• 3 Healthy New Year’s Resolutions to Stick to This Year

    2014 can be the year that you begin taking better care of your body. Making resolutions is a great step toward optimal health, but it is only the beginning. To achieve your goals, you need to stick to your commitments and seek support when necessary. The stroke care professionals at Regional Medical Center of San Jose recommend the following three resolutions to help you achieve a healthier lifestyle .

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    Smoking Cessation
    Smoking is a huge risk factor for some the deadliest conditions, including heart disease, cancer, and stroke. To improve your mood and increase your lifespan, you should make 2014 the year that you stop smoking. Of course, smoking cessation is anything but easy—for a greater chance of success, consider going over the various cessation methods with your doctor. You might also get tips and support from former smokers as you work toward quitting.     

    Weight Loss
    Whether you are obese or only slightly overweight, you might also consider a weight loss regimen for the new year. Reaching a healthy weight can seriously reduce your risk of heart disease, improve your mood, and enhance your confidence. Doctors recommend at least  150 minutes of exercise  every week—even if it’s nothing more than brisk walking. More fruits and vegetables and fewer packaged foods can also help you achieve your weight loss goals.   

    Better Health Management
    Ultimately, you are your own best healthcare provider. However, it’s also a good idea to seek professional guidance from time to time. If you tend to avoid the doctor, make 2014 the year that you let others help you with your health management. Visiting the doctor for an annual physical exam is great for identifying and treating small problems before they become serious, and regularly attending health seminars can give you the tools to live a healthier life.    

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose can help you stick to your 2014 resolutions. Our urgent care professionals are always standing by, and our Health To You (H2U) program can provide you with vital health information. Call our  San Jose heart hospital  at (408) 259-4000 if you have any questions.  

  • Tips for Preventing Flu This Season

    The medical community encourages healthy lifestyle practices such as frequent hand washing and nutritious eating habits for flu prevention. As this video explains, though, the elderly community should also consider flu vaccinations.

    Most children and adults are encouraged to get annual flu vaccinations, but the older segment of the population can especially benefit from this preventative measure. Of those who succumb to flu-related complications each year, most of them are individuals who are age 65 and older. However, all seniors with Medicare coverage can receive complimentary flu vaccinations during each flu season. This feature of Medicare health insurance could save the lives of thousands of elderly insurance recipients each fall and winter.

    Have you received your flu vaccination yet? If not, call  Regional Medical Center of San Jose  at (408) 259-4000 to schedule an appointment. 

  • Tips for Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

    Weight gain is so prevalent around the holidays that many people simply resign themselves to adding on a few pounds. However, even five pounds can have a damaging impact on your health. The more weight that you carry, the more stress that you place on your heart and joints. More weight can also increase your risk of problems such as type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea. You can avoid these health pitfalls by sticking to the following wellness tips. For more health suggestions, contact Regional Medical Center of San Jose .

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    Keep Gift Baskets Off Your Desk
    Gift baskets are common sights around the holiday season. Yet the delicious foods and beverages they bear can contain a considerable amount of calories. Instead of trying to ignore the tempting snacks on your work desk. If you don’t want to get rid of your gift basket, put it in a less conspicuous spot. Should you want to forego eating the treats that your gift basket contains, give it to a friend or coworker.

    Adjust Your Exercise Regimen to Fit Your Schedule
    Consistent exercise is a fundamental component of a healthy lifestyle. If mounting holiday engagements are getting in the way of your workout sessions, find an alternate schedule until the holidays are done for another year. Change your daily swimming sessions to your lunch hour, or get in your run before work instead of after you come home.

    Avoid Stress-Related Snacking Habits
    The holiday season offers a wide array of delectable dishes. For some people, though, the draw of these foods is not their taste. Stress can run high during the holidays when your boss, family, and friends all are demanding more of your time, energy, and attention. As a result, you may turn to food to put your feelings of anxiety at ease. When you feel your stress levels rising, turn away from that plate of crab cakes or bag of cookies. Instead, find healthier ways to address your anxiety, such as exercise or meditation.

