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    Severe Food Allergies that Should Be Met with Emergency Care

    Last updated 3 days ago

    Some food allergies only cause minor symptoms, but others require emergency care. It’s important to note that a food that may have only triggered mild symptoms in the past could suddenly cause a life-threatening reaction, so when in doubt, always seek urgent medical care if you’re exposed to an allergen. Here’s a look at what you need to know about severe food allergies and when to get emergency care.

    Common Food Allergies

    Anyone can be allergic to any kind of food. However, approximately 90% of food allergies, especially severe ones, are linked to eight foods. These are eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, and soy. Some people are only allergic to one food on the list, while others may react to several different allergens. Your doctor can help you determine which foods trigger your allergies and should be avoided.

    Anaphylaxis

    Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that can occur when a person with food allergies is exposed to a trigger. It can impact breathing and cause a drop in blood pressure while attacking different parts of the body. While breathing difficulties are common with anaphylaxis, other symptoms may vary. Some reactions include stomachache, a rash, and swelling of the tongue. This is a life-threatening condition and requires emergency care.

    Treatment

    While anaphylaxis always needs urgent care, there are other times you should go to the emergency room for a food allergy. If you experience vomiting, stomach cramps, hives, wheezing, or dizziness, get examined by a physician. In the emergency room, the staff can get your symptoms under control and provide any necessary treatment, such as fluids for dehydration if you’ve been vomiting.

    When you need emergency care, choose the ER at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. Our Las Vegas hospital provides urgent medical care when you need it most, 24 hours a day. You can learn more about all of our hospital services by calling  (702) 731-8000. 

    Changing Your Lifestyle to Minimize Chronic Heartburn

    Last updated 10 days ago

    Heartburn, also called gastrointestinal reflux or GERD, can be very uncomfortable. In fact, severe symptoms often cause people to seek emergency care because they believe they are experiencing a heart attack. The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do to control your heartburn symptoms. If heartburn is causing problems for you, try these lifestyle changes to find relief.

    Don’t Eat Before Bed

    Going to bed with a full stomach is a major trigger for heartburn. When you’re lying down, it’s common for heartburn to occur because the acid from your stomach can rise into your esophagus much easier. Try to avoid eating for two to three hours before you go to bed. This will allow some of the food you’ve eaten to pass out of the stomach and for the acid levels in your stomach to come down. This will help prevent heartburn symptoms.

    Eat Smaller Portions

    Overeating frequently leads to heartburn symptoms. For some people, eating four or five small meals per day rather than three large ones helps to provide relief. You can also simply cut your portion size. Eating less can also lead to weight loss, which can provide additional heartburn relief. When you are eating, be sure to eat slowly. Pace yourself by putting your fork down between bites.

    Know Your Trigger Foods

    Not everyone has the same reactions to the same foods. Keep a journal of your diet and your heartburn to see if you can identify which foods trigger your symptoms. Many people struggle with caffeine, spicy foods, onions, and chocolate, but your own triggers may be different. Avoiding these foods can keep symptoms at bay.

    The Heartburn Center at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center offers a range of treatment options for heartburn sufferers, including surgery for severe cares. For a physician referral, call our Las Vegas hospital today at (702) 731-8000. Be sure to ask about our other hospital services as well, including emergency care.  

    Getting to Know the Basics of Osteoporosis

    Last updated 17 days ago

    Osteoporosis affects millions of people throughout the United States. Once you have osteoporosis, your risk of suffering a bone fracture dramatically increases, which could limit your mobility and independence. May is Osteoporosis Awareness Month, making it the perfect time to learn more about this common condition and what you can do to reduce your risk of developing it. Here are the facts you need to know.

    What Is Osteoporosis?

    Osteoporosis is a condition that causes a loss of bone density and deterioration of bone tissue. As a result, bones become weaker and more prone to breakage. The condition affects both men and women of all ages, but it is most common in women after menopause. This is because levels of estrogen, which provides protection to bones, fall after menopause. Osteoporosis is known as a silent disease because it seldom causes symptoms. Most people find out they have it after breaking a bone or experiencing collapsed vertebrae.

    How Is It Diagnosed?

