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

What are the warning signs of mental illnesses?

Mental health disorders affect countless Americans, yet many don’t seek the help they need. In some cases, this may be because patients are unaware that their problems are indeed signs of mental health problems that are medically treatable. This May, the theme for Mental Health Month focuses on increasing awareness of the signs and symptoms of mental health problems. Take a few minutes to become better informed about mental health. If you need help, you can rely on the compassionate, patient-centered care available at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Our mission is to help you enjoy better quality of life.

Emotional shifts in mental illness

The warning signs of mental illness can vary widely, depending on the specific diagnosis. Generally, the symptoms associated with mental health problems are persistent or severe enough to interfere in daily life. They include the following changes in mood:

  • Apathy
  • Unusual sadness, hopelessness or worthlessness
  • Nervousness
  • Unusual irritability, hostility or anger
  • Excessive worrying
  • Restlessness
  • Fear

Thought patterns of mental illness

Sometimes, mental illnesses can cause changes in a person’s thought patterns or cognition. Some signs include the following:

  • Sensation of being disconnected from one’s surroundings
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Unjustifiable suspicions of others
  • Memory impairment
  • Impairment of logical thought or reasoning
  • Exaggerated beliefs about one’s own abilities or importance
  • Hallucinations

Physical changes of mental illness

Mental health disorders often manifest in physical symptoms, such as vague aches and pains that can’t be attributed to an injury. Patients might also experience the following:

  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Decline in personal hygiene
  • Elevated sensitivity to sounds, sights, smells or touch
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Headaches

Social changes of mental illness

Some people with mental health disorders appear to be socially well-adjusted, while others may impose social isolation on themselves. Some patients might:

  • Avoid friends
  • Avoid usual social activities
  • Have trouble relating to others
  • Experience the deterioration of relationships

Functional impairments of mental illness

Although many people with mental health disorders can still meet their daily obligations, it’s not unusual to experience some functional impairment. A person might have a decline in the quality and quantity of work at a job or school. In extreme cases, a patient might drop out of school, or get fired from or quit a job.

For superior healthcare delivered within a supportive, positive environment, you can count on Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Our healthcare providers continually strive for healthcare excellence across all our departments—from our emergency care to our heart health services. Call a registered nurse in San Jose at (888) 762-8881.

Why is swimming such a healthy workout?

The benefits of physical fitness extend well beyond heart health and stroke prevention. Being physically fit supports emotional and mental health by helping people manage stress, boost self-confidence and improve quality of life. If you’re looking for a fun and invigorating addition to your workout regimen, swimming certainly fits the bill. If you have an underlying medical condition, such as a heart problem, consider checking in with a physician at Regional Medical Center of San Jose before starting a new workout program.

Swimming builds cardiovascular fitness

Although splashing around in a pool or at the beach is considered a leisurely activity, it’s great exercise for your heart. The resistance of the water forces you to work harder to travel the length of the pool, compared to simply walking the same distance. Swimming laps is one way to get an invigorating cardiovascular workout, but you can also try water aerobics or even water running.

Swimming supports muscle strength

Swimming allows you to exercise major muscle groups throughout your body. Swimming freestyle and backstroke, for instance, works the deltoids, biceps and triceps. The effort of keeping the torso in a stabilized position works the abdominals and chest pectorals.

The butterfly is particularly rigorous. It burns plenty of calories engaging the muscles of the hips, abdomen, back, shoulders, arms and legs.

Swimming is gentle on the joints

Swimming is the exercise of choice for many people who have joint problems, such as arthritis. Although swimming builds both cardiovascular endurance and muscle strength, it’s a non-impact exercise.

In other words, your movement in the water isn’t exerting stress on the joints. This makes swimming an ideal workout for many patients with chronic health problems and those who are rehabilitating a physical injury.

Swimming workouts are fun and customizable

Living an active lifestyle is easier if you’re doing something you enjoy. You can customize your swimming workouts in many ways. Try the following water workouts:

  • Water yoga
  • Water tai chi
  • Water strength training
  • Water polo
  • Water volleyball

Some water sports enthusiasts even do water line dancing. If you can’t find water sports clubs or classes near you, consider organizing your own with your friends.

Regional Medical Center of San Jose maintains an enduring commitment to superior, patient-centered care. Our stroke care, heart health specialists, robotic surgeons and breast care specialists genuinely want to help you and your family live life well. You can request a physician referral in San Jose by calling (888) 762-8881.

A look at some of the most serious health risks for women

Women have many serious health concerns, including breast cancer, heart disease and stroke. Here at Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our caring physicians and skilled nursing staff are committed to fully addressing your health concerns to help you live life well. Watch this featured video to hear from a registered nurse at our community hospital in San Jose. She explains the top five health risks for women.

Heart disease in women

In the U.S., heart disease kills one in four women, according to MedlinePlus. There are many types of heart disease, including coronary artery disease, which can cause heart attacks.

Heart disease is often different in women compared to men. The following risk factors tend to raise a woman’s risk of heart disease to a disproportionately higher degree compared to a man:

  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Mental stress
  • Depression

Additionally, women have several unique risk factors of heart disease that men lack. These include the hormonal changes of menopause and the potential for certain pregnancy complications.

