At The Valley Health System Blog you'll find information you can use to improve your overall health and well-being, and stories about our amazing patients and Healthcare Heroes serving our community.

The Small Insect That Can Do Big Damage

March 26, 2024

Spending time outdoors in warmer weather can increase the risk of contracting tickborne illness. Here’s what you need to know.

Do You Have Responsible Drinking Habits?

March 26, 2024

Many enjoy drinking alcohol, but overdrinking can make any party turn sour. Learn how to spot the signs of alcohol use disorder and alcohol overdose.

These Protein-Packed Breakfasts Keep You Fuller Longer

March 26, 2024

Begin your day with one of these meals and you'll be off to a strong start.

Don't Miss These Signs of Multiple Sclerosis

March 26, 2024

Although there's no exact pattern of symptoms in MS, don't ignore these possible warning signs.

5 Invigorating Ways to Enjoy More Daylight

March 26, 2024

Move more while enjoying fresh air and sunshine with these exciting and relaxing activities.

This Is What Too Little Sleep Does to Your Body

March 26, 2024

Here's a look at how long-term sleep deprivation affects your physical and mental health.

Always Stressed? You May Have Too Much Cortisol

March 26, 2024

Too much of this stress hormone can wreak havoc on your health.

Understanding the Rapid Recovery Protocol

March 25, 2024

To help patients return home after surgery as soon as possible, Valley Health Specialty Hospital uses the Rapid Recovery Protocol.

A Chicken Dish with a Little Zest

February 26, 2024

Try Making Crispy Lemon-Garlic Chicken Thighs with Roasted Potatoes & Carrots

Is Your Joint Pain More Than Just the Usual Aches?

February 26, 2024

If there's a deeper problem, there are treatment options.

Unlocking the Power of Protein

February 26, 2024

Have you been neglecting this essential nutrient in your diet? This is how protein intake affects you now and in the future.

The Most Common Causes of Accidental Poisoning

February 26, 2024

Most poisonings occur at home. Here's where the danger lies and how to keep your family safer.

What's That Smell? And What Does It Mean?

February 26, 2024

Here's what body odor comes from, why it changes and how to control it.

These Symptoms May Mean You Have Kidney Disease

February 26, 2024

Symptoms during early stages of the disease are hard to spot, but don't ignore these red flags.

This Is What the World's Longest Living People Eat

February 26, 2024

The diet of people in the Blue Zones may help them live longer. Here's what they eat.

A Heart-Healthy Recipe for Salmon

January 30, 2024

This recipe will yield perfectly cooked, 4-ounce salmon fillets with a delightful honey balsamic glaze, ideal for a tasty, healthy meal.

Would You Recognize These Warning Signs of Stroke?

January 30, 2024

Here's how to spot a stroke and what to do.

Here Are 7 Signs You Might Have Heart Failure

January 30, 2024

Don't ignore these common symptoms of this serious heart condition.

This Is What a Heart Attack Really Feels Like

January 30, 2024

In real life, heart attack symptoms are usually more subtle than what you see in movies.

A Guide to Easing into Exercise after a Heart Attack

January 30, 2024

Exercise helps you recover after a cardiac event and here are tips to help you do it more safely.

Is Your Eyesight at Risk?

January 30, 2024

Good eyesight is often taken for granted – until it is lost. A common eye disorder affects many people 50 years and older.

Minimally Invasive Heart Surgeries Explained

January 30, 2024

Today, minimally invasive techniques can offer reduced scarring, less pain and quicker recovery for those with cardiovascular conditions.

Make Giving Blood Your New Year's Resolution!

December 30, 2023

When she was born, Gretchen Papez, Director of PR and Media for VHS, received a life-saving blood donation. Read how this inspired her to become a donor herself and how you can too.

Winter Comfort Food with an Asian Twist

December 27, 2023

Bring the authentic flavors of Chinese cuisine right into your kitchen.

