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What All Women Can Do to Lower Their Risk of Heart Disease

Your health is a long-term investment that requires active management. When you take action today to support your heart health, you’ll reap the rewards later in life. There are many simple ways that all women can reduce their risk of heart disease, from smart shopping at the grocery store to limiting alcohol consumption. At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our heart care specialists are always available to help women learn how to manage their risk of heart disease.

If you currently smoke, you probably already know about the many diseases it causes. Quitting smoking isn’t easy, but the rewards of being a non-smoker are well worth your efforts. Consider talking to your doctor about your smoking cessation options. Many people have had good results with smoking cessation medications, nicotine replacement products, psychological counseling, and support groups.

Alcohol Consumption
Men and women process alcohol differently. Because of this, the recommended daily limit on alcohol is lower for women (one drink) than it is for men (two drinks). Abiding by this daily limit is one effective way to curb your risk of heart disease.

When you watch this featured video, you’ll hear a registered nurse at Regional Medical Center of San Jose explain the importance of nutrition for heart health. She recommends that women choose primarily plant-based foods. It isn’t necessary to become a vegetarian or vegan, although you certainly may do so if you wish. Still, the bulk of your diet should ideally be comprised of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, and healthy sources of protein like nuts, seeds, soy, and low-fat dairy.

Exercise is another cornerstone of heart health and, unfortunately, many women don’t get the recommended amount. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that adult women get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise every week. This is equivalent to a 30-minute workout five days per week. The CDC further recommends that adults engage in strength training exercises on at least two days per week. Ideally, these activities should engage all the major muscle groups.

Regional Medical Center of San Jose is your partner in wellness. We are a leading provider of emergency care, heart health services, breast care, and other medical specialties for families throughout the greater San Jose area. Call (888) 762-8881 to request a referral to a physician.

Key Facts About Falls

Just a few seconds is all it takes to go from enjoying independence in one’s golden years to struggling with long-term disabilities. Seniors are at a high risk of life-changing injuries caused by falls, but there are ways to be proactive about this serious health issue. Here at Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our emergency care physicians encourage families to learn more about the risk of falls.

Know the Risks
Many factors can contribute to a senior’s increased risk of bone fractures, head trauma, and other fall-related injuries. With age, a person is more likely to suffer from impaired coordination and balance. Impaired eyesight can inhibit a person’s ability to detect hazardous conditions. Additionally, many medications can cause drowsiness and dizziness—both of which increase the likelihood of a fall.

Make Home Safer
The risk of falling does not automatically mean that a senior should consider moving to a long-term care facility. Many seniors prefer to preserve their independence for as long as possible. Making some simple modifications to the home can help. These include the following:

  • Installation of sturdy handrails
  • Placement of grab bars in the tub and by the toilet
  • Improved lighting in all interior and exterior areas
  • Removal of clutter, loose rugs, and loose cables from the floor

In addition, seniors can reduce the risk of a fall by having their vision checked annually. Limiting or avoiding alcohol, informing a doctor about side effects of medications, and rising slowly from a seated position are all smart steps to take. Doctors often recommend that seniors stay physically active as well. Physical therapy, tai chi, and similar exercises can improve balance, coordination, and strength. Wearing non-slip footwear and using a cane or a walker can help seniors move around with confidence.

Seek Treatment Promptly
If a fall does occur, it’s a good idea to inform the doctor promptly, even if serious injuries aren’t evident. Many seniors neglect to let their doctors know about falls, which means that compression fractures, concussions, and similar injuries may go undetected.

Emergency care is just one of the many high-quality medical services you’ll find at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Our community hospital is a leading provider of orthopedic procedures, rehabilitative support, stroke care, and robotic surgery. If you live in the San Jose area and would like a referral to a physician at our community hospital, you can call a registered nurse at (888) 762-8881.

Keep Medication Out of Your Children's Reach

Every responsible parent spends considerable time childproofing the home before bringing the new arrival home from the hospital. But effective childproofing is actually an ongoing task. Long after your child begins walking and climbing, you’ll need to be vigilant about keeping hazardous items like medications away from his or her reach. It only takes a few seconds for serious poisoning to occur. At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our emergency care services can help kids from San Jose recover after an accident.

Identify the Hazards
Prescription medications are a common hazard for children, even when the medication is prescribed to them. But there are many other hazardous products that children might be tempted to investigate, including vitamins, herbal supplements, and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. Cough syrup, inhalers, eye drops, and even diaper rash creams are all potential hazards.

