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Don't Die of Doubt: Call 9-1-1 to Get to the ER

The ramifications of delayed emergency care can include the need for more invasive treatments, lifelong disability, and even loss of life. Time is rarely more precious than when you think you or someone you love could be having a heart attack. Although it’s easy to second guess your symptoms and convince yourself that you can wait to see if they improve or that you can drive yourself to the hospital, doing so puts your life on the line. Calling 911 is the best thing you can do if you or someone you love is suffering from heart attack symptoms. Here is why dialing 911 matters.

Medical care starts when the operator answers.

Instead of waiting to be seen in the ER, medical care can begin as soon as you are connected to 911. The operator will ask questions about your symptoms and relay your answers to the EMS team so that they can be prepared. The 911 operator can also give you important advice, such as recommending whether to take an aspirin or whether you can eat or drink while you wait for the ambulance. When you can call 911 and begin the process of getting the urgent treatment you need, you will shorten your ER wait time and ensure the most comprehensive care available.

The EMS team can treat you in the ambulance.

When the trained EMS team arrives, they can perform an instant care assessment using equipment like an ECG to determine if you are having a heart attack. While you are in transit in the ambulance, the EMS workers begin life-saving treatment and work to stabilize your condition.

The ER will be ready for your arrival.

When you show up at the hospital unexpectedly, precious time is lost as the care team is assembled. If you call 911, the team will be awaiting your arrival and will have up-to-date information about your symptoms, since the EMS team will communicate with them throughout your trip.

The ER at the Regional Medical Center of San Jose provides life-saving, critical care any time of the day or night, including heart attack and stroke care. Call us at (888) 762-8881 to learn more.


Don't Let Your Dog Leash Cause You Injuries

When you walk your dog, you’re probably thinking of getting exercise for your pup and yourself. One thing that is not likely to be on your mind is the dangers of your dog’s leash. In fact, leash injuries are very common and often require emergency care. In some instances, leashes cause orthopedic injuries that can cause prolonged periods of pain. Avoid becoming a leash injury statistic with this advice.

Avoid Retractable Leashes

Retractable leashes are associated with a wide range of injuries, from eye injuries and severe lacerations to finger amputations. The speed with which these leashes pull out of the handle and snap back is the root of the problem. In addition to being a danger for you, they can also make it more difficult to control your dog. If you choose to use a retractable leash, read and follow the instructions very carefully, and think about the environment in which you’re walking your dog when using one. It may be more practical to use retractable leashes in open spaces where your dog will have lots of freedom to roam instead of on your usual evening walk around the neighborhood.

Commit to Dog Training

Invest time in training your dog early and often. An unruly dog is more likely to wrap you up in the leash, causing you to trip, or to pull hard enough to drag you down. Your dog should be responsive to basic commands, so that you can stop him easily on a walk when necessary. Consider attending a dog training class or hiring a dog trainer so you can learn safe leash walking techniques.

Get Smart About Your Shoes

Don’t walk your dogs while wearing shoes that are not supportive or appropriate for the terrain. Skip flip-flops, high heels, and sandals in favor of tennis shoes, boots, and other sturdy shoes that protect your feet and make it more difficult to trip if your dog tugs on the leash.

It’s not possible to avoid every injury, so if your dog makes you take a tumble, Regional Medical Center of San Jose is here to help. Visit us for emergency care any time of the day or night, or call (888) 762-8881 for a referral to a specialist.


You've Had Your Baby, Now What?

Most new parents are so focused on what to expect during labor and delivery that they scarcely think about what comes next. No matter how prepared you are, recovering from delivery and transitioning to life as parents is a process that takes time. At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, we provide extensive tools to new parents to ensure that they feel supported during this time. Here is a look at what you can expect in the days following your delivery.

Physical and Emotional Symptoms
For moms, hormone fluctuations begin almost immediately. As your body reverts back to its pre-pregnancy hormone levels, you may experience sore breasts, hot and cold flashes, and mood swings. Some mothers experience a more severe form of emotional change called postpartum depression. Postpartum depression usually persists for months after the birth and can lead to significant feelings of anxiety, sadness, and guilt. Help is available, so talk to your doctor if you are concerned about persistent depression. In addition to hormone-related changes, you will experience physical effects from the delivery itself, including vaginal discharge, constipation, and episodes of pain.

Education
In the hospital, your care team will provide extensive information about everything from breastfeeding to safe sleeping positions for your baby. This patient education is especially valuable for new parents and can help you cope with the anxiety of bringing your baby home for the first time.

