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    How the Right Diet Can Support Your Cancer Treatment

    Last updated 1 day 14 hours 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 days 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.

    Unlikely Sources of Added Sugars in Your Diet

    Last updated 6 days ago

    If you’re trying to maintain a healthy weight, you probably already limit your consumption of desserts. Unfortunately, there are plenty of foods that appear healthy or innocuous, yet contain as much sugar as a dessert! One example is flavored yogurt. Yogurt is a great source of calcium and protein. However, the average cup of yogurt contains 20 grams or more of added sugar. Spaghetti sauce is another common source of hidden sugar. Just half a cup of spaghetti sauce can contain seven grams of sugar. Granola is often considered a healthy snack because it’s typically made from oats, nuts, and dried fruits. However, if you buy a commercial brand, it’s likely loaded with sugar. If you’re a coffee drinker, think twice before ordering a mixed or flavored coffee drink. Some flavored coffees can include as much as 60 grams of sugar in just one 16-ounce cup. Try switching to black coffee or add some almond milk to flavor it.

    The hospitals in the HCA Far West Division can connect you with a physician at a local hospital through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. Residents of California and Nevada can call (855) 422-9378 to reach our network of premier hospitals.

    Understanding Your Heart Health

    Last updated 12 days ago

    You may already know that you can boost your heart health by following a healthy diet plan and getting regular exercise. But did you know that stress also plays a critical role in your cardiovascular fitness? If you have a hard time coping with stressful situations, you could be at a higher risk of high blood pressure than normal. Additionally, stress may negatively affect your cholesterol levels and physical activity level by contributing to unhealthy lifestyle habits.

    When you watch this video, you’ll hear a yoga instructor share her experiences with helping others improve their heart health. She teaches the value of positive, healthy relationships to reduce stress and improve overall wellness.

    When you’re ready to improve your wellness by partnering with a healthcare team at a hospital in California or Nevada, contact the HCA Far West Division at (855) 422-9378 to speak with our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. Our network of hospitals, including children’s hospitals, offers the H2U—Health to You—wellness program.

    Tips for Avoiding Concussions and Other Brain Injuries

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are often medical emergencies that require a visit to an urgent care center. After sustaining a TBI, you may need to work with a healthcare team at your local hospital to manage long-term symptoms and complications. However, prevention is ideal; patient advocates at hospitals recommend using the following tips to reduce your risk of suffering a concussion or other TBI.

    Use Protective Gear

    You can reduce the chances that you’ll require urgent care services for a brain injury by using the appropriate protective gear while enjoying sports activities. Always wear a helmet during cycling and while riding recreational vehicles, including motorcycles. Helmets should also be worn while horseback riding, sledding, skiing, and skateboard riding, and while playing contact sports such as football and hockey. If your child is on a sports team, check with his or her coach regarding the appropriate type of gear for that particular activity. If a brain injury is sustained during a sports activity, stop playing immediately and have someone drive you to the hospital.

    Practice Car Safety

    Many brain injuries are sustained in vehicular accidents. Always wear your seatbelt and ensure your passengers do too. Protect young children with age-appropriate car seats and booster seats. Practice vehicle safety by refraining from driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and avoid distractions such as cell phone use.

    Modify Your Home

    Brain injuries may sometimes be sustained in the home. This is a particular danger for seniors who may be more prone to falls. You can improve the safety of your home by eliminating potential hazards on the floor such as loose rugs and electrical cords. Ensure there is adequate lighting throughout the home, use nonskid mats in the bathroom, and install grab bars where appropriate.

    The state-of-the-art hospitals in the HCA Far West Division offer advanced treatment for brain injuries. Two of our hospitals have been certified as Level II Trauma Centers, while others are in the process of obtaining this certification. To find one of our exceptional hospitals in your California or Nevada community, call (855) 422-9378 to speak with a Registered Nurse at our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line.

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