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What is Cardiac Arrest?

Cardiac Arrest

The heart is the hardest working muscle in the body and is responsible for pumping blood to every living cell, tissue, and organ. During sudden cardiac arrest, the heart suddenly and unexpectedly ceases to function, halting normal blood flow. This medical event is a serious medical emergency and can result in permanent brain damage or even death if professional urgent care is not sought immediately. Fortunately, much of the damage caused by sudden cardiac arrest can be prevented if a bystander is trained in CPR and a defibrillator is available.

Sudden cardiac arrest is caused by a malfunction of the heart’s electrical system, or the connection of nerve fibers that maintain a steady heart rate. The condition is almost always the result of an abnormal arrhythmia known as ventricular fibrillation. When the heart is in ventricular fibrillation, the two lower chambers of the heart (ventricles) pump erratically and inefficiently, preventing the normal pumping of blood. Without professional emergency care, death can occur within minutes of the onset of this deadly arrhythmia.  

If you witness a person experiencing cardiac arrest, your quick response and action may help to save his or her life. After checking to see if the person is responsive, consider following these steps:

  • Call 9-1-1
    Call 911 or your emergency services as soon as you suspect any cardiac event has taken place.
  • Defibrillation
    Sending an electrical shock to the heart with an AED within the first few minutes after cardiac arrest will improve the victim’s likelihood of survival. Delivering the shock as soon as possible will help to ensure that the abnormal arrhythmia can be reset to a healthy heart rhythm.
  • Start CPR
    Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can keep oxygenated blood circulating throughout the body until the paramedics arrive.
  • Advanced medical care
    Once turned over to emergency medical specialists, the patient can be given oxygen, medications, and other treatments to improve his or her likelihood of survival.

When a medical emergency strikes, make sure that you have a plan for you and your family. At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our emergency department is dedicated to providing the highest quality of urgent medical care quickly when our community needs it most. Learn more about our comprehensive services by calling (408) 259-4000 today.


Diabetic Eye Disease: Stay on TRACK

Diabetes

Diabetes is a serious health condition that can affect every organ in the body, and the eyes are no exception. Poorly managed diabetes mellitus can result in a disease known as diabetic retinopathy, a condition that can lead to severe visual difficulties and even blindness. If you are diabetic, make sure that you protect your visual health for the long-term by staying on TRACK:

  • “T” is for TAKE your medications:
    Taking any diabetes and blood pressure medications that your doctor has prescribed will help keep your blood sugars at healthier levels and keep you feeling, and seeing, great.
  • “R” is for REACH and maintain a healthy weight:
    Maintaining a healthy weight will decrease the severity of your type-II diabetes and may even eliminate the condition altogether. To lose weight, focus on eating a healthy, balanced diet low in fat, sodium, and calories and rich in vegetables, fruits, fiber, and lean protein.
  • “A” is for ADD physical activity to your daily routine:
    Physical activity will not only help you to achieve your ideal weight, but will also improve your mood, sleep, and cardiovascular fitness. Try to work out for at least 30 minutes each day for most, if not all, days of the week.
  • “C” is for CONTROL your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol:
    Controlling your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels will reduce your risk of eye diseases, cardiovascular disease, and other chronic health conditions. Speak with your doctor about managing these factors.
  • “K” is for KICK the smoking habit:
    Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. If you smoke, quit. It is never too late to quit—ask your doctor for help if you need extra advice and support.

Men and women suffering from diabetic eye disease do not experience any symptoms until damage has been done to their vision. If you are interested in learning more about protecting your visual and overall health, contact the healthcare professionals at Regional Medical Center of San Jose by calling (408) 259-4000 today.


Happy Mother's Day! from Regional Medical Center of San Jose

Mother's Day

In celebration of Mother’s Day, we’ve put together a list of quotes honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society:

  • Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. --Elizabeth Stone
  • Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother. --Lin Yutang, Chinese writer
  • All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his. --Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895
  • Nobody knows of the work it makes
    To keep the home together.
    Nobody knows of the steps it takes,
    Nobody knows-but Mother. -- Anonymous
  • Mother - that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries. --T. DeWitt Talmage

First Aid For Seizures

Seizures occur when abnormal electrical signals fire in the brain due to epilepsy, illness, or another trigger. These events can lead to a variety of symptoms, from loss of consciousness to abnormalities of emotion. In this video, you can learn what to do when someone around you has a seizure. The hosts also discuss the types of seizures and when an event may require emergency medical care. Watch the video to find out more.

Do you still have questions about first aid? The experts at Regional Medical Center of San Jose are happy to answer them—call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line today at (408) 259-4000 to learn more. Our nurses are available all day, every day to provide helpful medical information or find an experienced physician near you.


Happy Nurses Week from HCA and Regional Medical Center of San Jose

We're fortunate have some of the best nurses around. We thank you all and wish you a Happy Nurses Week!


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