For people with asthma , allergens such as pollen, cigarette smoke, or pet dander can cause more than the irritating runny nose or itchy eyes of a mild allergic reaction. These allergic triggers can cause a serious exacerbation of asthma symptoms, resulting in coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, and even life-threatening respiratory problems. To help prevent these symptoms from occurring, many asthmatics take prescription medications that reduce their sensitivity to triggers and keep their condition under control. Recently, a group of Indian researchers have suggested that yoga may also have a therapeutic effect in those suffering from asthma.
To perform this 2009 study, the researchers recruited 57 men and women, all of whom suffered from mild to moderate asthma . Of these, 29 were asked to participate in regular yoga practice, consisting of two weeks of stress management and yoga practice followed by six weeks of at-home practice. Throughout the study, scientists measured the quality of life, lung function, occurrence of asthma symptoms, and use of rescue medicine in each of the participants. At the end of the eight-week trial, it was found that the yoga group:
- Showed significant improvement in lung function over their initial baseline levels
- Had fewer incidences of asthma symptoms and an increased overall quality of life
- Required less rescue medicine than the control group
Even though the yoga group experienced greater benefits, both groups of participants benefited from education about proper asthma management. These results suggest the importance of modifying lifestyle in the treatment and management of this condition.
If you suffer from asthma and are in need of expert advice, contact Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000. Our physicians are dedicated to providing the highest quality of personalized patient care to the community of San Jose and the surrounding areas. Call us today to find a doctor near you.
During an ischemic stroke, the blood flow to a portion of the brain is obstructed by a blood clot, or thrombus. If urgent care is not sought right away, irreversible damage can occur to the brain tissue as a result of oxygen deprivation. The best way to avoid the serious health complications of a stroke is to know the symptoms and act fast in seeking care. The symptoms of a stroke often include:
- Sudden and severe headache that feels like the worst headache of your life
- Sudden numbness or weakness on one side of the body
- Sudden vision changes, such as trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden lack of coordination or difficulty walking
When experiencing a full-blown stroke, patients will experience these symptoms very suddenly and they will often progressively increase in their severity. In some cases, however, the warning signs of a stroke can occur and resolve in a few minutes or hours. This “mini-stroke” is known as a transient ischemic attack , or TIA. Although these attacks do not generally cause permanent brain damage, TIAs can be a serious warning sign of a future stroke—according to the National Stroke Association, 40 percent of TIA sufferers continue on to experience a full-blown ischemic stroke.
The factors leading to TIA are similar to those that cause ischemic stroke. Fatty plaques can build up in the arteries of the brain, narrowing the vessels and increasing the risk of a blockage from a blood clot. With TIA, these obstructions are quickly dislodged and do not permanently or completely disrupt the blood flow to the brain.
According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the number four cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. May is American Stroke Month—increase your awareness of this deadly event and improve your health today. For more information about TIA and the warning signs of a stroke, contact Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000.
The introduction of the DaVinci® robotic surgical system has revolutionized the minimally invasive surgical approach, improving outcomes while reducing scarring, pain, and post-surgical complications. The robotic arms of the DaVinci® are about the size of a pen and have a wider range of motion than the human hand, providing the surgeon with an unparalleled amount of precision and dexterity. As can be seen in this video, this technology is capable of amazing surgical feats.
If you have recently been diagnosed with a condition that may require surgery, you should consider a robot-assisted surgical procedure as an option. To speak with a DaVinci®-certified surgeon in the San Jose area, contact Regional Medical Center of San Jose by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000.
The heart is the hardest working muscle in the body and is responsible for pumping blood to every living cell, tissue, and organ. During sudden cardiac arrest, the heart suddenly and unexpectedly ceases to function, halting normal blood flow. This medical event is a serious medical emergency and can result in permanent brain damage or even death if professional urgent care is not sought immediately. Fortunately, much of the damage caused by sudden cardiac arrest can be prevented if a bystander is trained in CPR and a defibrillator is available.
Sudden cardiac arrest is caused by a malfunction of the heart’s electrical system, or the connection of nerve fibers that maintain a steady heart rate. The condition is almost always the result of an abnormal arrhythmia known as ventricular fibrillation. When the heart is in ventricular fibrillation, the two lower chambers of the heart (ventricles) pump erratically and inefficiently, preventing the normal pumping of blood. Without professional emergency care, death can occur within minutes of the onset of this deadly arrhythmia.
If you witness a person experiencing cardiac arrest, your quick response and action may help to save his or her life. After checking to see if the person is responsive, consider following these steps:
- Call 9-1-1
Call 911 or your emergency services as soon as you suspect any cardiac event has taken place.
Sending an electrical shock to the heart with an AED within the first few minutes after cardiac arrest will improve the victim’s likelihood of survival. Delivering the shock as soon as possible will help to ensure that the abnormal arrhythmia can be reset to a healthy heart rhythm.
