• When to Consider Seeking Emergency Medical Care

    Emergency Care

    When you or a loved one is suffering from a medical emergency, every second counts in the diagnosis and treatment of the illness or injury. Possibly as important as the medical treatment, however, is the recognition of serious symptoms and knowing when to seek professional help. Read on to learn more about when you should consider seeking emergency medical care .

    • If you suspect symptoms of a heart attack:
      The warning signs of a heart attack may include chest pain or discomfort, shortness of breath, nausea, light-headedness, or a cold sweat. A heart attack can lead to damage to the heart muscle and death—if you or a loved one experiences these symptoms, seriously consider seeking help as soon as possible.
    • If you suspect symptoms of a stroke:
      A stroke can cause permanent brain damage and death if not treated in time. The symptoms of a stroke can include dizziness, trouble speaking, paralysis or numbness on one side of the body, or sudden and severe headache.
    • Bleeding that will not stop:
      Bleeding that does not cease after constant pressure is applied may be a medical emergency and the victim should consider seeking medical attention immediately to prevent dangerous blood loss.
    • Difficulty breathing:
      Gasping, wheezing, or persistent coughing can be signs of anaphylaxis, a deadly allergic reaction that can cause the airway to close. Shortness of breath can also be a sign of a heart attack.

    This list is not exhaustive; there are many other instances that can be described as a medical emergency. If you witness a medical emergency, be sure to stay calm and help to reassure those around you. Consider calling 911 or suggest that someone else do so. Learn how to perform basic lifesaving and first aid procedures in case they are called for—procedures such as CPR can give a victim the extra time they need until medical professionals arrive.

    One of the best ways to be prepared for a medical emergency is to be aware of the closest emergency room that can bring you the highest quality of medical care as soon as possible. The emergency care personnel at Regional Medical Center of San Jose are dedicated to providing quality emergency medical care. Contact us at (408) 259-4000 to learn more about our services.

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    Do you want to learn more about the symptoms of heart attack or stroke? To read more about these and our other blog topics, look through the resources below. If you have any remaining questions, let Regional Medical Center of San Jose help. Contact our staff at (408) 259-4000.

  • 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.

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  • Can You Recognize the Warning Signs of a Stroke?


    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

    Heart Attack

    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.