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    The Benefits of Walking for Your Health

    Last updated 17 days ago

    You may have heard that walking 10,000 steps a day is good to for your health. Where did this number come from? This video has the answer.

    The “10,000 steps” figure was first dreamed up by a Japanese doctor in the 1960s. Walking clubs were very popular in Japan at the time, and eventually spread to the rest of the world. However, many modern Americans alternate between sitting at a desk, sitting in a car, and sitting on the couch. Even if you can’t make the 10,000-step mark, getting up and doing some walking every day is better than nothing. 

    Visit a HCA Far West Division doctor to find out how else you can improve your health. For help finding the right doctor, call our California and Nevada Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (855) 422-9378. 

    How to Control Your Colon Cancer Risk Factors

    Last updated 19 days ago

    Every year, there are nearly 100,000 new cases of colon cancer in the U.S. Since colon cancer treatment can be very tricky, Americans should do everything they can to reduce their risk of developing the disease.

    In this video, a doctor discusses ways you can control your risk of colon cancer. Though there is still much research to be done about how diet relates to the development of colon cancer, it’s clear that a diet high in red meat is a contributing factor. It’s also important to eat more fruits and vegetables, get more exercise, and reduce your use of alcohol and tobacco.

    If you’re over the age of 50, you should be getting regular colon cancer screenings. To learn more about the importance of colon cancer screenings, call the HCA Far West Division Consult-A-Nurse line at (855) 422-9378. 

    Spotlight on HCA's Mission and Values

    Last updated 21 days ago

    Life is the most precious thing there is. Healthcare Corporation of American (HCA) is a network of medical facilities dedicated to saving human lives and doing everything we can to improve them. With 166 hospitals and 114 outpatient centers in 20 states and England, there’s a good chance that there’s an HCA facility near you.

    Our medical facilities strive to provide high-quality and cost-effective healthcare services throughout the United States and England. We believe that every human life is precious, and we treat each of our patients with respect and compassion. We’re always completely honest with our patients—integrity and fairness are central to our healthcare philosophy. We also make a point of treating our colleagues with respect; we believe that a cohesive healthcare team is essential for providing outstanding care.

    HCA Far West Division is proud to bring HCA’s values to California and Nevada. Whether you’re looking for a routine physical or urgent care for a serious ailment, our medical professionals are always standing by. You can reach out Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (855) 422-9378 if you have any questions. 

    What Kinds of Rehab Might Be Needed After a Stroke?

    Last updated 24 days ago

    In the U.S., stroke is the leading cause of adult disability and the fourth leading cause of death. Nearly 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke every year, and many lose one or more of their mental faculties. Which abilities are lost or compromised depends on the area of the brain affected by the stroke. For example, a stroke in the part of the brain responsible for understanding speech can make it difficult for a stroke victim to communicate. HCA Far West Division hospitals can help California and Nevada residents regain their mental faculties through rehabilitation. 

    Speech Therapy

    About one-fourth of stroke survivors struggle with speaking, writing, and communication. In these cases, the stroke affects the area of the brain responsible for language. Damage to this area can cause a condition called expressive aphasia. Speech-language pathologists are specially trained to help stroke victims relearn many of the skills associated with communication.

    Physical Therapy

    A stoke in one side of the brain can affect the movement of the opposite side of the body. For instance, a stroke in the left side of the brain can make it difficult for a victim to move his right arm or leg. Physical therapists can help stroke victims regain muscle mass, range of motion, and restore physical movements that may have been lost or compromised. Depending on the severity of the disability, physical therapy can last anywhere from a few months to several years.

    Occupational Therapy

    Regaining basic movement of the body is one thing—relearning precise motor skills is quite another. Occupational therapists are responsible for helping stroke victims relearn everyday skills, such as cleaning the house and grooming themselves. Occupational therapists can also help stroke victims with more complex movements, such as driving a car.

    The hospitals of HCA Far West Division provide many of the rehabilitation services that stroke victims need to get their lives back on track. We also provide urgent care for stroke victims at our Joint Commission Certified Stroke Centers. If you or a loved one has had a stroke, consider visiting our website or calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (855) 422-9378. 

    What Could Be Causing Your Chest Pain?

    Last updated 27 days ago

    The human body is an incredibly advanced machine. At any given moment, billions of cells and countless electrical impulses are moving through your system. One of the most important parts of your body is your chest, where your heart, lungs, and esophagus reside. Since your body is so complex, there are a number of reasons why your chest might suffer pain. For the sake of your health, HCA Far West Division recommends that you learn the potential causes of chest pain. 

    Heart Problems

    The heart can fall victim to a number of conditions—each of which is cause for concern. For example, angina is a blockage in a heart blood vessel that may cause pain and permanent damage if left unaddressed. Myocarditis refers to inflammation of the heart muscle, and may also cause chest pain. Perhaps the most frightening cause of chest pain is a heart attack, which requires emergency care.

    Esophageal Condition

    Your esophagus—which connects your throat and your stomach—travels straight through your chest. Conditions that affect the esophagus include gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and an esophageal rupture. Some people also suffer from hypersensitivity or uncoordinated muscle contractions of the esophagus. If you suffer pain or discomfort every time you eat, your esophagus is likely the cause of your chest pain

    Lung Disorder

    The lungs are also vulnerable to a number of conditions that may cause considerable pain. Pleuritis occurs when the lining of the chest becomes inflamed, causing a sharp pain with every breath. A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that lodges in the lungs, and may also cause significant pain. Acute or chronic chest pain of any kind is almost always a cause for concern, and certainly merits a trip to the hospital.

    If you live in California or Nevada and experience chest pain, consider seeing a doctor at an HCA Far West Division hospital. All our facilities have advanced Chest Pain Centers. To learn more about potential causes of chest pain, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (855) 422-9378. 

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