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    Improving Your Health with Proper Nutrition

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Proper nutrition is a cornerstone of any healthy living plan. With the right nutrition, you can reduce your risk of landing in an urgent care facility because of a stroke or heart attack, for example. Before changing your dietary habits, consider visiting your local hospital. Talk to your doctor about your nutrition plan, particularly if you have a medical condition like diabetes. You can also read the information below and look for resources at your local hospital to help you stay on track with your healthy eating plan.

    Reduce Your Sugar Intake

    Consuming too much sugar can lead to systemic inflammation and a whole slew of health problems. Check nutrition labels on processed foods before you buy them and try to select products that are low in sugar. By cooking meals at home more often than relying on processed foods, you can dramatically reduce your intake of sugar. You should beware of artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners, such as those found in diet sodas and sugar-free candy, have been associated with health problems such as weight gain, inflammatory bowel disease, and joint pain.

    Eat Healthy Snacks

    Many people reach for a packet of crackers or chips when they become hungry between meals. You can make it easier for yourself to select a healthy snack by slicing carrot sticks or other fresh vegetables ahead of time and storing them in the fridge. Other healthy snacks include air-popped popcorn without salt or butter sauces, fresh fruit, and nuts without added salt.

    Modify Cooking Methods

    Modifying your cooking methods is an excellent way to reduce total calories, fat, and sugar. For example, you can substitute unsweetened applesauce or another fruit puree for much of the butter or oil called for in a baking recipe. Use buttermilk instead of sour cream in cream-based soup recipes and thicken your sauces with pureed vegetables.

    For all of your healthcare needs, including nutrition guidance and bariatric weight loss, turn to the network of premier hospitals in the HCA Far West Division. Families in the Las Vegas community and those throughout Nevada and California can find a hospital near them by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (855) 422-9378. Our hospitals are dedicated to providing patient-centered care in a supportive environment.

    How Patients Can Improve Their Hospital Care

    Last updated 2 months ago

    When you’re in the hospital, your healthcare team will evaluate you and recommend appropriate treatments. However, you should also be your own patient advocate. Ask questions about your treatment, your medications, and your condition. Let your healthcare team know if you experience any new symptoms, particularly if you’ve recently started a new medication.

    For more helpful tips on safeguarding your health, watch this video. This doctor from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers some recommendations for patients with a catheter and for those taking antibiotics. He also emphasizes the value of getting a flu shot every year.

    The HCA Far West Division hospitals in Nevada and California are devoted to providing exceptional patient care and education. To find a hospital near you or to request a physician referral, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (855) 422-9378.

    What Are the Dangers of Trans Fats?

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Doctors and hospitals across the country are warning patients about the health dangers of consuming trans fats. Trans fats are produced when food manufacturers introduce hydrogen into vegetable oil; this process is called hydrogenation. Trans fats are used in food products because they extend the longevity of processed foods. Unfortunately, they also increase your risk of requiring stroke care or ending up in the hospital with a heart attack.

    LDL Cholesterol

    Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is harmful to your health. If you have high levels of LDL cholesterol, you could develop atherosclerosis. This is a condition in which plaque accumulates on the inside of your arterial walls. This places you at risk of the sudden development of a blood clot, which can cause a heart attack. LDL cholesterol also increases your risk of stroke. One of the reasons why trans fats are so dangerous for your health is that they increase your LDL cholesterol levels. You may wish to talk to your doctor about having a screening test for cholesterol.

    HDL Cholesterol

    Not all types of cholesterol are harmful to your health. In fact, your body needs high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol because it acts as a scavenger, travelling throughout your body to remove LDL cholesterol. Having high levels of HDL cholesterol can reduce your risk of heart disease. Unfortunately, consuming trans fats can lower your HDL cholesterol levels.


    Researchers have identified an association between the consumption of trans fats and an increase in the risk of diabetes. If you develop diabetes, it’s important to work closely with the diabetic care team at your local hospital to manage your blood sugar levels. You may need to take medications for this chronic disease and implement healthy lifestyle changes.

    HCA Far West Division is a network of premier hospitals that offer urgent care services to patients suffering from medical emergencies, such as stroke. Our hospitals throughout California and Nevada also provide comprehensive preventive healthcare services to improve the wellness of our community members. We offer classes, local events, and our H2U program. You can contact the Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (855) 422-9378 to reach a hospital near you.

    How the Right Diet Can Support Your Cancer Treatment

    Last updated 3 months ago

    When you’re anticipating cancer treatment, you may wish to meet with a nutritionist at your local hospital. Every cancer patient’s nutritional needs are different. In general, however, the goal of nutrition during cancer therapy is to maintain weight. When you get adequate calories and nutrients, your body is better able to fight off infections and repair cells. Proper nutrition can help you heal faster and maintain your energy levels. The right diet can even help you cope with the side effects of cancer treatment. For example, if your chemotherapy drug causes diarrhea, your doctor might recommend switching to a low-fiber diet. If you experience loss of appetite or have trouble consuming adequate calories, your doctor might recommend supplementing your diet with nutritional drinks and eating high-calorie snacks. If you experience any new symptoms that interfere with your dietary habits, contact your doctor as soon as possible.

    The hospitals in the HCA Far West Division offer compassionate cancer care and support services to families in California and Nevada. To find a hospital in Las Vegas or throughout the region that specializes in cancer care, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (855) 422-9378.

    How Are the Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease Treated?

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Parkinson’s disease is a progressive, chronic condition that affects the nervous system. While no cure currently exists, there are a range of treatment options available at advanced hospitals. A hospital’s specialists may recommend medications and lifestyle modifications. If these are insufficient to control symptoms, you may benefit from undergoing a surgical procedure.


    Certain lifestyle modifications may help manage some symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. For example, if you experience constipation, your doctor is likely to recommend eating a high-fiber diet. You might also work with a physical therapist at the hospital. Exercises and stretches can help you maintain muscle tone and improve your balance. As the disease progresses, your risk of falls increases. Your physical therapist can show you how to move to minimize this risk. The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease can interfere with your ability to carry out routine activities, so you might consider working with an occupational therapist to make these activities easier for you.


    Talk to your doctor about your medication options. Doctors often recommend levodopa, which is considered the most effective drug for Parkinson’s. Over time, however, levodopa’s effectiveness may begin to decline. Other medication options include dopamine agonists, MAO-B inhibitors, anticholinergics, and amantadine. All medications carry some risk of side effects, so consult your doctor about the benefits and drawbacks of each drug.

    Surgical Procedures

    If medications and lifestyle changes are no longer enough to maintain your quality of life, your doctor may recommend a surgical procedure. Although there are a few different procedures available, the preferred one is generally deep brain stimulation because it is minimally invasive and the brain tissue itself is not destroyed. Special devices are implanted to disrupt electrical signals to certain areas of the brain, which helps to curb the symptoms.

    Patients with Parkinson’s disease can find compassionate care and advanced treatment options at the hospitals in the HCA Far West Division. One of our hospitals—Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center—is proud to offer deep brain stimulation to improve quality of life for Parkinson’s patients. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (855) 422-9378 to find a hospital in Nevada or California, or to ask us about our other services, including stroke care and urgent care.

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