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Left-Side vs. Right-Side Strokes

Sides of the Brain

Studies show that more than 700,000 Americans experience the symptoms of a stroke each year, making it the third leading killer in the United States. These statistics demonstrate the importance of educating yourself on the types of strokes and their symptoms before they occur.

Left-Side Stroke
The left hemisphere of your brain is responsible for the functions on the right side of your body, as well as controlling your ability to speak and use language. When a left-side stroke occurs, the brain’s blood supply is temporarily interrupted, depleting that portion of your brain from oxygenated blood and vital nutrients. This may occur due to a tear in a blood vessel, blood clot formation, or a burst blood vessel that causes bleeding in the brain. The immediate symptoms of a left-side stroke include:

  • Confusion
  • Weakness or numbness of the face, arm, or leg on the right side of the body
  • Trouble speaking or understanding
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Dizziness and headache

Long-lasting effects of a left-side stroke may include difficulty moving the right side of the body, as well as difficulty speaking, reading, writing, reasoning, and completing tasks.

Right-Side Stroke
The right hemisphere of your brain maintains the functions on the left-side of your body, as well as cognitive functions. The causes and symptoms of a right-side stroke are the same as a left-side stroke, except that the symptoms usually affect the left side of your body. Long-lasting effects of a right-side stroke include:

  • Left-sided weakness
  • Sensory problems
  • Difficulty speaking or swallowing
  • Trouble comprehending spatial relationships
  • Emotional distress

The Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center at Regional Medical Center of San Jose offers diagnostic options, treatment services, rehabilitation, and educational services for all of our stroke patients. Our team of physicians and nurses work quickly to identify the symptoms of a stroke from the moment our patients arrive at our facility. Contact us online for more information, or call (408) 259-4000.


Chest Pain: Symptoms of Heartburn vs. Signs of a Heart Attack

Heart Attack

The symptoms of severe heartburn are sometimes misinterpreted as signs of a heart attack. Rather than rushing to a heart hospital to seek the emergency care they need, some people mistakenly believe they are simply suffering from heartburn and do nothing. With more than 600,000 fatalities each year due to heart disease, knowing the symptoms of a heart attack is the first step toward surviving one.

In order to determine the difference, you need to understand the symptoms of each. For example, you may be suffering from heartburn if you are experiencing:

  • A burning sensation that moves up towards your throat
  • Pain in the chest that does not radiate into the arms, neck, or shoulders
  • Pain that occurs after eating, especially when lying down
  • A bitter, sour taste in the back of your throat
  • Symptoms that respond quickly to antacids

The symptoms of a heart attack, on the other hand, often include:

  • Uncomfortable fullness, tightness, pressure, or pain in the center of the chest that goes away and comes back or lasts for several minutes
  • Pain radiating into the back, stomach, neck, jaw, or both arms
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fainting
  • Nausea
  • Heart palpitations

If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the above symptoms, then consider seeking immediate attention at an urgent care center.

Here at the Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our Accredited Chest Pain Center is devoted to quality patient care and utilizes the latest surgical and diagnostic technology. For more information, contact us online or call (408) 259-4000.


Breast Cancer Facts & Figures - 2011

While breast cancer death rates have been declining for women since 1990, the rates have declined slower for women of a lower socio-economic class. In this video, the American Cancer Society provides several breast cancer facts and figures for 2011. Studies suggest that the declining rate may be slower among poor women for a number of reasons, including differences in screening rates and access to high-quality treatments. The best way to prevent breast cancer is to maintain a healthy body weight, be physically active, and minimize your alcohol intake.

Whether you’re interested in a diagnostic or screening mammogram, the Women’s Center at Regional Medical Center of San Jose is here to help. Gain access to high-quality breast care services by contacting us at (408) 259-4000.


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