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    A Patient's Guide to Heart Murmurs

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Finding out that you have a heart murmur can understandably cause concern. Heart hospital physicians often detect abnormal sounds coming from the heart, but in most cases, a murmur is considered harmless and requires no medical attention. If a doctor deems further diagnostic testing necessary, it’s because he suspects a more serious underlying issue. Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center offers treatment services to individuals requiring care for murmur-related heart issues. The following information can help you better understand murmur conditions.

    Symptoms
    Individuals with an innocent heart murmur typically don’t know until a physician informs them of it. A murmur that results from a heart issue may be accompanied by other medical conditions. If you are experiencing persistent coughing, frequent fainting, or unprovoked sweating, it may be because of the same cardiac condition that is causing the murmur.

    Causes
    If a heart valve cannot close properly when distributing blood through the heart, it may lead to blood displacement. This type of valve disease, called regurgitation, can result in a persistence or intensification of murmur symptoms. Stenosis, another form of valve disease, presents as a tightening of a heart valve. When a valve is not as wide as it should be, it restricts the amount of blood that can flow through it at any given time. As with regurgitation, stenosis can cause murmur symptoms to continue or worsen over time.

    Treatment Options
    Mild valve disease may require only medication and doctor supervision to ensure that the condition does not deteriorate. If a physician determines the problem to be more severe, surgery may be necessary. Your cardiologist can explain the extent of your valve issue and recommend an appropriate course of action to address it.

    The heart specialists at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center want you to enjoy a strong and healthy heart for years to come. Our cardiac center offers personalized treatment options for valve disease. To find out more about our heart hospital services, call (702) 727-1567. Individuals experiencing chest pain should seek emergency care; our iTriage Symptom Checker offers Las Vegas residents immediate access to our emergency facilities once they arrive at our heart hospital.

    Knowing the Signs of Skin Cancer

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Approximately 20 percent of Americans will experience skin cancer. This video discusses the ABCDE’s of this disease.

    Asymmetry is one sign of skin cancer. If a mole lacks regularity, have a physician examine it. Irregular borders are also cause for concern. Moles with uneven edges should undergo a dermatologist evaluation. Moles colored red, purple, or blue may point to skin cancer as well. Also, consider the diameter of a mole; a doctor should inspect those larger than a pencil eraser. Moles that evolve with respect any of the aforementioned characteristics may signal skin cancer, so be sure to visit a dermatologist should a mole change in appearance.

    Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center provides cancer care services for patients in the greater Las Vegas area. To schedule an appointment for a mole evaluation, call (702) 727-1567.

    Sunrise Hospital Opens Newly Renovated Cath Lab

    Last updated 9 months ago

    The Heart Center at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is pleased to announce the grand opening of its newly renovated Cardiac Catheterization Lab. Please join us for an open house:

    Tuesday, July 30 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
    Located on the first floor of Sunrise Hospital (signage will be provided, please enter through the main lobby)

    3186 S. Maryland Pkwy., Las Vegas, NV 89109

    Interview opportunities will be made available.   

    About Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center:
    Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center provides high-quality, advanced healthcare services in Southern Nevada and the surrounding region. A Consumer Choice award-winning hospital for 15 consecutive years, Las Vegas’ largest acute care facility offers a full range of specialized services including an Accredited Chest Pain Center, The Nevada Neurosciences Institute— the region’s first Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center—featuring stroke, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis, a Comprehensive Cancer Center recognized by the American College of Surgeons, a comprehensive Breast Center, a Level-II Trauma and Emergency Services Department, a CARF accredited inpatient Rehabilitation Center, Orthopedics, Gamma Knife and specialty services in women’s health, pulmonology, critical care, complex surgery and wound care. Sharing the same campus is Sunrise Children’s Hospital- Nevada’s largest and most comprehensive children’s hospital.

    July 28th Is World Hepatitis Day

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Did you know that approximately two billion people have been exposed to the hepatitis B virus? This disease and hepatitis C are responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year. To combat these life-threatening illnesses, July 28 has been designated World Hepatitis Day. This global initiative, along with the efforts of Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, aims to bring greater hepatitis awareness to Las Vegas area and the world.

    What Causes Hepatitis
    Both hepatitis B and hepatitis C are viral infections that cause damage to the liver. Hepatitis C results from blood-to-blood contact between a healthy individual and an infected person. Hepatitis B may be contracted from an infected individual through multiple fluids, such as blood, semen, and saliva. Activities that may present a risk of hepatitis B infection include using tainted tattooing equipment, sharing razors and intravenous needles, and engaging in unprotected sexual activities.

    Who Is at Risk for Hepatitis
    Individuals who practice any of the aforementioned activities may be at risk for hepatitis B or hepatitis C. Healthcare professionals strongly urge anyone who suspects that he may have been exposed to either virus to seek medical attention. Testing for hepatitis B and hepatitis C is crucial for both the wellbeing of the infected person and anyone who comes into contact with that person. With early detection and treatment, individuals with hepatitis B or hepatitis C can receive the care they need to delay or potentially eradicate the effects of their infection and prevent the spreading of either disease.

    Why Greater Hepatitis Awareness Is Necessary
    Given the ease with which hepatitis B and hepatitis C can spread and the billions of people who already have hepatitis, it’s crucial that individuals become more aware of these diseases. With the help of initiatives such as World Hepatitis Day, an end to the devastating effects of hepatitis is possible.

    Could you be at risk for hepatitis B or hepatitis C? Call Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center today at (702) 727-1567 to schedule an appointment for testing. Our Las Vegas healthcare facility provides comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for an extensive array of medical needs.

    How You Can Protect Your Skin from the Sun This Summer

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Las Vegas offers plenty of outdoor activities for people young and old. Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center encourages physical activity both indoors and outdoors—but if you prefer your fun under the sun, you must take the necessary precautions to avoid skin damage. Especially during the intense Las Vegas summers, protecting your skin is crucial.

    Don’t stop at one application of sunscreen
    Many people acknowledge the important role that broad-spectrum sunscreen plays in skin cancer prevention. Fewer individuals realize that sunscreen must be applied multiple times during the course of a day spent outdoors. If you intend to enjoy an afternoon at the pool, be sure to put on a second and even third application of sunscreen while you’re there. Outside activity that lasts more than two hours requires additional sunscreen coverage. Sports like swimming and running demand more frequent applications to replace lotion that has been sweated or washed off.

    Relax indoors during the middle of the day
    Sunburn happens quickly when the sun is directly above, and between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. is the prime time for the sun to produce the most damage. When possible, stay out of the sun’s way during the late morning and early afternoon.

    Wear a wide-brimmed hat wherever you go
    Skin cancer often develops on the parts of the body most commonly exposed to the sun. Though your arms, back, and legs may have a layer of clothing over them to block UVA and UVB rays, your scalp, face, and neck may have no such barrier. As an added means of protection, wear a wide-brimmed hat when you are outdoors.

    The cancer care unit at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center offers skin cancer treatment for patients in the greater Las Vegas area. Visit us today if you have a mole that shows any of the ABCDE’s of skin cancer: asymmetry, uneven borders, strange coloring, large diameter, or evolving appearance. For more information on our services, call (702) 727-1567.

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