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

Identifying the different types of stress that can affect your health

Humans evolved with a “fight or flight” stress response that enabled them to survive life-threatening dangers. But in today’s modern world, constant exposure to stressors and poor stress coping skills can cause serious health issues, including heart health problems. If you’re concerned about your daily stress, consider talking to one of the compassionate healthcare providers at Regional Medical Center of San Jose.

Short-term stress

Also known as acute stress, short-term stress occurs in response to situations that you anticipate to happen soon or that recently happened. For instance, you may experience short-term stress from the following situations:

  • Giving a public speech
  • Getting into a car accident
  • Realizing you overslept and are late for work

Short-term stress isn’t necessarily harmful in small amounts, but significant short-term stress can affect your physical and emotional health. It may lead to mood changes, such as irritability, anger and anxiety. It can also cause the following:

  • Tension headaches
  • Jaw pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation

You may already be familiar with the “butterflies in the stomach” sensation that short-term stress can cause. It can also result in other temporary changes, such as sweaty palms, rapid heartbeat and heart palpitations.

Recurrent short-term stress

Short-term stress may be temporary for some people, but others live their lives going from one crisis to the next. People with recurrent short-term stress may constantly feel that they are running late, and are disorganized and overscheduled. These individuals typically have a “Type A” personality that makes them strive for perfection, yet berate themselves when they fall short of their own expectations.

Recurrent short-term stress often goes hand-in-hand with catastrophizing. Catastrophizing is a term some psychologists use to describe people who make mountains out of molehills. In other words, they interpret every situation as disastrous.

Over time, recurrent short-term stress may increase the risk of the following health problems:

  • Migraines
  • Persistent tension headaches
  • High blood pressure
  • Chest pain
  • Heart disease

Chronic stress

Long-term or chronic stress is the unrelenting stress that seems to be so deeply ingrained in a person’s life that it’s hard to find a way out of it. People can grow so accustomed to chronic stress that it seems to be just another inevitable part of life. Chronic stress may develop from the following situations:

  • Poverty
  • Dysfunctional families
  • Childhood trauma
  • Geopolitical instability/war

Chronic stress can contribute to life-threatening health problems if left untreated, including heart attack, stroke and suicide.

Regional Medical Center of San Jose is a trusted provider of superior medical care. We understand that a hospital visit for emergency care, robotic surgery or heart procedures can be stressful, which is why we offer premier patient support services and amenities. Call a registered nurse in San Jose at (888) 762-8881.

Make a difference at the March for Babies

Make a difference at the March for Babies

At the end of April, the annual March for Babies will be held at locations around the country. The March of Dimes holds this annual fundraiser to raise millions to support their mission of giving children the healthiest possible start in life. At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, we are committed to providing superior service for our community. That’s why our hospital CEO is proud to serve on the Board of the March for Babies and our community hospital is a local sponsor for the event.

Mission of the March for Babies

The March for Babies fundraiser donates money to fight back against the serious health problems facing mothers and babies, including birth defects and premature birth. A great deal of progress has already been made, with premature birth rates continuing to decline. But your support is still urgently needed to save the lives of babies right here in San Jose and around the country.

San Jose March for Babies

This year’s fundraising goal for the local March for Babies is $700,000. It’s off to a good start, but many more donations are needed to reach this goal. Here’s a look at the ways you can help:

  • Join an existing walking team
  • Create a new team
  • Donate to an existing team
  • Spread the word about the March for Babies

Silicon Valley marchers will meet on April 30 for a three-mile walk in beautiful History Park and around Kelley Park. This year’s event is shaping up to be the most exciting and fun March for Babies yet, with new features like the Superhero Sprint. Help save the lives of babies in San Jose by signing up or donating today!

The newly renovated Family Birthing Center at Regional Medical Center of San Jose puts the needs of families first. Our nursing staff is comprised of highly trained professionals who genuinely care about the well-being and comfort of your entire family. Call our modern hospital in San Jose at (888) 762-8881 to speak with a nurse about our maternity care.

