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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Did our recent topics involving sarcoidosis, breast cancer screening, or organ donation pique your interest? You can find more information on these topics and more by reading through the articles linked below. If you have any further questions, please call Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000.

  • Stroke is the leading cause of death and the number one cause of adult disability in the United States. Visit the American Stroke Association website to find out more about stroke.
  • Knowing the warning signs of a stroke can help you to get medical care sooner. Learn the warning signs by visiting the National Stroke Association website.
  • Women often experience different symptoms of a heart attack than men. Read more about these differences on the American Heart Association website.
  • Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that can affect almost any part of the body. This article found on the National Sarcoidosis Society website provides more information about this condition.
  • The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute also answers many frequently asked questions regarding sarcoidosis on their website.
  • Breast cancer, like the other types of cancer, is best treated when found early—find out more about how to detect this disease early on the American Cancer Society website.
  • You can also read more about the key statistics associated with breast cancer from this informational article.
  • Breast cancer screening is only a small part of women’s health. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists outlines many aspects of women’s care and what you can do to stay healthy.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, causes chronic abdominal symptoms in millions of men and women worldwide. This article from the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders describes this condition in more detail.
  • Are you interested in becoming an organ donor? Visit to learn more about the donation process and how you can enroll in your state.

May is National Trauma Awareness Month Focusing on Distracted Driving


May is National Trauma Awareness Month focusing on distracted driving. It kills thousands each year. Regional Medical Center of San Jose is a Certified Trauma Center and urges all to stay focused when driving.

Emergency Care at Regional Medical Center of San Jose

Emergency Care

When you or a loved one is suffering from illness or injury and is in need of urgent care, it is important to get the highest quality of care as soon as possible. At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our emergency medical team is dedicated to helping the people in our community get the care they need when every second counts. Below are some of the ways that Regional Medical Center works hard to provide excellence in emergency care.

  • Faster care when you walk in the door
    Our emergency care staff is committed to seeing you as soon as possible when you walk in. Our physicians were the first in the country to implement the Rapid Medical Evaluation™ method of treatment.    
  • Closer to you and your loved ones
    Our 39-bed emergency care facility is located just off the 680, at the corner of Jackson and McKee, with dedicated parking for walk-in patients.
  • Unmatched reputation and credentials in the medical community
    Regional proudly offers an accredited Chest Pain Center, a Joint Commission-certified stroke center, and a verified Level-II trauma center to provide our patients with the highest standard of emergency medical care. In 2005, our hospital was recognized as the Best Emergency Department of the Year by the California Emergency Physicians (CEP), the largest provider of physician staffing for comprehensive management emergency departments in the state of California.

Do you still have questions about the Emergency Care services at Regional Medical Center of San Jose? If so, please contact our Consult-A-Nurse help line at (408) 259-4000—our nurses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer your pressing medical questions. You can also find out our emergency room wait times right from your mobile phone by using our free Text ER service. Simply text “ER” to 23000 and reply with your zip code.

Warning Signs: How Symptoms Differ Between Heart Attack and Stroke

Cardiac Emergency

During a heart attack, the arteries leading to the heart muscle (called the coronary arteries) become obstructed, preventing oxygenated blood and nutrients from reaching the muscle. A stroke, sometimes called a “brain attack,” occurs when blood cannot reach the brain. Both situations are life threatening, can result in long-term disability, and require urgent care

The symptoms of a heart attack are often experienced differently depending on the individual. Women, for example, are more likely to suffer a heart attack without the chest pain and pressure that most men experience. The most common symptoms of a heart attack include:

  • Chest discomfort
    Patients can experience chest tightness, squeezing, pressure, pain, or fullness when suffering from a heart attack. 
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body
    Discomfort may be felt in one or both arms, the neck, the back, the jaw, or the stomach.
  • Shortness of breath
    Shortness of breath often occurs with or before chest discomfort.
  • Other signs
    Other signs of a heart attack can include anxiety, cold sweat, nausea, or light-headedness.

Stroke symptoms can also differ between individuals and often depend on the region of the brain affected by obstruction in blood flow. The National Stroke Association recommends the FAST acronym to help remember the most common symptoms of a stroke:

  • Face: During a stroke, one side of the face and body will often become numb or paralyzed, causing one side of the mouth to droop when smiling.
  • Arms: Unlike the symptoms of a heart attack, patients suffering from a stroke will typically experience numbness, weakness, or paralysis in the limbs instead of pain.
  • Speech: A stroke can make speaking and understanding language difficult.
  • Time: As with a heart attack, time is of the essence when getting diagnosed and treated for a stroke.

Knowing the symptoms of a heart attack and stroke can help you or a loved one to seek help sooner, which can help to prevent long-term health problems that can result from these events. If your family is ever in need of emergency care, Regional Medical Center of San Jose is conveniently located and ready to help, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Our Chest Pain Center is also fully accredited as a center of excellence.  You can learn more about our comprehensive emergency services by calling (408) 259-4000.

IBS Awareness

Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a common disease affecting the digestive tract. Those suffering from IBS can have a wide range of chronic and recurring symptoms, including abdominal pain, bloating, and bowel problems.

This video clip provides more information about irritable bowel syndrome, including the various symptoms that can be associated with it. Watch this video to learn more, and help spread the word about IBS.

If you are suffering from the symptoms of IBS or any other kind of abdominal discomfort, consider speaking with your doctor. To find a specialist in San Jose, call Regional Medical Center’s Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (408) 259-4000.

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