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RMC's Stroke Program wins the 2011 American Stroke Association's (ASA) Get With The Guidelines

Regional Medical Center - STROKE AWARD

At the 2012 International Stroke Conference in New Orleans this month, Regional Medical Center of San Jose’s Stroke Program  won the 2011 American Stroke Association’s (ASA) Get With The Guidelines “Gold Plus Achievement” Award which recognizes RMC’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients according to evidence-based guidelines.

This is the 3rd consecutive year that RMC has received this award for excellence in stroke care.  Regional was one of only 188 out of over 1200 participating hospitals across the nation to achieve this recognition, and one of only three hospitals in Santa Clara County.

In addition to this award, RMC was also recognized as a recipient of the ASA “Target: Stroke Honor Roll” for improving stroke care and outcomes by administering IV tPA within 60 minutes of hospital arrival to at least 50% of those eligible ischemic stroke patients in one quarter of 2011.  The Stroke Program wishes to recognize the concerted efforts of the RMC ED crew for their assistance in helping us attain this award.


Managing & Living With Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary artery disease, or CAD, occurs when the arteries that provide your heart muscle with oxygen-rich blood fill with fatty plaques. These plaques cause narrowing of the arteries, increasing the risk of a heart attack. This is the most common type of heart disease in the United States and is the leading cause of death in both men and women. In this video, you can learn more about CAD and the damage it can cause to your heart and overall health. 

To learn more about coronary heart disease and whether or not you may be at risk, contact the professionals at Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000.  We offer high-quality, comprehensive services for patients with cardiac, lung, or vascular conditions. 


How Your Sodium Intake May Be Affecting Your Health

Although salt is essential for the proper functioning of the body, consuming too much sodium can contribute to high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Restricting the amount of salt you eat is especially important if you are already at risk or have been diagnosed with heart disease. Watch this video to learn more about where most dietary sodium comes from and how to avoid it.

Many of the risk factors for heart disease are controllable and can be managed through lifestyle and dietary modifications. If you would like to learn more about your risk factors for heart disease and stroke, contact Regional Medical Center of San Jose—we are happy to answer any health-related questions that you may have. Call us at (408) 259-4000 today.


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.


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