Weight Gain Isn't Always About Appetite or Willpower

December 27, 2023

If your yearly resolution has to do with reaching a healthy weight, it may be smart to check your thyroid.

4 Small New Year’s Resolutions to Inspire Change

December 27, 2023

Broad and big new year resolutions can be hard to stick with. Try these small habit changes that can lead to a healthier lifestyle.

Do Diabetes Drugs Help You Lose Weight?

December 27, 2023

Here's why drugs originally developed to treat diabetes are being used for weight loss.

4 Foods That May Help You Lose Weight

December 27, 2023

Stay fuller while eating fewer calories by making these satisfying foods part of your diet.

7 Good Reasons to Try Dry January

December 27, 2023

This may be the incentive you need to start the new year alcohol-free.

How to Quit Smoking Gradually

December 27, 2023

Ready to kick your habit? Instead of doing it cold turkey, here are tips to ease into a smoke-free life.

A Healthy Side Dish for the Holidays

December 6, 2023

Roasted Vegetarian Quinoa Stuffing balances great taste and good health

6 Ways to Care for Your Skin This Winter

November 28, 2023

Here’s why you should pay extra attention to your body’s first line of defense as temperatures drop.

Keep Illnesses Away from Your Holiday Gatherings

November 28, 2023

Getting sick slows you down and prevents you from enjoying the festivities. These tips can help you avoid it.

Watch Out for These Common Injuries During the Holidays

November 28, 2023

Don't let an injury ruin your holiday fun. These tips can help keep you injury-free.

Crohn's or Ulcerative Colitis? How to Tell the Difference

November 28, 2023

Here are similarities and differences between these conditions, as well as common symptoms.

Your Guide to Healthy Holiday Travel

November 28, 2023

Before you pack your bags, read these tips so you're more likely to stay healthy during your travels.

'Tis the Season When You're Most Likely to Have a Heart Attack

November 28, 2023

Here's why your heart is more at risk during the holidays, and what you can do to protect it.

4 Strategies to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

October 25, 2023

A good night’s sleep can set the tone for the day. These factors play a role.

How to Save 1,000 Calories at Your Thanksgiving Meal

October 25, 2023

The average American consumes over 2,000 calories on Thanksgiving. Here's how to save half those calories!

How Risky Is Vaping?

October 25, 2023

E-cigarettes and smokeless nicotine were once regarded as a way to avoid lung cancer risk, but there are concerns.

The Best Time to Exercise If You Have Diabetes

October 25, 2023

All exercise is good if you have diabetes, but here's when it may help the most.

The Best Way to Catch Lung Cancer Early

October 25, 2023

If you are a current or former smoker, here's how to protect yourself from lung cancer.

How to Ease Hip Pain

October 25, 2023

If you have pain, stiffness and inflammation in your hip joint, these tips can help.

What Does It Mean to Have Dense Breasts?

September 29, 2023

Those with dense breast tissue are at higher risk of developing breast cancer and other breast-related issues.

What You Should Know About Diabetes and Sugar

September 29, 2023

High blood sugar causes many of the symptoms and complications of diabetes. Here’s how to manage your blood sugar.

7 Things You'll Notice After Losing Weight

September 29, 2023

More than just the number on the scale will change when you lose weight.

The Scariest Health Hazards of Halloween

September 29, 2023

This holiday is all about having fun. Here are 5 ways to keep it that way.

The Do's and Don'ts of Supporting Someone with Mental Illness

September 29, 2023

Not sure what to do if a friend or family member has mental health issues? These tips may help.

These 10 Foods Help Fight Inflammation

September 29, 2023

Wondering what inflammation-fighting foods to add to your diet? Try these 10 powerhouses.

A Bad Fall Leads to a Great Recovery

August 23, 2023

Leslie Ruggiero rehabbed at Valley Health Specialty Hospital after suffering a terrible fall and having surgery on her left leg.

