New Imaging Technology at Centennial Hills Hospital Helps Reduce Radiation, Provide Precise Stent Placement during Heart Procedures

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New Imaging Technology at Centennial Hills Hospital Helps Reduce Radiation, Provide Precise Stent Placement During Heart Procedures

Interventional cardiologists at Centennial Hills Hospital now use ARTIS icono technology to reduce patients’ radiation doses and provide the precise placements of stents to reduce potential complications.

Interventional cardiac procedures are used to treat heart attacks and heart disease using less invasive methods. Examples include percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), or angioplasty, to restore blood flow to a coronary artery; balloon angioplasty to improve blood flow to the heart; atherectomies to open up hard blockages in the arteries; and implanting stents to keep newly opened arteries from closing back up.

Reducing Radiation Doses
To better protect patients, the ARTIS icono technology features an OPTIQ imaging chain which automatically selects the lowest radiation dose for the patient based on the physician’s preferred image quality during a cardiac interventional procedure.

Software Provides Pathway to Precise Placement
The CLEARstent Live advanced guidance software provides real-time verification of the undeployed stent, ensuring that it is properly positioned within the artery and reducing the motion of the beating heart. With this technology, heart procedures may take less time and reduce the amount of contrast dye a patient may receive. This can be a critical factor for patients with certain medical conditions, like kidney disease.

“Patients benefit from these major technology upgrades through reduced radiation, reduced procedural time and accurate, precise placement of stents that will re-open blood flow to their hearts,” explained James Lally, MD, interventional cardiologist and medical director of the cardiac cath lab at Centennial Hills Hospital. “In turn, this helps the heart pump enough blood to carry a constant supply of blood to the brain and other vital organs.”

“Our goal is to continually provide advanced cardiovascular care to help our patients and our community,” said Sajit Pullarkat, CEO of Centennial Hills Hospital. “Whether it’s a major technology investment, our continued accreditation for chest pain care, or our ability to save someone’s life, we are offering high-quality heart care, close to home.”

About Centennial Hills Hospital
Centennial Hills Hospital is a member of The Valley Health System, a network of six acute care hospitals that provide care for patients throughout Southern Nevada and nearby communities. Located in northwest Las Vegas, the 336-bed hospital offers a wide range of healthcare services including emergency care, surgical services, cardiovascular and advanced neurological care, women’s health, maternity and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, and specialty programs in stroke, chest pain, orthopedics, advanced wound care and hyperbaric medicine, and outpatient physical therapy.

Cleveland Clinic Celebrates Its Centennial Year, Starting With Founders Day on Feb. 26

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Cleveland Clinic Celebrates Its Centennial Year

Health system marks 100 years of patient-centered care and innovation; 11 years in Nevada

On February 26 in 1921, four physicians hosted a ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio to celebrate the opening of their group practice, unveiling a new model of care based on cooperation between clinicians.

On Founders Day, and throughout the year, Cleveland Clinic celebrates its 100-year history with virtual events, digital experiences and community initiatives to honor our rich history and celebrate what is to come.

The foundation of Cleveland Clinic’s 100 years of patient-centered care began with the hospital’s physician founders. After caring for wounded soldiers in World War I, Drs. Frank Bunts, George Crile, William Lower and John Phillips believed in teamwork to serve the welfare of patients. Their credo was “to act as a unit,” which became a founding ideal for Cleveland Clinic. One hundred years later, the organization remains a team of teams focused solely on the patient.

“At Cleveland Clinic, we serve a true and noble purpose to care for others,” said Cleveland Clinic CEO and President Tom Mihaljevic, M.D. “Our mission of ‘caring for life, researching for health and educating those who serve’ evokes the past, present and future of patient care. Our innovative culture and commitment to the patient experience have gone hand-in-hand with our dedication to research and education. Our history shows that, and it will continue into the future.”

What started as a unique group practice 100 years ago has grown into a global organization with locations in Ohio, Florida, Nevada, Toronto, Abu Dhabi, and soon London. Today, Cleveland Clinic’s 70,000 caregivers deliver compassionate and exceptional care to more than two million patients worldwide.

