• Regional Medical Center of San Jose Recognized at City Press Conference on Gang Violence

    RMC was invited to participate in a press conference at San Jose City Hall on Friday June 22 and was well represented by Dr. Elaine Nelson/Medical Director of Emergency Services, Trey Abshier/COO, Tina Bray/ACNO and Debbie Mackey. The purpose was to announce a greater City focus on preventing gang violence and solving cases that have been unsolved to date. SJ Mayor Chuck Reed, Councilwoman Rose Herrera, SJ Police Chief, Chris Moore, SJ Fire Chief, representatives from Rural Metro and the faith-based community participated and Mayor Reed announced $2 million dollars that have been restored to assist in preventing gang violence in San Jose.

    Dr. Nelson spoke about the tragedy of seeing young people die senselessly and wondering what their life could have been.  She emphasized RMC’s partnership with all of our EMS partners to deliver the best care possible to our patients.  She also received questions from the press following the formal press conference.  

  • Tips and Guidelines for Preventing Heart Disease

    Heart Care

    Heart disease is the leading cause of the death in the U.S. In addition, it is also a major cause of disability. Your risk of heart disease increases with age. You have a greater risk if you are a man over age 45 or a woman over age 55. You also are at heightened risk if you have a close family member who had heart disease at an early age.

    After that eye-opening news you might wonder, “Well then what can I do to beat the odds?” Fortunately there are many steps you can take to decrease your risk of developing heart disease.

    It’s best to start with prevention. Here are 7 top strategies:

    1. Know your blood pressure and keep it under control. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for hardening of the arteries, heart attack, congestive heart failure and stroke.
       
    2. Exercise regularly. Studies show just 30 minutes most days of the week can reduce your risk of heart disease.
       
    3. Don’t smoke. Chemicals in tobacco can damage your heart and blood vessels.
       
    4. Get tested for diabetes and if you have it, keep it under control.
       
    5. Know your cholesterol and triglyceride levels and keep them under control.
       
    6. Eat a heart healthy diet . The DASH diet is highly recommended to help protect your heart. It includes lots of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, along with some fish, poultry and legumes. Red meat, sweets and fats are allowed in small amounts. DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.
       
    7. Maintain a healthy weight. Tipping the scale in the wrong direction can lead to other medical conditions that contribute to the development of heart disease, including high blood pressure and diabetes.

    Following these guidelines can also help minimize your risk:

    • Have your cholesterol checked
      Your healthcare provider should test your cholesterol levels at least once every five years. Talk with your doctor about this simple blood test.
       
    • Monitor your blood pressure
      High blood pressure has no symptoms, so be sure to have it checked on a regular basis.
       
    • Manage your diabetes
      If you have diabetes, closely monitor your blood sugar levels. Talk with your healthcare provider about treatment options.
       
    • Take your medicine
      If you’re taking medication to treat high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes, follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. Always ask questions if you don’t understand something.
       
    • Talk with your healthcare provider
      You and your doctor can work together to prevent or treat the medical conditions that lead to heart disease. Discuss your treatment plan regularly and bring a list of questions to your appointments.

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose has a full array of heart diagnostic testing tools including the very latest imaging devices that help doctors diagnose a patient’s condition and determine the severity of any heart problem.

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose is home to a Nationally Accredited Level III Chest Pain Center , a Certified full-service Interventional Stroke Center and participates in the “Act in Time to Heart Attack Signs” program.

    So what are the common warning signs for a heart attack?

    • Chest Discomfort
      Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back. The discomfort can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.
    • Discomfort in Other Areas of the Upper Body
      This may be felt in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
    • Shortness of Breath
      May often occur with or before chest discomfort.
    • Other Signs
      May include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

    For more information on the Cardiac Services available at Regional Medical Center of San Jose or to find a physician specializing in heart and vascular conditions, please call our Consult-A-Nurse line at 1-(408) 259-4000.

  • 10 Healthy Ways to Reduce Stress

    Stress

    Chronic stress is associated with many adverse health effects. Men and women who suffer from continuous stress often have diminished immune systems, high blood pressure, hair loss, fertility problems, and much more. Unfortunately, many Americans have difficult jobs, regularly commute long distances in heavy traffic, and struggle with financial issues that can result in a fair amount of stress. To preserve your health and avoid the complications of chronic stress, it is important to develop skills to reduce your stress level. Get started with the 10 healthy ways to reduce stress listed below.

    1. Exercise
      Making time for regular physical activity , even if it is just walking, is one of the best ways to combat chronic stress. Try to get out and exercise at least once a day, for most days of the week.
       
    2. Sleep
      Getting adequate amounts of restful sleep each night will help you to relax during the day. Being rested will also help you to confront stressful situations more effectively.
       
    3. Hobbies
      Immersing yourself in creative hobbies that you enjoy can help to distract your mind from stressful situations. Try drawing, painting, knitting, or other crafts.
       
    4. Write
      Writing out your feelings, whatever they may be, can help you to identify the underlying causes of your stresses. Writing a to-do list can also be helpful in reducing stress.
       
    5. Breathe
      Chronic stress can often cause us to breathe rapidly and shallowly, exacerbating our already negative moods. Remember to breathe slowly and deeply.
       
    6. Prioritize
      If you simply have too many things to do, remember that it is okay to turn down more responsibilities. Take time for yourself.
       
    7. Volunteer
      Taking part in community service can be a great de-stressor if you have extra time. Volunteer in projects that you enjoy and believe in.
       
    8. Meditation
      Meditation, whether it is guided or unguided, can help to relax the mind, body, and spirit.
       
    9. Yoga
      Practicing yoga by yourself or with others promotes full-body relaxation, while toning your muscles and improving flexibility.
       