From a Stroke to Walking and Hiking Several Miles a Day

August 23, 2023

Christine Mash received inpatient and outpatient therapy at Valley Health Specialty Hospital after her stroke.

A Massive Stroke Leads to an Even Bigger Recovery

August 23, 2023

Jamil Aromin received therapy at Valley Health Specialty Hospital and has regained his ability to bathe, get dressed, walk and hold conversations.

Are You Missing This Sign of Ovarian Cancer?

August 22, 2023

If you often feel full quickly when eating, don't ignore it.

These 9 Things Make It More Likely You'll Fall

August 22, 2023

Here's how to recognize common fall hazards so you can do something to lower your risk.

These Are the 3 Most Common Prostate Problems

August 22, 2023

If you're a man, here are three conditions that may affect your prostate as you age.

Here's Why AFib May Be Especially Dangerous for Women

August 22, 2023

Women need to be aware of this serious heart arrhythmia because early detection is important.

The Surprising Question That Might Prevent Teen Suicide

August 22, 2023

Today’s generation of teens are at high risk of suicide. Learn what you can do to intervene.

Summerlin Hospital Reaffirms Commitment to Exclusive Breastfeeding Support

August 10, 2023

The Director of Women's Services at Summerlin Hospital explains the many ways the hospital promotes and supports exclusive breastfeeding.


Don't Forget to Schedule These Medical Appointments

July 25, 2023

Now is as good a time as any to get these appointments on your calendar.

How to Overcome Loneliness

July 25, 2023

If you are lonely, following these 5 tips can help you feel more connected to others.

Should You Take These Vitamins Every Day?

July 25, 2023

Many people take multivitamins and other supplements daily, but do you need them?

Proud to Support the Newest LVMPD Recruit

July 25, 2023

Get to know Jimmy, an adorable Peer Support Dog and the newest member of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.


How to Treat Any Burn

July 6, 2023

Whether from the sun, the grill or a sparkler, summer is burn season. Learn how to tell the painful inconvenience from the true emergency.

Living with Congestive Heart Failure

July 6, 2023

While it's a serious condition, with appropriate management and treatment, many people with CHF can continue to lead active and fulfilling lives.

Make Restaurant-Quality Salads at Home

July 6, 2023

Save money and calories with these 10 tips for creating salads that taste like a chef made them. Ever wonder why the salads you make at home don't taste quite as good as the ones you order in restaurants?

Is Long COVID Becoming a Chronic Disease?

July 6, 2023

Although poorly understood, some people have symptoms after COVID-19 that don't go away.Throughout the pandemic, millions of people were infected with one strain or another of the COVID-19 virus.

20 Common Causes of Back Pain

July 6, 2023

Back pain is the leading cause of disability around the world and is one of the most common reasons people go to a doctor.

Protect Your Eyes from These Summer Hazards

July 6, 2023

Keep your eyes free from injury and irritation this season with these tips.

Your Guide to a Safer Summer

June 6, 2023

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, and the most preventable, too.

The Simplest Way for Men to Improve Their Health

June 6, 2023

Men’s life expectancy is dropping. Their hesitancy to go to the doctor could be a reason why.

Stroke Prevention: Transcarotid Artery Revascularization

May 10, 2023

John Davis, retired Apollo Lunar Module engineer, wants you to know about this minimally invasive procedure that can reduce your risk of stroke.


Are You at Risk for a Stroke?

April 25, 2023

"Anyone can have a stroke, regardless of risk factors or age," the hospital’s Director of Quality says. "Be aware of stroke symptoms."

Understand your allergies

April 25, 2023

Let's dive into the reasons for your pesky itchy eyes and runny noses, and how to avoid them.

When a Business Trip Turns into a Medical Emergency

April 25, 2023

When issues from a previous back surgery halted his business trip, Barry Leabo got the care he needed at Valley Health Specialty Hospital.

