• How to help your child when they’re getting bullied

    It is heartbreaking for parents to hear that their child is getting bullied. However, if you hear this from your child, it is important to take action. Getting involved with bullying prevention while helping your child cope with the pain that comes from being the victim of bullying are important ways to protect your child and set a standard of care in your community. If your child shares with you that he or is being bullied, take these steps.

Resist the urge to contact the other child’s parents
If a bully is targeting your child, your first instinct may be to call that child’s parents. In most cases, this strategy is ineffective and can even exacerbate the situation. Don’t assume that the other parents will share your concerns or view the incidents that have happened in the same way.

It may be necessary for the other child’s parents to be involved in addressing the issue. However, your child’s school or the local authorities should be the one to make contact with them. Allowing a third party to do so also helps to convey to the other parents the seriousness of the issue.

Gather complete information
In order to advocate for your child, you will need complete information about all of the occasions in which the bullying took place. This information will help you when you address the bullying issue with the appropriate person and will set up a scenario in which your child feels comfortable coming to you about future bullying episodes.

Write down the information your child provides, so that you have the story correct moving forward. You may need to repeat the information to several different people, so having this written account will help.

Address the issue at your child’s school
Don’t let bullying occur at your child’s school without approaching the administration about your concerns. Bring your written record and calmly describe your concern to the school principal.

Follow up after your meeting with the principal that recaps your discussion and your expectations. Knowing that you’re committed to getting bullying out of the school will encourage the administration to join your fight.

If your child has been bullied, he or she may also benefit from discussing the issue with his or her physician at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Get a referral to a helpful specialist at our hospital in San Jose by calling (888) 762-8881.

  • Why you should participate in Check Your Meds Day

    If you’re like many people, over the years, the number of medications you take increases. You may eventually find yourself taking multiple pills every day without really considering the pros and cons of the doses and how you’re taking them. Check Your Meds Day is a chance to pause and review your medications and make sure they are still the most appropriate treatments for your needs. If a pharmacy is participating in Check Your Meds Day on October 21, 2018, here is what you need to know about the event and the benefits from taking part.

  • What happens during Check Your Meds Day?
    On Check Your Meds Day, participating pharmacies perform brown bag checks of your medications. Simply bring in all of your medications, and you’ll have the chance to speak to a pharmacist about your treatment regime, side effects, and more.

    As your pharmacist checks your medicines, he or she may ask your questions to assess how the medications are meeting your needs. Keep in mind that your pharmacist can’t change your prescriptions, but he or she can make recommendations that you can discuss with your physician.

    Who should consider going to Check Your Meds Day?
    Anyone who takes prescription medications on a regular basis can benefit from Check Your Meds Day. However, if any of these statements apply to you, the event can be especially beneficial:

    • Your medications are prescribed by different doctors.
    • You have more than one medication for the same health issue.
    • You struggle to pay for medication.
    • You experience medication side effects.
    • You have been taking the same medicines for longer than three months.

    What are the benefits of attending?
    When your pharmacist reviews your medications, he or she may be able to make important suggestions, such as:

    • Changing medications to a more affordable ones
    • Lifestyle strategies that can help to minimize side effects
    • Ways to change how you take medications to make them more effective

    Your physician at Regional Medical Center of San Jose can review your Check Your Meds Day recommendations with you to see if any changes to your current healthcare regime would be beneficial. For more information about our hospital or a physician referral, please call (888) 762-8881.

  • Know your risk for cardiac arrest

    Cardiac arrest often happens without warning, catching both the sufferer and their loved ones off-guard. However, although symptoms may not appear before the cardiac arrest incident occurs, by knowing your risk factors for experiencing it, you can be aware and let your loved ones know to be vigilant as well. Cardiac arrest can result in death in minutes if a sufferer doesn’t receive emergency care right away, so it’s important to know and manage these risk factors.

    Previous heart attack
    Many people who experience cardiac arrest have had a heart attack in the past. During a heart attack, the heart can become so damaged that the malfunction that causes cardiac arrest is more likely to happen.

    Having a family history of massive heart attacks can also increase the risk of experiencing cardiac arrest, even if you have not experienced a heart attack personally.

    Rapid heart rate
    Before experiencing cardiac arrest, many sufferers have periodic episodes of rapid heart rate. The sensation of a racing heart may come and go without any warning or without any clear reason. For example, you may notice that your heart seems to be racing while you are at rest.

    You don’t have to be officially diagnosed with an abnormal heart rhythm to experience this symptom. However, being diagnosed with any kind of arrhythmia does increase the risk of cardiac arrest.

    Low ejection fraction
    Ejection fraction, or EF, refers to how much blood your ventricles pump every time your heart beats. If your EF is low, your risk of experiencing cardiac arrest is increased.

    Generally, an EF of less than 35% is considered to be low. However, your physician can determine if your EF is low and if your chances are having cardiac arrest are higher than normal.

    Cardiac arrest is a serious, life-threatening condition, but the ER at Regional Medical Center of San Jose are here to provide life-saving heart care around the clock. Our cardiovascular department also includes a specialized cardiac electrophysiology lab for treating problems with heart rhythm. For a referral to a cardiac specialist in San Jose, call (888) 762-8881.

  • Should you have genetic testing to assess your breast cancer risk?

    For some women, breast cancer is the result of a specific genetic mutation. Most of the cases of breast cancer that are linked to a genetic mutation are caused by the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations. Because of this, many women wonder if they should have genetic testing performed to determine if they have the mutations. Knowing that the mutations are present can help women take a more informed approach to preventive care. However, genetic testing is not right for all women—and in some cases, it can cause more problems than it solves. Here are some of the things to consider when you’re making your decision about genetic testing.

    Do you have a family history of breast cancer?
    Generally, genetic testing is not recommended for people who do not have a family history of breast cancer. It should be considered only if you have a family history of breast cancer, including family members who developed the disease at a young age and cases of breast cancer in men in the family.

    These cases should have occurred in close family members—parents, siblings, children, grandparents, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and first cousins. Breast cancer in more distant relatives is not usually considered to be a good indicator of the need for genetic testing.

    Do you have a family history of other kinds of cancer?
    As discussed in the video, there are some other forms of cancer that are also linked to gene mutations. These include:

    • Ovarian cancer
    • Pancreatic cancer
    • Metastatic or aggressive prostate cancer

    If close family members have experienced these diseases, talk to your physician about whether genetic testing could be right for you.

    Are you prepared for all of the potential outcomes?
    Having a gene mutation associated with breast cancer does not guarantee that you will get the disease, but it does put you in a position of having to make a decision about what steps to take next. Some people find the knowledge that they have a gene mutation more stressful than helpful.

    Talk to your women’s services specialist at Regional Medical Center of San Jose to find out if genetic testing could be helpful for you. We offer comprehensive women’s health services and cancer care, using a variety of advanced screening and diagnostic tools. To learn more, call us at (888) 762-8881.