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10 Healthy Ways to Reduce Stress


Chronic stress is associated with many adverse health effects. Men and women who suffer from continuous stress often have diminished immune systems, high blood pressure, hair loss, fertility problems, and much more. Unfortunately, many Americans have difficult jobs, regularly commute long distances in heavy traffic, and struggle with financial issues that can result in a fair amount of stress. To preserve your health and avoid the complications of chronic stress, it is important to develop skills to reduce your stress level. Get started with the 10 healthy ways to reduce stress listed below.

  1. Exercise
    Making time for regular physical activity, even if it is just walking, is one of the best ways to combat chronic stress. Try to get out and exercise at least once a day, for most days of the week.
  2. Sleep
    Getting adequate amounts of restful sleep each night will help you to relax during the day. Being rested will also help you to confront stressful situations more effectively.
  3. Hobbies
    Immersing yourself in creative hobbies that you enjoy can help to distract your mind from stressful situations. Try drawing, painting, knitting, or other crafts.
  4. Write
    Writing out your feelings, whatever they may be, can help you to identify the underlying causes of your stresses. Writing a to-do list can also be helpful in reducing stress.
  5. Breathe
    Chronic stress can often cause us to breathe rapidly and shallowly, exacerbating our already negative moods. Remember to breathe slowly and deeply.
  6. Prioritize
    If you simply have too many things to do, remember that it is okay to turn down more responsibilities. Take time for yourself.
  7. Volunteer
    Taking part in community service can be a great de-stressor if you have extra time. Volunteer in projects that you enjoy and believe in.
  8. Meditation
    Meditation, whether it is guided or unguided, can help to relax the mind, body, and spirit.
  9. Yoga
    Practicing yoga by yourself or with others promotes full-body relaxation, while toning your muscles and improving flexibility.
  10. Pets
    If you struggle with chronic stress, you may consider adopting and caring for a pet.

If you are looking for more ways to reduce your stress and improve your overall health, let Regional Medical Center of San Jose be your resource. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (888) 762-8881 for more helpful information.

My Heart. My Life. from the American Heart Association

Every year, more American men and women die of cardiovascular disease than any other medical ailment. If you are at risk for heart disease, there are steps that you can take to reduce your risk and promote healthier living. This video from the American Heart Association provides more information about how they work hard to promote heart-healthy living for people of all ages in the United States.

If you have any remaining questions about supporting your heart’s health throughout your life, let the experts at the Regional Medical Center of San Jose be your resource.  Call (408) 259-4000 today to speak with our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line or to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced physicians.

Common Effects of Stroke

Stroke Complications

During a stroke, circulation to an area of the brain is cut off, depriving it of oxygen and nutrients. When this occurs, the affected brain tissue begins to die almost immediately, altering the functioning of the brain. This tissue damage can result in long-term disability and affect a stroke victim’s physical and communicative abilities. To minimize the disabilities that can result from a stroke, the experts at the Regional Medical Center of San Jose’s Certified Stroke Center work to evaluate, diagnose, and treat all types of stroke with the utmost efficiency. 

Our stroke care experts also work hard to educate the men and women in our community about the symptoms, risk factors, and consequences of stroke to prevent these dangerous medical events from occurring. Although the effects of a stroke can vary depending on the area of the brain affected, the most common complications associated with a stroke include:

  • Physical changes
    After a stroke, it can be common to have problems with movement, muscle stiffness, or energy levels. Many men and women suffer from paralysis, muscle spasms, fatigue, and more. Regardless of the physical symptoms, it is important to continue working toward improvement and recovery.
  • Communication problems
    A stroke can affect a person’s communicative ability in a variety of ways. Some patients have issues with reading and writing, while others experience difficulty speaking or understanding language. Fortunately, rehabilitation can help patients to overcome these difficulties and regain some function.
  • Emotional and behavioral affects
    Emotional and behavioral changes are some of the most common effects of a stroke. Many victims can experience changes in their moods and outlook on life, while others suffer from increased forgetfulness or carelessness. Like other complications associated with a stroke, these symptoms generally improve with time and rehabilitation.

According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and the number one cause of adult disability in the United States. Do not become a stroke victim—speak with your doctor and control your risk factors today. To find an experienced specialist in the San Jose area, contact the Regional Medical Center Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000 at any time.


Cardiovascular Services at Regional Medical Center of San Jose

Cardiovascular Care

It is the responsibility of the cardiovascular system to provide the entire body with the oxygen and nutrients that it needs to function. At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our cardiovascular specialists prioritize the optimal functioning of this vital system by providing patients with the highest quality of advanced cardiovascular care.

Our comprehensive program includes evaluation, diagnostic, treatment, and rehabilitation services dedicated to the growing needs of the San Jose community and the surrounding areas.

Leading our cardiovascular program is a team of culturally diverse, talented cardiology specialists, nurses, surgeons, and support staff. Together, they provide patients with a multidisciplinary approach to treatment that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our heart hospital is never closed to you and your family.

Regional Medical Center is also proud to offer a Chest Pain Center that is nationally accredited for its superior care of patients suffering from cardiac events. Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, and our Chest Pain Center team is dedicated to assessing, diagnosing, and treating these patients quickly to provide the best possible outcome. The Chest Pain Center also makes the effort to support a variety of outreach programs that focus on the prevention of heart disease and seeking immediate medical attention if the symptoms of cardiac events do occur.

In addition to our Chest Pain Center, Regional provides some of the most advanced cardiovascular treatments available. These treatments include, but are not limited to:

  • Diagnostic and interventional coronary procedures
  • Diagnostic and interventional peripheral procedures
  • Electrophysiology studies and ablations
  • Full-service pacemaker and internal defibrillator implants
  • Cardiovascular surgical services

If you or a loved one is in need of expert cardiovascular care, consider seeking treatment from the specialists at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Our experts are dedicated to your health and the health of our community—call our referral line today at (408) 259-4000 to schedule a consultation with a cardiologist in the San Jose area.

Visit These Websites Provided by Regional Medical Center for More Helpful Health Information

Medical Care

Do you still have questions about first aid for seizures or cardiac arrest? You can learn more about these topics and the others recently discussed in our blogs by looking through these articles or contacting Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000.

  • Transient ischemic attacks are a serious warning sign of future stroke. Visit the National Stroke Association website for more information about the causes of these mini-strokes.
  • Knowing the warning signs of a stroke can help you to seek treatment faster. Find a list of the most common stroke symptoms on the American Stroke Association site.
  • Poorly managed diabetes can lead to severe eye disease—learn more about diabetic eye disease from the National Eye Institute.
  • Diabetes can increase your risk for a variety of chronic health problems. These articles from the American Diabetes Association provide more information about living healthy with diabetes.
  • Do you know seizure first aid? Find out more on the Epilepsy Foundation website.
  • This fact sheet from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke answers many frequently asked questions about epilepsy and its treatment.
  • Asthma is a common chronic lung condition that affects both children and adults alike. The American Lung Association provides more information about asthma and its symptoms.
  • You can also read more about the types of asthma on the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
  • Cardiac arrest is a serious heart condition that requires immediate medical care. Check out this article for more on the basics of cardiac arrest.
  • If you still would like to learn more about AEDs, CPR, and cardiac arrest, visit the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association website.

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