Remaining committed to innovation and research, Cleveland Clinic has led the way in developing hundreds of new life-saving medical advances, technologies and procedures. Among Cleveland Clinic’s many pioneering breakthroughs are coronary artery bypass, face transplant, minimally invasive organ removal, targeted epilepsy surgery, brain tumor treatments, cancer genetics, surgery to cure diabetes and artificial organs research.

At Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, clinician scientists are pioneering the last medical frontier: the brain. With more than 5,800 lives currently in its care, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is a leader in the research, treatment and education of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative brain diseases including Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, Frontotemporal and Lewy Body dementias and has earned multiple designations of excellence. Since opening in 2009, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health has:

  • Facilitated more than 220,000 patient appointments
  • Conducted more than 100 research studies
  • Opened the nation’s first Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement Prevention Center in conjunction with Maria Shriver
  • Received a $3.3 million grant from The National Institute on Aging at The National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish  Nevada’s first and only Nevada exploratory Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (NVeADRC)
  • Provided more than 60,000 visits to its no-cost caregiver and community education, support and therapeutic services

Caring for the community is also a long-standing priority at Cleveland Clinic. As an anchor institution – a major employer and provider of services in the communities we serve – the health system is committed to helping create the healthiest community for everyone through programs and actions to heal, hire and invest for the future.

Looking to the future, Cleveland Clinic’s goal is to continue the legacy from the past 100 years to create an even better place for patient-centered care here and in locations around the world.

For more information including a timeline of the top moments in Cleveland Clinic history, visit

Health Care Quarterly Announces 15th Annual Health Care Headliners

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Winners Announced for Excellence in Wide Range of Medical and Care Expertises

Vegas Inc’s Health Care Quarterly is thrilled to release its highly anticipated list of recipients for its 15th annual Health Care Headliners awards. The accolades highlight medical practitioners throughout Southern Nevada who have gone above and beyond in providing exceptional health care to the local community.

As local medical professionals have gone to exceptional lengths to provide top-of-the-line health care during a time of unprecedented circumstance, Health Care Headliners has chosen to recognize 10 runners-up alongside the winners for their unparalleled dedication to the health and safety of the community.

Honorees were evaluated based on their impact, dedication and achievements in 10 different categories including Community Outreach, Dentistry, Education, Emergency Services, Innovation, Lifetime Achievement, Manager/Administrator, Nursing, Physician and Research/Science. 

This year’s Health Care Headliners honorees include:

Community Outreach: Amy Runge, MEd, BSN, RN, Clinical Nurse Manager and COVID-19 Testing Site Manager for University Medical Center of Southern Nevada
Runner-up: Raquel Cruz-Juarez, Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

Dentistry: Terri Chandler, RDH, Founder and Executive Director of Future Smiles
Runner-up: Christina Demopoulous, DDS, MPH, Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences at UNLV School of Dental Medicine

Education: Michael Daubs, MD, Professor and Chair of Department of Orthopedics at UNLV School of Medicine; Chief of Orthopedics for University Medical Center of Southern Nevada; and Medical Director at OptumCare Orthopedics and Spine
Runner-up: Joshua J. Goldman, MD, Assistant Professor of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at UNLV School of Medicine

Emergency Services: Zdenka Prus, MA, LCPC, Mobile Assessment Supervisor at Seven Hills Hospital
Runner-up: Clarence Dunagan, MD, Chairman of the ER and previous Chief of Staff at MountainView Hospital

Innovation: John Brosious, MD, Plastic Surgeon and Director and Founder of Gender Surgery Program at the UNLV School of Medicine
Runner-up: Holly Lyman, Director of Community Health at Dignity Health St. Rose Dominican Hospitals

Lifetime Achievement: Warren Wheeler, MD, Senior Medical Director of Palliative Care at Nathan Adelson Hospice
Runner-up: Mary Bondmass, Ph.D., RN, CNE, Associate Professor in Residence at UNLV School of Nursing

Manager/Administrator: Jeffrey Murawsky, MD, FACP, Chief Medical Director at SilverSummit Healthplan
Runner-up: Mike Mikich, Senior Regional Vice President of Operations and Strategic Initiatives at OptumCare

Nursing: Tamara Saldana, RN, Manager of Clinical Services and Quality at Cure 4 the Kids Foundation
Runner-up: Bobbi Ready, MBA, MSN, RN, Executive Director for On Demand Medicine at Southwest Medical Associates

