• What Is CMV?

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    CMV, or cytomegalovirus, is a condition that may occur in people of all ages and have minimal impact on individuals with healthy immune systems. When CMV affects infants, however, it can be a serious condition that leads to permanent side effects, including hearing loss and developmental disorders. CMV is the most common congenital viral infection in the United States, and it accounts for more childhood disabilities than Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Spina Bifida, and Down Syndrome.

    Because CMV is spread through contact bodily fluids, it is important that pregnant women practice frequent handwashing to prevent contracting this virus and spreading it to the child in the womb. Women who are infected with CMV during pregnancy should see a doctor right away for treatment.

    At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, you can find complete prenatal care to help you prevent CMV and other serious pregnancy complications. Explore the classes and services offered by our Family Birthing Center by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000 or visiting our website.

  • How to Travel Safely This Summer

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    If your summer vacation plans include traveling on the road, you should take the time to ensure safe travels for the whole family. Whether you are driving far away from home or taking a day trip, the tips below can help you stay safe when there are more cars on the road.

    Reduce distractions in the car
    Distracted driving is a common cause of serious car accidents, so it is best to keep the driver’s seat free of distractions. Cell phones, music players, and loud passengers are among the most likely distractions that you can minimize by silencing your phone while you drive, choosing your music while you are parked, and encouraging your passengers to keep the noise down.

    Use child safety seats
    Children need to be seated in full car seats or booster seats until they reach the height of four feet, nine inches. Child seats should be selected based on your child’s age and size, and they should never be placed in the front passenger seat of the car. When kids are tall enough to sit in the car without a booster seat, they should still sit in the backseat with the seatbelt securely fastened.

    Stay prepared on the road
    A source of travel injuries that you may not suspect is accidents that occur when the car breaks down. In order to stay prepared and protected from roadside injuries, you should keep an emergency kit in the car with first aid supplies, sealed drinking water, extra clothing, and protective gloves to help you safely work under the hood of your vehicle.

    When accidents do occur, you can trust the emergency care offered at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Our ER and Trauma Center each treat an exceptionally high volume of patients annually with accurate, prompt, and streamlined care when it is needed most. To connect with our Emergency Department, text “ER” to 23000 or use our iTriage App for smart devices. You can also get updated ER wait times through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000.

  • Regional’s New Option for Detecting Early-Stage Lung Cancer


    Regional Medical Center is the first hospital in San Jose and among the first bay area hospitals to offer Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy (ENB ), the most advanced lung navigation system for detecting early stage lung cancer. ENB combines GPS-like technology with a catheter-based system to locate, biopsy, and prepare to treat lung lesions that were previously hard to reach. It operates a lot like the GPS system in a car.

    Doctors can use this procedure to treat cancer by placing markers around a confirmed cancer to more effectively target the tumor with radiation therapy while sparing healthy tissue.

    If you can catch an abnormality when it’s small and hasn’t spread, the likelihood of a cure is much higher, so this is a great new tool and example of Clinical Excellence at Regional!

    RMC Interventional Pulmonologist, Dr Sharad Dass explains how ENB works in a video on  Regional’s website: www.regionalmedicalsanjose.com . Click on “Services” and go to  the Interventional Pulmonology page. The video can also be found on YouTube .

  • What Does Your Blood Pressure Mean?

    Measuring your blood pressure is important for managing your heart health, and you should have an understanding of what the numbers mean when you have your blood pressure taken. Blood pressure is read as systolic pressure over diastolic pressure. As this video explains, systolic pressure is your blood pressure when the heart is beating, and diastolic pressure is the blood pressure when the heart is relaxed. To understand if your numbers are in a normal range, you can visit the American Heart Association at Heart.org and input the results of your most recent blood pressure screening.

    For more help staying on top of your heart health, consult Regional Medical Center of San Jose. You can explore our heart health classes and cardiologic services on our website, or contact us directly by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000.

  • The Impact Exercise Has on Your Heart Health [INFOGRAPHIC]

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    Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. This is an especially sobering statistic when you consider that many of the risk factors for heart disease involve lifestyle choices. Physical exercise is one of the keys to keeping your heart healthy, and a lack of exercise can have scary results: about 250,000 deaths occur each year as a result of inactivity. Check out this infographic from a San Jose heart hospital to see the link between exercise and heart health. You’ll also find easy tips for incorporating more activity into your life, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator and riding your bicycle to work in beautiful San Jose. Please share with your friends and family, and take care of each other’s hearts by being active together!

  • Robotic Surgery at Regional Medical Center of San Jose

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    The da Vinci Robotic Surgery system can offer new surgical options for general, urologic, gynecologic, and cardiothoracic procedures that may otherwise necessitate long recovery times and large, open incisions. Regional Medical Center of San Jose is a leader in surgical care with the da Vinci System, having recently completed our 250th single-site robotic surgery procedure.

    In addition to providing excellent surgical care to patients in the San Jose community, our robotic surgery epicenter is a regional authority in da Vinci procedures. Doctors from hospitals statewide are trained with the da Vinci System right here at Regional Medical Center.

    For a closer look at our da Vinci Robotic Surgery Program and our dedicated staff of surgeons specializing in da Vinci procedures, visit Regional Medical Center of San Jose on our website. You can also reach us through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line by calling (408) 259-4000.

  • What Are the Advantages of the da Vinci Prostatectomy Procedure?

