• Dangers of Heart Disease

    Heart Disease

    Heart disease is the leading cause of death nationwide, and many people underestimate its severity until it is too late. If neglected, cardiovascular disease can lead to a range of chronic medical complications or permanent disabilities. Learn more about some common conditions which result from heart disease:

    • Coronary Heart Disease
      Coronary artery disease (CAD), often referred to as coronary heart disease, occurs when plaque builds up along the arterial walls. This plaque is most often a byproduct of a poor diet consisting of foods that are high in trans and saturated fats and cholesterol. As plaque collects, it will cause blood clots to form, eventually constricting or completely stopping blood flow and resulting in heart attack or heart failure.
       
    • Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism
      Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein within the body—usually in the legs. Pain, swelling, and distended veins are the common symptoms of DVT , though less than one-third of patients actually exhibit these signs, according to the AAOS. Early detection and treatment of DVT is crucial, as it presents a higher risk of pulmonary embolism—a condition in which a blood clot travels through the veins to block arteries in the lungs.
       
    • Cerebrovascular Disease
      Stroke is one of the most common types of cerebrovascular disease and is the leading cause of disability in adults nationwide. A stroke can occur due to either a lack of circulation in the brain (ischemic) or because of a burst vessel and bleeding out into the brain (hemorrhagic). A stroke can irreparably damage brain cells within minutes.

    Protect the health and well-being of yourself and your loved ones with our nationally accredited facilities here at Regional Medical Center of San Jose . We are committed to providing our patients with compassionate and courteous medical care and cardiovascular services . Call (408) 259-4000 today, or take a look at our helpful medical resources and services online.

  • Heart Attack Warning Signs

     When imagining a heart attack, most people immediately think of a strong and sudden pain in the chest.  However, the truth is that heart attacks can have a variety of different effects that can vary in intensity.  This video covers some of the most obvious signs of a heart attack, as well as some of its lesser-known symptoms.

    Heart attacks affect different people in different ways.  A strong sensation of pain, pressure, or constriction in the chest is what most people would imagine a heart attack to feel like.  However, heart attack symptoms can also manifest themselves as sudden dizziness, nausea, or pain in the neck, back, jaw, or arms.

    The Regional Medical Center of San Jose is an award-winning healthcare institution in the Bay Area.  Take advantage of our informational online medical resources or call (408) 259-4000 for more information.

  • How Can Cholesterol Affect Your Heart Health

    Take Care of Your Heart

    Cholesterol is not always bad. In fact, your body needs some cholesterol to help make hormones, vitamin D, and other substances used in the process of digestion.

    Your body makes cholesterol naturally, but this fat-like substance is also found in the food we eat. There are two types of cholesterol:

    • Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), is known as “bad” cholesterol.
       
    • High-density lipoprotein, or HDL, is considered “good” cholesterol. (American Heart Association)

    The goal is to have healthy levels of both types. Why? Too much cholesterol in the blood can lead to cardiovascular disease , the number one cause of death in the United States.

    LDL (Bad) Cholesterol
    When too much LDL cholesterol circulates in the blood, it can slowly build up in the inner walls of the arteries that feed your heart and brain. Combined with other substances, it can form plaque, a thick, hard deposit that can narrow the body’s arteries and make them less flexible.  This condition is known as atherosclerosis . It causes less oxygen-rich blood to make it to the heart muscle.

    Eventually, plaque may rupture causing a blood clot to form. If the clot then blocks a narrowed artery, heart attack or stroke can result.

    Some people have a genetic predisposition for high LDL cholesterol. This means it runs in their family. In addition, eating saturated fat, trans fats and dietary cholesterol can also increase blood cholesterol levels. If you have a genetic predisposition for this condition, lifestyle modifications may not be enough to help lower your LDL number.

    The American Heart Association (AHA) offers the following prevention and treatment plans for those suffering from high cholesterol:

    Lifestyle Changes
    Your diet, weight, physical activity and exposure to tobacco smoke all affect your cholesterol level — and these factors may be controlled by:

    • eating a heart-healthy diet
       
    • enjoying regular physical activity
       
    • avoiding tobacco smoke

    Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs
    Your doctor may also recommend cholesterol-lowering medication.  Statins are the most common class of drugs to treat those suffering from high cholesterol. They work in the liver to prevent the formation of cholesterol. Statins are most effective at lowering the LDL cholesterol, but have also been shown to have modest effects on lowering triglycerides (blood fats) and raising HDL (good) cholesterol.

