• Not all strokes have the same symptoms

    Most people are conditioned to recognize the common symptoms of a stroke, such as vision changes, speech issues, and facial and arm paralysis. Although these symptoms are usually a good indicator that someone needs stroke care , they are not the only signs that a stroke could be occurring. Being aware of the more uncommon stroke symptoms will help you recognize them in yourself of someone else. Because every second counts when it comes to stroke care, taking action to get treatment as soon as possible can save brain tissue and lives.

    What are some uncommon stroke symptoms?
    For many people, stroke symptoms can be mild and nonspecific. Some of the symptoms that could indicate a stroke that are easy to overlook include:

    • Balance difficulties
    • Behavioral changes
    • Tremors
    • Full or partial seizures
    • Grip strength changes
    • Foreign language syndrome
    • Headaches

    These symptoms don’t always indicate that a stroke has occurred, but they do mean that someone should be evaluated in the ER, so that treatment can begin, if necessary.

    Who is most likely to have uncommon stroke symptoms?
    Anyone can experience these kinds of stroke symptoms, although they may be more common in younger stroke patients and those having hemorrhagic strokes. Younger patients who experience these symptoms can be even more at risk, since they are less likely to think they could be having a stroke, so they are less likely to seek emergency care quickly.

    How are these kinds of strokes diagnosed?
    For patients who seek emergency care, these strokes are diagnosed in the ER the same way strokes with more traditional symptoms are, through imaging tests and lab tests. The treatment is also the same.

    As explained in the video, sometimes patients don’t find out that they have had a stroke until they undergo imaging tests for another condition. For instance, a patient seeking care for chronic headaches may have a brain scan that reveals areas of stroke damage.

    During a stroke, every second treatment is delayed is a second in which more brain tissue is being attacked. Go immediately to the ER at Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center for treatment at our Nevada Neuroscience Institute , a Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center. More information about our stroke care program in Las Vegas is available by calling (702) 916-5023.

  • Mental health red flags you shouldn’t ignore

    It’s easy to tune out the warning signs of a mental health problem and explain them away as something else. However, like physical health problems, untreated mental health conditions can have serious consequences. By taking fast action when you suspect you could have a mental health issue, you can get the treatment you need to control your symptoms and get back to enjoying your life. If you notice these mental health red flags in yourself or someone you care for, consider seeking the help of a mental health specialist .

    Prolonged feelings of sadness
    Everyone feels sad, unmotivated, and withdrawn from time to time. These feelings usually come and go, and they typically don’t stick around for extended periods. When they do, an underlying mental health condition could be to blame.

    Feeling persistent sadness and lack of motivation for more than two weeks could indicate depression or another mental health issue that needs treatment. A mental health specialist can often treat these symptoms and help people coping with these issues re-engage with the things they enjoy in their lives.

    Risk-taking behavior
    Mental health problems often trigger risky, out-of-control behaviors. Risk taking can have a number of different forms, including:

    • Drug use
    • Alcohol abuse
    • Sexually promiscuity
    • Violence

    For some people, these behaviors are part of a pattern, while others may show a sudden and drastic increase in risk taking. Treating the underlying mental health issue will give someone engaging in these actions more control over their behaviors and help to protect them from the consequences.

    Significant weight changes
    Mental health issues can have a major impact on weight. For some people, a significant weight loss can indicate an eating disorder, such as anorexia. In others, large weight gains can be symptomatic of a change in appetite and behavior.

    Any significant weight change should be evaluated by your doctor to determine if a physical or mental health problem could be the cause.

    At Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center, we provide extensive behavioral health services in Las Vegas , including our RISE outpatient program and our special department dedicated to geriatric psych. Contact us today on our Consult-a-Nurse line at (702) 916-5023 to ask for a referral to one of our specialists.

  • When do you need to go to the ER for an eye injury?

    Eye injuries can lead to serious complications, including vision loss, so getting treatment when one occurs is critical. Generally, treating an eye injury at home is not recommended. To prevent complications and ensure that you get the right treatment, you should almost always seek emergency care . Here are some if the instances in which getting emergency care for an eye injury is essential.

    You experience sudden vision loss.
    There is nothing normal about experiencing vision loss. Even if your change in vision seems minimal, get your eye evaluated in the ER. You should also seek emergency care if you experience a sudden change in your vision, such as double vision.

    Keep in mind that vision changes can occur as the result of an eye injury or another kind of medical emergency, such as a stroke. For these reasons, getting evaluated in the ER is important. If you’re experiencing even mild vision changes, don’t attempt to drive yourself to the hospital. Get a ride or call 911 instead.

    You’re bleeding at the site of your injury.
    If blood appears in your eye or begins to pour out of it after an injury, you could need emergency care. Bleeding usually indicates that you have experienced a subconjunctival hemorrhage, or broken blood vessels.

    Although many subconjunctival hemorrhages are not serious, some can cause complications, so it’s necessary to have your injury evaluated to determine what kind of treatment you need.

    Your eye isn’t moving.
    If one of your eyes does not move in the same way as the other, or if it fails to move at all, go to the ER for evaluation and treatment. This kind of eye paralysis may also be accompanied by a bulging or swelling eye.

    As with vision loss, eye paralysis can also indicate other medical conditions that require emergency treatment.

    You can count on the ER team at Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center to deliver the emergency care you need around the clock, whenever illnesses and injuries strike. You can learn much more about our emergency care in Las Vegas by calling us at (702) 916-5023.

  • What is Healthcare Quality Week?

    Within hospitals, healthcare quality professionals focus on ensuring patient care is safe, effective, and efficient. Healthcare Quality Week is designed to celebrate the professionals who are so committed to patient care and to bring attention to the important topic of hospital quality issues. Here is what you need to know.

    Healthcare Quality Week 2017
    In 2017, Healthcare Quality Week , or HQW, will be held on October 15-21. On these days, there will be multiple webinars hosted by the National Association for Healthcare Quality for hospitals and medical practices across the country to watch and discuss.

    HQW is also a time for healthcare quality professionals to be honored by their organizations and for professionals to share why they love their careers. There is also a big push for public education about the field of healthcare quality, so patients understand the importance of these professionals in their medical care.

    Healthcare Quality Professionals in the Field
    In the hospital setting, patient safety is an essential part of care. Healthcare providers must prevent infections, falls, and other health risks to patients while providing quality care. Healthcare quality professionals design and implement programs to make this possible. Some of the work healthcare quality professionals may do includes:

    • Developing initiatives to improve different aspects of patient safety
    • Monitoring and analyzing data about existing programs to determine their efficacy
    • Launching programs to integrate newly developed practices that have evidence-proven results into care delivery
    • Monitoring accreditation and regulatory requirements and ensuring that those measures are met and implemented properly
    • Researching and developing strategies for waste reduction
    • Implementing strategies to maximize the efficiency of treatment efforts and increase reimbursements
    • Measuring patient outcomes and looking for ways to continually improve the patient experience

    In essence, healthcare quality professionals work to ensure patients get the highest caliber care in the safest possible setting as efficiently as possible.

    At Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center, patient outcomes, safety, and satisfaction are the leading goals of our hospital in San Jose. Find out more about our hospital services and mission by calling (702) 916-5023.