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

Adjusting to your Holter monitor

Patients who see heart care specialists often undergo EKGs, which is a noninvasive test that records the heart’s electrical activity. The primary limitation of this test is that it only measures the heart’s activity during that specific time, according to the cardiologist featured in the accompanying video. This is why you may be asked to wear a Holter monitor. The cardiologists at Regional Medical Center of San Jose will provide the personalized guidance you need to adjust seamlessly to your monitoring device.

Wearing the Holter monitor
Holter monitors aren’t heavy. Once the technician attaches the electrodes to your chest, he or she will help you find the most comfortable way for you to carry it. You may decide to:

  • Attach it to your waist
  • Carry it in a pocket or pouch
  • Wear it like a cross-body purse

When you go to bed, you can set the device on a nearby nightstand.

Recording your symptoms and activities
Since the device monitors your heart’s electrical activity, your heart doctor will need to know what you were doing when your symptoms developed. You’ll be asked to keep a detailed record of your symptoms, which might include the following:

  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea

For each symptom, record the date and time it occurs. Write down what you were doing when your symptoms developed. Even if you were doing nothing at all, write down whether you were lying down, sitting or standing.

Your doctor may also ask you to keep a log of all of your daily activities, regardless of whether you experienced symptoms during them. These activities may include:

  • Exercising
  • Taking medications
  • Eating
  • Engaging in sexual activity

Avoiding activities that can affect the Holter monitor
The technician will give you detailed instructions on taking proper care of the Holter monitor. You’ll need to avoid the following:

  • Bathing, showering and swimming
  • Getting x-rays
  • Going near high-voltage areas
  • Using electric blankets
  • Going near metal detectors or magnets

Should you have any difficulties while receiving heart care from Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our cardiology team will work one-on-one with you. We continually strive for healthcare excellence because we firmly believe our patients deserve superior care for the best possible outcome. Call (888) 762-8881 to request a referral to a physician in San Jose.

Treating dehydration in your child

Dehydration can happen for many different reasons in kids. By recognizing the signs and taking steps to treat it early, you could help prevent the need for emergency care. If your child has a dry mouth, is urinating less than normal or has few or no tears when crying, consider trying these treatments for dehydration.

Try oral rehydration solution

Although your first instinct may be to reach for water, an even better answer could be oral rehydration solution, or ORS. This is especially true if your child has been vomiting or has had diarrhea, as he or she could have lost a lot of electrolytes. ORS contains a blend of salts and sugars that can rehydrate your child rapidly.

ORS is available in many grocery stores and drug stores, and no prescription is required. Generally, you can start rehydrating your child with as little as a teaspoon every few minutes. If your child is not vomiting, he or she may be able to tolerate larger sips.

Serve up popsicles

Popsicles are also helpful when kids are dehydrated, because of the mix of water and sugar they contain. In many cases, kids can tolerate popsicles even if they have diarrhea or are vomiting.

If your child has gastrointestinal upset, you can start with just a portion of a popsicle and then build up little by little to increase his or her fluid intake.

Get emergency care when necessary

If your child is significantly dehydrated and doesn’t show signs of improvement, get emergency care. He or she may require IV fluids to recover. Keep your eye out for signs like increased irritability, drowsiness and dizziness that can indicate serious dehydration.

When your child needs care, you can count on Regional Medical Center of San Jose. From pediatrics specialists to emergency care, we can help your family members of all ages get the comprehensive healthcare they need in San Jose. Do you need more information about our children’s health services or a referral to a physician? Please call (888) 762-8881.

Recognizing the signs of skin cancer

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer for both men and women in the US. Fortunately, it is also treatable in the vast majority of cases, as long as it is diagnosed early. By being vigilant about recognizing the signs of skin cancer and reporting them to your physician when you see them, you can increase the chances of getting an early diagnosis and treatment if the disease happens to you. If you notice any of these signs of skin cancer, consider making an appointment with your physician.

A mole that suddenly looks different

Changes in moles can indicate skin cancer. If you have one or more moles, keep an eye out for these potential skin cancer symptoms:

  • Change in color
  • Change in shape or border
  • Change in size

Although these changes are the most common that occur with moles, you should have any changes in a mole evaluated by a physician. He or she may decide to take a biopsy of the mole to see if any cancerous or precancerous cells are present.

