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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.


Can You Recognize the Warning Signs of a Stroke?

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A stroke is a serious brain injury that occurs when blood flow to part of the brain is interrupted.  Without the oxygen and nutrients from blood, brain tissue dies quickly, resulting in a sudden loss of function. The interruption of blood flow can be due to an obstruction (ischemic stroke) or from bleeding in the brain (hemorrhagic stroke). Those that experience possible stroke symptoms should consider calling 911 and seeking emergency medical care immediately to reduce the damage done to the brain tissue. 

The symptoms of a stroke depend on the area of the brain that is damaged, but almost always set on suddenly and without warning. The most common symptoms of a stroke include, but are not limited to:

  • A sudden, severe headache that can be described as ‘the worst headache of your life’
  • A change in alertness, which may include feeling sleepy or losing consciousness
  • Sensory changes, such as loss of hearing, vision, taste, or touch (including pressure and temperature perception)
  • Difficulty speaking or understanding what is spoken to you
  • Confusion or sudden loss of memory
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Loss of coordination or balance
  • Muscle weakness in the face, arm, or leg, usually on one side of the body

Every 45 seconds, someone in America suffers from a stroke. These ‘brain attacks’ are the third leading killer and the number one cause of adult disability in the United States. At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center is dedicated to providing the highest quality treatment and rehabilitation to stroke patients in our community. The center also prioritizes education and an increased awareness of stroke symptoms in both the healthcare profession and in our community. You can learn more about our program and stroke prevention by visiting our website or by contacting us at (408) 259-4000.


Recognizing the Symptoms of a Heart Attack

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A heart attack, or myocardial infarction, is a serious medical event caused by interrupted blood flow to the heart muscle. When functioning correctly, the heart efficiently pumps nutrient- and oxygen-rich blood to the entire body. When the coronary arteries (vessels supplying blood to the heart muscle) become obstructed with fatty plaques or a blood clot, the muscle cells become damaged or die, resulting in permanent damage to this vital tissue.

The symptoms of a heart attack include:

  • Discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes or occurs intermittently; it can feel like pressure, heaviness, or bad indigestion
  • Suddenly breaking out in a cold sweat
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Discomfort in other areas of the body, including one or both arms or the back, neck, stomach, or jaw
  • Sudden onset of intense anxiety and feelings of impending doom
  • Sudden weakness and fatigue

Heart attack symptoms are typically far more subtle in women than they are in men. Chest pain is the most common symptom in men and women, but women may be more likely to experience some of the other symptoms—particularly nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, and back or jaw pain. If you experience possible heart attack symptoms, seriously consider calling 911 and seeking immediate medical intervention.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Do not become a statistic—understand your risk factors, make heart-healthy choices, and work to prevent heart disease. If you would like to learn more about heart attack causes and treatment, contact the staff at Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000.


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.


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