Regional Medical Center of San Jose
Regional Medical Center of San Jose offers world-class healthcare to residents throughout the greater San Jose community.

A Guide to Healthier Holiday Eating

Cookies, pies, and eggnog abound during the holiday festivities, offering temptation for even the most stalwart of dieters. San Jose residents who are following special diets for health reasons may consider visiting a local hospital for holiday-specific nutritional guidance. Regional Medical Center of San Jose welcomes inquiries from patients about improving overall wellness.

Choose Healthier Beverages

If you love eggnog, there are ways of enjoying this creamy beverage without adding hundreds of calories to your daily intake. Skip eggnog with added alcohol and forego the whipped cream garnish. You might also consider choosing a non-dairy eggnog alternative or filling your glass with three-quarters skim milk, one-quarter eggnog. Choose low-sugar or sugar-free hot chocolate made with skim milk and mulled cider without added sugar. If you indulge in alcohol during the holidays, consider alternating alcoholic beverages with glasses of sparkling water.

Be Mindful of Excess Sodium

Sugary and fattening fare is common on holiday tables, but there’s a hidden hazard you may not think about: Sodium. You can limit your intake of sodium by adding only a tablespoon of gravy to your turkey, flavoring food with herbs instead of salt, and preparing fresh or frozen vegetables instead of canned. Consider making breads and rolls from scratch to control the amount of sodium in them.

Make Simple Swaps While Baking

If you’re a baking enthusiast, you can still enjoy this much-beloved holiday tradition while being mindful of your caloric intake. Substitute applesauce without added sugar for the butter in your recipes. Add dried fruit to cookies instead of chocolate chips. You can also use a low-or zero-calorie sweetener such as stevia in your baked goods. Consider boosting the nutrients in your baked goods by adding ground flaxseed, shredded zucchini or carrots, and whole grain flours such as ground oats.

At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, you’ll find superior healthcare services for patients at every stage of life. Here, San Jose residents can receive nutritional guidance, diagnostic breast care services, stroke care, and heart health programs. You can reach out to our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 762-8881 for general information or to request a referral to a physician at our community hospital.

Knowing the Facts About Fever

A fever isn’t an illness. Rather, an atypical increase in body temperature can be a symptom of an underlying medical problem, such as an infection. Most people who feel feverish can recover at home. However, certain people may need medical care at a local hospital. If you’re in need of medical care in the San Jose area, the emergency care team at Regional Medical Center of San Jose is available 24/7.

Which Temperature Range Indicates Fever?

The average normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. This can fluctuate from person to person and it may be influenced by external factors. If a person’s body temperature is above 99 or 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit, this generally indicates fever. A high-grade fever is about 103 degrees and higher.

What Are the Causes of Fever?

The hypothalamus in the brain is responsible for regulating body temperature. A fever occurs when the hypothalamus “moves” the normal body temperature upward. In response, patients feel chilly and may shiver to produce more body heat, which raises body temperature. The underlying causes of fever can include viral or bacterial infections, heat exhaustion, inflammatory conditions, malignant tumors, and even severe sunburn.

Are There Any Possible Complications?

A fever may result in dehydration, which is why it’s important to drink plenty of fluids while ill. Sometimes, patients with high fevers may suffer hallucinations. Children may sometimes experience febrile seizures, or fever-induced seizures.

When Should Patients Go to a Hospital?

This depends on a number of factors, including the age of the patient and the severity of the illness. Adults should go to a hospital for high-grade, persistent, or worsening fevers, as well as fevers accompanied by other severe symptoms. If a child suffers a febrile seizure, he or she should be seen at a hospital promptly. The same applies to children under three months with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, and children of any age with temperatures above 104 degrees.

When you or your child is feeling unwell, the caring physicians of Regional Medical Center of San Jose are here to help. Our hospital provides comprehensive medical services, including emergency care and specialty services such as robotic surgery, stroke care, and breast care. To reach a registered nurse at our hospital in San Jose, call (888) 762-8881.

How to Prevent Common Flu Complications

Influenza is a viral infection that can cause mild to severe symptoms. In some cases, the flu may lead to death. Certain people may be more likely to develop serious complications of the flu, such as seniors, young children, pregnant women, and those with certain chronic health problems. Consider talking to a doctor at Regional Medical Center of San Jose to find out whether you might be at a higher risk of flu complications. In the event that you or a family member does develop flu complications, our hospital is here to help.

Consider Getting a Flu Shot

An effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones from flu and its complications is to get an annual flu vaccine. The flu shot is particularly important for high-risk populations. Healthy individuals of a certain age range may receive a nasal spray vaccine instead. Since the nasal spray contains a weakened, live virus, immunocompromised individuals, young children, and pregnant women must receive the injection. Your doctor can provide patient-specific recommendations for you and your family.

