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    Identifying the Symptoms of Graves' disease in Patients of All Ages

    Last updated 1 day 8 hours ago

    Patients with Graves’ disease may suffer a wide range of symptoms. This autoimmune disorder affects the production of hormones in the thyroid, which regulate metabolism, mood, and energy levels. Graves’ disease is the most common cause of hypothyroidism, or over-activity of the thyroid. When the thyroid is overproducing hormones, patients might notice a number of different changes in their physical appearance, mental state, and overall health. These symptoms may vary depending on the age of the patient, causing symptoms more similar to heart failure in older adults who develop Graves’ disease. This article will take a look at some of the symptoms seen in different age groups to help you learn if Graves’ disease may be a problem for your health.

    Symptoms in Young Patients

    Women over the age of 20 are the most likely to have Graves’ disease, though the disorder can also be present in men. Graves’ disease may also begin to develop before the age of 20 or much later in life. When symptoms do appear in younger patients, they typically include bulging eyes or swelling eyelids, weight loss, increased appetite, intolerance to heat, and irregular menstruation in women. Higher levels of thyroid hormones will also appear on a blood test.

    Symptoms in Older Patients

    Older patients may not immediately suspect Graves’ disease based on symptoms that appear, because they often include chest pain, memory loss, fatigue, and an irregular heartbeat. Because these symptoms are often associated with other conditions, it is important to have a blood test to measure thyroid hormones and speak with a physician about other possible diagnoses.

    Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center is the only hospital in the Las Vegas area offering treatment for Graves’ disease, which may include radiotherapy, eye surgery, and medication. Our physicians at the Center for Graves’ Disease work closely with each patient to determine the right course of treatment on a case-by-case basis. You can find a physician for your care on our website or by calling our physician referral line at (702) 233-5300. 

    Ways to Cut Down Your Sugar Intake for the Holidays

    Last updated 4 days ago

    When your coworkers start bringing in trays of holiday baked goods and you find yourself at holiday parties serving sugary alcoholic beverages, you might easily begin to consume too much sugar. Americans already have very high-sugar diets, but the holiday season is particularly rich in sweet treats. This means that you may need to be more conscious of what you eat and know where excess sugar may be hiding.

    One of the easiest ways to reduce your sugar intake is by making water your drink of choice. When you do want iced tea or sugar, get unsweetened varieties and add small quantities of sugar so that you control how much is in the beverage. To satiate a sweet tooth, you should reach for a piece of fruit before indulging in candy or cookies that have empty calories.

    The Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center can provide you with more healthy tips for your holidays, so call us at (702) 233-5300. You can also reach us online to explore our hospital services. 

    Are You One of 95% of People Improperly Washing their Hands?

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Washing one’s hands seems like a simple enough task, and for most people it is one that is repeated several times throughout the day. For about 95% of people, however, this is a task that is not done properly. Hand washing is the best way to stop the spread of germs that can get you sick with the cold or flu, but you need to wash your hands for a full 20 seconds to effectively kill the germs that linger on your skin from contact with dirty surfaces in public areas. Typically, people fall short of this time limit and avoid scrubbing the entire surface of the hand. Hand washing habits also tend to become more relaxed throughout the day, so people may have better habits in the morning than they do at night. The CDC recommends singing “Happy Birthday” to yourself twice while washing your hands so that you know you have scrubbed ling enough.

    If hand washing is not enough to keep you from getting sick this flu season, you can rely on the quick emergency care available at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center 24/7. To connect with us for healthy tips or emergency room wait times, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5300. 

    Understanding the Basics of Epilepsy

    Last updated 10 days ago

    There are many different types of epilepsy, which cause seizures and brain damage ranging from benign to life-threatening. Individuals with epilepsy may have illnesses, abnormalities in brain development, or brain damage resulting from injuries. Each of these causes can lead to disturbances in the wiring of the brain that supports neuron activity. As a result, patients with epilepsy suffer from repeated seizures that could be a significant disturbance in daily life, or even a cause for severe disability. This article will discuss more of the details of epilepsy, which is still being heavily researched to potentially find a cure or preventable causes.

    Diagnosing Epilepsy

    A single seizure does not necessarily indicate epilepsy, because there are outside factors like stroke or fever that may cause a one-time seizure. Once a person has had two or more seizures, epilepsy will be considered as a diagnosis, and measurements of electrical activity in the brain will reveal abnormalities characteristic of epileptic brain disorders.

    Finding Treatment

    Because there is such a wide range of epilepsies, treatment can vary drastically from patient to patient. The age of a patient can guide his or her treatment, because certain medications can have severe side effects or be ineffective for children with epilepsy. Depending on the needs of the patient, treatment might include medication, surgical therapies, or dietary changes. Working with a neurologist specializing in epilepsy will be the best route to the most beneficial treatment.

    Living with Epilepsy

    Even with treatment to manage epilepsy, it may be hard to avoid emotional and behavioral issues along with the stigma associated with the disorder. Therefore, patients may choose to participate in support groups or counseling to manage the emotional impact of epilepsy while using more conventional treatment options.

    The Epilepsy Center at Sunrise Hospital is the only center of its type in the state of Nevada with a dedicated Chief Epileptologist who can guide your care. You can explore the state-of-the-art technology featured in our Epilepsy Center on our website or by calling (702) 233-5300. 

    Answers to Your Questions About the Seasonal Flu Vaccine

    Last updated 11 days ago

    If you have not gotten your seasonal flu shot yet, you may be much more susceptible to getting sick as flu season progresses in the chilly winter months. The flu shot is the best line of protection against the flu, but many people still hesitate to get this helpful vaccination at the start of each flu season. Below you can get some answers to common questions about the flu shot that may help clear some misconceptions holding you back from getting vaccinated.

    Can I Still Get the Flu after Vaccination?

    A flu shot makes you about 60% less likely to need treatment for the flu, and less likely to become sick at all. Importantly, the flu shot has beneficial effects across large populations, reducing the spread of the virus from person to person. This means that the vaccine is most effective when anyone who is able to get the flu shot does at the start of every flu season. It is also worth noting that the flu shot does not contain an active strain of the flu virus, and does not give you the flu. The shot works by allowing the body to build up antibodies to the virus without actually getting you sick.

    Does the Flu Shot Hurt?

    The flu shot uses a very small needle and does not cause much pain or discomfort. Still, there is an alternative with the nasal spray vaccine, which may be administered to most people between the ages of 2 and 49.

    Where Can I Get the Flu Shot?

    You may have a flu shot in the doctor’s office, a hospital, or most local pharmacies. Some workplaces and schools also offer flu shots, and they are generally covered by health insurance so there is no cost to patients.

    What Are the Side Effects of the Vaccine?

    There may be some immediate and mild side effects of the flu shot such as fever, runny nose, or nausea. Serious side effects only tend to occur in individuals with a severe allergy to eggs or existing illnesses accompanied by fever.

    Are you prepared for flu season this winter? If you still need your flu shot or you have more questions about the vaccine, call Sunrise Hospital at (702) 233-5300 to speak with one of our registered nurses. 

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