Strokes in women

In the U.S., more women suffer from strokes than men. Strokes also kill more women than men. And since women tend to live longer than men, strokes affect them differently.

Women who suffer a stroke are more likely to:

  • Be living alone at the time
  • Experience a poor recovery and long-term outcome
  • Be forced to move into a long-term care facility afterward

Women may be at a higher risk of stroke due to unique factors such as hormonal changes. They may be more likely than men to experience the lesser known signs of stroke, such as the following:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Sudden behavioral changes
  • Agitation
  • Seizures
  • Hiccups
  • Nausea
  • Hallucinations

Cancer in women

After skin cancer, breast cancer is the type most commonly diagnosed in women. A family physician can help women learn how to perform breast self-exams. Being aware of changes to the breasts over time can help detect potentially cancerous abnormalities early on.

Other common types of cancer in women are:

  • Colon cancer
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Ovarian cancer

There is no foolproof way to definitively avoid cancer, but working with your doctor to make healthy lifestyle changes is a smart step to take.

For superior healthcare at every stage of life, women and their families can count on the specialists at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Here, you’ll find specialists in emergency care, breast care, stroke care and heart healthcare—all conveniently located within our San Jose community. Call our nurse referral line at (888) 762-8881.

How do nurses prepare for patient care?

When you visit a hospital, many aspects of your care are handled by the nursing staff. Nurses undergo intensive education and training to pass rigorous licensing requirements, but they also have ongoing professional development to give you the best possible care. Here at Regional Medical Center of San Jose, we’re celebrating the compassionate care provided by nurses during National Nurses Week from May 6-12.

What’s involved with professional development in nursing

When you watch this featured video, you’ll gain a sense of the in-depth and ongoing professional development standards we maintain at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. This registered nurse explains the basics of Competency Camp, which every nurse is required to complete at our hospital. Competency Camp is an intensive series of patient care experiences that takes teams of nurses through different departments of the hospital.

The nurses work with educators and other nurses of various specialties, such as telemetry and ICU nurses. During Competency Camp, our nurses benefit from learning from each other, and the result is that our patients receive the best possible, evidence-based care.

Why nursing is a team approach

During Competency Camp, nursing is clearly a team approach. But collaboration is crucial for all nurses, whether they are going through training or not. To uphold the highest standards of patient care and safety, it’s essential for nurses to be good communicators and to have a team-oriented attitude.

By working closely with each other and sharing insights, nurses can ensure the best possible care for the patient and improve the total hospital experience for the patient.

How nurses prepare for patient-focused care

Nurses are compassionate healthcare providers who keenly understand that a patient is much more than his or her diagnosis. Nurses strive to meet the needs of the whole person. A well-prepared nurse is just as skilled at delivering patient education as he or she is at lending emotional support to anxious patients.

Nurses prepare to meet the individual needs of each patient by reviewing the medical chart, speaking with other providers about that patient and attentively listening to the patient’s own concerns.

The nursing staff at Regional Medical Center of San Jose is firmly committed to healthcare excellence. We are a leading provider of superior emergency care, stroke care, breast care and robotic surgery for families throughout the greater San Jose area. You can speak with a friendly member of our nursing staff by calling (888) 762-8881.

Why is the need for organ donors constant?

The most precious gift of all is the gift of life. Despite the millions of U.S. adults who have already registered as organ donors, the need for more registered organ donors is continually increasing. Here at Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our emergency care, heart health and robotic surgery teams encourage our neighbors to join the organ donor registry today.

Organ donation waiting list

The need for organ donors is constant, because the organ donation waiting list continues to increase each year at a rate that significantly exceeds the number of donors. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there are more than 119,000 people in the U.S. currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. A new name is added to the waiting list every 10 minutes.

In 2015, surgeons performed 30,970 organ transplant surgeries. This was the first year that the number of organ transplants exceeded 30,000. About 80 people receive organ transplants every day, yet an average of 22 people still die every day because there aren’t enough donor organs.

Organ donor registry

Surveys show that the majority of U.S. adults are in favor of the idea of organ transplants, yet less than half are registered as potential organ donors. It’s a common misconception that most registered organ donors will actually be able to donate after their death. In fact, just three out of every 1,000 registered donors will die in a way that allows them to donate their organs.

Organ transplant surgeries

When one person dies in a way that allows the hospital team to extract organs, he or she can save up to eight other lives. Assuming that all of the donor’s organs are suitable for transplant, surgeons can save others with the use of the following donor organs:

  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Kidneys
  • Liver
  • Pancreas
  • Intestines

In addition to saving lives, organ donors can improve the health and quality of life of up to 100 other people. This is accomplished with donor tissues, such as corneas, ligaments and skin grafts.

The highly trained dialysis providers and emergency care physicians at Regional Medical Center of San Jose see the need for organ donation every day. If you live in the San Jose area and have concerns about registering as an organ donor, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our caring healthcare providers. You can contact a nurse at our hospital by calling (888) 762-8881.

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