Identify the Symptoms of Flu

In the event that you do contract the flu, you should be able to identify the symptoms. Early identification of the symptoms allows you to seek medical care promptly. The onset of flu symptoms is typically abrupt. The symptoms may include fever, chills, muscle aches, fatigue, cough, sore throat, sneezing, and nasal congestion.

Take Antiviral Medications as Prescribed

Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines that can reduce the severity of symptoms and shorten the duration of your illness. Antiviral drugs also help prevent flu complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia. If your doctor prescribes medications, it’s important to take them as directed. If you experience bothersome side effects, you can call your doctor for further guidance.

Regional Medical Center of San Jose emphasizes the importance of preventive wellness and encourages our neighbors to consider getting an annual flu shot. In addition to vaccinations, our community hospital in San Jose provides exceptional stroke care, breast care, heart health services, and robotic surgery. Contact our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 762-8881 for general healthcare information.

How to Build a Home Medical Kit

If a family member has a medical problem that requires urgent care or emergency medical attention, it’s best to go to a local hospital or to call 911. However, many minor health issues can be addressed at home with a first aid kit. It’s always a good idea to keep a fully stocked medical kit at home, especially if your family has young children.

Preparing Your Kit

You may have seen commercial first aid kits in a drugstore or supermarket. You could purchase a commercial kit; however, it’s typically more cost-effective to create your own. Purchase a plastic bin about the size of a shoebox. A healthcare worker at your local hospital may recommend using a clear plastic bin, which allows you to quickly identify when it’s time to restock your first aid supplies. With a permanent marker, write “First Aid” in large letters on the bin. Tape an index card to the bin, on which you should write “911,” followed by the local Poison Control number, followed by the cellphone numbers for the heads of the household.

Assembling First Aid Supplies

Go shopping for some basic first aid supplies. Purchase a box of Band-Aids, sterile gauze pads, and medical tape. Look for a small bottle of hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic ointment, hydrocortisone cream, and tweezers. You should also obtain an elastic bandage to use as a compression wrap and you may wish to include some over-the-counter medications in your kit. Remember that all medications should be kept out of reach of young children. Other items that may be helpful include an instant cold compress, oral thermometer, and absorbent compress dressings, along with a small flashlight and extra batteries in case of power outages. After you’ve assembled your home medical kit, make sure that each family member and your children’s caregivers, if applicable, knows where to find the kit.

Regional Medical Center of San Jose provides 24/7 emergency care to families throughout the San Jose area. Our specialists are highly trained in areas such as robotic surgery, stroke care, breast care, and heart health. If you have a medical emergency in the San Jose area, please call 911 immediately; otherwise, you can contact our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 762-8881.

A Look at How Mammograms Work

Mammography is an important screening and diagnostic tool that healthcare providers can use to detect abnormalities of the breast, some of which may be cancerous. Your healthcare provider may advise you to undergo routine screening mammograms as part of your breast care recommendations. This depends on your age and your risk factors of breast cancer. When you do begin having mammograms, the breast care team at Regional Medical Center of San Jose will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

What Patients Can Expect

Before your appointment, avoid applying any deodorant, powders, lotions, or other personal care products to your underarms or chest. When you arrive at the hospital for your mammogram, you’ll be given privacy while you undress from the waist up and put on a hospital gown. Be sure to let the breast care technician know if you have breast implants, are pregnant, or are breastfeeding. You’ll stand in front of the mammography machine and one breast at a time will be placed on a platform. The breast is compressed slightly while the images are taken. This may feel uncomfortable, but it shouldn’t be painful.

How Mammogram Technology Works

Mammography uses X-rays to produce images of the breasts. The mammography equipment emits low doses of radiation, which travel through the breast to a detector. The detector is either a photographic film plate, which allows for the creation of film X-rays, or it is a solid-state detector. Solid-state detectors send the information to a computer to produce digital images.

Why Hospitals Offer Digital Mammography

Increasingly, breast care departments at hospitals across the country offer digital mammography. Digital mammography is believed to be superior because it allows the technician to adjust the image contrast, which may improve the accuracy of the results. Digital mammography also allows images to be easily transmitted to specialists.

The Breast Care Center of Regional Medical Center of San Jose is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Our breast care services include digital mammography, breast ultrasound, and stereotactic breast biopsy. Women throughout the San Jose area who have general questions about our breast care services can call (888) 762-8881 and speak with one of our registered nurses.

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