    Even though high cholesterol may lead to serious heart disease, most of the time there are no symptoms . This is why it is critical to have your cholesterol levels checked routinely by your doctor. All it takes is a simple blood test.

    The Regional Medical Center in San Jose offers an extensive cardiovascular program that includes a Nationally Accredited Level III Chest Pain Center . At the heart of the program is a talented team of highly-skilled cardiologists, surgeons, nurses and support staff available 24 hours per day, seven days a week for immediate medical care.

    For more information about Cardiovascular Services available at the Regional Medical Center of San Jose, call (408) 259-4000.

  • RMCSJ 1st Non-academic Bay Area Hospital to use Robotic Fluorescence Imaging Technology for Partial Nephrectomy

    On July 20, 2012, RMC Surgeon, Han Lo, MD used the technology to successfully remove a cancerous tumor from a patient’s kidney, while preserving nearly three-fourths of the kidney.

    Fluorescence imaging enhances the surgeon’s vision and allow for more precision and control of the already minimally invasive da Vinci surgery. The specially designed camera and endoscopes allow surgeons to capture images of tissue and surrounding blood vessels by injecting a green colored dye called IndoCyanine Green (ICG) that is then activated by near-infrared light. The technology allows surgeons to differentiate between malignant and normal tissue as the surgery is being performed because cancerous tissue stains less brightly than normal tissue.

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    Regional Medical Center of San Jose First Non-Academic Hospital to Use Robotic Fluorescence Imaging Technology in Bay Area

    (July 20, 2012, San Jose, Ca.) – Regional Medical Center of San Jose is the first non-academic hospital in the Bay Area to use a new near-infrared fluorescence imaging guided system available for the da Vinci Si Surgical System.

    Han Lo, MD, performed the first surgery on July 20, 2012 at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Lo used the technology to successfully remove a cancerous tumor from a patient’s kidney, while preserving nearly three-fourths of the kidney.   

    “Florescence imaging enhances the surgeon’s vision and allow for more precision and control of the already minimally invasive da Vinci surgery,” said Michael Johnson, CEO of Regional   Hospital. “It permits the surgeon to perform complex surgeries in a more precise, sparing manner.”

    The fluorescence imaging technology offers the capability of providing real-time, image guided identification of key anatomical landmarks. The specially designed camera and endoscopes allow surgeons to capture images of tissue and surrounding blood vessels by injecting a green colored dye called IndoCyanine Green (ICG) that is then activated by near-infrared light. The camera can then switch views between standard real time images and images illuminated by the dye.

    The technology also allows surgeons to differentiate between malignant and normal tissue as the surgery is being performed because cancerous tissue stains less brightly than normal tissue.

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose continues to keep pace with the tremendous advances in surgical technology and innovation,” said Johnson. “Acquiring these technological advances has allowed Regional to continue to provide quality patient care and to improve patient outcomes and satisfaction. “

    About Regional Medical Center of San Jose
    Regional Medical Center of San Jose is a Level II Trauma Center. The hospital provides a host of technologically-advanced services including Cardiovascular, Orthopedic and General Surgery, along with multi-organ Cancer Care, and services for Women and Children. Regional Medical Center of San Jose holds Joint Commission advanced certification as a Primary Stroke Center and a Get with the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. It is a certified Chest Pain Center, and county-designated STEMI receiving center. For more information, visit: www.regionalmedicalsanjose.com

  • Summer Safety 101

    Smiling family enjoying in the pool.

    Summer provides a great opportunity for children to enjoy the balmy weather and all of the recreational opportunities that the area has to offer. While this freedom and independence is great, it also comes with a higher risk of injury.  This guide from one of the leading heart hospitals in San Jose, the Regional Medical Center of San Jose, covers some important safety tips for ensuring the health and well-being of your child this summer.

    • Recreational Safety
      An active child is a healthy child, but most recreational sports such as biking, skating, swimming, and swimming all come with some amount of inherent risk.  In order to reduce the likelihood of severe injury, invest in appropriately rated safety gear for the head, elbows, and knees, and ensure that risky activities are performed under the supervision of an adult whenever possible.  If small children are in the area, then be sure to keep them separated from water; according to Safe Kids USA, drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury-related death in children under the age of 14 .
       
    • Pedestrian Safety
      Toddlers are particularly susceptible to pedestrian accidents, as they are less able to assess potential motor vehicle hazards either on or off the road.  While the street poses the biggest threat to your child, it is important to remember that many non-traffic incidents also occur in driveways, parking lots, and sidewalks.
       