Colorectal Cancer in 2023: What You Should Know

March 24, 2023

Important information for Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X, Baby Boomers and Silent Generation.

Family Medicine Physician Shares Colorectal Cancer Journey

March 24, 2023

Chrissy Quartuccio-Carran, DO, FAAFP, urges others to address symptoms, undergo preventive screenings.

What a Headache Could Be Telling You

March 21, 2023

It’s a broad term for a lot of experiences. Learn how to tell if yours are serious.

How to Tell if Heartburn Is Something More

March 21, 2023

GERD can start out as an annoyance, but can cause serious damage over time. Avoid long-term effects through simple lifestyle changes and possibly treatment.

Dementia: Who Cares for the Caregiver?

March 9, 2023

Read what two psychiatric professionals have to say about dementia caregiver burnout and ways to prevent it.

Which Colorectal Cancer Test Is Right for You?

February 22, 2023

Various colorectal cancer screening options can make diagnosis and early detection easier for you

The ABCs of Joint Replacement Surgery

February 22, 2023

Joint replacement surgery sounds so invasive, but what does it really entail? Here’s the breakdown.

Heart Disease from a Doctor's Perspective

January 27, 2023

Read what the Medical Director of the Cardiac Cath Lab at Summerlin Hospital has to say about heart disease, risk factors and preventive measures.

The Surprising Connection Between Mind and Heart

January 25, 2023

Stress and anxiety could be negatively affecting your heart health AND heart disease can cause stress and anxiety. Here’s how to break the cycle.

What Your Heart Is Telling You

January 24, 2023

Not all heart events are the same. Knowing what makes them different can be the key to surviving them.

Are You Struggling With Your Weight-Loss Journey?

December 21, 2022

If your goal is to lose weight, but nothing seems to be working, bariatric surgery can get you where you want to be.

The Keys to Successful New Year’s Resolutions

December 20, 2022

The time to build healthy habits is here. Don’t think too hard, we’ve come up with a list of resolutions worth keeping.

RSV: What YOU Need to Know

December 19, 2022

This holiday season, when families gather and the risk of spread is high, be aware of common RSV symptoms, treatments and preventive actions.

When Should You Go to the Emergency Room?

December 6, 2022

Unsure if you should go to the ER? Dr. David Cercone identifies serious symptoms that could need immediate care.

Try These Steps to Defuse Holiday Stress

November 23, 2022

Put self-care at the top of your to-do list. Identify when stress is affecting you and how you can manage it.

Stay Safe This Flu Season

November 22, 2022

Don’t miss any of the holiday cheer, avoid the flu this year.

Prediabetes Is Common, Often Unrecognized, and Dangerous

October 31, 2022

It’s more common than you know. Learn how to avoid it turning into diabetes.

5 Ways Quitting Smoking Can Improve Your Life

October 30, 2022

Sometimes the big health reasons to quit smoking are not enough. These small perks might be the push you need to make the commitment.

Breast Cancer Surgeon Speaks on the Disease

October 4, 2022

Souzan El-Eid, MD, FACS, Medical Director of the Breast Care Center at Summerlin Hospital, discusses the importance of screenings and new treatment advances.

Depression and Aging: Know the Facts

September 30, 2022

Depression is the most prevalent mental health problem among older adults and can lead to a decline in physical, mental and social functioning.

Your Breast Cancer Screening Questions Answered

September 30, 2022

Is getting a mammogram at the top of your to-do list? If not, schedule it now. It may save your life!

Elderly Are at Risk for Chronic Wounds

September 14, 2022

Learn tips to reduce and prevent the risk of developing chronic wounds for those over 65.

The To-Do Item Men Shouldn't Forget

August 29, 2022

Prostate cancer is the second-most-common cancer among American men, and often has few outward signs. Screening for it is important.

The Best Ways to Deal with Back Pain

August 1, 2022

It's the No. 1 cause of disability worldwide. Learn how to better deal with it.