Physician: Angelica Honsberg, MD, Chief of the Division of Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine at UNLV School of Medicine
Runner-up: Helga F. Piszio, MD, FACS, Ophthalmologist/Eye Surgeon at New Eyes

Research/Science: Jennifer Vanderlaan, Ph.D. MPH, CNM, FNP, Assistant Professor at UNLV School of Nursing
Runner-up: Anu Thummala, MD, Medical Oncologist and Hematologist at Comprehensive Cancer Centers

The full list of the 15th installation of Health Care Headliners honorees and runners-up is available online and in print today, Thursday, February 25, along with detailed profiles of the winners. For more information about Health Care Headliners or the latest Vegas Inc news, please visit VegasInc, Facebook and Twitter.

About Health Care Quarterly
Health Care Quarterly, Southern Nevada’s premier health care publication, is a special publication of Vegas Inc, published four times a year. The only publication of its kind in Southern Nevada, Health Care Quarterly contains contributions direct from medical experts on latest treatments, industry news and advice to better navigate the complex world of health care.

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Touro University Nevada Administers More Than 400 COVID-19 Vaccines on Campus

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As the world looks toward the vaccine to alleviate the COVID-19 crisis, Touro University Nevada’s students and faculty are on the frontlines making it happen.

More than 400 COVID-19 vaccines were administered at the university on Jan. 17, as students from the College of Health and Human Services and the College of Osteopathic Medicine participated in the event together as part of COVID-19 “strike teams.”

“This was an incredible learning opportunity for our students to be at the forefront of this significant moment,” said Dr. Phil Tobin, Director of the School of Physician Assistant Studies. “From the onset of the pandemic, our students have been eager to get out there and help in any way they could. This event brought students from all programs together. They are united against a common issue and are forming close bonds. As we look to round the corner of COVID-19, they can say that they had a direct impact in getting this virus under control.”

Students and faculty volunteers vaccinated those in the Tier 1 category, including those who are at least 70 years old, in addition to Touro’s clinical students and faculty. In total, 425 vaccines were administered.

“This pandemic has been devastating for so many people around the world, but our students have always been willing and able to use their experience and education to improve the situation,” said Dr. Wolfgang Gilliar, Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine. “I am so grateful to see our students collaborating for the common good. This vaccine is a symbol of hope for those who have been looking for something to give them hope. Once again, our wonderful students demonstrate that keeping the flame of optimism alive is a key charge to being a good physician and healthcare provider.”

Intermountain Healthcare Helps Clarify COVID-19 Vaccine Benefits By Separating Myths and Facts

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Intermountain Healthcare’s Simple Q&A Format Set Up to Help People Better Understand COVID Vaccines by Addressing Common Concerns

Story appears courtesy of the Intermountain Healthcare Blog.

The COVID-19 vaccines are currently being administered throughout Nevada, the United States, and the world. At this time more than 44 million doses in 51 countries of one of the COVID-19 vaccines have been administered. In the United States, 14 million people have received the vaccine since December 14, 2020, with an average of 776,901 doses being administered per day last week. Many people, including frontline healthcare workers, have already received one or both doses of either the Pfizer or Modern vaccines for SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China in late 2019.

Get informed about COVID vaccines.

COVID-19 as you know has impaired our daily lives, taking away many activities we were previously able to participate in without fear of catching or transmitting the virus. It has killed ~400k people in the United States and ~2 million people globally. It has also directly affected the economy and caused many people to lose their jobs, their homes, and their way of life.

With vaccination, we have a chance to safely achieve herd immunity. This would allow our southern Nevada community to begin rebuilding and returning to normal. But we can’t achieve herd immunity without the majority of our community’s help.

You may have already heard from friends, family members, or posts online about some COVID-19 myths. These myths may cause you to hesitate to receive the vaccine. The team at Intermountain Healthcare wants to provide full transparency about the COVID-19 vaccine.

We’ve included some common myths that are currently circulating and answers from Dr. Judith Ford, Medical Director – Clinical Quality. Dr. Ford has spent the past year studying the literature on COVID-19 and has become one of Intermountain in Nevada’s COVID-19 experts.

Myth #1: The COVID-19 vaccine uses a new vaccine technology and isn’t safe.

