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

Organ Donation: Giving the Gift of Life

Every year, organ donation provides patients with organ failure a second chance at normal, active lives. Unfortunately, the number of donors does not match those in need, and many patients do not get donor organs in time.

In this video, you can learn more about one man’s experience with organ donation. In 1998, Chris was diagnosed with end-stage kidney failure, an irreversible disease. With the help of a generous donor, Chris overcame his incurable disease through organ transplantation. 

Becoming an organ donor is easy and can save a life. To find out more about enrolling as an organ donor in your state, visit or contact Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000.

Helpful Health Information Resources

Healthy Living

Learn even more about proper nutrition, heart health, and more by looking through the articles below. Still have questions? Contact the staff of Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000.

  • Angina, or chest tightness, is one of the many symptoms associated with coronary heart disease. Visit this health guide from The New York Times to find out more about the symptoms and causes of this common medical condition.
  • Cardiac catheterization is frequently used to evaluate or detect the presence of a wide variety of cardiovascular disorders. Read this guide from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for more information about coronary angiograms.
  • Following the American Heart Association’s guidelines for their Simple 7 Program can help you to live a longer, healthier life free of heart disease—see the recommendations for this program on the association’s website.
  • Poorly managed diabetes can lead to a variety of unpleasant health complications, including diabetic retinopathy. The National Eye Institute provides more information about this condition on their website.
  • Your body needs some fat to function properly, but some fats are healthier than others. This article found on briefly describes the different types of dietary fats and where they are found.
  • Tracking and scoring your eating habits can be a helpful way to evaluate your nutrition and make necessary changes. Visit to track your meals and learn more ways to stay healthy.
  • Do you know the warning signs of medical emergency? This article found on the National Stroke Association website lists the major symptoms of stroke.
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, emergency room wait times have increased to over an hour in recent years. Fortunately, the emergency room wait times at Regional Medical Center of San Jose are about half of the national average.
  • As a parent, it can be difficult to decide when your child is suffering from a medical emergency. This guide from may help you to become more aware of your available treatment options.
  • If you are still looking for more information regarding the correct procedure for breast self-examination, visit the National Breast Cancer Foundation website.

Are You Prepared for a Medical Emergency?

Heart Monitor

Medical emergencies, such as a stroke, heart attack, and traumatic injury, tend to happen when least expected. Preparing for these life-threatening situations is especially important. Through ample preparation and thorough planning, you can expedite the treatment process and may help to prevent or minimize the consequences of severe medical illness or injury. Read on to learn some helpful ways to plan ahead for a medical emergency.

  • Know the symptoms
    For life-threatening conditions, such as a heart attack or stroke, knowing the symptoms and warning signs can make all the difference in seeking treatment in time. For a stroke, remember the National Stroke Association’s FAST mnemonic: Face, Arm, Speech, and Time. If the face is drooping or movement is hindered on one side of the body or if the victim is having trouble with speech, they may be having a stroke. Heart attack symptoms often include chest pain, numbness, shortness of breath, and anxiety.
  • Learn first aid
    Knowing first aid procedures, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), can help to save the lives of your loved ones and complete strangers. Learning the basics of first aid will not only help you to save lives, but will also help you to stay calm and approach medical emergencies with more confidence.
  • Have medical information ready and available
    Before a medical disaster strikes, have your medical information ready in a specific location. Having information about current medications, allergies, and medical conditions can help emergency personnel to provide prompt, effective treatment.

The Emergency Care services at Regional Medical Center of San Jose are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to serve the men and women of our community. As the first medical center in the country to use the Rapid Medical Evaluation™ method of treatment, our patients are seen by a healthcare provider in half the amount of time than the country’s average wait time. To learn more about how our emergency facility can help diagnose your loved ones faster, contact our health line today at (408) 259-4000.

Learn About Life's Simple 7 For Heart Healthy Living

There are many factors that can increase your risk of developing heart disease. Although some of these factors, such as age and gender, cannot be controlled, the majority of risk factors are within your control to change. 

In this video, you can learn more about how the American Heart Association is empowering the men and women of America to learn their risk factors and take steps toward healthier lives.  Through their Simple 7 Program, you can learn to make better choices and make lifestyle changes to decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease and experience a longer, healthier, more satisfying life.

Regional Medical Center of San Jose is working to promote the continued health of patients in our community. You can learn more about our state-of-the-art, comprehensive cardiovascular program by visiting our website or contacting our staff at (408) 259-4000.

What is Cardiac Catheterization?

Cardiac Catheterization

Patients suffering from coronary artery disease or other cardiovascular problems can suffer from chest tightness (angina), shortness of breath, and other symptoms. To determine the underlying cause of these symptoms and the severity of cardiovascular disease, cardiac catheterization can be used to visualize the structure of the heart. Also called coronary angiogram, this test is most commonly used to evaluate heart muscle function and blood flow through the coronary arteries.  When performed at a heart hospital, this cardiac catheterization is often performed prior to an interventional procedure such as angioplasty.

To perform cardiac catheterization, the cardiologist passes a long, thin, flexible tube (catheter) through a blood vessel located on the arm, neck, or groin. With the help of advanced x-ray equipment, the tube is safely guided through the blood vessels and into the heart. Once located in the heart, the tube can help the cardiologist accomplish many diagnostic tests, such as:

  • Measuring blood pressure and blood flow in the coronary arteries and heart chambers
  • Collecting samples of blood from the heart
  • Measuring the oxygen saturation in the different areas of the heart
  • Examining the coronary arteries for any blockages or abnormalities
  • Performing a biopsy on heart muscle

During the cardiac catheterization procedure, a cardiologist can also perform many procedures to improve cardiovascular function. Stenotic heart valves, blocked arteries or grafts, and certain types of congenital (inherited) heart defects can all be repaired using this procedure. A physician can also use cardiac catheterization to evaluate and diagnose primary pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary embolism, cardiomyopathy, and a variety of other conditions. 

When performed by an experienced team of cardiovascular specialists, this procedure is very safe and can be extremely helpful in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. The Cardiovascular Services team at Regional Medical Center of San Jose is a talented group of highly skilled cardiologists, nurses, and other medical professionals available 24 hours a day to provide our community with the highest possible standard of cardiac care. You can learn more about our heart health program by calling our Consult-A-Nurse service today at (408) 259-4000.

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