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    Do You Know the Symptoms of Colon Cancer?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Colon cancer is one of the most prevalent types of cancer that American men and women face. This video talks about the importance of heeding common colon cancer symptoms.

    Colon cancer may not present symptoms early in its development, which is why healthcare experts urge individuals to contact their physicians as soon as warning signs show. In many cases, colon cancer can cause abnormally thin bowel movements. Individuals with this condition might also complain of digestive discomfort.

    Residents of California and Nevada can turn to HCA Far West Division for all their healthcare needs. Call us today at (855) 422-9378 to learn more about our cancer care services from our Consult-A-Nurse representatives. 

    Quick Tips for Stroke Rehab

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Stroke rehabilitation can strengthen the physical abilities of those with motor weakness. Throughout the rehab process, it is important that stroke patients create safe living environments.

    This video discusses the importance of making sure the home is a safe place for stroke patients. As stroke sufferers regain their balance, coordination, and strength, they can be susceptible to slip and fall accidents. In many cases, these incidents happen as a result of clutter, loose rugs, or insufficient lighting. By removing floor obstacles, securing home decorations, and adding additional light sources, stroke patients can reduce their fall risk.

    The HCA Far West Division and its Health to You Wellness Program offer helpful tips for cultivating safe and healthy lifestyles. For more information on our H2U services or stroke care options at our California and Nevada hospitals, call (855) 422-9378.

    What Vitamins Do You Need After Bariatric Surgery?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Bariatric surgery can be a life-saving treatment option for individuals struggling with obesity issues. By preventing the excessive consumption of calories, bariatric surgery can help recipients quickly lose weight and reduce their risk of weight-related health conditions, including heart disease, sleep apnea, and diabetes. However, because bariatric surgery demands significant dietary changes, patients may need to take vitamin supplements in the days and weeks following treatment. Patients are highly encouraged to talk with their physicians about the supplements that best suit their postoperative nutritional needs. In many cases, bariatric surgery recipients can expect to take protein supplements to help maintain muscle mass. Calcium is another mineral that bariatric surgery patients may require. To help the absorption of calcium into the body, a vitamin D supplement may be suggested as well.

    Do you have more questions about bariatric surgery? The surgical weight loss experts at HCA Far West Division can help. Call (855) 422-9378 for more information on how our bariatric surgery services can aid in the weight loss efforts of those living in Nevada and California. 

    What Is Osteoarthritis?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    The body’s joints must carry out multiple important functions. They allow for the easy and pain-free movement of bones. They also absorb forces that could otherwise cause damage to the skeletal system. When the components that make up the joints begin to break down, osteoarthritis can occur.

    Osteoarthritis is a common chronic condition that can cause pain, stiffness, and mobility issues. In many cases, it develops when the cartilage that covers the joints deteriorates, leaving the bones exposed and nearby tissues inflamed. Osteoarthritis often affects older populations, as years of wear and tear on the joints cause them to suffer injury and damage. However, even younger adults can experience this problem as the result of past injuries and repetitive motion activities.

    Do you suspect that you have osteoarthritis? If so, HCA Far West Division can help. Call us today at (855) 422-9378 to speak with one of our Consult-A-Nurse representatives about our healthcare services for California and Nevada residents. 

    Understanding Third Degree Burns

    Last updated 1 month ago

    A burn of any degree can cause considerable pain. When an individual suffers a third degree burn, however, the consequences can be deadly without immediate medical intervention. The hospitals of HCA Far West Division offer advanced burn treatment services for local residents who suffer serious burn injuries. Recognizing how third degree burns can happen and what signs they may show is key to getting swift emergency care treatment.


    Medical professionals consider third degree burns the most serious type of burn because they can cause lasting injury to skin, nerves, and muscle. Damage to these tissues can lead to minimal pain or even complete numbness, which some people may subsequently mistake as a less serious problem. Unlike less severe burns, which may cause red or blistered skin, third degree burns can leave the skin black or white. Such visible warning signs warrant immediate emergency room attention.


    Though an open flame is a common cause of third degree burns, it is far from the only way people suffer such an injury. Third degree burns can result from chemical, electrical, and steam sources as well. For instance, contact with battery acid can cause serious damage to the skin and underlying tissues. Devices with electrical power sources can also lead to severe skin injuries under certain circumstances.

    Treatment Options

    Individuals who suspect that they or a loved one has a third degree burn should seek emergency care as soon as possible. No matter how small the burn, it can cause permanent tissue damage, disfiguration, and disability without professional treatment. Until a burn specialist can address the injury, burn victims and their loved ones should avoid immersing third degree burns in cold water or trying to take off burned clothing, as both activities can worsen a patient’s condition.

    If a medical emergency strikes, where will you turn for help? Call the hospitals of HCA Far West Division at (855) 422-9378. Our network of Nevada and California hospitals has the exceptional medical resources you deserve should a health crisis occur.

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