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

Lowering Your Risk for a Second Stroke

Did you know that about 185,000 of the 795,000 strokes that occur annually are recurrent strokes? In fact, about one-quarter of Americans who have a stroke will suffer at least one more in their lifetimes. Therefore, you should make your health a leading priority after a stroke so that you can ensure a longer life with better brain health. Below, you’ll see some of the best strategies for minimizing recurrent stroke risk following the first episode. If you have been hospitalized for a TIA, or transient ischemic attack, these tips can be helpful for you as well, since TIA is often a warning sign for stroke.

Utilize hospital rehabilitation

After emergency care at Regional Medical Center of San Jose, your doctor may recommend a rehabilitation program to help you get on track with your diet, physical activity, and ongoing healthcare. Rehabilitation can also help you tackle the challenges of stroke recovery such as impaired speech, diminished motor skills, and sensory disturbances.

Control associated health risks

Following a stroke, your relationship with your primary physician will be more important than ever. You’ll want to make sure that you see your doctor regularly for checkups to monitor cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar. If you have conditions such as atrial fibrillation or diabetes, it is essential to get these under control so that you are not as likely to suffer a second stroke.

Get physically active

An active lifestyle is integral for stroke prevention, because exercise helps to keep your blood pressure in check, reduce weight gain, and control the symptoms of diabetes. Recent studies have indicated that exercising five or more times per week for at least 30 minutes will significantly reduce the likelihood of a second stroke.

Regional Medical Center of San Jose provides exceptional emergency and rehabilitative care for stroke as a Comprehensive Stroke Center with accreditation from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. To learn more about how our services can keep you on track with your stroke prevention, call (888) 762-8881 today.

Exploring the Emergency Procedures for Stroke Treatment

The outcome of a stroke is highly dependent on the emergency care provided for the episode, since permanent brain damage will continue to take place until blood flow is effectively restored in the brain. There are two different types of stroke that will determine what type of care is needed, and Regional Medical Center is fully equipped to take on both hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke cases as a Comprehensive Stroke Center serving the San Jose community. This article will walk you through the different procedures that may be necessary for emergency stroke treatment for you or a loved one.

Clot-busting medications

In the case of ischemic stroke, which is caused by a clot in the arteries of the brain, tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) will be administered to break up the clots and restore blood flow. This type of clot busting medication is only effective when it is given within 4 hours of the onset of stroke symptoms. Otherwise, antiplatelet or anticoagulant medications will be given to restore adequate blood flow in the arteries.

Carotid endarterectomy

Similar to treatment for a heart attack, carotid endarterectomy will reopen a blocked carotid artery with a catheter fed through the groin. This procedure is typically appropriate for patients who have a preexisting diagnosis of carotid artery disease.

Emergency surgery

When a hemorrhagic stroke has taken place, treatment will require a surgical approach. Hemorrhagic stroke takes place when an aneurysm ruptures or there is some other type of damage to one of the small arteries in the brain. Surgery such as coil embolization and arteriovenous malformation repair will stop the bleeding and restore healthy blood flow.

Because Regional Medical Center of San Jose is a Comprehensive Stroke Center, we have full surgical capabilities to address all cases of ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke with improved long-term outcomes and reduced fatalities. To learn more about the symptoms of stroke and appropriate emergency procedures, give us a call at (888) 762-8881 and speak with one of our registered nurses.

What Happens When Someone Goes into Cardiac Arrest?

Cardiac arrest is a frequently misunderstood condition, because people often mistake cardiac arrest for a heart attack. While a heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is cut off, cardiac arrest takes place when the heart stops due to a malfunction of the heart’s electrical system. Death can occur quickly with cardiac arrest, though the right emergency response may help restore the heartbeat and facilitate a long-term recovery. This article will take a closer look at cardiac arrest to help you stay prepared when this sudden, serious condition arises.

Understanding the heart’s electrical system

The heart is a muscle that functions involuntarily due to constant electrical signals from the central nervous system. When the heart’s electrical signals are disrupted, the heart may stop beating, requiring immediate resuscitation. People who are at high risk for cardiac arrest are those who have suffered a heart attack or other cardiac episode, individuals who take medication for heart disease, or those who have blood vessel abnormalities. Recreational drug use may also cause cardiac arrest, even in patients without preexisting cardiovascular conditions.

