• How Women’s Stroke Symptoms Differ from Stroke Symptoms in Men

    Women are not only more likely than men to suffer a stroke; they are also more likely to ignore stroke symptoms and avoid going to the hospital. As this video from Regional Medical Center physician, Dr. Raul Guisado, explains, seeking immediate care is a necessity for surviving a stroke, so you should head to the hospital whenever you suspect that you may be having a stroke. If you are a woman, you should be aware of some of the more subtle signs of stroke that might alert you that something is wrong. In addition to the sudden signs of stroke, such as numbness or weakness in one side of the body, difficulty speaking or understanding simple statements, and changes in vision, women should look out for the following symptoms that are often not seen in male stroke victims.

    Anxious feelings

    When suffering a stroke, you may notice feelings of anxiety like jitteriness or an uneasy feeling in your stomach. These symptoms may be amplified by the confusion that stroke can cause . You will want to avoid writing off these feelings as something benign by assuming that you could not be suffering a stroke due to your age or good health. Many of the risk factors for stroke can exist without warning signs, and stroke can strike at any age.

    Tightness in the chest

    A stroke might feel more similar to a heart attack for some women, as tightness in the chest and shortness of breath are not uncommon. Whether you suspect that you are having a stroke or a heart attack, a 911 call to seek emergency care will be the right step.


    Nausea is another unique stroke symptom for women. Many women will describe the experience of having a stroke as feeling generally ill with no explanation for the sudden onset of symptoms.

    To learn more about the signs of stroke that you should not ignore, connect with Regional Medical Center of San Jose through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (888) 762-8881. Our Comprehensive Stroke Center can provide the right care when it matters most, utilizing the most advanced technologies and screenings.

  • What Does a Heart Attack Feel Like?

    When you picture someone having a heart attack , you might envision a person grabbing at his chest and complaining of shooting pain in the arm. This common depiction of a heart attack is typically not what patients actually see because symptoms can vary dramatically from patient to patient. Most often, individuals suffering from a heart attack will feel suddenly ill and be a bit unsure of what is causing their symptoms. Here is a closer look at the symptoms you might experience during a heart attack as well as the procedures that take place in the hospital after a heart attack is diagnosed.

    Common symptoms

    The most frequent symptom of a heart attack is discomfort, pain, or pressure in the center of the chest. This pain may be progressive, or it might come and go in waves. Upper body discomfort, difficulty breathing, and heartburn are also common. Additionally, there may be changes in the heartbeat such as a change in rhythm or a pounding heartbeat.

    Lesser-known symptoms

    A heart attack can bring more general feelings of discomfort, especially in female patients. These symptoms might include weakness and fatigue, body aches, flu-like symptoms, and cold sweats. If you have any of these symptoms, you should not hesitate to seek emergency care right away.

    Hospital experience

    One thing that every heart attack patient will have in common regardless of symptoms will be the emergency and rehabilitative care in the hospital. At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, we will ensure that blood flow is quickly restored to the heart and work to create a rehabilitation plan upon your discharge from the hospital to pave the way to a future of better heart health. The video clip above shares more of the details of the discharge experience, which will include follow-up appointments and a personal check-in call from one of our registered nurses like Tawnya Sargent.

    To learn more about the heart attack care and other cardiovascular services available at Regional Medical Center of San Jose, call (888) 762-8881 and speak with one of our registered nurses.

  • Heart Attack in Women: What You Need to Know

    Women’s heart attack awareness is improving, but there is still a common trend among women to ignore heart attack symptoms and miss out on the life-saving treatment available in the ER to address these symptoms. Heart disease is the leading killer of women in the United States, accounting for about five times more fatalities than breast cancer. To reduce the number of heart attack related deaths among women in San Jose, here are some key facts to know about heart attack from Regional Medical Center :

    Women have distinct risk factors

    Any woman who takes hormonal birth control or is using estrogen replacement therapy may have a higher risk of blood clots, which can lead to both heart attack and stroke. Women who smoke in combination with these drugs are at a particularly high risk for heart attack.

    Women have unique heart attack symptoms

    Chest pain is the most common symptom of a heart attack, but about one-third of women will not experience chest pain when blood flow to the heart becomes restricted. In general, women tend to have milder heart attack symptoms with unique signs such as extreme fatigue, dizziness, weakness, body aches, heart palpitations, and feelings of panic.

    Women frequently under-report symptoms

    Because women have distinct heart attack symptoms that may be seemingly unrelated to the heart, they tend to under-report symptoms in the ER. For example, many women will have flu-like symptoms for several days before acute chest pain arises, and they may not report these symptoms when they head to the hospital for chest pain. It is important to give ER staff the complete possible picture of your heart health, so any recent symptoms should be discussed in triage.

    When you need medical care right away for a heart attack, the ER at Regional Medical Center of San Jose is there for you with advanced care technologies and consistently low wait times. To stay connected with our hospital or find a physician for your preventive cardiovascular care, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (888) 762-8881.

  • Why You Should Not Gamble with Heart Attack Symptoms

    Having a heart attack is a scary experience because you may not immediately recognize what is happening when symptoms arise. Many people have the misconception that heart attack symptoms are very obvious and easily recognizable, but symptoms can be somewhat subtle. You might also experience earlier warning signs before a heart attack even takes place. At any time you do suspect that you or a loved one might be having a heart attack, you should seek emergency medical care right away because a heart attack can progress quickly to cause permanent damage to the heart. This article will take a closer look at the importance of getting medical attention for a heart attack, even when you are not sure if a heart attack is the cause of your symptoms.

    Not everyone has the same symptoms

    There is a long list of possible heart attack symptoms, including chest pain , pressure in the chest, shortness of breath, upper body discomfort, nausea, lightheadedness, and cold sweats. You may have all of these symptoms or just a few, and the experience can differ for everyone. Therefore, you should not rule out a heart attack just because you are not showing every possible symptom.

    Damage to the heart happens quickly

    During a heart attack, the heart muscle is damaged by a shortage of oxygen-rich blood. This damage is permanent, and it can happen rather fast. That means that the longer you wait to seek medical care, the more damage might take place. By prioritizing your care and calling 911 at the first signs of a heart attack, you can increase your chances of survival and reduce long-term disabilities related to your heart health.

    Symptoms will still need to be addressed

    Even if you are not having a heart attack, your symptoms might indicate a potentially serious condition, especially if you have chest pain and shortness of breath. When you are in the emergency room for your care doctors can pinpoint the cause of your symptoms and recommend the next steps in your care.

    If you are ever uncertain about your medical care needs, the Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at Regional Medical Center of San Jose can help you determine the right steps in your care. To connect with us, call (888) 762-8881.