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

Heart Disease Risk Factors

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States. There are two types of risk factors associated with heart disease—those that you can control and those that you cannot. In this video, you can learn more about these factors and how they can increase your likelihood of developing a chronic heart condition.

Becoming aware of and understanding your risk factors for heart disease is the first step in successfully preventing its progression. Discuss your risk factors with your physician and start making healthier lifestyle choices today. To find an experienced physician in the greater San Jose area, contact Regional Medical Center at (408) 259-4000.

Heart Disease - Examining the Different Types of Cardiovascular Surgery

Heart Transplant

Surgery remains a powerful tool for treating malfunctions of the heart associated with cardiovascular disease. Advances in medicine and technology have allowed for the development of new techniques that give surgeons the ability to make smaller incisions through which to perform a procedure. As a result, there are now many more alternatives available to a patient with cardiovascular disease. Read on to learn more about some of the different types of cardiovascular surgery

  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
    The word ‘bypass’ refers to the creation of a new pathway for blood flow to the heart so that it bypasses the obstructed segment of coronary artery. The bypass is created by a blood vessel graft taken from another part of the body (usually the leg).

  • Endoscopic coronary artery bypass surgery
    The use of smaller instruments, endoscopes, and a monitor allows surgeons to perform bypass surgery through much smaller incisions. This minimally invasive approach results in smaller scars, reduced operative risk, less blood loss, and a faster recovery time.

  • Heart valve surgery
    There are four valves in the heart that are responsible for directing blood flow through the heart. When these valves are not functioning properly, heart valve surgery can be performed to repair or replace a valve with a tissue, metal, or plastic prosthesis.

  • Intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP)
    The IABP system contains a sausage-shaped balloon and a pump that inflates and deflates the balloon. The sausage-shaped balloon is threaded through the femoral artery up to the aorta, where it is inflated and deflated during the heart’s contractions to support circulation throughout the body and to the heart muscle.

Regional Medical Center of San Jose is staffed with physicians who are on the forefront of new developments in heart surgery. We offer the very latest in safe and effective treatment options to cardiac patients throughout the region. If you would like to learn more about cardiovascular surgery, contact our staff at (408) 259-4000.

RMC Breaks Ground for ED Expansion and Renovation!


Physician’s, staff, local government officials, construction workers, EMS partners (including CALSTAR and Rural Metro) and visitors gathered on January 19th, for the official Emergency Department Expansion and Renovation Groundbreaking Ceremony just outside the ED entrance. RMC CEO Mike Johnson hosted the event and said the 18- month construction project will add about 45-hundred much needed square footage to the ED, and increase the bed count to 42. It’s a major phase of RMC’s $300-million hospital replacement expansion and renovation, one of the largest construction projects in the county. 

District 5 San Jose City Councilmember, Xavier Campos spoke at the event and thanked Regional for its investment in the community. Because the project is providing 2-thousand jobs, it’s an investment in both the health and the economy in East San Jose and Silicon Valley, he said. Campos has been very supportive in getting the ED master plan through the city.

ED Medical Director Elaine Nelson, MD also spoke and reminded the crowd that, when the project is completed, RMC will have the largest Trauma Center in Santa Clara County, with 4 treatment bays.  It will have more, private treatment rooms and state-of-the-art equipment for better and more efficient care., she said. Dr. Nelson has been part of the ED planning process   since it began 12 years ago! She was interviewed about the expansion by KTVU-Ch 2 Fox News and the World Journal a global Chinese language newspaper. Dr. Nelson was among the first to put shovel to dirt at the event, along with Rick Kline, MD, Medical Director of Trauma Services, members of the Executive Team and ED staff.

Regional will continue to provide the highest level of care to our ED patients during the construction project.

Breast Cancer - Diagnostic Methods


During a regular physical exam, your physician will examine your breasts for the characteristic symptoms of cancer, including lumps, thickening, nipple discharge, or redness. If your doctor suspects that you may have breast cancer, he or she will likely order one or more of the following diagnostic tests:

  • Mammogram
    A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast to detect tumors that may be too small for your doctor to feel. The accuracy of this test depends on the size of the tumor, the density of the breast tissue, and the skill of the radiologist. Mammograms are considered to be the most sensitive method of detection available, but unfortunately, mammograms can still miss up to 15% of breast cancers.
  • Ultrasonography
    Sound waves may be used to evaluate lumps that have already been detected through physical examination or mammography. Ultrasound is useful in finding out if a mass is filled with fluid or is solid—solid masses are generally much more of a concern than those that are liquid-filled.
  • Aspiration and biopsy
    Depending on the outcome of the above tests, your doctor may decide to remove a sample of the questionable tissue to be examined more closely in a laboratory. A sample can be taken through fine-needle aspiration, large-needle biopsy, or surgical biopsy.

Many women with early stage breast cancer do not experience any symptoms, which is why having regular screenings is so important. If you are at a higher risk for developing breast cancer, it is especially important that you undergo regular screening tests. Regional Medical Center of San Jose’s Cancer Care team of professionals is extremely dedicated to providing the personalized care that every patient deserves. To learn more about our program or to be referred to a highly qualified physician, contact our staff at (408) 259-4000.

Check Out These Helpful Resources!

Biomedical Technology

Educating yourself about your own physiology is the first step in living a healthier life. If you would like to learn more about breast cancer, robotic surgery, or any of our other recent topics, read through the resources below.

If you have additional questions, please contact Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000.

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