• Should you be worried if your heart flutters?

    Nearly everyone experiences the feeling of a fluttering heart from time to time. In some cases, it’s a response to an outside stimulus and not indicative of any medical problem. In other instances, it could be a clue you have a condition that needs to be evaluated by your physician. How can you tell the difference? Here’s what you need to know.

    What are heart flutters?
    As stated in the video, heart flutters – or heart palpitations – when your heart is not beating in its normal rhythm. You may feel as though your heart is beating much faster than normal or that it is beating erratically.

    In some cases, heart palpitations come and go on their own. In other instances, they may linger for a longer period. You may also notice that your heart palpitations tend to happen at the same time or in the same circumstances, such as when you wake up in the morning or when you lie down.

    What causes palpitations?
    There is a long list of things that can cause heart palpitations. Some possible triggers include:

    • Medications
    • Caffeine
    • Low blood sugar
    • Arrhythmias
    • Anxiety
    • Heart disease
    • Nicotine

    You may be able to notice clues about what is causing your heart palpitations by paying attention to when they occur. For instance, if your heart flutters after you have coffee, caffeine may be to blame. Keeping a journal of your symptoms and when they happen can be helpful to you and your doctor.

    When should I call my physician?
    If you experience heart palpitations and don’t know why, then call your physician so that he or she can make a diagnosis. Your physician may perform an EKG or may ask you to wear a monitor to see what your heart is doing over an extended period of time.

    If you have heart palpitations and feel dizzy, overheated, or confused, or if you are experiencing chest tightness or pain, go to the emergency room for care.

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose provides extensive heart care services, including specialized care for heart rhythm issues in our electrophysiology lab . For help with your heart health in San Jose, contact us at (888) 762-8881 to get a referral to a physician.

  • Dealing with holiday stress while you’re pregnant

    Even though the holidays are happy, they’re always a little stressful as well. The pressure of hosting guests, attending events, cooking, choosing gifts and more can be overwhelming, and when you’re pregnant that pressure is even more intense. Fortunately, there are things you can do to alleviate your holiday stress without putting your health or the health of your baby on the line. Beat holiday stress during pregnancy with this advice.

    Know what your triggers are

    The best way to stop stress is to prevent it from happening in the first place. By figuring out what stresses you out you can take steps to avoid those triggers .

    When you feel stressed, ask yourself what started it. If standing in long lines at the mall is stressing you out, consider shopping online or changing the time you shop. If the idea of cooking a holiday meal is wearing you out, buy premade food and ask friends and family to help. By removing stressful things from your plate you’ll feel less overwhelmed.

    Make time for rest

    Being tired can also exacerbate stress, and when you’re pregnant you need more rest than usual. Make getting enough sleep each night your top priority and when you feel like you need to rest, allow yourself the time.

    If possible, have a team on standby to jump in if you need help, such as a friend you can call to keep an eye on your other kids while you get a nap. You’ll be much less likely to feel overwhelmed if you are rested.

    Choose healthy foods

    Reaching for empty calories will leave you and your baby feeling depleted, and that will make it harder for you to cope with any stress that does arise. Choose a well-balanced diet with a variety of lean proteins, whole-grain carbs, fruits, and vegetables.

    There are often calorie-rich foods packed with sugars and fats around during the holidays. Some indulgences are fine, but make sure you stick to a healthy eating plan throughout the season.

    At the Family Birthing Center at Regional Medical Center of San Jose, we’re committed to helping moms and babies have the healthiest possible pregnancies, labors, and deliveries. Find out for yourself why so many moms choose to have their babies at our hospital in San Jose, and contact us to arrange a tour. Call (888) 762-8881 for more information.

  • Supporting a loved one who’s been diagnosed with lung cancer

    Finding out that a loved one has lung cancer can be overwhelming. Knowing exactly how to provide support can be difficult, but there are steps you can take that will make a true impact on the person dealing with the disease. If your loved one has lung cancer, here are some things you can do to offer your support.

    Help with Treatment
    Cancer treatment can be difficult to manage for a long list of reasons. Sometimes, simply keeping track of appointments can be challenging. You can help your loved one get the best possible care by providing support, such as:

    • Keep a schedule of appointments
    • Provide transportation
    • Come to appointments and take notes
    • Help your loved one make a list of questions

    After some forms of treatment, your loved one may feel unwell. Offer to help with things like cleaning, running errands, and preparing meals until he or she feels better.

    Build a Support System
    Even if you take on the role of primary caregiver for your loved one, it will take a network of support to ensure that he or she gets all of the necessary assistance. Know who you can call on when you need help with transportation, picking up medications, or otherwise providing basic care for your loved one’s needs.

    This support system is essential for anyone providing care, since it allows you to care for yourself as well. Keep in mind that you can’t give your loved one the kind of support he or she needs if you don’t also care for your own needs.

    Listen to Your Loved One
    If you don’t know what kind of support your loved one wants, it is OK to ask. He or she will likely have some very specific things that you can do to offer your assistance.

    Sometimes, your loved one may just need someone to listen. Try to resist the urge to attempt to fix things or make everything OK. Listening is often what your loved one really needs.

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose’s Cancer Care program is dedicated to helping patients and their families get the support and hope they need as they battle this life-changing disease. We are a designated lung cancer screening center in San Jose and offer the very latest in cutting-edge care to our patients. Help is available. Please call our hospital for more information at (888) 762-8881.

  • A Look at the Progression of Type-2 Diabetes

    Type 2 diabetes is a lifelong, chronic condition that typically develops slowly. Unlike type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune condition in which the body’s immune system attacks the pancreas, type 2 diabetes occurs when the body can no longer effectively use the insulin produced by the pancreas to control blood glucose. This often occurs due to excess weight, which interferes with the way the body uses insulin. If you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or warned that you could develop it, understanding how the disease progresses can help you manage your care and minimize side effects.

    Early symptoms
    Frequently, people with type 2 diabetes do not have any symptoms at all in the earliest stages of the disease. It is possible to have type 2 diabetes but not experience any symptoms of the illness for years. When symptoms do appear, they include:

    • Increased thirst
    • Increased urination
    • Fatigue
    • Infections that are slow to heal
    • Increased hunger
    • Blurred vision

    These symptoms indicate that blood glucose levels are high. It’s important to consult a physician as soon as possible if you have these symptoms, as high blood glucose levels can cause dangerous complications if left untreated.

    Disease complications
    The progression of type 2 diabetes depends largely on how well the condition is managed. If you work with your physician to keep your blood glucose levels in a healthy range, you can often avoid many of the potential consequences. If type 2 diabetes is left uncontrolled, some potential complications include:

    • Neuropathy
    • Kidney damage
    • Vision impairment
    • Infections that won’t heal that can lead to amputation
    • Heart disease
    • Stroke

    People with diabetes have an increased risk of heart disease and stroke, even when their conditions are controlled. But uncontrolled diabetes increases that risk even more.

    Preventing complications
    You can slow or prevent complications from type 2 diabetes with healthy habits, such as:

    • Seeing your doctor regularly
    • Checking your blood glucose as recommended
    • Taking your medications are prescribed
    • Losing weight
    • Being active

    Take control of your health today with the help of a physician at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Our hospital in San Jose offers comprehensive acute care and chronic disease management. Call us today at (888) 762-8881 to request a referral to one of our specialists.