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    What Kinds of Rehab Might Be Needed After a Stroke?

    Last updated 2 days 5 hours 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 4 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. 

    Tips for Controlling Your Asthma

    Last updated 6 days ago

    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.

    Improving Your Health with Proper Nutrition

    Last updated 3 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 3 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.

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