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    Identifying Heart Problems In Your Child

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Has your child complained of chest pain or been prone to fainting spells? If so, you may want to have him tested for a heart problem at a children’s hospital. A children’s hospital that provides heart care can identify heart conditions with the help of pediatric physicians and specialized equipment. Sunrise Children’s Hospital offers the following diagnostic measures to assess with precision the nature of your child’s condition.

    Stress Test
    One of the simplest ways to determine if your child may have a heart issue is with a stress test. This test measures how the heart responds when your child engages in physical activity. In many cases, your child may be told to walk or run as electrodes on his chest relay information regarding his heart activity. Knowing how your child’s heart functions while under duress can help his doctor’s identify his heart issue.

    Cardiac Catheterization
    To observe how the heart operates while at rest, a doctor may recommend cardiac catheterization. This minimally invasive procedure can create a moving image of the heart as it pumps blood throughout its chambers and to the rest of the body. To capture this image, a catheterization technician must insert a small camera device into an artery and position it in proximity to the heart. A special solution is then released to enhance the image of the heart.

    Electrocardiogram
    Another noninvasive measure used to analyze heart function is an electrocardiogram. As with a stress test, electrodes are placed on your child’s body so that information about the heart’s pumping action can be recorded for further examination. During the procedure, your child can lie comfortably on a table as the electrocardiogram equipment gathers data. In many cases, electrocardiograms take only minutes to complete.

    Let Sunrise Children’s Hospital help you find the answers to your child’s heart problem. If you would like to learn more about our diagnostic tools, call (702) 233-5437 to speak with our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. Our website also contains detailed explanations of the procedures that we offer for pediatric patients in Southern Nevada. 

    Why Children Need More Physical Activity

    Last updated 8 months ago

    The world has gone digital, and so has childhood. Today’s kids spend more time than ever sitting in front of computers, tablets, and video games. While their parents may have spent hours each day running around outside, today’s kids frequently get minimal physical activity. As a result, obesity and related health conditions, like heart disease and type 2 diabetes are on the rise in kids.

    How can you help your kids battle the obesity epidemic? Start by encouraging them to become more active. The recommended base level of activity for kids is 60 minutes per day. Ensure your children get that time by limiting their time using electronic devices, encouraging them to join sports teams at school, and getting them outside to play each day. Getting active can be fun and can have a tremendous impact on your kids’ health.

    For more tips on maintaining good health in kids, see the pediatric team at Sunrise Children’s Hospital. We have onsite pediatricians and experts in every area of pediatric medicine. Make an appointment for your kids by calling (702) 233-5437.

    Setting a Better Example for Your Children by Considering Bariatric Surgery

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Your children learn a lot of habits from you. Your attitudes about health are one of the biggest influences you will have on your kids. Although your kids’ doctor can tell them how to be healthy, your example really leads the way.  If your weight has become a problem, a powerful example to provide is taking steps to deal with it. If you’re struggling with obesity, bariatric surgery could be a solution. Here are some of the ways your bariatric surgery could have a healthy impact on the lives of your children.

    Sending a Message about Obesity
    Given epidemic proportions of obesity in the U.S., it’s easy for kids to start to view being overweight as no big deal. In reality, obesity is a very big deal for overall health. As a parent, you know that obesity can increase the chances of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and much more. Obesity can also limit your options by making it difficult to enjoy certain physical activities. By working with your doctor to deal with your own obesity, up to and including bariatric surgery, you deliver a message about just how dangerous you consider obesity to be.

    Improving Eating Habits
    After bariatric surgery, it is essential to make certain changes in your diet. You simply won’t be able to consume as many calories, and your body may not be able to tolerate fatty or sugary foods. These changes can benefit your kids in two ways. First, by making healthy food choices yourself, you set the bar for making smart food choices. Second, if you’re on the primary meal preparers in your household, you will automatically improve your kids’ diets as you improve your own. Studies have shown that when a parent has bariatric surgery, kids tend to weigh less and exercise more.

    If you’re looking for a partner in instilling healthy habits in your kids, then look no further than Sunrise Children’s Hospital. Our Southern Nevada facility has all of the emergency care services your family may need, from our expert cardiology department to our NICU. To learn more about the services we offer by calling (702) 233-5437. 

    How Kids Explain Heart Attacks

    Last updated 8 months ago

    What does a heart attack look like through the eyes of a child? The American Heart Association asked kids to explain heart attacks, and this video captures their answers.

    It turns out that kids see heart attacks in much the same way adults do. They expect heart attacks to look like they do on television, where a victim clutches their chest and crumples to the floor. Although some heart attack occur this way, it is important to know that many people have only subtle symptoms when experiencing a heart attack.

    Heart problems can and do strike kids. At Sunrise Children’s Hospital, our children’s emergency care room and pediatric cardiology team can help. Learn more about the services at our Southern Nevada hospital by calling (702) 233-5437. 

    Teaching Your Kids About Stroke and Lifelong Prevention

    Last updated 8 months ago

    It is never too early to start teaching your kids about healthy habits. One topic kids can start learning about early is stroke. Stokes are one the leading causes of death in the U.S. and the No. 1 cause of disability. Teaching kids about strokes has several benefits. First, although most strokes occur in people over the age of 65, they can and do happen in children, so it helps kids to understand the symptoms. Likewise, when kids know the symptoms, they can recognize them in other people so that they can alert someone when emergency care is required. Lastly, kids can learn healthy habits that will reduce their own stroke risks. Here are some suggestions for helping your kids learn about strokes.

    Talk About the Symptoms
    Tell your kids what symptoms someone having a stroke is likely to experience. Most stroke patients have drooping on one side of their faces or bodies. In many cases, they may also experience slurred speech and confused thinking. Whenever these symptoms strike, it is important to get emergency care right away. Every minute counts with a stroke, since brain tissue will continue to die until treatment begins. Teach your kids to dial 911 at the first sign of a stroke in someone else.

    Teach Prevention
    No one can completely eradicate the chance of having a stroke, but many risk factors are controllable. Talk to your kids about the importance of not smoking, eating a healthy diet, and getting physical activity every day. Many cases of type 1 diabetes are diagnosed by pediatricians, which itself significantly increases the risk of stroke. If your child becomes diabetic, work closely with him or her to teach proper blood sugar management, which will help curb the risk of a stroke for life.

    At Sunrise Children’s Hospital, we believe good pediatric care involves doctors and families working together to give kids the tools to be healthy now and well into adulthood. Explore the pediatric services at our hospital by calling (702) 233-5437. 

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