Fact: While mRNA vaccines are new, mRNA-based therapeutics have been used since 2014 and cellular biology of mRNA is well understood. In fact, research on mRNA technology has been studied since the early 1990s.

Myth #2: The COVID-19 vaccine was “fast tracked” by the Pfizer and Moderna and therefore they didn’t have adequate data on the safety of this vaccine.

Fact: All standard phases of vaccine development were followed in the development of the vaccine. The process normally done in order was completed at the same time to make the creation and delivery to the public faster. Safety data on the vaccine is complete and adequate. All data is available to the public through the FDA website.

Myth #3: If I get the vaccine now, I will be a guinea pig. Let others get it first.

Fact: As of January 13, 2021, 10.8 million Americans have received one of the vaccines that the FDA approved for emergency use to individuals over the age of 18.

Myth #4: The vaccines are made from human, fetal, or animal products.

Fact: There is no human, fetal, or animal products used in the manufacturing or production of the Pfizer or the Moderna vaccine.

Myth #5: The vaccines were actually designed to insert a microchip or perform gene therapy on religious persons by the government and Bill Gates.

Fact: These concepts are not founded in known technologies. The two FDA EUA vaccines were developed by two different and well respected pharmaceutical companies. The video that claims to be of Bill Gates has been debunked as being manipulated.

Myth #6: The vaccines will affect my fertility.

Fact: There is no long term data regarding fertility after vaccination, however the mRNA fragments degrade quickly and do not interact with the DNA in our cells. There is no scientific basis for this concern.

Myth #7: The vaccine will weaken my immunity to other things.

Fact: There has never been a vaccine that weakens immunity. The point of a vaccine is to build immunity.

Myth #8: There won’t be enough vaccine available for my second dose, so what is the point of getting the first?

Fact: The supply of vaccine comes from Federal Government to the State of Nevada to Intermountain Healthcare. While the delivery of vaccine has been slower than we would like, there will be enough supply for 2 full doses of the vaccine as planned.

Myth #9: The recovery rate of COVID-19 for young health people is high, better to take my chances with the disease. 

Fact: While 80% of infected patients have a “mild” disease of 7-10 days that does not require hospitalization, as many as 40% of infected patients report symptoms 4 weeks after their illness including chronic headaches, trouble concentrating, sleep difficulties, and fatigue. We also know that infected people shed virus for 1-2 days prior to having symptoms, infecting others before they know they are sick.

By getting the vaccine when you are offered the chance to receive it, you are protecting those you love and our community by being vaccinated. Conspiracy theories and myths originate from lack of understanding. Believing the myths can harm you and your loved ones. Trusting the science is critical for southern Nevada to be able to begin to recover from the pandemic.

Become better informed about your health and healthcare by reading the Intermountain Healthcare blog.

Centennial Hills Hospital Offers Video Streaming For Families of NICU Patients

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New Technology Now Offered to Safely Connect Parents and Families of Babies Cared for at the Birthplace at Centennial Hills Hospital

Centennial Hills Hospital now offers video streaming for parents and other family members of neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) patients.

Centennial Hills Hospital NICU.

Currently, parents of NICU babies are able to visit at any time as long as they do not display signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or other illnesses. To further help parents and other family members engage in their baby’s care, the Birthplace at Centennial Hills Hospital has installed the NICVIEW® 2 web camera system, a video-streaming technology that is clipped to the baby’s bedside, allowing parents and other family members to watch their baby’s care and activities.

The technology uses web-based video with real-time streaming on any online device or via an iOS or Android app. It features password-protected access so parents and family will only view their own child.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to help parents and other family members have the ability to see their baby when they cannot physically be present,” said Windy Virgil, Women’s Services Director at Centennial Hills Hospital. “The technology allows them to see their baby resting or receiving medical or nursing care, which can provide an additional level of comfort and education to parents when they can’t be there in person.”

It also helps the family learn their newborn’s routines within the NICU, which can help smooth the transition to life at home.

“We know parents would prefer to be with their baby around the clock, but sometimes that isn’t feasible because they are working or at home with other children,” said Sajit Pullarkat, CEO of Centennial Hills Hospital. “We’re happy we’re able to provide an extra layer of reassurance through this technology.”