    The best way to diagnose osteoporosis is through a bone density test, usually performed as a DXA test. During a DXA test, your physician scans your bones at your hips and spine to look for density loss. Although a bone density test can be performed to confirm an osteoporosis diagnosis after a break, it can also be used as a screening tool before a fracture happens so treatment can begin as needed. Bone density tests are also used to track the effectiveness of treatments.

    What Treatments Are Available?

    There are a number of medications that your physician can use to help control osteoporosis, such as hormone therapy and bisphosphonates. It is also important to eat a diet high in calcium and vitamin D, and to get regular exercise as recommended by your doctor. If you’ve been diagnosed, it’s important to take steps to avoid falls, such as keeping your home free of clutter and avoiding slippery surfaces.

    The orthopedics and diagnostic imaging teams at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center can diagnose and treat osteoporosis. If you experience a broken bone, visit our emergency room for immediate care. You can get a physician referral to one of our specialists or learn more about our Las Vegas hospital’s services by calling (702) 731-8000.

    Medical Conditions that Raise Your Risk for Stroke

    Last updated 24 days ago

    Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, but that doesn’t mean that it has to happen to you. While you can’t completely eradicate your risk of stroke, there are steps you can take to reduce your chances of experiencing one. One such step is understanding your specific risk factors and taking action to control them. For many people, medical conditions boost their odds of having a stroke. If you have any of these conditions, talk to your doctor to see what you can do to cut your stroke chances.

    Diabetes

    People with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of stroke. Diabetes can cause damage to blood vessels that can lead to a higher chance of stroke. Furthermore, diabetes is linked to other stroke risk factors, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity. The best way to control your stroke risk if you have diabetes is to maintain a healthy blood glucose level. Talk to your doctor about the best ways to maintain blood sugar control, including regular monitoring, medications, and dietary changes.

    High Blood Pressure

    High blood pressure is one of the most significant risk factors for stroke. There are usually no symptoms associated with high blood pressure, so it’s important to see your doctor regularly to have your numbers checked. If you have high blood pressure, your doctor will help you control it with dietary recommendations, such as cutting your salt intake, and medications.

    Atrial Fibrillation

    Atrial fibrillation is a type of irregular heartbeat. People with this condition may have a stroke risk that is five times greater than those without it. If you’ve been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, your doctor may recommend medications, including blood thinners, to reduce the development of blood clots that could cause a stroke.

    The team at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center’s Nevada Neurosciences Institute in Las Vegas has received national recognition for their stroke care. If you or someone you love is experiencing stroke symptoms, trust our hospital’s Certified Primary Stroke Center for the urgent care you need. For more information about stroke care, please call (702) 731-8000. 

    What Can Be Done About Your Chronic Heartburn?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Chronic heartburn, which is caused by Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD, is a common condition that affects digestion, causing discomforts such as chest pain, hoarseness, coughing, and trouble sleeping. If you are suffering from GERD and the chronic heartburn this disease causes, you do not have to live with your symptoms. At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, you can find treatment to meet your needs with the innovative solution of LINX reflux management, which is only offered in a few centers nationwide. Read on to learn more about LINX and other possible treatment options that can address your GERD symptoms.

    Drug Therapy

    Heartburn is the result of stomach acid getting into the esophagus due to a weak lower esophageal sphincter (LES). While drug therapy will not prevent this cause of GERD, it can offer some relief by reducing acid production in the stomach.

    LINX Device

    The LINX Device is a small magnetic ring, which is placed around the lower esophagus to mimic the function of the LES, thereby keeping the opening of the stomach closed to prevent acid reflux. The procedure to put the LINX device in place is a minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, and it only takes about 30 minutes to perform.

    Dietary Changes

    For some patients, making lifestyle changes such as a new diet may help to reduce irritation from stomach acid. Cutting down on spicy foods, fatty foods, and alcohol can be helpful in minimizing heartburn, though other treatments may still be beneficial in addition to new eating habits. Losing weight and quitting smoking are also potentially helpful changes you can make to manage GERD symptoms.

    As the only hospital in Las Vegas to offer the LINX procedure, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is a regional leader in heartburn treatment and management of other digestive disorders. To learn more about the innovative treatment offered at our Heartburn Center, visit us online or call (702) 233-5300 and speak with one of our registered nurses. 

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