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When to Consider Seeking Emergency Medical Care

Emergency Care

When you or a loved one is suffering from a medical emergency, every second counts in the diagnosis and treatment of the illness or injury. Possibly as important as the medical treatment, however, is the recognition of serious symptoms and knowing when to seek professional help. Read on to learn more about when you should consider seeking emergency medical care.

  • If you suspect symptoms of a heart attack:
    The warning signs of a heart attack may include chest pain or discomfort, shortness of breath, nausea, light-headedness, or a cold sweat. A heart attack can lead to damage to the heart muscle and death—if you or a loved one experiences these symptoms, seriously consider seeking help as soon as possible.
  • If you suspect symptoms of a stroke:
    A stroke can cause permanent brain damage and death if not treated in time. The symptoms of a stroke can include dizziness, trouble speaking, paralysis or numbness on one side of the body, or sudden and severe headache.
  • Bleeding that will not stop:
    Bleeding that does not cease after constant pressure is applied may be a medical emergency and the victim should consider seeking medical attention immediately to prevent dangerous blood loss.
  • Difficulty breathing:
    Gasping, wheezing, or persistent coughing can be signs of anaphylaxis, a deadly allergic reaction that can cause the airway to close. Shortness of breath can also be a sign of a heart attack.

This list is not exhaustive; there are many other instances that can be described as a medical emergency. If you witness a medical emergency, be sure to stay calm and help to reassure those around you. Consider calling 911 or suggest that someone else do so. Learn how to perform basic lifesaving and first aid procedures in case they are called for—procedures such as CPR can give a victim the extra time they need until medical professionals arrive.

One of the best ways to be prepared for a medical emergency is to be aware of the closest emergency room that can bring you the highest quality of medical care as soon as possible. The emergency care personnel at Regional Medical Center of San Jose are dedicated to providing quality emergency medical care. Contact us at (408) 259-4000 to learn more about our services.

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Medical Resources

Do you want to learn more about the symptoms of heart attack or stroke? To read more about these and our other blog topics, look through the resources below. If you have any remaining questions, let Regional Medical Center of San Jose help. Contact our staff at (408) 259-4000.

RMC's Stroke Program wins the 2011 American Stroke Association's (ASA) Get With The Guidelines

Regional Medical Center - STROKE AWARD

At the 2012 International Stroke Conference in New Orleans this month, Regional Medical Center of San Jose’s Stroke Program  won the 2011 American Stroke Association’s (ASA) Get With The Guidelines “Gold Plus Achievement” Award which recognizes RMC’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients according to evidence-based guidelines.

This is the 3rd consecutive year that RMC has received this award for excellence in stroke care.  Regional was one of only 188 out of over 1200 participating hospitals across the nation to achieve this recognition, and one of only three hospitals in Santa Clara County.

In addition to this award, RMC was also recognized as a recipient of the ASA “Target: Stroke Honor Roll” for improving stroke care and outcomes by administering IV tPA within 60 minutes of hospital arrival to at least 50% of those eligible ischemic stroke patients in one quarter of 2011.  The Stroke Program wishes to recognize the concerted efforts of the RMC ED crew for their assistance in helping us attain this award.

Managing & Living With Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary artery disease, or CAD, occurs when the arteries that provide your heart muscle with oxygen-rich blood fill with fatty plaques. These plaques cause narrowing of the arteries, increasing the risk of a heart attack. This is the most common type of heart disease in the United States and is the leading cause of death in both men and women. In this video, you can learn more about CAD and the damage it can cause to your heart and overall health. 

To learn more about coronary heart disease and whether or not you may be at risk, contact the professionals at Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000.  We offer high-quality, comprehensive services for patients with cardiac, lung, or vascular conditions. 

How Your Sodium Intake May Be Affecting Your Health

Although salt is essential for the proper functioning of the body, consuming too much sodium can contribute to high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Restricting the amount of salt you eat is especially important if you are already at risk or have been diagnosed with heart disease. Watch this video to learn more about where most dietary sodium comes from and how to avoid it.

Many of the risk factors for heart disease are controllable and can be managed through lifestyle and dietary modifications. If you would like to learn more about your risk factors for heart disease and stroke, contact Regional Medical Center of San Jose—we are happy to answer any health-related questions that you may have. Call us at (408) 259-4000 today.

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