Keep Containers Sealed
The first step in preventing a visit to the emergency care department is to keep all containers tightly sealed. Turn the cap on a pill bottle until it locks into place. Screw on lids of vitamin supplement containers tightly.

Place Items Out of Reach
After ensuring that each hazardous item is tightly sealed, place these items in a place where your child cannot access them. Children are naturally curious and will often climb on top of toilet seats and counters to investigate cabinets. The safest way to store medications is to keep them under lock and key. Return each item to the secured location promptly after each use.

Communicate with Caregivers
If a caregiver must give your child medicine, you should print out detailed instructions regarding when to administer which medication and how much of it to administer. Emphasize the importance of storing medications safely and immediately after each use. Similarly, if a caregiver or house guest brings their own medications into your home, ask them to store the items safely during their stay. Leave a list of emergency numbers for caregivers, including numbers to the local hospital and Poison Control Center.

If your child does access medications or other hazardous products, please call 911 for emergency care. Regional Medical Center of San Jose is available 24/7 to treat pediatric health emergencies. For non-emergent inquiries about our hospital services in San Jose, you can call a registered nurse at (888) 762-8881.

What to Do When a Patient Refuses to Go to the ER

Emergency care services can save the lives of patients who suffer serious medical problems, but what happens when a patient refuses to go to the hospital? Some patients refuse emergency care simply because they don’t want to be a burden to others, while others may feel that the medical emergency will go away by itself. As a concerned family member, friend, or bystander, there are a few steps you can take to encourage the patient to go to the emergency care department at Regional Medical Center of San Jose.

Explain Your Reasoning
Use a calm tone of voice and non-judgmental language to explain to the patient why you feel he or she should be seen at a hospital. You might point out some of the symptoms you’ve noticed, such as impaired movement or slurred speech. You could also try asking the patient why he or she doesn’t want to go to the hospital. Then, offer your assistance in resolving these obstacles.

Contact Family Members
If you aren’t related to the patient, it may be helpful to contact the patient’s immediate family members. Their efforts to convince the patient to seek care may get better results. You could also offer to call the patient’s primary care physician.

Call 911
In most cases, it’s preferable to simply call 911 and request Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Watch this featured video to hear an emergency care physician at Regional Medical Center of San Jose explain the role of the EMS team. EMS personnel are trained to handle these types of situations. They can evaluate the patient’s medical condition and try to convince him or her to get medical help. Ultimately, however, the patient does have the right to refuse care. If the EMS team is successful in their efforts to convince the patient, the patient can be brought to the ER right away. Otherwise, it’s a good idea to stay with the patient in case his or her condition worsens.

The emergency care and trauma care teams at Regional Medical Center of San Jose closely coordinate with local EMS personnel to facilitate optimal outcomes for our patients. If you or someone else is experiencing a medical emergency in the San Jose area, please call 911 without delay. General questions about our hospital services are handled by our registered nurses at (888) 762-8881.

2017 Flu Cases on the Rise

Have you gotten your flu shot yet? If not, it’s not too late to make a quick visit to your community hospital in San Jose. Influenza can be a serious illness and health experts say the current flu season is particularly concerning. As cases of Influenza A (H3N2) viruses continue to rise, getting vaccinated becomes increasingly important. If you do develop severe flu symptoms this year, you can find the emergency care you need at Regional Medical Center of San Jose.

Flu Activity
Flu activity fluctuates, but is generally most prevalent in the U.S. between December and March. Many people contract the flu earlier or later than this peak period. For the 2016 to 2017 flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified four viruses that research suggests will be most troublesome this year.

Current Recommendations
The CDC recommends that everyone ages six months and older receive an annual flu shot, with the exception of certain people who have medical conditions that interfere. In previous years, some patients had the option of using the inhaled mist vaccine, but the CDC is recommending against its use for this flu season due to concerns about its effectiveness. Instead, consider getting the conventional flu shot if you haven’t already done so. The flu shot is particularly important for people with a high risk of flu complications, including young children, the elderly, patients with compromised immune systems, and patients with certain chronic diseases. It’s also a good idea for individuals who work with at-risk populations to get an annual flu shot to protect the community.

Protective Measures
In addition to getting an annual flu shot, there are some simple ways you can keep your family out of the hospital this season. Wash your hands frequently and ask your family members to do the same. Disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched, such as doorknobs, remote controls, and phones.

When your family is in need of emergency care near San Jose, you can always count on the team at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Our highly-trained ER physicians strive to maintain ER wait times that are consistently below the national average. You can reach a registered nurse to ask non-emergent questions by calling (888) 762-8881.

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