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What is an Echocardiogram?


A cardiologist performs a number of non-invasive procedures in order to establish a comprehensive diagnostic profile on the nature and severity of a patient’s heart condition. One of the tools he or she uses is an echocardiogram. Find out what an echocardiogram is and how it can help in diagnosing a heart condition below:

What can an echocardiogram do?
An echocardiogram is a test that uses sound waves to produce an image of a patient’s heart in motion. This not only produces images of the heart chambers and valves, but can also depict the size of the heart and how large the various chambers are in relation to each other. An echocardiogram can also determine the thickness of the muscular walls and how well the heart muscle is functioning. In addition, an echocardiogram can be used to determine:

  • How well the heart valves open and close during each contraction and relaxation of the heart chambers
  • The uniformity of movement of the heart muscle during each contraction/relaxation cycle
  • An estimate of the blood pressure within the lungs

How is an echocardiogram performed?
An echocardiogram is performed by placing a transducer over the heart to emit waves of sound that are reflected back in an echo. The transducer is coated in a gel before being placed on the skin to help facilitate the transmission of the sound waves through the skin and chest wall. During the test, electrodes are also placed on the chest in order to monitor the patient’s heart beat. As the transducer moves over the chest in a systematic sequence, the sound waves bounce back as echoes which are translated into visual images by a computerized video monitor, creating a permanent record of the motions of the heart.

The physicians and nurses with Regional Medical Center of San Jose use only the most advanced technological devices to help diagnose and treat patients. Learn more about our cardiovascular services by contacting us at (408) 259-4000 today.

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A Woman's Guide to Breast Cancer Screening

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According to the National Cancer Institute, an estimated 230,480 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year alone. One of the best ways to protect against breast cancer is to be educated on the different screening methods. Keep reading to learn of three different types of screening methods for breast cancer:

Self-Breast Exams
A self-breast exam helps you to become aware of how your breasts normally look and feel, making it easier to report any new breast changes to your health professional. All women should begin performing self-breast exams in their twenties. The best way to examine your breasts is to lie down on your back and place your right arm behind your head. Using the finger pads of your three middle fingers on your left hand, feel your breasts using overlapping circular motions. You may also want to use three different levels of pressure—light pressure for the tissue closest to the skin, medium pressure to feel a little deeper, and firm pressure to feel the tissue closest to your ribs and chest.

Clinical Examinations
Clinical breast examinations are another important aspect of breast cancer screening. These examinations are often a routine part of a gynecological or physical examination and allow your health professional to look for breast abnormalities and feel your breasts for tissue changes. Women between the ages of 20-39 should have a clinical breast exam every one to three years, while women over age 40 should have them performed annually.

A mammogram refers to an x-ray of the breast and is a crucial part of breast cancer screening. Studies suggest that all women should begin having annual mammograms at age 40 as a way to detect early signs of breast cancer.

The Women’s Center at Regional Medical Center of San Jose provides a number of services, including breast care screenings and gynecological care. Get the high-quality services you deserve by contacting us at (408) 259-4000.

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  • Learn more about the causes and symptoms of depression with this health content article from Regional Medical Center of San Jose.

  • Did you know that depression is the leading disability for individuals between the ages of 15 and 44? Learn more with this article from Mental Health America.

  • Learn how to reduce your risk for depression with this article from RMC of San Jose’s health content pages.

  • This article from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance discusses the signs and symptoms of mood disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder.

  • What is a diabetic foot ulcer? Check out this link from Regional Medical Center’s health content pages to learn more.

  • Find out if you’re suffering from a pressure sore  by visiting this link from RMC of San Jose’s health content pages.

  • Make sure you know how to recognize the signs of a heart attack with this article from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.

  • Visit this link from for more information on your cardiovascular system.

For more information about Regional Medical Center of San Jose and our services, visit our website or call (408) 259-4000.

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