• What Can You Do to Prevent Osteoporosis?

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    Osteoporosis is a serious—and common—condition that can strike any gender and at any age, but most often affects women after menopause. Just because osteoporosis tends to impact older women doesn’t mean that it is a normal part of aging. There are steps men and women alike can take to protect their bones and reduce their chances of suffering from dangerous osteoporosis fractures that need urgent care . Cut your odds of developing osteoporosis with these tips.

    Maximize Your Calcium and Vitamin D Intake

    Calcium and vitamin D are the founding blocks of strong bones. Food is the best source of calcium. Look for it in dairy products and green vegetables. Some cereals, fruit juices, and breads are also fortified with calcium to help you increase your intake. Talk to your doctor about how much calcium you should be getting each day based on your gender and age. If you don’t think you’re getting enough from food, ask your doctor if you should take a supplement. Vitamin D is found in milk and fatty fishes, but most people don’t get enough from food alone. Sunlight is the best source of vitamin D, but skin cancer risk means most people can’t get enough from sunlight, either. Your doctor can run a blood test to determine if you’re deficient in vitamin D and can recommend a supplement.

    Don’t Smoke

    Smoking has a disastrous effect on bone health. It can speed up the rate of estrogen loss, which leaves bones vulnerable. The chemicals in cigarettes can also cause cell damage throughout the body, including the bones, and restrict the flow of nutrient-rich blood that helps to keep bones healthy.

    Exercise

    Regular physical activity supports strong bones. Weight-bearing exercises, like jogging, can be especially beneficial. If you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, talk to your doctor about safe activities for you.

    The Orthopedics & Joint Replacement department at Regional Medical Center of San Jose can treat joints damaged by osteoporosis and related fractures. In addition to orthopedic care, our hospital provides urgent care in our emergency room, heart care, stroke care, robotic surgery, and more. For a referral to one of our physicians, please call (408) 259-4000. 

  • What Does It Mean to Be a Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center?

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    If you or someone you love is experiencing a stroke, where you get emergency care matters. Strokes require urgent intervention to prevent as much brain damage as possible, and not every hospital is equipped to handle these medical crises efficiently. Before you need care, find out which hospitals in your area are certified Comprehensive Stroke Centers . What does it mean to be certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center? Here is what you need to know.

    Certification Requirements

    The Joint Commission awards certifications for stroke centers based on several different criteria. Certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center is a step above Primary Stroke Center, and Comprehensive Centers must meet all of the same criteria as Primary Centers. This means that the hospital must have a dedicated stroke program with medical professionals trained in stroke care. They must be able to provide individualized care and assist in post-discharge patient care. To become a Comprehensive Stroke Center, in addition to meeting those requirements, hospitals must also have a 24-hour neuro-critical unit for stroke patients, on-site advanced imaging capabilities, and the ability to perform complex stroke treatments for a set number of patients each year. Comprehensive Stroke Centers must also undergo peer reviews and take part in stroke research.

    Certification Benefits

    Getting treatment at a hospital with a Comprehensive Stroke Center offers many benefits to patients. They can get diagnosis and treatment faster, even in complex cases, thanks to around-the-clock neurology staffing. They also have access to extensive rehabilitation programs and support with coordinating post-discharge care. Overall, stroke patients receive more aggressive treatment and recovery support in Comprehensive Stroke Centers than in other facilities.

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose is proud to hold the designation of Comprehensive Stroke Center and to provide cutting-edge care to stroke patients. You can get more information about stroke care and all of our medical services by calling us at (408) 259-4000. 

  • Diagnostic Procedures You Can Expect in the ER

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    When you visit the ER, diagnosing your condition is the first action the doctors will take. A number of different diagnostic tests can be performed in the ER so that doctors can provide you with the urgent care you need. The right tests for you depend on your symptoms and medical history, but here is a look at some of the tests the ER physicians may order:

    Blood Tests

    Blood tests can help your doctor diagnose a wide range of conditions. Blood tests can help your doctor determine if you’re suffering from a heart attack, have high or low blood glucose levels, have a problem with your liver, or any number of other health problems. Blood tests are also useful in cases of drug overdoses. In some cases, blood tests may be the only diagnostic exams your doctor needs to perform, while in other instances, they are used in conjunction with other tests.

    Diagnostic Imaging

    Diagnostic imaging tests, like X-rays and CT scans, are also important components of care in the ER. Imaging tests can diagnose broken bones, inflamed organs, torn muscles, and more. They can also be used to help determine if you are having a stroke. Diagnostic imaging may be used for diagnosis and also to track the effectiveness of your treatment after you’re discharged from the ER.

    EKG

    An electrocardiogram, or EKG, tracks the electrical activity of your heart. An EKG is an important part of diagnosing heart attacks. If you go to the ER with chest pain, then an EKG will almost certainly be part of your care.

    The emergency room of Regional Medical Center of San Jose is fully equipped to provide the urgent care you need for a wide range of health conditions and is backed by the full scope of all our hospital services. Learn more about the care we provide, from robotic surgery to stroke care, by calling (408) 259-4000.

  • Understanding Hemorrhagic Stroke

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    Hemorrhagic strokes are also known as bleeds. They account for about 13 percent of all strokes and occur when a blood vessel ruptures inside of the brain. Although they are less common than ischemic strokes, which are caused by blood clots, they still require the same level of urgent medical care.

    What Causes Hemorrhagic Stroke?

    A rupture of a blood vessel causes hemorrhagic stroke. When this occurs, blood pours into the brain and causes an increase in pressure. Most blood vessel ruptures occur for one of two reasons: aneurysm or arteriovenous malformation (AVN) . With an aneurysm, a weakened part of a blood vessel balloons outward, causing it to weaken further. If the aneurysm is left untreated, eventually the blood vessel can rupture. AVN is a cluster of blood vessels that are abnormally formed. The abnormal formation of the blood vessels leaves them vulnerable to breakage. Any vessel in an AVN cluster can rupture and cause bleeding in the brain.

    What Are the Symptoms?

    The symptoms of hemorrhagic stroke are the same as the symptoms for ischemic stroke. These include weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, severe headache, and confusion. It is not possible to determine what kind of stroke someone is having based on symptoms alone.

    How Are Hemorrhagic Strokes Treated?

    When you go to the hospital with stroke symptoms, the first step the medical team will take is to determine if you are having a stroke and what kind you are having. In the case of a hemorrhagic stroke, treatment is focused on stopping the bleed and relieving pressure. This can include endovascular procedures and surgical treatment.

    The Comprehensive Stroke Center at Regional Medical Center of San Jose can provide the urgent treatment stroke patients need for the best possible outcomes. Learn more about our stroke care and neurology services by calling (408) 259-4000.

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