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Asthma is a chronic lung disease that affects about 1 out of 12 Americans. People with asthma experience dangerous “attacks,” during which the airways become inflamed and restrict breathing. Though there is currently no cure for asthma, there are many ways suffers can control their symptoms. If you have asthma, ask an HCA Far West Division doctor how you can effectively control your condition.
Know Your Triggers
Asthma is often associated with allergies. The simple act of breathing in an allergen can cause a person with asthma to suffer an attack. If you’ve had asthma attacks in the past, you should be at least somewhat familiar with your main triggers, which could be pollen, smoke, or animal dander. Once you know your triggers, avoid situations in which those triggers might be present.
Develop a Management Plan
Like many people who suffer from asthma, you may find it difficult to avoid your triggers at all times. That’s why it’s important to have a management plan that can help you identify troublesome symptoms and know when to seek emergency care. Peak flow monitoring and medicine are important aspects of your management plan.
Understand Your Medication
Though doctors are extremely helpful when it comes to managing asthma symptoms, you’re ultimately responsible for your own wellbeing. As such, it’s important for you to be familiar with your medications and what they do. If you have any questions about anti-inflammatories, bronchodilators, or other treatments, don’t hesitate to ask.
Control Your Environment
Perhaps the best way to manage your asthma symptoms is to make sure your home is as free of potential triggers as possible. Make it easy to adjust the temperature and humidity inside your home, change the filter in your HVAC system, and make sure your indoor air quality is the best it can be.
The medical professionals at HCA Far West Division hospitals provide effective treatment for asthma and numerous other conditions. We’re honored to provide urgent care services and general healthcare services to the people of California and Nevada. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (855) 422-9378 or visit our website if you have any questions.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.