Get Your Kids Off to a Healthy Start This School Year

July 31, 2022

These five recommendations can help ensure that your child is ready to learn and perform their best the entire year.

Protect Yourself While Enjoying the Summer Sun

June 10, 2022

Want to protect yourself from skin cancer while enjoying the summer sun? Checkout these timely tips to indulge in the sun safely.

Outpatient Therapy Can Get You Moving Again. Here’s How

June 2, 2022

Find out what recovering patients have to say about Summerlin Hospital’s Outpatient Therapy Center.

Summer Safety Essentials

May 16, 2022

Paying attention to the most common types of injury can help keep you and your family safe while getting the most out of the warm months ahead.

DVH Launches Employment and Higher Education Program

May 11, 2022

The "Earn While You Learn" program offers area residents the opportunity for full-time employment and a career pathway in hospital-based nursing.

Nine Essential Screenings for Men

May 11, 2022

June is Men’s Health Awareness Month! Regular check-ups and screenings can help men stay healthy by indicating preventive health needs and catching issues before they become more serious.

How COVID-19 Has Impacted Mental Health

May 11, 2022

COVID-19 has taken a heavy toll on mental health. If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, here are ways to identify issues and get help.

Recognition for our Remarkable Nurses

April 25, 2022

Nurses are on the frontline of most every healthcare interaction, from emergencies to routine check-ins, and their lifesaving work has an incredible impact on patients, their families and communities as a whole. We celebrate nurses everywhere during National Nurses Week, May 6-12.

5 Ways to Lessen Seasonal Allergies

April 25, 2022

Whether your allergy symptoms are frustrating or debilitating, there are steps you can take to enjoy rather than dread spring.

Technological Advances and Innovations

March 30, 2022

Here are three new orthopedic surgical offerings at The Valley Health System that are helping to customize and advance care.

Tips to Prepare for Orthopedic Surgery

March 30, 2022

Getting ready for surgery can be scary. However, planning ahead can help you feel more confident and prepared for success.

How to Take Control of Your Neurological Health

March 25, 2022

Knowing what’s happening in your head could save your life.

What You Should Know About Colorectal Cancer

March 7, 2022

Learn the risk factors, signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer and the age at which you should begin screenings.

Joint Replacement – Is It for You?

February 15, 2022

If you suffer from chronic joint pain and medications are no longer working, you may be a candidate for joint replacement.

Is Diabetes Putting You at Risk for Chronic Wounds?

February 15, 2022

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, talk to your doctor about ways to address and prevent chronic wounds associated with the disease, such as diabetic foot care. 

Valley Hospital Celebrates 50-Year Anniversary

February 4, 2022

Valley Hospital is proud to have served the healthcare needs of Southern Nevada for the past half century.

She’s a Registered Nurse … and a Published Author

January 25, 2022

Get to know Amanda Skenandore, RN, BSN, CIC, an infection prevention nurse at Summerlin Hospital and award-winning author of historical fiction.

ER at Valley Vista Now Open

January 18, 2022

Centennial Hills Hospital has expanded access to emergency care in North Las Vegas with ER at Valley Vista, which opened for patient care on January 17.

Heart Attack Symptoms – What’s Different for Men and Women

January 12, 2022

Knowing the signs and symptoms can save your life!

Could You Have Atrial Fibrillation?

January 12, 2022

What to know about this sometimes silent condition.

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

December 16, 2021

Want a fresh start for 2022? Create realistic, reasonable goals to set yourself up for success.

Could You Have Seasonal Depression?

December 16, 2021

Winter blahs and holiday stress have you down? Read more for helpful strategies to lighten your mood.

Introducing Valley Health Specialty Hospital

August 23, 2021

The first and only orthopedic surgery and inpatient rehabilitation facility in the Las Vegas area, Valley Health Specialty Hospital provides care for adults suffering with orthopedic pain, injuries and debilitating medical conditions.