    • Driver Safety
      Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death among teenagers.  Research from the IIHS shows that drivers ages 16 to 19-years-old were four times more likely to be involved in a crash than older drivers; additionally, 16-year-old drivers were twice as likely to crash compared to 18 and 19-year-olds.  Educating your children on defensive driving techniques could be instrumental in avoiding a traffic disaster.

    Accidents can still happen even with proper precautions, which is why we here at the Regional Medical Center of San Jose have striven to provide medical facilities of the highest quality since 1965.  Read some of our patient testimonials online and call (408) 259-4000 today for more information about our healthcare services.

  • If You Still Have Questions About Your Health, Check Out These Helpful Links

    Health Info Online

    Did our recent blog entries about stroke and cardiovascular health pique your interest?  You can find out more helpful information from these websites. With further questions, please call Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000.

    • Physical activity can help improve the strength and efficiency of your heart muscle—learn how to get moving and get healthier on the American Heart Association website.
       
    • This article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlines the variety of health benefits that regular physical activity can offer.
       
    • Stroke can have a variety of physical, emotional, and behavioral consequences.  Visit the American Stroke Association website to learn more about life after stroke.
       
    • The effects of stroke can vary depending on the area of the brain affected by the attack. Read through this article from the National Stroke Association for more information.
       
    • Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, is vital for the diagnosis of many injuries and illnesses. Read more about this technology and its uses on RadiologyInfo.org .
       
    • Do you know the signs of cardiac arrest ? Find out from this helpful article found on the American Heart Association website.
       
    • Chronic high blood pressure can lead to a higher risk for heart attack and stroke.  Learn how to lower your high blood pressure from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
       
    • Coronary heart disease is very common in the United States. Read more about this disease on the PubMed Health website.
       
    • Heart attack, or myocardial infarction , is the leading cause of death in American men and women. Visit the CDC website for more information about this deadly attack.
       
    • Stroke symptoms can differ between men and women. Know the symptoms of a stroke by reading through this article.

  • “Give Me 5 for Stroke” with Morgan Fairchild

    Stroke occurs when circulation to an area of the brain is obstructed. Without its normal supply of oxygen and nutrients, this area of brain tissue begins to die within minutes. 

    For this reason, it is vital for a stroke victim to seek medical intervention immediately, before permanent damage is done to the brain. 

    In this video, Morgan Fairchild provides helpful information about the symptoms of stroke and the importance of seeking help right away. She also discusses a helpful way of remembering the warning signs, called “Give me 5 for Stroke.” Watch the complete clip to learn more.

    At Regional Medical Center of San Jose , our emergency department is always available to provide expert treatment to you and your loved ones. If you are interested in learning more about our comprehensive emergency services, contact our staff today at (408) 259-4000.

  • Happy 4th of July from Regional Medical Center of San Jose!

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  • Emergency Care at Regional Medical Center of San Jose

    Emergency Care Staff

    When a medical disaster strikes, having a reliable medical center in mind can make a huge difference in ensuring the best possible outcome. At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, we strive to provide excellent emergency medical care, while also doing so quickly and at a close, convenient location. If you or a loved one is ever in need of urgent medical care in the San Jose area, consider visiting our hospital for the following reasons:

    • Convenient location
      Regional Medical Center’s 39-bed Emergency Room is located just off the 680 at the corner of Jackson and McKee to ensure that patients can reach our facility as quickly as possible. We also provide dedicated parking spots for our walk-in ER patients.
       
    • Short wait times
      At Regional Medical Center, we strive to keep our wait times far below the national average. Our hospital’s physicians were the first to use
       
    • Exceptional credentials
      Our emergency department holds a variety of credentials for its high standard of expert medical care. Our Stroke Care Center is Joint Commission Certified, the Chest Pain Center is fully accredited, and our ER contains a verified Level II Trauma Center. Our hospital is the only facility in the Bay area certified by the Coast Guard for Blackhawk-grade air ambulance landings.
       
    • Advanced medical technology
      Our emergency care physicians have 24-hour access to the full range of advanced diagnostic and treatment equipment needed to make a prompt, accurate medical evaluation, including CT scanning, MRI , and more.

    If you are interested in learning more about our comprehensive emergency care services, call Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000. You can also learn our current ER wait times from anywhere on your mobile device by texting ‘ER’ to 23000 and replying with your zip code. 

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