    10. Pets
      If you struggle with chronic stress, you may consider adopting and caring for a pet.

    If you are looking for more ways to reduce your stress and improve your overall health, let Regional Medical Center of San Jose be your resource. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (888) 762-8881 for more helpful information.

  • My Heart. My Life. from the American Heart Association

    Every year, more American men and women die of cardiovascular disease than any other medical ailment. If you are at risk for heart disease, there are steps that you can take to reduce your risk and promote healthier living. This video from the American Heart Association provides more information about how they work hard to promote heart-healthy living for people of all ages in the United States.

    If you have any remaining questions about supporting your heart’s health throughout your life, let the experts at the Regional Medical Center of San Jose be your resource.  Call (408) 259-4000 today to speak with our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line or to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced physicians.

  • Common Effects of Stroke

    Stroke Complications

    During a stroke, circulation to an area of the brain is cut off, depriving it of oxygen and nutrients. When this occurs, the affected brain tissue begins to die almost immediately, altering the functioning of the brain. This tissue damage can result in long-term disability and affect a stroke victim’s physical and communicative abilities. To minimize the disabilities that can result from a stroke, the experts at the Regional Medical Center of San Jose’s Certified Stroke Center work to evaluate, diagnose, and treat all types of stroke with the utmost efficiency. 

    Our stroke care experts also work hard to educate the men and women in our community about the symptoms, risk factors, and consequences of stroke to prevent these dangerous medical events from occurring. Although the effects of a stroke can vary depending on the area of the brain affected, the most common complications associated with a stroke include:

    • Physical changes
      After a stroke, it can be common to have problems with movement, muscle stiffness, or energy levels. Many men and women suffer from paralysis, muscle spasms, fatigue, and more. Regardless of the physical symptoms, it is important to continue working toward improvement and recovery.
       
    • Communication problems
      A stroke can affect a person’s communicative ability in a variety of ways. Some patients have issues with reading and writing, while others experience difficulty speaking or understanding language. Fortunately, rehabilitation can help patients to overcome these difficulties and regain some function.
       
    • Emotional and behavioral affects
      Emotional and behavioral changes are some of the most common effects of a stroke. Many victims can experience changes in their moods and outlook on life, while others suffer from increased forgetfulness or carelessness. Like other complications associated with a stroke, these symptoms generally improve with time and rehabilitation.

    According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and the number one cause of adult disability in the United States. Do not become a stroke victim—speak with your doctor and control your risk factors today. To find an experienced specialist in the San Jose area, contact the Regional Medical Center Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000 at any time.

     

  • Cardiovascular Services at Regional Medical Center of San Jose

    Cardiovascular Care

    It is the responsibility of the cardiovascular system to provide the entire body with the oxygen and nutrients that it needs to function. At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our cardiovascular specialists prioritize the optimal functioning of this vital system by providing patients with the highest quality of advanced cardiovascular care .

    Our comprehensive program includes evaluation, diagnostic, treatment, and rehabilitation services dedicated to the growing needs of the San Jose community and the surrounding areas.

    Leading our cardiovascular program is a team of culturally diverse, talented cardiology specialists, nurses, surgeons, and support staff. Together, they provide patients with a multidisciplinary approach to treatment that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our heart hospital is never closed to you and your family.

    Regional Medical Center is also proud to offer a Chest Pain Center that is nationally accredited for its superior care of patients suffering from cardiac events. Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, and our Chest Pain Center team is dedicated to assessing, diagnosing, and treating these patients quickly to provide the best possible outcome. The Chest Pain Center also makes the effort to support a variety of outreach programs that focus on the prevention of heart disease and seeking immediate medical attention if the symptoms of cardiac events do occur.

    In addition to our Chest Pain Center, Regional provides some of the most advanced cardiovascular treatments available. These treatments include, but are not limited to:

    • Diagnostic and interventional coronary procedures
    • Diagnostic and interventional peripheral procedures
    • Electrophysiology studies and ablations
    • Full-service pacemaker and internal defibrillator implants
    • Cardiovascular surgical services

    If you or a loved one is in need of expert cardiovascular care, consider seeking treatment from the specialists at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Our experts are dedicated to your health and the health of our community—call our referral line today at (408) 259-4000 to schedule a consultation with a cardiologist in the San Jose area.

  • Visit These Websites Provided by Regional Medical Center for More Helpful Health Information

    Medical Care

    Do you still have questions about first aid for seizures or cardiac arrest? You can learn more about these topics and the others recently discussed in our blogs by looking through these articles or contacting Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000.

    • Transient ischemic attacks are a serious warning sign of future stroke. Visit the National Stroke Association website for more information about the causes of these mini-strokes.
    • Knowing the warning signs of a stroke can help you to seek treatment faster. Find a list of the most common stroke symptoms on the American Stroke Association site.
    • Poorly managed diabetes can lead to severe eye disease—learn more about diabetic eye disease from the National Eye Institute.
    • Diabetes can increase your risk for a variety of chronic health problems. These articles from the American Diabetes Association provide more information about living healthy with diabetes.
    • Do you know seizure first aid? Find out more on the Epilepsy Foundation website.
    • This fact sheet from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke answers many frequently asked questions about epilepsy and its treatment.
    • Asthma is a common chronic lung condition that affects both children and adults alike. The American Lung Association provides more information about asthma and its symptoms.
    • You can also read more about the types of asthma on the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America .
    • Cardiac arrest is a serious heart condition that requires immediate medical care. Check out this article for more on the basics of cardiac arrest .
    • If you still would like to learn more about AEDs, CPR, and cardiac arrest, visit the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association website.

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