About Centennial Hills Hospital
Centennial Hills Hospital is a member of The Valley Health System, a network of six acute care hospitals that provide care for patients throughout Southern Nevada and nearby communities. Located in northwest Las Vegas, the 336-bed hospital offers a wide range of healthcare services including emergency care, surgical services, cardiovascular and advanced neurological care, women’s health, maternity and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, and specialty programs in stroke, chest pain, orthopedics, advanced wound care and hyperbaric medicine, and outpatient physical therapy.

Health Plan of Nevada Shares Tips to Help Prevent Heart Disease at Any Age

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Heart Disease Preventable, Reversible by Making Smarter Choices

According to the American Heart Association, an estimated 92.1 million Americans suffer from cardiovascular disease. Since February is American Heart Month, Health Plan of Nevada would like to offer a few tips to help prevent heart disease, at any age.

Cardiovascular disease is responsible for roughly one in every three American deaths. Heart disease is preventable and reversible by starting new positive habits or changing old harmful ones, at any age. Treating your heart right today can help ensure a healthier tomorrow.

In Your 30s:

  • 82% of people age 20-49 rate “poor” on the AHA’s health diet score. Prioritizing a heart-healthy diet high in produce, whole grains and low-fat dairy and low in sodium, sugar and red meat can help lower the risk of heart disease.

In Your 40s:

  • 73% of heart attacks in women 35-44 can be attributed to unhealth lifestyles. The six healthy habits recommended were not smoking, maintaining a normal BMI, being physically active at least 2.5 hours per week, watching seven or fewer hours of TV a week, drinking a maximum of one alcoholic drink pre day on average and maintaining a healthy diet.

In Your 50s:

  • Men in their upper 50s are 2.7 times more likely to die from a circulatory system disease than men in their upper 40s. Now is the time to research heart attack symptoms. Not everyone experiences severe chest pain with a heart attack, and symptoms vary by gender.

In Your 60s:

  • 64% of men and 69% of women age 65-75 have high blood pressure. Get your blood pressure checked at a doctor’s visit and then regularly monitor it at home to detect patterns and not any changes.

Health Plan of Nevada is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making the health system work better for everyone by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. In Nevada, Health Plan of Nevada offers health benefit programs for individuals, employers, and Medicaid beneficiaries. Health Plan of Nevada is part of UnitedHealthcare, one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified health care company. For more information, visit Health Plan of Nevada’s website.

MountainView Hospital Named One of Healthgrades 2021 America’s 250 Best Hospitals

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MountainView Hospital Among Top 5 Percent of U.S. Hospitals for Clinical Outcomes

MountainView Hospital announced today that it has achieved the Healthgrades 2021 America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award™. The distinction places MountainView Hospital in the top 5 percent of nearly 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for its superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems.

“For MountainView Hospital to be named among America’s 250 Best Hospitals is an astounding achievement and a testament to the focus by all colleagues to accurate, safe care to every patient, ever time,” said Julie Taylor, MountainView Hospital chief executive officer. “As we enter our second year of caring for patients amidst the backdrop of COVID-19, recognitions of these kinds are even more important and are a reflection of the committed care by all colleagues, no matter the circumstances.

“The Healthgrades 2021 America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award™ recognizes distinguished hospitals, such as MountainView, and can act as a barometer for the community on where quality care is being given that result in positive clinical outcomes.”

From 2017 through 2019, patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award had, on average, a 27.4 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award, as measured across 19 rated conditions and procedures for which mortality is the outcome.*

And during that same period, if all hospitals performed similarly to those achieving the award, 167,235 lives could potentially have been saved. For example, patients treated for community acquired pneumonia in hospitals achieving the Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award have, on average, a 38.1 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.*

“Given that the delivery of healthcare has profoundly changed due to COVID-19, we want to extend our congratulations to the hospitals that received Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Award. These organizations are committed to providing exceptional clinical outcomes for their patients,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades.

MountainView Hospital has received numerous Healthgrades awards in the areas of Critical Care, including treatment of sepsis and respiratory failure; Cardiac for treatment of heart failure and pacemaker procedures; Neurosciences, for treatment of stroke; Pulmonary for treatment of pneumonia; Labor and Delivery for vaginal and C-section deliveries; and GYN for hysterectomy. A full list of these awards can be found here. In addition to the Healthgrades awards, MountainView recently earned its 5th consecutive Leapfrog grade A quality award for safe patient care.

Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award recipients are recognized for overall clinical excellence and providing top-quality care across multiple specialty lines and areas. During the 2021 study period (Medicare Fiscal Years 2017-2019), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 most common inpatient conditions and procedures — as measured by objective performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications).

To learn more about how Healthgrades determines award recipients, and for more information on Healthgrades Quality Solutions, please visit

About MountainView Hospital:

MountainView Hospital is a state-of-the-art, full-service medical facility located in the heart of northwest Las Vegas. With a dedicated and talented staff of employees and outstanding physicians, MountainView Hospital is recognized for high patient satisfaction and for providing quality and compassionate care to our community since 1996, including earning The Leapfrog Group’s Grade A consecutively five times since fall 2018.  MountainView features nationally recognized programs including a top cardiovascular and thoracic center and integrated cardiology clinic, and the renowned Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery. The Sunrise Health Medical Education Consortium, based at MountainView, trains the next generation of physicians and surgeons for our community.

MountainView is a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and several surgery, diagnostic imaging, urgent care center and hospital based emergency rooms, offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services.

Prevention is Key for Heart Health Month this February

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Las Vegas Heart Associates Physicians Offer Simple Ways to Improve Cardiac Health

With high rates of obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking, younger and younger patients are at risk for heart disease.  According to the CDC, nearly half of all Americans have at least one of the top three risk factors for heart disease, listed above and more could be at risk.

Ronny Jiji, MD, FACC,

Ronny Jiji, MD, FACC, board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and adult congenital heart disease and Shadi Daoud, MD, FACC, board-certified in cardiovascular disease, advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology and nuclear medicine both at Las Vegas Heart Associates weigh in on lifestyle triggers that can increase young people’s risk for heart disease over time and what can be done for better, overall health.

“It’s no longer affecting only the aging population, I see younger patients coming to our practice needing help in managing their health in an effort to reduce future risk of heart disease,” said Dr. Jiji.  “At Las Vegas Heart Associates, we counsel our patients on everyday lifestyle changes that they can make to improve overall health as well as cardiovascular health,” said Dr. Daoud.

Regardless of age, the following can contribute to development of heart disease:

High blood pressure (HBP)-Also known as hypertension, can be attributed to being overweight, having a diet high in sodium, lack of exercise, tobacco, alcohol, caffeine/energy drinks as well as stress.  “If it remains undiagnosed or uncontrolled, high blood pressure can increase your risk for stroke, heart attack, kidney disease, congestive heart failure and arrhythmias.” said Dr. Jiji.

Shadi Daoud, MD, FACC

High Cholesterol-Common contributing factors include dietary choices, obesity, lack of exercise as well as genetics.  “Chronically elevated cholesterol levels can lead to blocked arteries which can restrict blood flow to vital organs and are a major cause of stroke and heart attack,” said Dr. Daoud.

Smoking-“If you smoke, it is important to evaluate your reasons for smoking and the impact it can have on your health.  We always recommend patients try their best to stop smoking, and if they need help to provide resources to help them quit,” said Dr. Daoud.  “It’s important to discuss with your physician or healthcare provider the options that are available to you,” Dr. Daoud says.

Diabetes-Diabetes can cause chronic inflammation and promote plaque buildup in arteries, and is a leading contributing factor to heart disease as well as kidney disease.   Tackling diabetes in our society often requires not only medications but a commitment to making lifestyle and dietary modifications.

Lack of exercise-“Exercise has been proven to help with circulation, lowering cholesterol levels and high blood pressure which in turn can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke,” said Dr. Jiji. “Moving your body for at least 30 minutes a day in the form of cardio exercise has tremendous health benefits and can also reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease.  It is also important for preventing osteoporosis and keeping lean muscle mass,” Dr. Jiji says.

Before you start any new exercise routine, it’s important to speak with your doctor to discuss your options.

Poor Diet-Diets containing large amounts of processed food, high sodium, high carbohydrate and high sugar can contribute to high blood pressure and cholesterol.  “A common risk factor I see across the board are diets high in saturated and trans fat with added sugar,” said Dr. Daoud.  “Obesity can certainly play a role in increasing your risk of heart attack, stroke and congestive heart failure, so it is imperative we manage those with a proper diet for prevention,” said Dr. Daoud.

