• Halloween Safety Tips from Regional Medical Center of San Jose

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose would like to wish you and your family a safe and happy Halloween!

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  • Cardiovascular Services at Regional Medical Center of San Jose

    Cardiovascular Health

    When it comes to the health of your cardiovascular system, you’ll want the very best team of medical experts by your side. Regional Medical Center’s Heart Hospital provides the very best in cardiovascular services .

    Our Heart Center
    Here at the Regional Medical Center of San Jose, we understand the growing needs of our patients; that’s why we expanded our services in 2009 to offer patients with lung, vascular, and cardiac system disorders with a comprehensive, first-class program including diagnostic examinations, treatments, and surgical interventions. Some of our services include heart diagnostic testing, hearth catheterizations, pacemaker implantation, electrophysiology, and cardiovascular services. We are also nationally recognized as an accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.

    Our Cardiovascular Services program uses a multidisciplinary approach, complete with a team of highly-skilled cardiologists, surgeons, nurses, and a support staff—all of which are dedicated to ensure the very best care for our patients. In fact, our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for urgent medical care services.

    For quality cardiovascular care, contact Regional Medical Center of San Jose online or call (888)762-8881 for more information.

  • Down Syndrome Awareness

    The month of October is designated as National Down Syndrome Awareness Month as a way to educate patients on the causes and symptoms, and spread awareness of the incredible abilities of children diagnosed with Down Syndrome .

    In this video , NDSCvids.com provides an inspirational video on the everyday lives and activities enjoyed by those afflicted with Down Syndrome. Learn how individuals, both with Down Syndrome and without, are more alike than different in this full clip.

    If you’re looking for more information on Down Syndrome or are interested in taking an educational course, contact Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000. Visit our website for more information on your educational and support options.

  • What is Depression?


    Studies show that depression is the leading cause of disability for individuals between the ages of 15 and 44 in the United States.

    Depression refers to a mental illness characterized by feelings of intense sadness, low mood, and lack of interest in everyday activities that interferes with one’s ability to function normally. Some individuals can suffer from depression for weeks, months, or even years and are unable to recover without sufficient treatment.

    Causes and Risk Factors
    Depression may be caused by a number of mental, physical, and environmental factors, such as:

    • Chronic stress or stressful life events
    • Low self-esteem
    • Genetic predisposition
    • Altered brain structure and function following a stroke
    • Illnesses such as chronic pain, hypothyroidism, anemia, Parkinson’s disease, or cancer
    • Imbalances in the hormones and chemicals within the brain
    • Substance abuse and smoking
    • Family history of depression
    • Certain medications, such as those used to treat high blood pressure, asthma, arthritis, heart problems, and high cholesterol

    While depression can vary from person to person and change over time, some of the most common symptoms of depression include:

    • Persistent feelings of emptiness, anxiety, or sadness
    • Hopelessness
    • Feeling tired, oversleeping, or difficulty sleeping
    • Loss of interest in hobbies, activities, and sex
    • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
    • Changes in eating habits, weight gain or loss
    • Thoughts of death or suicide

    Treatment Options
    There are many treatment options available for individuals with depression, such as psychotherapy, diet and exercise, antidepressant medications, electroconvulsive therapy, vagal nerve stimulation, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and bright light therapy.

    Are you showing signs of depression? Let our physicians and nurses with Regional Medical Center of San Jose help identify your symptoms and provide the best treatment options for your needs. Contact us online, visit our website, or give us a call for more information. (408) 259-4000

  • National Latino AIDS Awareness Day – October 15th 2011

    AIDS  Awareness

    While the numbers have changed over the years, HIV and AIDS cases are still prevalent among individuals in the United States. This Saturday, October 15th is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day. Learn more about AIDS among Latinos and help spread awareness.

    What is HIV?
    HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is a disease that can lead to acquired immune deficiency (AIDS). There are two types of HIV; however, unless otherwise specified, the term HIV primarily refers to HIV-1 in the United States. Both HIV-1 and HIV-2 destroy CD4+ T cells, blood cells that help the body fight off disease—but studies show that HIV-2 tends to develop more slowly and less aggressively than HIV-1. Late stage HIV infection is known as AIDS and occurs when the body’s immune system has been so severely damaged that it can no longer fight off diseases, increasing the risk for cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, liver disease, and cancer.

    Latino Risk Factors
    While HIV and AIDS can be contracted by all individuals, the HIV epidemic is a significantly higher risk to those within the Hispanic and Latino community . In fact, Latinos represented nearly 15% of the HIV cases in the United States in 2006. This means that the rate of new HIV infections among Latinos was 2.5 times higher than whites during that year. Risk factors among Latinos which increase the risk of contracting HIV and Aids include:

    • Cultural factors which encourage avoidance of testing, counseling, or treatments for fear of discrimination
    • Socioeconomic factors such as language barriers and poverty
    • Unprotected male-to-male sexual contact
    • Injection drug use

    If or a loved one is in need of HIV screening, Regional Medical Center of San Jose is here to help. For more information, visit our website or contact us at (408) 259-4000.

  • Americans are Stressed Out!

    A recent survey by the National Mental Health Association, showed that Americans are severely stressed out.

    In this video , we take a closer look at the causes and consequences of stress. The most common causes of stress among adults include finances, health, employment issues, and parenting responsibilities. Stress can be an enormous problem as it can lead to physical and mental health consequences when left uncontrolled. Learn how some people de-stress in this full clip.

    Are you suffering from stress? Learn more about your health options by contacting Regional Medical Center of San Jose by calling (408) 259-4000 or visiting our website.

  • Learn More About Our Recent Blog Topics!


    Are you looking for the very best Trauma Level II center in your area? Do you know how to recognize the symptoms of a stroke? If you’re interested in more information on the warning signs of a stroke or Regional Medical Center of San Jose’s awards, accreditations, or Trauma Level II emergency care services, then check out some of these great resources:

    • Learn more about Regional Medical Center of San Jose’s accreditation through the Leapfrog Group by visiting their website.
    • This link from QualityCheck.org provides an overview on the standards and codes of ethics to be considered for the QualityCheck award.
    • Check out this link from the American College of Surgeons for a full list of verified Trauma Level II centers, including the Regional Medical Center of San Jose.
    • Learn more about why CT scans are used from this RadiologyInfo.org article.
    • Regional Medical Center of San Jose’s emergency department was named the Best Department of the Year by the California Emergency Physicians organization. Learn more by visiting the CEP website.
    • RMC of San Jose is conveniently located just off of the I-680 . Make sure you know how to find our facility with this link from AARoads.com.
    • Do you know how to recognize the symptoms of a stroke? Visit this link from Stroke.org for more information on the Act F.A.S.T method.
    • What exactly is a stroke? Check out this article from MedicalNewsToday.com for a full overview.
    • Find out more information on the warning signs of a heart attack with this mayoclinic.com article.
    • Check out this link from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a listing of stroke risk factors.

    For more information, visit our website or call the Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000 today!