A red or pale patch of skin

Skin cancer can cause red or pale patches of skin that can be scaly and rough or flat and smooth. In some cases, these patches may have raised edges, black spots or pearl-like bumps. Frequently, these patches look like scars.

In some cases, these patches are pale and raised, which gives them a wart-like appearance.

A sore that won’t heal

Skin cancer can also appear as an open sore that won’t heal. The sore may go away and come back, or it may just remain open. In some cases, the sore may also ooze pus or have a crusty surface.

In some cases, these open wounds are confused with shaving cuts, so be mindful of perceived cuts that don’t heal. These could indicate skin cancer.

Regional Medical Center of San Jose is pleased to offer a renowned cancer care program in San Jose. Our experienced team of multidisciplinary specialists provides comprehensive care for patients and their families using the latest technological advances. For more information, please call (888) 762-8881.

Know when your health can't wait

One question people often struggle with when faced with an illness or injury is whether to seek emergency care or to call their primary care physicians. As a general guideline, any time you are concerned that your symptoms could indicate a serious issue, go to the ER. It is preferable to seek emergency care for a problem that ends up being less urgent than to delay care in an emergency situation. If you experience any of these potentially serious problems, go to the ER for diagnosis and treatment.

Chest pain

Although chest pain does not always mean you are having a heart attack, it should always be evaluated in the ER. If you are having a heart attack, every second counts. The sooner you receive treatment, the more heart tissue the physicians will be able to save.

Chest pain is especially worrying when it is accompanied by dizziness, shortness of breath and pain in the left arm, upper back and neck.

Sudden speech problems

When someone begins slurring his or her words suddenly, a stroke could be to blame. Like heart attacks, fast treatment is essential during a stroke, so never avoid immediate care whenever this symptom appears.

Strokes can also cause drooping on one side of the body, vision problems and a sudden headache. Never risk waiting out these symptoms.

Severe bleeding

After an injury, severe bleeding can quickly lead to a medical emergency when it is not stopped. Getting emergency care can stop the bleeding before it leads to further complications.

Injuries that cause serious bleeding could also cause internal bleeding that you can’t see but that can be just as dangerous. Any time you experience a traumatic injury, get emergency care to ensure proper healing.

At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, we provide emergency care in San Jose as well as a trauma center that are each staffed with specialists around the clock. Get answers to your questions about all of our hospital services by calling (888) 762-8881.

How to start running without injuries

Are you ready to kick off a running regime? Running is an excellent aerobic exercise that can improve your heart health and help you to manage your weight, but the wrong form can also lead to injuries that put the brakes on your workout plan. Prevent joint and muscle injuries and visits to the hospital for emergency care by using these strategies to reduce the risk of running injuries.

Stretch before and after

The first and last part of every run should be stretching. When you stretch, you warm up your muscles and help them to cool down, so that they’re ready for the demands of running and for the necessary recovery afterward.

Spend about five minutes stretching on both sides of your running. Focus on your leg muscles, but don’t forget to stretch out the rest of your body as well. You’ll have a lower risk of suffering an injury and feel less sore in the morning.

Start slowly

When you’re new to running, don’t expect to run a marathon overnight. Start with short runs and build up your distances slowly to avoid injuries. When you’re new to running, it can be helpful to combine walking and running into a single workout until you’ve built up the stamina to run the entire distance.

There are numerous programs for new runners available online. You can also consult with a personal trainer or join a beginner’s running club in your area for tips on getting started safely.

Invest in the right shoes

Don’t skimp when it comes to your running shoes. Your shoes should support your arches and fit snuggly without being too tight. Don’t run in shoes with worn or uneven soles. The wrong shoes can lead to ankle and foot injuries quickly.

It can be helpful to visit a sports goods store and have your shoes fitted by a professional, who can assess your gait and foot arch to recommend the right shoes for you. If you have a history of foot or ankle problems, custom orthotics can help.

The orthopedics and joint replacement teams at Regional Medical Center of San Jose can help get everyone from seasoned athletes to weekend warriors out of pain and back in the game quickly. If you’re experiencing joint or muscle pain, call us at (888) 762-8881 for a physician referral.

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