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

Can Yoga Help Control Asthma?

Yoga

For people with asthma, allergens such as pollen, cigarette smoke, or pet dander can cause more than the irritating runny nose or itchy eyes of a mild allergic reaction. These allergic triggers can cause a serious exacerbation of asthma symptoms, resulting in coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, and even life-threatening respiratory problems.  To help prevent these symptoms from occurring, many asthmatics take prescription medications that reduce their sensitivity to triggers and keep their condition under control. Recently, a group of Indian researchers have suggested that yoga may also have a therapeutic effect in those suffering from asthma.

To perform this 2009 study, the researchers recruited 57 men and women, all of whom suffered from mild to moderate asthma. Of these, 29 were asked to participate in regular yoga practice, consisting of two weeks of stress management and yoga practice followed by six weeks of at-home practice. Throughout the study, scientists measured the quality of life, lung function, occurrence of asthma symptoms, and use of rescue medicine in each of the participants. At the end of the eight-week trial, it was found that the yoga group:

  • Showed significant improvement in lung function over their initial baseline levels
  • Had fewer incidences of asthma symptoms and an increased overall quality of life
  • Required less rescue medicine than the control group

Even though the yoga group experienced greater benefits, both groups of participants benefited from education about proper asthma management. These results suggest the importance of modifying lifestyle in the treatment and management of this condition. 

If you suffer from asthma and are in need of expert advice, contact Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000. Our physicians are dedicated to providing the highest quality of personalized patient care to the community of San Jose and the surrounding areas.  Call us today to find a doctor near you.


Common Stroke Symptoms - Know What to Look For

Stroke Symptoms

During an ischemic stroke, the blood flow to a portion of the brain is obstructed by a blood clot, or thrombus. If urgent care is not sought right away, irreversible damage can occur to the brain tissue as a result of oxygen deprivation. The best way to avoid the serious health complications of a stroke is to know the symptoms and act fast in seeking care. The symptoms of a stroke often include:

  • Sudden and severe headache that feels like the worst headache of your life
  • Sudden numbness or weakness on one side of the body
  • Sudden vision changes, such as trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden lack of coordination or difficulty walking

When experiencing a full-blown stroke, patients will experience these symptoms very suddenly and they will often progressively increase in their severity. In some cases, however, the warning signs of a stroke can occur and resolve in a few minutes or hours.  This “mini-stroke” is known as a transient ischemic attack, or TIA. Although these attacks do not generally cause permanent brain damage, TIAs can be a serious warning sign of a future stroke—according to the National Stroke Association, 40 percent of TIA sufferers continue on to experience a full-blown ischemic stroke. 

The factors leading to TIA are similar to those that cause ischemic stroke. Fatty plaques can build up in the arteries of the brain, narrowing the vessels and increasing the risk of a blockage from a blood clot. With TIA, these obstructions are quickly dislodged and do not permanently or completely disrupt the blood flow to the brain.

According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the number four cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. May is American Stroke Month—increase your awareness of this deadly event and improve your health today.  For more information about TIA and the warning signs of a stroke, contact Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000.


DaVinci® Surgical System: Origami Demonstration

The introduction of the DaVinci® robotic surgical system has revolutionized the minimally invasive surgical approach, improving outcomes while reducing scarring, pain, and post-surgical complications. The robotic arms of the DaVinci® are about the size of a pen and have a wider range of motion than the human hand, providing the surgeon with an unparalleled amount of precision and dexterity. As can be seen in this video, this technology is capable of amazing surgical feats.

If you have recently been diagnosed with a condition that may require surgery, you should consider a robot-assisted surgical procedure as an option. To speak with a DaVinci®-certified surgeon in the San Jose area, contact Regional Medical Center of San Jose by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000.

 


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