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    Why Kids Should Have Their Cholesterol Tested

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Heart disease is the most pressing health issue in the United States. Thousands of men and women succumb to this condition, but for many of them, the risk of heart disease began well before adulthood. Sunrise Children’s Hospital hopes to educate parents in the greater Las Vegas area about the dangers of high cholesterol during childhood. By having the cholesterol levels of their children checked on a regular basis, parents can help their kids enjoy heart-healthy lives for years to come.

    Identify High Cholesterol Levels
    Why does high cholesterol matter to the health of a child? Cholesterol is a substance that the body makes to aid in cellular formation. Because the body produces an adequate supply of cholesterol, it requires no additional amount from outside sources. However, many foods also contain cholesterol, which can lead to overly high levels of it in the body. High cholesterol presents no signs in children or adults. Only a doctor’s test can identify it, which is why children require regular screenings for it.

    Prevent Plaque Buildup
    If high cholesterol levels persist in the body, it can lead to plaque formation in the circulatory system. Healthy arteries are flexible and free from deposit accumulation. When too much cholesterol flows throughout the blood stream, it can attach to the arterial walls and cause plaque buildup. Plaque causes arteries to lose their flexibility and volume, which makes it more difficult for blood to flow through them.

    Ward Off Heart Disease
    High cholesterol is a primary cause of future heart disease. The longer that cholesterol levels contribute to plaque formation in the arteries, the greater the chance that one of those arteries will experience a rupture or blockage. Either consequence can lead to a heart attack or stroke. By taking steps now to monitor and manage the cholesterol levels of children, they can lessen their dangers of suffering from heart disease in the future.

    Have you had your children’s cholesterol levels checked lately? If not, call Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 233-5437 for an appointment. You can also utilize our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral system to learn more about the dangers of high cholesterol and its contribution to heart disease. 

    Fun Tips to Get Your Child More Active

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Regular activity provides benefits well beyond physical health. Active children often enjoy better self-confidence and enhanced focus as well. Sunrise Children’s Hospital urges families in our Southern Nevada community to do their part to encourage activity in their children. To make your child associate fitness with fun, try these innovative ways to make him more active:

    Explore Your Town
    When was the last time that you checked out your neighborhood? Many people have little idea of what lies beyond their own block. To increase your child’s physical activity, set up regular excursions into different areas of your town or city. You can check out more urban areas by foot, skateboard, or bike. If your town contains parks, nature preserves, or other undeveloped regions, you can hike or jog through them with your child.

    Work Out as a Family
    If your child sees you work out, he is far more likely to do it as well. To set a positive example for your child, start exercising as a family. You can get active at home with exercise videos or backyard activities. You can also join larger groups like a family softball or bowling league to burn calories. Trips to the pool and track can also make for fun and active family time.

    Reward with Exercise Equipment
    Did your child do well on his report card? Did he help you clean up the backyard or repaint a bedroom? If you want to reward your child for a job well done, consider giving him exercise equipment. Rewarding your child with sweets or video games for special accomplishments will only diminish his wellbeing. By offering a new baseball mitt, basketball hoop, or soccer net, you can show your appreciation for his hard work as you encourage his physical fitness.

    It’s never too soon to start implementing healthy habits in your child. For more information on how to raise an active family, call Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 233-5437. In the event that your child requires emergency attention for a sports injury or other medical problem, check out our website for our current ER wait times

    The Importance of Vegetables For Kids

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Educating your children about the benefits of a nutritious diet is crucial to their health. Explaining these benefits in terms they understand is key to having them make a habit of eating nutrition-packed vegetables.

    This video describes the health advantages of vegetables with clear and simple reasons. One mark of childhood is physical growth. Telling your children that vegetables will help them grow can provide encouragement to eat them at mealtime. A diet high in vegetables can also increase energy and ward off illnesses. Knowing that vegetables will keep them strong can also persuade children to enjoy them on a regular basis.

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital can help your children grow up strong and healthy. For information on the services that our children’s hospital provides Southern Nevada community, call (702) 233-5437.

    Identifying Heart Problems In Your Child

    Last updated 10 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.

    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 10 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.

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