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

Knowing When Headaches Require Medical Attention

Most people experience a headache at some point in their lives, and the vast majority of these headaches are minor and can be treated at home with rest and over-the-counter medications. In some cases, however, headaches can be an indicator of a more serious condition that requires emergency care. Here is what you need to know about when to seek medical care when a headache strikes.

It’s the worst headache you have ever had.
Sudden and intense headaches can indicate a serious medical condition, like a stroke or aneurysm, which require lifesaving emergency care. People who get headaches that indicate these serious conditions usually characterize them as the worst headaches they have ever had and very different from other types of headaches they have experienced. Sudden, severe headaches should be evaluated in the ER so that stroke care or another appropriate treatment can be provided quickly.

It occurs with speech, vision, or behavioral changes.
As Regional Medical Center of San Jose neurologist Dr. Raul Guisado explains in this video, having a stroke doesn’t make you more prone to later headaches. However, headaches can be indicators of a stroke, especially when they are accompanied by other stroke symptoms, like slurred speech, vision difficulties, and confusion. Because fast stroke care is so essential to stop the loss of brain tissue, these types of headaches should be evaluated in the ER.

The pain is getting worse and interfering with your activities.
Headache pain that continues to get worse and that prevents you from doing your normal activities could require emergency care. You may be suffering from a severe migraine or cluster headache that could benefit from prescription strength oral pain medication, medication injections, lidocaine, or inhaling highly concentrated oxygen.

The Regional Medical Center of San Jose provides emergency care 24 hours a day, 365 days per year for all of your urgent medical needs, from intense headaches to chest pain. Learn more about all of our hospital services today by calling (888) 762-8881.

Manage Anxiety This Holiday Season

The holidays are usually a time for happy togetherness, but too often, they also cause intense anxiety. Everything from pressure to make the season perfect for your loved ones to facing the holidays after losing someone close to you can cause anxiety to take center stage this time of year. If you experience severe anxiety, consider getting emergency care, particularly if you feel like you could harm yourself. In addition to talking to your physician about your symptoms, try these strategies for managing stress during the holiday season:

Focus on Important Traditions
As life changes and evolves for you, it is okay for your holiday traditions to follow suit. Instead of trying to replicate the same celebrations year after year, decide with your family which traditions are important to you to keep, and which ones you can leave as memories. For instance, if you love getting together to bake cookies with your cousins but are overwhelmed at the thought of hosting a post-Thanksgiving brunch, remove the stress of the brunch and focus on the cookie tradition. This allows you to make your holiday season more manageable without compromising on the things that matter to you.

Make Time for Relaxation
Relaxing should be part of the holidays, so make sure you get some time to just enjoy the season. Don’t overschedule yourself, and when you host a gathering, make sure you get time to enjoy it. Buy premade food, allow other people to bring dishes, and otherwise share the burden so that you get to stop and enjoy everything you’ve worked hard to arrange. Make time for yourself every day to focus on the things that are important to you.

Ask for Help
Holiday planning often falls on the shoulders of a few people in most families, so ask for help when you need it. Many people in your family may be willing to help but aren’t sure how to get involved. Be specific about the kind of support you need so people can give it to you.

Emergency care is available at Regional Medical Center of San Jose around the clock throughout the holiday season. We can also provide physician referrals to providers who can help you manage anxiety. Find out more about our hospital in San Jose by calling (888) 762-8881.

Plan for a Healthier Thanksgiving

Does Thanksgiving seem more like a looming threat to your health than a celebration with a family and friends? This food-centered holiday can take a serious toll on your efforts to manage your weight as well as chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes, but it doesn’t have to. Fortunately, you can still enjoy the feast without a side dish of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. With a little planning, your Thanksgiving can be both delicious and healthy. Try these techniques to stay on track with your health goals for the holidays.

Pack for a Healthy Trip
If you will be traveling for Thanksgiving, plan for healthy eating on the road by packing foods to eat in the car or on the plane. Try snacks like apple slices, cheese sticks, granola bars, and carrot sticks. If you’re traveling by car, pack some bottled water so you don’t guzzle soda and coffee the whole way, or buy a big water bottle for the plane once you’re through security. Knowing you have some snacks with you can help you resist the urge to indulge in candy bars and fast food.

Tweak Your Recipes
You don’t have to leave your Thanksgiving favorites off the menu. Simply look for healthier ways to prepare them. For instance, use Greek yogurt in mashed potatoes instead of butter for tangy creaminess, or bake stuffing in mini muffin cups to limit serving sizes. You can cut back on the sugar in almost any recipe without sacrificing flavor. Bake a crustless pumpkin pie to save on calories and fat. Focus on filling your plate with things you really want and skip things you may not love but eat out of tradition.