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    If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, you have several treatment options to consider for your case. One of the most modern and sophisticated treatments available today is minimally invasive prostatectomy with da Vinci Robotic Surgery. This advanced surgical procedure is available through the regionally recognized Robotic Surgery Institute at Regional Medical Center of San Jose, and it offers the following benefits over conventional surgery and radiation therapy.

    Rapid Recovery
    Prostate cancer patients who have opted for the da Vinci Prostatectomy have experienced faster recovery than conventional surgery patients thanks to smaller incisions and greater surgical accuracy. The da Vinci procedure also helps patients avoid common side effects of radiation therapy such as poor erectile function and urinary incontinence. Most patients are able to return to normal non-strenuous activities within a few days of the procedure.

    Precise Treatment
    In clinical trials, da Vinci Prostatectomy has performed better than conventional surgery in cancer control, as surgeons can more accurately pinpoint cancerous lesions and remove them with unbeatable precision. The precise and predictable movements of the da Vinci System also protect healthy tissues surrounding the prostate that might suffer damage in open surgery or radiation therapy.

    Fewer Complications
    Like all da Vinci procedures, the da Vinci Prostatectomy promises less surgical scarring, reduced blood loss, reduced risk of infection, and less pain than conventional surgery. Because these complications are much less likely with this type of surgery, hospital stays are shorter, which results in a more cost-effective procedure.

    To learn more about da Vinci Robotically Assisted Surgery or take the next steps following a prostate cancer diagnosis, contact Regional Medical Center of San Jose . You can reach us on our website, or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000 to find a urologist specializing in robotic surgery procedures.

  • Encouraging Dad to Improve His Prostate Health

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    With Father’s Day and Men’s Health Week approaching, you might feel inspired to provide your dad with some positive encouragement to improve his health. One way that you can work to give your dad the gift of health this Father’s Day is by offering some prostate health reminders. The tips below can help you get your dad on track to better prostate health while celebrating his special day.

    Prepare a healthy Father’s Day meal
    Research has shown that regularly consuming vegetables in the broccoli family can significantly reduce a man’s risk for prostate cancer. Cooked tomatoes, omega-3 rich varieties of fish, and olive oil have also shown positive effects in prostate cancer prevention, so you might include all of these foods in a nutritious Father’s Day dinner to show your dad the best way to dine for his health.

    Take a long hike
    Men who are obese have greater chances of developing both aggressive and non-aggressive types of prostate cancer. If your dad is not at his ideal weight, you might help him get up and get moving with a long hike outdoors. Not only will the exercise be helpful for weight management, but the nature views and fresh air of a hike can also provide some therapeutic stress relief.

    Schedule an annual checkup for dad
    Instead of giving dad a typical greeting card for Father’s Day, you might give him a reminder card for his next annual checkup at the doctor’s office. Visiting the doctor regularly will help your dad manage his prostate cancer risk better and explore the benefits of prostate cancer screening after the age of 50.

    For more tips on inspiring the men in your life to make healthy lifestyle changes, visit Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Our men’s health services cover needs from cardiology to urology to nutrition. To find a physician specializing in any of these areas, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000.

  • Stroke Care at Regional Medical Center of San Jose

    Stroke is one of the most common causes of emergency room visits at Regional Medical Center of San Jose, and we provide comprehensive rapid stroke care through our nationally recognized Certified Stroke Center.

    To learn about the signs that you should get to the hospital for stroke treatment, watch this video clip featuring a member of our stroke care team, Dr. Arash Padidar. He explains that every moment matters between the onset of symptoms and the delivery of treatment, so any sign of stroke should be taken seriously.

    As one of the largest stroke centers in the Bay Area, Regional Medical Center of San Jose is proud to boast a Gold Plus rating in the American Stroke Association’s “Get with the Guidelines” program. You can learn more about our awards and accreditation by visiting our website or by calling us at (408) 259-4000.

  • Living with Aphasia Following a Stroke

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    When a stroke affects certain parts of the brain, it can forever alter a person’s language production and comprehension. These communication difficulties resulting from stroke are referred to as aphasia, which can create major challenges in everyday activities. To honor National Aphasia Awareness Month this June and raise awareness about this condition, Regional Medical Center of San Jose has provided these tips for coping with aphasia in stroke rehabilitation.

    Working with Family Members
    Family members may need to work with a physician or speech pathologist to fully understand the communication limitations of a relative with aphasia . It is important for family members to have this understanding and learn methods for effective, direct communication with a relative who has survived a stroke. Because aphasia does not affect an individual’s intelligence, it is still possible to spend quality time with a loved one who is suffering from aphasia.

    Attending Speech Therapy
    While aphasia may pose long-term challenges and even have some permanent effects, there are ways to improve speech and language comprehension following a stroke. Speech therapy will be a primary source for re-learning language skills during stroke rehabilitation, and it may begin almost immediately after primary stroke care at the hospital.

    Find Support Groups
    If you or a family member is coping with aphasia, there are others who have been in your situation. You can reach out and find support within this understanding community of stroke survivors and their loved ones by attending a stroke or aphasia support group.

    For stroke survivor support, rehabilitation, and primary stroke treatment, you can rely on the caring staff at Regional Medical Center of San Jose to offer the care you need. Our Certified Stroke Center has consistently been given a Gold Plus rating in the American Stroke Association’s “Get with the Guidelines” Program, and we treat more than 400 patients for stroke every year. You can learn more about our Stroke Center and rehabilitation services by visiting our website or calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000.