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose can help you ward off unnecessary holiday weight gain. To find out more about the fitness classes we offer to San Jose residents, call (408) 259-4000. You can also visit our website for more detailed listings on our medical services and events.

  • Quick Tricks to Help You De-stress

    Does this holiday season have you more stressed than usual ? Though the holidays are meant to be a time for relaxation, they can often produce the opposite effect in those who celebrate them. Yet no matter the source of your stress, or the time during which you experience it the most, you can implement easy and fast ways to calm your body and spirit. The simplest tactic to de-stress is to concentrate on your breathing. Inhale deeply through your nose and allow your lower abdomen to fill with air. Then slowly exhale through nose and empty your stomach cavity. To stave off stress, you can also find a friend to share a good laugh. If you have a few minutes to spare, you can take a brisk walk around the block as well to shake off holiday anxiety.

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    Would you like  more tips  on how to stay serene this holiday season? Call Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000 to speak with a representative about the Pilates classes we offer at our San Jose hospital. You can also visit our website for additional information on our preventative health services.


  • How to Prevent Orthopedic Injuries This Holiday Season

    One slip and fall accident can quickly cut short your holiday festivities. That is why Regional Medical Center of San Jose hopes to bring greater awareness of orthopedic injuries to the San Jose region. The holiday season can put you and your family at a higher risk for orthopedic injuries from holiday-related activities. By following these prevention suggestions, you can better ensure that you and your loved ones stay injury-free during the holidays.

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    Put Up Decorations with Friends
    Decorating your home with festive décor might be an annual tradition, but trying to lift a Christmas tree or set up an outdoor sleigh can result in a painful herniated disc or strained back muscle. When the time comes to make your home merry and bright, enlist the help of a friend, family member, or neighbor. Many holiday decorations are too large, heavy, or awkward to handle on your own. Reduce your risk of a back injury by reducing the weight you must carry.

    Secure All Climbing Equipment
    Never should more than one person climb a ladder at a time. However, that doesn’t mean that only one person should be handling a ladder at a time. No matter how quick the task or close the reach, do not attempt to climb a ladder without having another person monitoring the stability of the equipment. A shaky ladder could cause you to fall and sustain injury to your back, hips, or knees.

    Keep Holiday Clutter Out of the Way
    Are you often telling your children to put their toys away? Now is the time of year to make sure that everyone in your household does his or her part to clear clutter from common walkways. A stray present, decoration, or toy could prove the catalyst for a dangerous trip and fall accident. So to avoid incurring orthopedic harm this holiday season, make sure that everyone in your home puts each item in its rightful place.

    In the event that you sustain an orthopedic injury, Regional Medical Center of San Jose can help. Our emergency center can attend to your immediate medical concerns, and our orthopedics department can address your long-term health needs. Call us at (408) 259-4000 for more information on our specialty units for San Jose patients.

  • Why Heart Attack Prevention Is Important

    People who suffer heart attacks may not recognize the true source of their symptoms. As a result, they delay getting treatment, which can have grave consequences. This video underscores the importance of urgent care for heart attacks.

    Men and women of all ages can experience a heart attack. Some of those that do, though, may refuse to accept their condition because they think they are too young or too healthy. This is why heart attack awareness and prevention is key to reducing the rate of deaths due to heart disease. Equipping people with the information they need to live healthy lives and seek necessary medical care can prevent heart attack fatalities.

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose offers comprehensive cardiovascular care for heart attack victims. Call our San Jose heart hospital at (408) 259-4000 for more information.

  • How to Avoid Heart Health Issues During the Holidays

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    When the holidays roll around, how much attention do you put toward your heart health? Making your cardiovascular well-being a priority is important during any season, but the holidays can put added stress on your heart due to a variety of reasons. Regional Medical Center of San Jose wishes everyone in the greater San Jose community a healthy and happy holiday season. To ensure that your holidays are good to your heart, consider these health tips:

    Keep Up with Your Workout Sessions
    As busy as the holidays may be, now is not the time to put your exercise routine at the bottom of your to-do list. Not only can physical activity keep your energy levels high during this hectic time of year, but also it can counteract high stress levels and calorie consumption. So even if you have to miss a holiday party or two, maintain your workout sessions for optimal heart health.

