fitted gear doesn’t offer any protection and could actually contribute to injuries. Don’t overlook the importance of mouth guards with your other safety equipment, as oral injuries can result in the need for emergency care.

    Listen to Your Body

    Sports injuries often start out small and are exacerbated when athletes try to play through the pain. Usually, the best way to get back into the game as fast as possible to leave it when you feel pain. Resting when you need to lets minor injuries heal without the need for invasive procedures and length recoveries, in many cases.

    If a sports injury does strike, Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center is here around the clock with emergency care in Las Vegas when you need it most. Get more information about our emergency care and the rest of the services in our hospital by calling (702) 880-2700.