Recognizing cardiac arrest

The leading sign for cardiac arrest is a sudden loss of responsiveness. There may be no prior warning signs, and the individual may not be breathing after cardiac arrest takes place. If you suspect that someone is suffering from cardiac arrest, you should call 911 and use hands-only CPR until breathing is restored or a paramedic arrives on the scene.

Designing a long-term treatment plan

The prognosis for sudden cardiac arrest survivors can vary significantly, depending on the follow-up care that patients receive. In the video above, you can hear how Regional Medical Center of San Jose helped one patient move forward from cardiac arrest with the advanced technology of a wireless heart defibrillator.

For a closer look at the advanced cardiovascular care you can expect with Regional Medical Center, visit our website or call us at (888) 762-8881. Our multidisciplinary team of specialists is on-call 24/7, so we can always provide the immediate, exceptional care needed for cardiac episodes in San Jose.

A Look at the Link Between Brain Aneurysm and Stroke

Within the brain tissue, there are many small blood vessels that carry oxygenated blood throughout the brain to support proper function. Through time, areas of these blood vessels may develop abnormal enlargements called aneurysms, which may have the potential for serious damage to the brain with a wide range of symptoms and the risk for hemorrhagic stroke. This article will offer a detailed look at brain aneurysms and their relationship to hemorrhagic stroke, which accounts for about 30% of all stroke deaths in the United States.

What are brain aneurysms?

Aneurysms tend to develop in areas of the arteries where there is a branching point with increased pressure from constant blood flow. The aneurysm itself is a weakened area of the blood vessel that enlarges like a balloon, becoming increasingly weaker as it is stretched further. In some cases, aneurysms will go completely undetected, because they will remain small and not cause any symptoms. Larger aneurysms may lead to a wide range of symptoms, depending on their location.

How are aneurysms diagnosed?

There are two special imaging procedures that may identify aneurysms when symptoms such as localized headaches, changes in vision, numbness of the extremities, or seizures. Computed tomographic angiography and magnetic resonance angiography each provide detailed imaging of the blood vessels in the brain to spot areas of weakness. These tests may be followed by a diagnostic cerebral angiogram, which will provide a more definitive diagnosis.

When can an aneurysm cause a stroke?

If a brain aneurysm ruptures, it might result in direct damage to the brain during hemorrhagic stroke. The immediate treatment for this condition is surgery to cut off the aneurysm and stop bleeding into the brain tissue.

As a certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, Regional Medical Center of San Jose is fully equipped to treat aneurysms and hemorrhagic stroke in our ER, which consistently maintains some of the lowest wait times in Santa Clara County. To learn more about us or get updated with the current wait times in our ER, give us a call 24/7 at (888) 762-8881.

Tips for Preventing Illnesses and Injuries in Your School Aged Child

The school environment creates a number of health risks, because children are in close quarters for 8-12 hours per day, which means that illnesses can quickly spread throughout the classroom. Injuries may also be a risk, since children are likely to be more active during the school year. To help your child minimize these health risks and stay healthy in the coming school year, use these helpful tips from Regional Medical Center of San Jose.

Promote transportation safety

Whether your child rides the bus, bikes, or walks to school, you should discuss safety concerns with each mode of transportation. On the bus, your child should wear a seatbelt if the bus is equipped with them. Walking to the bus stop or to school, make sure that your child is aware of pedestrian safety skills to avoid any accidents. Bikers should always wear helmets when they bike to school, and many schools will enforce this rule for children.

Choose the right backpack

It can be easy to forget just how much your child may carry in his or her backpack. With a heavy backpack your child might sustain back or shoulder injuries, so be sure that the backpack is designed to minimize pressure on the back. Hip straps are helpful for more evenly distributing a heavy load, and tightened shoulder straps will be helpful for any backpack design.

Prepare healthy meals

At home and at school, you will want to make sure that your child is eating healthy, balanced meals. Not only will nutritious meals encourage a healthy weight for your child, but they can boost your child’s immune system to reduce illnesses throughout the school year as well.

Make sure your child gets plenty of sleep

Sleep is another significant immune system booster, and it may have long-term benefits on your child’s health too. Children who do not get enough nightly sleep are susceptible to higher blood pressure, which can lead to heart problems later in life. Most children will need at least 9 hours of sleep each night.

For the resources and immediate medical care your child needs, you can rely on Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Our ER is newly remodeled and boasts an average wait time of about 10 minutes. When you simply need answers to your health questions or a physician referral, our nurses are always available to take your call at (888) 762-8881.

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