Have You Scheduled Your Annual Mammogram?

July 30, 2021

COVID-19 disrupted many health screenings in 2020. However, it’s important to get back on track. Find the information and care you need now.

Is Weight-Loss Surgery Right for You?

June 29, 2021

Free seminars offered in-person or online provide an easy way to learn about weight-loss surgery. Here’s what you need to know.

MitraClip™ Now Offered at Spring Valley Hospital

June 17, 2021

For certain patients with heart valve disease, this treatment can help provide relief from heart failure symptoms.

Ask the Doctor: What Is a Stress Test?

June 17, 2021

 A physician explains what a stress test entails and how it can help keep your heart health on track. Plus, learn three quick tips to prepare.

Advanced AFib Treatment Close to Home

June 16, 2021

Desert Springs Hospital now offers non-fluoroscopic catheter ablation to treat atrial fibrillation. This treatment can provide a life-changing option when medications and other interventions don’t work.

What Is Cardiovascular Disease?

June 14, 2021

In a nutshell, cardiovascular diseases include conditions affecting the heart and blood vessels. Find out more about some of the conditions that fall under this big umbrella.

COVID-19 and the Heart

June 12, 2021

Can the heart be impacted after a COVID-19 diagnosis? Learn about possible warning signs and steps to take.

Coming Soon: ER at Valley Vista

May 17, 2021

When you need emergency care, minutes matter. Learn about the new freestanding emergency department coming to the Aliante community.

Health Tips Men Need to Know

May 17, 2021

See what health issues can arise at different ages for guys. Plus, learn about an often-overlooked condition men shouldn’t ignore.

Meet Summerlin Hospital’s Child Life Specialists

April 16, 2021

A hospital stay can be understandably scary for young patients. Having someone to help ease the way can make all the difference.

Thank You to Our Social Workers

April 5, 2021

See the many ways social workers support patients in the hospital and help ensure a smooth transition home.

Nutrition and Your Numbers

March 8, 2021

What to eat today? Find tips to help keep you healthier and prevent a problem known as chronic inflammation.

Testing Triumphs Behind the Scenes

February 5, 2021

Core Lab Healthcare Heroes play critical role throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Emergency Heart Surgery Saved His Life

February 5, 2021

When he was stricken by a terrible stomach sickness, Billy Noordin never thought the problem might be his heart.

Making a Positive Difference Throughout the Year

January 15, 2021

As the battle against COVID-19 continues, here’s one resolution for 2021 that can help make you and those around you feel better.

A Special Thank-You to Veterans

November 5, 2020

Veterans sacrifice so much for others. Learn how Valley Hospital is honoring them with a final heartfelt sendoff.

Honoring Our Emergency Care Heroes

October 15, 2020

A display at Desert Springs Hospital celebrates the special relationship with the community’s frontline health workers.

Nurses Leading by Example

July 13, 2020

Great leaders exhibit strength, character, bravery, faith and empathy. But in uncharted waters, these attributes are an absolute must.

Frontliner in Focus: Charanpal Singh, MD

July 8, 2020

Team members highlight the contributions made by Intensivist Charanpal Singh, MD, as he rises to the challenge of treating COVID-19 patients.

Mother and Daughter Nursing Team on the Front Lines

July 6, 2020

Providing compassionate care for critically ill patients, this mother and daughter duo draw on each other's strengths to get through the day.

How COVID-19 Has Impacted Medical Residents

July 2, 2020

Swetha Vakkalanka, MD, began her Family Medicine residency last year. Now she shares her thoughts on how COVID-19 has transformed her first year in medicine.

This Graduation Would Not Be Postponed

June 30, 2020

When the pandemic began, Jennifer Rivera was finishing nursing school and her graduation ceremony was postponed. Her manager had other plans.

A Colorful Tribute to Our Healthcare Heroes

June 26, 2020

#VegasGoesBlue in an inspiring show of support for those on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19.