Get Active
Thanksgiving doesn’t have to mean a massive feast followed by a long nap. Get out and do things together with your family. Play flag football, commit to an after-dinner walk, or even offer to do the cleaning up. You’ll burn calories and fight off indigestion.

Regional Medical Center of San Jose is committed to providing services and education to build a healthier community. Choose our hospital for emergency care, stroke care, and robotic surgery in San Jose, as well as all of your preventative care needs. Call us today at (888) 762-8881 for more information.

Ways to Manage Food Allergies at Home

Food allergies are quite common. If you or a family member has a food allergy, it’s important to practice strict allergy management guidelines in the home. Exercising caution to avoid the allergen can help reduce the risk that the patient will require emergency care for a life-threatening allergic reaction. However, if an allergic reaction does occur, the emergency care physicians at Regional Medical Center of San Jose are available 24/7.

Prepare for Emergencies

Although a food allergy management plan can help your family avoid emergencies, it’s still best to be prepared for serious reactions to occur-just in case. Your doctor can provide a written emergency action plan that details the steps you should take in the event of accidental exposure. Post this plan in a common area of the home. Keep your child’s auto-injector and other medicines available for use, but out of reach of children.

Understand Food Labels

Packaged food products are legally required to include information about the presence of allergens. Some labels also caution consumers about whether the product was made on equipment that may have been cross-contaminated with the allergen. Read each food label carefully before you purchase a product and consider talking to a dietitian for further guidance.

Organize the Kitchen

You will need to decide whether to completely ban the allergen from your home or whether non-allergic family members will be allowed to consume the food. If you choose the latter, it’s time to organize your kitchen. Keep “safe” and “unsafe” foods completely separate and well-labeled. If the allergic patient is a child, make sure he or she understands which refrigerator shelf or pantry area contains “safe” foods.

Avoid Cross-Contamination

If some family members do continue to consume the allergen, then it’s necessary to avoid sharing utensils, cups, plates, and similar items. Scrub each item well and wash down all kitchen surfaces with soap and water after use. All family members should wash their hands thoroughly before and after eating and preparing food.

In the event that a life-threatening allergic reaction does occur in the San Jose area, please call 911 without delay. The emergency care team at Regional Medical Center of San Jose is always available to respond swiftly to allergic reactions, stroke cases, adverse heart events, and other medical emergencies. For non-emergent inquiries about our hospital services, you can contact a registered nurse at (888) 762-8881.

Health and Fitness Tips Just for Women

A healthy lifestyle is important for women at every stage of life. Unfortunately, many women deprioritize their health because they are so busy taking care of their loved ones. But when women invest in their wellness by eating right and exercising, they set a good example for their family members. For exceptional women’s healthcare, families throughout the San Jose area can rely on Regional Medical Center of San Jose.

Eating for an Active Lifestyle

A registered dietitian can provide patient-specific guidance for women, such as the recommended total calories and nutrient intake. In general, however, women leading an active lifestyle can benefit from choosing whole grains instead of refined carbohydrates to stabilize their energy levels. Protein is also important to support the immune system and rebuild muscles. Vegetables and fruits provide a low-calorie way to increase one’s intake of critical nutrients like fiber and antioxidants. With a busy lifestyle, many women find it difficult to prepare homemade meals every day. It can be helpful to cook large batches of meals on the weekends and freeze individual portions for use during the week.

Developing a Workout Plan

Most women are advised to strive for at least 30 minutes of aerobic activity on at least five days of the week. In addition, two or more strength training sessions per week are recommended. Women who have trouble prioritizing their workouts may find it helpful to arrange workout dates with a friend to include a social element during exercise. Or, you might consider making appointments with a personal trainer or joining a workout class. Very busy women might wish to break up their total amount of exercise into more manageable 10-minute sessions. For instance, you could ride a stationary bike before work, climb stairs during part of your lunch break, and go rollerblading with the kids after dinner.

Identifying Special Concerns

For most women, exercising during pregnancy is both safe and healthy. However, you may need to make certain modifications. Consider talking to your obstetrician for further guidance. Women with disabilities can also benefit from exercise. A physical therapist can show you how to perform exercises despite physical limitations.

The Women & Children’s Services department at Regional Medical Center of San Jose offers specialized care for women through all stages of life. Our community hospital in San Jose brings together leading providers in heart care, breast care, robotic surgery, maternity services, and many more. To request a referral to a provider at our hospital, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 762-8881.

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