    Limit Your Intake of High Fat Foods
    Exercise is an excellent deterrent to the dangers of high-calorie foods, but you can do your heart a favor by not eating them at all. Foods that are high in butter and oil can increase the levels of bad cholesterol in your blood stream. With time, this type of cholesterol can put you at a higher risk for a heart attack . To reduce your heart disease concerns, pass up those second helpings of mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.

    Know the Signs of a Heart Attack
    Did you know that the holidays bring with them more occurrences of heart attack than at other times of the year? To protect your well-being and that of those you love, learn the most common heart attack symptoms. Many heart attack sufferers complain of chest pain, but nausea and fatigue can also develop. Some individuals may also feel light-headed or short of breath. Knowing the signs of a heart attack could save the life of someone you love.

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose offers preventative and treatment services to keep you heart healthy all year round. Call our heart hospital in San Jose at (408) 259-4000 for more information. If you suspect that you or a loved one is suffering from an urgent heart-related medical problem, use our iTriage Symptom Checker to alert our heart hospital staff to your impending arrival.

  • Vaccine Options for the 2013-14 Flu Season

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    Getting any flu shot can significantly lower your chances of contracting it, but you can choose from among more than a half-dozen different vaccine options. Two flu shot varieties safeguard against four strains of the disease. One can be taken as a nasal spray, and the other is given as an injection. The remaining flu vaccine choices provide protection for three forms of the illness. Individuals who would rather not get a traditional flu shot can receive one that enters only the skin and not the underlying muscle tissue. The public can also get an egg-free flu shot. However, those with no egg allergies can safely receive a vaccination containing egg. Some people may opt for the flu shot with a vaccine solution created with cell culture. An especially strong form of the vaccination is available as well for seniors, as they often are more at risk for flu complications such as pneumonia.

    Have you received your 2013-14 flu shot? Call Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000 for a vaccination time. Our San Jose hospital would be happy to explain in further detail your flu shot options.

  • Regional Medical Center of San Jose Opens New Four-Story Hospital Tower

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    Regional Medical Center symbolically opened its new four-story hospital tower today with a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by Regional’s President and CEO Mike Johnson, and attended by San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, City Councilmember Xavier Campos, County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO Matt Mahood, and many other dignitaries and guests. The opening signifies Regional’s near completion of a $330-million expansion project that, in addition to the new hospital tower, includes: a two-story hospital wing, Emergency Room expansion and renovation, Breast Care Center, expanded Intensive Care Unit, elevated Helipad, and Cardiac Catheterization Electrophysiology Lab.

    “This is an exciting day for Regional Medical Center and parent company HCA (Hospital Corporation of America),” said Johnson. “Regional Medical Center has totally reinvented itself with this expansion project. The new tower will open to patients in January 2014 with all private rooms and advanced technology to help us better serve Silicon Valley’s health care needs.”

    Mayor Reed said “this is a big day in the city of San Jose. Regional Medical Center invested in this site to provide better access to healthcare and quality of services for a large part of the city. We’re delighted to see this brand new facility open.”

    The Mayor, Councilmember Campos and Supervisor Chavez presented Regional city and county proclamations commending Regional for serving the healthcare needs of the community.   

    The privately funded 340,000 square-foot project, built by Skanska USA, provided more than 1,000 jobs to the community including Disadvantage Business Enterprise subcontractors. Regional remained fully functional during construction and patient care was not disturbed. Environmental impacts were minimal with an elaborate recycling and waste reduction plan and Skanska’s ISO 14001-certified environmental management system that reduces construction impacts.  

    The four-story tower will add 81 private beds and largely serve as Regional’s replacement hospital.