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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.


Heart Disease - Examining the Different Types of Cardiovascular Surgery

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Surgery remains a powerful tool for treating malfunctions of the heart associated with cardiovascular disease. Advances in medicine and technology have allowed for the development of new techniques that give surgeons the ability to make smaller incisions through which to perform a procedure. As a result, there are now many more alternatives available to a patient with cardiovascular disease. Read on to learn more about some of the different types of cardiovascular surgery

  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
    The word ‘bypass’ refers to the creation of a new pathway for blood flow to the heart so that it bypasses the obstructed segment of coronary artery. The bypass is created by a blood vessel graft taken from another part of the body (usually the leg).

  • Endoscopic coronary artery bypass surgery
    The use of smaller instruments, endoscopes, and a monitor allows surgeons to perform bypass surgery through much smaller incisions. This minimally invasive approach results in smaller scars, reduced operative risk, less blood loss, and a faster recovery time.

  • Heart valve surgery
    There are four valves in the heart that are responsible for directing blood flow through the heart. When these valves are not functioning properly, heart valve surgery can be performed to repair or replace a valve with a tissue, metal, or plastic prosthesis.

  • Intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP)
    The IABP system contains a sausage-shaped balloon and a pump that inflates and deflates the balloon. The sausage-shaped balloon is threaded through the femoral artery up to the aorta, where it is inflated and deflated during the heart’s contractions to support circulation throughout the body and to the heart muscle.

Regional Medical Center of San Jose is staffed with physicians who are on the forefront of new developments in heart surgery. We offer the very latest in safe and effective treatment options to cardiac patients throughout the region. If you would like to learn more about cardiovascular surgery, contact our staff at (408) 259-4000.


RMC Breaks Ground for ED Expansion and Renovation!

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Physician’s, staff, local government officials, construction workers, EMS partners (including CALSTAR and Rural Metro) and visitors gathered on January 19th, for the official Emergency Department Expansion and Renovation Groundbreaking Ceremony just outside the ED entrance. RMC CEO Mike Johnson hosted the event and said the 18- month construction project will add about 45-hundred much needed square footage to the ED, and increase the bed count to 42. It’s a major phase of RMC’s $300-million hospital replacement expansion and renovation, one of the largest construction projects in the county. 


District 5 San Jose City Councilmember, Xavier Campos spoke at the event and thanked Regional for its investment in the community. Because the project is providing 2-thousand jobs, it’s an investment in both the health and the economy in East San Jose and Silicon Valley, he said. Campos has been very supportive in getting the ED master plan through the city.

ED Medical Director Elaine Nelson, MD also spoke and reminded the crowd that, when the project is completed, RMC will have the largest Trauma Center in Santa Clara County, with 4 treatment bays.  It will have more, private treatment rooms and state-of-the-art equipment for better and more efficient care., she said. Dr. Nelson has been part of the ED planning process   since it began 12 years ago! She was interviewed about the expansion by KTVU-Ch 2 Fox News and the World Journal a global Chinese language newspaper. Dr. Nelson was among the first to put shovel to dirt at the event, along with Rick Kline, MD, Medical Director of Trauma Services, members of the Executive Team and ED staff.

Regional will continue to provide the highest level of care to our ED patients during the construction project.


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