Newborn Mom Channel
At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our Newborn Mom Channel is a resource that all new mothers can use at when they need answers about their own care and caring for their baby. As DeLynn Peltz, RN describes in this video, new moms use the channel to find information they may have forgotten after leaving the hospital.

At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, new families always have the support they need. We offer family-centered care in which mom and baby stay together throughout their stay and a multilingual staff to serve our community. You can request a referral to the Family Birthing Center in San Jose by calling (888) 762-8881.


Heart Attack Signs Specific to Younger Women

Heart attacks, or myocardial infarctions, aren’t just a problem for older men. Many younger women suffer heart attacks and not all of them seek emergency care, because they fail to recognize the symptoms. This is because heart disease affects men and women differently. To learn more about your own heart health and how to support it, consider speaking with a heart care specialist at Regional Medical Center of San Jose.

Onset of Symptoms
One reason why younger women might not seek emergency care for heart attack symptoms is that it’s commonly thought that a heart attack is always characterized by the sudden onset of pain. Chest pain can indeed develop seemingly out of the blue, but some women experience heart attack symptoms for days prior to the heart attack. Emergency care doctors report that some female patients suffered from severe, unexplainable fatigue, for example. When a heart attack does occur and cause pain, this symptom may linger for longer than few minutes. In some cases, the pain may dissipate, but then recur later on.

Types of Symptoms
It’s often more challenging for younger women to recognize the signs of a heart attack. While chest pain is still the most common symptom for both men and women, younger women are more likely to experience subtler indicators such as fatigue, nausea, lightheadedness, and shortness of breath. Some women report loss of appetite, the feeling of heartburn, heart palpitations or fluttering, and cold sweats. They may also experience pain, numbness, or discomfort of the jaw, upper back, arms, and upper abdomen.

Diagnosis of Heart Attacks
The process of diagnosing a heart attack can be particularly challenging in younger women for several reasons. First, younger women are less likely to seek emergency care promptly when symptoms develop. In fact, they might not realize they’ve had a heart attack until days or weeks afterward. Additionally, younger women are more likely to suffer from spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD)—a type of heart attack caused by a tear in an artery. This means that testing can reveal relatively healthy, unclogged arteries. Despite these challenges, seeking emergency care when abnormal symptoms develop is always the best course of action.

When a patient of any age arrives at Regional Medical Center of San Jose with a possible heart attack, our emergency care staff immediately gets to work evaluating and stabilizing that patient. Our accredited Chest Pain Center is fully staffed with cardiologists, radiologists, and other skilled professionals who are committed to saving the lives of our neighbors in San Jose. If you have a general healthcare question, call (888) 762-8881. For emergency care, call 911.

How Natural Disasters Can Influence Heart Attack Risk

Effective heart attack prevention plans require a multifaceted approach. Patients can be proactive by managing underlying medical conditions, eating nutritional and well-balanced meals, and exercising on most days of the week. Although this is generally common knowledge, the role of stress in adverse cardiac events is often underestimated, and chronic stress isn’t the only type to influence a person’s heart health. Sudden, severe episodes of stress, such as those caused by natural disasters, may cause some people to seek emergency care at a heart hospital, such as Regional Medical Center of San Jose.

Understanding the Role of Stress
Watch this featured video to find out how natural disasters can give rise to heart attacks. This physician explains that when a person sustains injuries or experiences a natural disaster, multiple bodily systems are activated in response. Among these is the release of certain hormones that instruct the body to increase its oxygen consumption, heart rate, and similar functions. These responses cause the heart to work harder. Since other tissues have increased oxygen consumption, the heart cannot get enough oxygen for itself. The doctor featured in this video explains that this effect can trigger a heart attack.

Knowing What to Do
The periods during and after a natural disaster are typically chaotic. Families may be searching for loved ones, checking on their homes, seeking medical care, and looking for much-needed supplies. Yet, despite the flurry of activity that follows a natural disaster, it’s important to remain aware of what your body is trying to tell you. Seek emergency care if abnormal changes develop. These often include chest pain, but might involve subtler symptoms like jaw pain, dizziness, cold sweats, and fatigue. Getting emergency care could save your life.

Regional Medical Center of San Jose is an accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI-a designation that reflects the dedication of our heart hospital to upholding the highest standards of patient care and safety. Families in San Jose are urged to call 911 if any signs of a possible heart attack develop. If you have a non-emergent question about our heart hospital services, you can call a registered nurse at (888) 762-8881.


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