Regional Medical Center of San Jose
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Emergency Care at Regional Medical Center of San Jose

Emergency Care

When you or a loved one is suffering from illness or injury and is in need of urgent care, it is important to get the highest quality of care as soon as possible. At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our emergency medical team is dedicated to helping the people in our community get the care they need when every second counts. Below are some of the ways that Regional Medical Center works hard to provide excellence in emergency care.

  • Faster care when you walk in the door
    Our emergency care staff is committed to seeing you as soon as possible when you walk in. Our physicians were the first in the country to implement the Rapid Medical Evaluation™ method of treatment.    
     
  • Closer to you and your loved ones
    Our 39-bed emergency care facility is located just off the 680, at the corner of Jackson and McKee, with dedicated parking for walk-in patients.
     
  • Unmatched reputation and credentials in the medical community
    Regional proudly offers an accredited Chest Pain Center, a Joint Commission-certified stroke center, and a verified Level-II trauma center to provide our patients with the highest standard of emergency medical care. In 2005, our hospital was recognized as the Best Emergency Department of the Year by the California Emergency Physicians (CEP), the largest provider of physician staffing for comprehensive management emergency departments in the state of California.

Do you still have questions about the Emergency Care services at Regional Medical Center of San Jose? If so, please contact our Consult-A-Nurse help line at (408) 259-4000—our nurses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer your pressing medical questions. You can also find out our emergency room wait times right from your mobile phone by using our free Text ER service. Simply text “ER” to 23000 and reply with your zip code.


Warning Signs: How Symptoms Differ Between Heart Attack and Stroke

Cardiac Emergency

During a heart attack, the arteries leading to the heart muscle (called the coronary arteries) become obstructed, preventing oxygenated blood and nutrients from reaching the muscle. A stroke, sometimes called a “brain attack,” occurs when blood cannot reach the brain. Both situations are life threatening, can result in long-term disability, and require urgent care

The symptoms of a heart attack are often experienced differently depending on the individual. Women, for example, are more likely to suffer a heart attack without the chest pain and pressure that most men experience. The most common symptoms of a heart attack include:

  • Chest discomfort
    Patients can experience chest tightness, squeezing, pressure, pain, or fullness when suffering from a heart attack. 
     
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body
    Discomfort may be felt in one or both arms, the neck, the back, the jaw, or the stomach.
     
  • Shortness of breath
    Shortness of breath often occurs with or before chest discomfort.
     
  • Other signs
    Other signs of a heart attack can include anxiety, cold sweat, nausea, or light-headedness.

Stroke symptoms can also differ between individuals and often depend on the region of the brain affected by obstruction in blood flow. The National Stroke Association recommends the FAST acronym to help remember the most common symptoms of a stroke:

  • Face: During a stroke, one side of the face and body will often become numb or paralyzed, causing one side of the mouth to droop when smiling.
     
  • Arms: Unlike the symptoms of a heart attack, patients suffering from a stroke will typically experience numbness, weakness, or paralysis in the limbs instead of pain.
     
  • Speech: A stroke can make speaking and understanding language difficult.
     
  • Time: As with a heart attack, time is of the essence when getting diagnosed and treated for a stroke.

Knowing the symptoms of a heart attack and stroke can help you or a loved one to seek help sooner, which can help to prevent long-term health problems that can result from these events. If your family is ever in need of emergency care, Regional Medical Center of San Jose is conveniently located and ready to help, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Our Chest Pain Center is also fully accredited as a center of excellence.  You can learn more about our comprehensive emergency services by calling (408) 259-4000.


IBS Awareness

Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a common disease affecting the digestive tract. Those suffering from IBS can have a wide range of chronic and recurring symptoms, including abdominal pain, bloating, and bowel problems.

This video clip provides more information about irritable bowel syndrome, including the various symptoms that can be associated with it. Watch this video to learn more, and help spread the word about IBS.

If you are suffering from the symptoms of IBS or any other kind of abdominal discomfort, consider speaking with your doctor. To find a specialist in San Jose, call Regional Medical Center’s Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (408) 259-4000.


Breast Care: Breast Cancer Screening

Mammogram

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women. The American Cancer Society estimates that about 226, 870 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year, and approximately 39,510 women will die from the disease.

To detect this deadly disease early when it is most treatable, medical professionals have developed a set of breast cancer screening modalities and have provided recommendations to patients regarding breast care and when to get tested. While there is some disagreement between organizations about when to start screening and how often to do so, the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) agree that women with no symptoms or family history of breast cancer should have a mammogram performed every two years between the ages of 40 and 49. Women between the ages of 50 and 74 should be tested every year.

Current breast cancer screening options include mammography, breast exam by a healthcare provider, and the breast self-exam.

  • Mammography
    Mammograms use x-ray technology to form an image of the breast. Digital mammography provides clear pictures of the breast to help identify small tumors or lumps that cannot be felt during a physical exam.
     
  • Breast exam by a healthcare provider
    During a routine physical, your physician may give you a breast exam to check for any abnormalities, areas of inflammation, or lumps.
     
  • Breast self-exam
    Performed in front of the mirror, in the shower, or lying down, this series of thorough tests should be performed at least once a month to detect any changes in the breast tissue.

If you would like to learn more about the ACS and ACOG recommendations for breast cancer screening, speak with your physician or contact Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000. Our Breast Care Center offers digital mammography, PET/CT scanning, breast ultrasound, and many other breast care services, with MRI to be added soon.


What is Sarcoidosis?

White Blood Cell

Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that can adversely affect many parts of the body, including the lymph nodes, eyes, liver, and skin. Patients affected by this disease may or may not experience symptoms. When symptoms occur, they can involve almost any organ system and include:

  • Respiratory problems, including pain behind the chest bone, wheezing, dry cough, and shortness of breath
  • General discomfort or uneasiness, which can include fatigue, fever, joint pain, weight loss, and overall feelings of illness and lack of well-being
  • Skin issues, such as hair loss, rash, raised or inflamed scars, or red and firm skin sores
  • Nervous system problems which may include seizures, poor coordination, tremors, headache, difficulty hearing, or weakness on one side of the face
  • Eye symptoms, such as burning, dry eyes, pain, vision fluctuations, or discharge
  • Other symptoms include nosebleed, swelling in the upper abdomen, muscle weakness, fainting spells, and dry mouth

The cause of sarcoidosis is unknown, but medical scientists believe that the disease occurs due to a malfunctioning of the immune system. This reaction may possibly be triggered by exposure to an infectious agent, such as a bacterium or virus, or an environmental toxin or allergen. Most scientists agree that genetic factors may contribute to an individual’s risk for developing this disease.

Sarcoidosis has no known cure. Once a diagnosis has been made, there are various medications that can be administered in the effort to alter the course of the disease. Corticosteroids are the most common treatment, followed by other drugs, such as methotrexate. Unfortunately, each available treatment is only used with varying success and comes with a range of side effects.

April is National Sarcoidosis Awareness Month. If you are interested in learning more about this unfortunate disease, visit the National Sarcoidosis Society website or contact the healthcare experts at Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000.


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