- Start CPR
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can keep oxygenated blood circulating throughout the body until the paramedics arrive.
- Advanced medical care
Once turned over to emergency medical specialists, the patient can be given oxygen, medications, and other treatments to improve his or her likelihood of survival.
When a medical emergency strikes, make sure that you have a plan for you and your family. At Regional Medical Center of San Jose , our emergency department is dedicated to providing the highest quality of urgent medical care quickly when our community needs it most. Learn more about our comprehensive services by calling (408) 259-4000 today.
- Call 9-1-1
Diabetes is a serious health condition that can affect every organ in the body, and the eyes are no exception. Poorly managed diabetes mellitus can result in a disease known as diabetic retinopathy, a condition that can lead to severe visual difficulties and even blindness. If you are diabetic, make sure that you protect your visual health for the long-term by staying on TRACK:
- “T” is for TAKE your medications:
Taking any diabetes and blood pressure medications that your doctor has prescribed will help keep your blood sugars at healthier levels and keep you feeling, and seeing, great.
- “R” is for REACH and maintain a healthy weight:
Maintaining a healthy weight will decrease the severity of your type-II diabetes and may even eliminate the condition altogether. To lose weight, focus on eating a healthy, balanced diet low in fat, sodium, and calories and rich in vegetables, fruits, fiber, and lean protein.
- “A” is for ADD physical activity to your daily routine:
Physical activity will not only help you to achieve your ideal weight, but will also improve your mood, sleep, and cardiovascular fitness. Try to work out for at least 30 minutes each day for most, if not all, days of the week.
- “C” is for CONTROL your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol:
Controlling your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels will reduce your risk of eye diseases, cardiovascular disease, and other chronic health conditions. Speak with your doctor about managing these factors.
- “K” is for KICK the smoking habit:
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. If you smoke, quit. It is never too late to quit—ask your doctor for help if you need extra advice and support.
Men and women suffering from diabetic eye disease do not experience any symptoms until damage has been done to their vision. If you are interested in learning more about protecting your visual and overall health, contact the healthcare professionals at Regional Medical Center of San Jose by calling (408) 259-4000 today.
- “T” is for TAKE your medications:
In celebration of Mother’s Day, we’ve put together a list of quotes honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society:
- Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. –Elizabeth Stone
- Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother. –Lin Yutang, Chinese writer
- All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his. –Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895
- Nobody knows of the work it makes
To keep the home together.
Nobody knows of the steps it takes,
Nobody knows-but Mother. — Anonymous
- Mother – that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries. –T. DeWitt Talmage
Seizures occur when abnormal electrical signals fire in the brain due to epilepsy, illness, or another trigger. These events can lead to a variety of symptoms, from loss of consciousness to abnormalities of emotion. In this video, you can learn what to do when someone around you has a seizure. The hosts also discuss the types of seizures and when an event may require emergency medical care. Watch the video to find out more.
Do you still have questions about first aid? The experts at Regional Medical Center of San Jose are happy to answer them—call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line today at (408) 259-4000 to learn more. Our nurses are available all day, every day to provide helpful medical information or find an experienced physician near you.
We’re fortunate have some of the best nurses around. We thank you all and wish you a Happy Nurses Week!
Did our recent topics involving sarcoidosis, breast cancer screening, or organ donation pique your interest? You can find more information on these topics and more by reading through the articles linked below. If you have any further questions, please call Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000.
- Stroke is the leading cause of death and the number one cause of adult disability in the United States. Visit the American Stroke Association website to find out more about stroke.
- Knowing the warning signs of a stroke can help you to get medical care sooner. Learn the warning signs by visiting the National Stroke Association website.
- Women often experience different symptoms of a heart attack than men. Read more about these differences on the American Heart Association website.
- Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that can affect almost any part of the body. This article found on the National Sarcoidosis Society website provides more information about this condition.
- The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute also answers many frequently asked questions regarding sarcoidosis on their website.
- Breast cancer, like the other types of cancer, is best treated when found early—find out more about how to detect this disease early on the American Cancer Society website.
- You can also read more about the key statistics associated with breast cancer from this informational article.
- Breast cancer screening is only a small part of women’s health. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists outlines many aspects of women’s care and what you can do to stay healthy.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome , or IBS, causes chronic abdominal symptoms in millions of men and women worldwide. This article from the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders describes this condition in more detail.
- Are you interested in becoming an organ donor ? Visit OrganDonor.gov to learn more about the donation process and how you can enroll in your state.
May is National Trauma Awareness Month focusing on distracted driving. It kills thousands each year. Regional Medical Center of San Jose is a Certified Trauma Center and urges all to stay focused when driving.