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

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.

Happy Doctors' Day from Regional Medical Center of San Jose!

Today we celebrate Doctors’ Day, a day we thank and recognize our dedicated physicians for the care and expertise they provide to our patients each and every day.


The da Vinci Robot at RMC! Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery

daVinci Surgery

Regional Medical Center of San Jose has acquired the da Vinci® Surgical System, which provides surgeons with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy. This technology puts a surgeon's hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform. The da Vinci System enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.

For the patient, benefits may include: significantly less pain, less blood loss, less scarring, shorter recovery time, faster return to normal daily activities, and in many cases, better clinical outcomes.

This latest technology supports RMC’s commitment to Clinical, Operational and Service Excellence!  

Protect Your Vision from Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus can lead to a host of complications involving many parts of the body, including the eyes. Diabetic retinopathy is a condition that damages the blood vessels of the retina and eventually leads to blindness.

In this video, you can learn more about the importance of regular comprehensive eye exams in maintaining visual health. For patients with diabetes, these annual exams can evaluate the health of the retina and keep vision sharp; for patients who are unaware of their condition, these exams can detect diabetes before it can have adverse effects on visual acuity.

Diabetic retinopathy is the number one cause of blindness in the United States. Do not let your vision suffer from poorly managed diabetes—contact the healthcare professionals of Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000 to find a physician near you.

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