How Regional's patient education philosophy sets us apart

From April 3-9, 2017, the dedicated providers at Regional Medical Center of San Jose are celebrating National Public Health Week. This annual observance aims to make America the healthiest country through preventive medicine and robust public health systems. Here at Regional, we maintain an uncompromising commitment to giving our patients the best possible care. It’s our firm belief that ongoing patient education is an inextricable part of superior patient care.

How patient education helps you

Listen to this featured interview with one of our registered nurses to find out more about our approach to comprehensive patient education. She explains that patient education is a lifelong process that continually evolves and becomes especially crucial when a health problem develops. The goal of patient education is to empower patients to live life well.

Effective patient education accomplishes the following:

  • Improves your understanding of your diagnosis
  • Informs you about your treatment options
  • Lets you know what to expect
  • Tells you which health changes to watch out for
  • Answers your questions in a clear, easily understood way

Patient education is a cornerstone of medicine. It gives you the knowledge you need to make informed decisions. The better you understand your health, the better you can support your quality of life.

How we approach patient education

Here at Regional Medical Center of San Jose, we bring together leading physicians, specialists and nurses who truly care about our patients. Our providers are exceptionally approachable and personable. We don’t believe in lecturing to our patients about what they should or shouldn’t do.

Instead, we believe that patient education is a two-way conversation that is focused on meeting your needs. It’s our mission to give you the tools and resources you need to make healthcare decisions.

How we deliver exceptional patient education

In addition to conversations with your healthcare providers, you can find reliable, accurate information from a number of sources. We offer The Patient Channel and The Wellness Network, which are available around the clock.

Our secure, online Patient Portal gives you access to your medical records any time you wish. Your records include your upcoming appointments, discharge instructions, lab results and medication list.

In addition to other resources, we offer ongoing classes and events, ranging from Pilates classes to infant care classes.

For all of your healthcare concerns and questions, Regional Medical Center of San Jose is here for you. We’re committed to giving you the uncompromising care you deserve across all of our departments—from emergency care and stroke care to robotic surgery and breast care. Call a member of our trusted nursing staff at (888) 762-8881.

Do You Need to Go to the Hospital for a Rash?

In most cases, a rash is a simple, if annoying, condition that can be relatively easily managed with home care. There are instances when a rash is actually a sign that you need emergency care. How can you tell the difference between a rash that can be treated with over-the-counter medications and one that should be examined in the ER? If you experience any of these symptoms, consider getting emergency care for your rash.

Your rash is accompanied by a fever.

If you have a rash and a fever, it could be a sign of a serious condition, such as an infection, scarlet fever, or shingles. In some cases, a fever accompanied by a rash can also indicate meningitis, which requires urgent treatment. Although not every rash that appears alongside a fever is a cause for concern, getting an accurate diagnosis in the ER is important so you can begin treatment if there is a serious medical problem.

Your rash appeared suddenly.

A sudden rash that spreads quickly usually indicates that you are having an allergic reaction. Even if the rash seems like your only symptom at first, it can quickly become dangerous as the reaction intensifies. A rash could be the first stage of anaphylactic shock. Go to the hospital for emergency care if you experience a sudden rash, especially if you experience shortness of breath. Keep in mind that your second reaction to an allergen can be much more severe than you first, so don’t downplay your symptoms simply because they did not progress in a previous reaction.

Your rash is painful.

When rashes are painful, it usually means that they are infected or that you have an underlying condition, like shingles. An infection can become serious quickly and affect other parts of your body. An infected rash can also cause significant complications for people with diabetes, so seek emergency care quickly.

At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our hospital provides comprehensive care for a wide range of conditions in our ER, inpatient, and outpatient facilities. You can learn more about all of our hospital services in San Jose by calling (888) 762-8881.

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.

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