“If these health problems go untreated, long term consequences may include heart failure that could have been prevented with the right lifestyle changes made early on,” said Dr. Daoud a local advanced heart failure expert in the community.  “The pandemic has had a profound effect on people’s ability to exercise or be active, has caused significantly more stress, depression and anxiety.  This, associated with the increased use of alcohol and drugs, will eventually cause an even more drastic increase in heart disease as well,” mentioned Dr. Daoud.

An important piece of advice is to not delay care, Dr. Daoud said, “We urge people at risk to get checked earlier instead of waiting for symptoms since cardiac risk factors are silent, you shouldn’t wait for the symptoms.”

American Heart Health Month begins every February across the country to promote heart health and bring awareness to this devastating disease.  According to the CDC, one person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease. Heart disease is an umbrella term that refers to a variety of conditions and events that affect your heart including but not limited to; heart attack, coronary artery disease, heart valve disease, heart rhythm problems (arrhythmia), stroke and heart failure.  To learn more about Dr. Jiji, Dr. Daoud and Las Vegas Heart Associates, visit the website at

About Las Vegas Heart Associates:
Las Vegas Heart Associates is part of HCA Healthcare, one of the most integrated healthcare networks with 32 access points to serve the Southern Nevada community.  The practice offers the full spectrum of cardiovascular care with two convenient locations in the valley.  The specialists at Las Vegas Heart Associates are highly trained in General, Interventional, Structural, Vascular, Nuclear and Sports Cardiology as well as Echocardiography and Electrophysiology.  For more information visit:

Tuscan Highlands Opens Second Round of Nominations for Valley’s Top First Responders

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Las Vegas’ Newest Resort-Style Community to Honor Local Heroes at Property

To recognize and show gratitude to frontline first responders going above and beyond the call of service, Tuscan Highlands, Southern Highlands’ newest multifamily community, is launching a second round of nominations to honor local healthcare, police, fire and active/reserve U.S. military heroes.

A cabana at Tuscan Highlands.

Tuscan Highlands is proud to bring back its giveback program to celebrate and thank the many frontline workers, first responders and healthcare heroes who give their all to keep community members safe, strong and healthy. Tuscan Highlands will continue to honor local first responders in this ongoing series of tribute events.

“We are honored and excited to continue hosting tribute ceremonies for our local first responders at Tuscan Highlands,” said Bob Schulman, CEO of Schulman Properties and developer of Tuscan Highlands. “Knowing the sacrifice these heroes make daily, drives us to show our support each and every day and to say ‘thank you’ the best way we know how—with staycation retreats at our wonderful wellness-forward community.”

Nominations will be accepted now through Friday, March 12. Those who wish to nominate a deserving first responder may visit . All nominations must be submitted through the online portal. Three nominees will be selected to win a special staycation package at the resort-style community. A formal celebration and tribute dinner will be held at a later date.

Staycation details include: three nights in a Tuscan Highlands guest suite, complimentary Sunday brunch prepared by Chef Louie, cabana rentals, and a $100 daily food credit to redeem at Tuscan Highlands’ restaurant, Becca’s Restaurant and Lounge.

Additionally, winners will enjoy their choice of two amenity packages; the Spa Package includes unlimited use of the 21,000-square-foot health club throughout their stay, complimentary massage, manicure/pedicure at the onsite beauty salon and a personal training session with Tuscan Highlands’ fitness team. The Sport Package will include unlimited access to Tuscan Highlands’ e-sports and gaming lounge, rock climbing wall, multi-use sport court and sand volleyball court.

For more information about this contest or to nominate a local first responder, please visit

About Tuscan Highlands

Nestled on the southwest corner of St. Rose Parkway and Interstate 15 in Las Vegas’ Southern Highlands community, Tuscan Highlands is the new standard of resort-style living. Dubbed the poshest playground in town, the property offers residents a variety of notable amenities and services, including lifestyle, health and well-being programs, onsite concierge, e-sport/gaming lounges, an indoor/outdoor restaurant, resort-style saltwater pool and spa, outdoor athletic courts and much more. The wellness-driven community boasts extraordinary experiences, pledging its residents ‘don’t have to leave.’ For more information, visit, or stay connected on social media via Facebook and Instagram.