Studies show that depression is the leading cause of disability for individuals between the ages of 15 and 44 in the United States.
Depression refers to a mental illness characterized by feelings of intense sadness, low mood, and lack of interest in everyday activities that interferes with one’s ability to function normally. Some individuals can suffer from depression for weeks, months, or even years and are unable to recover without sufficient treatment.
Causes and Risk Factors
Depression may be caused by a number of mental, physical, and environmental factors, such as:
- Chronic stress or stressful life events
- Low self-esteem
- Genetic predisposition
- Altered brain structure and function following a stroke
- Illnesses such as chronic pain, hypothyroidism, anemia, Parkinson’s disease, or cancer
- Imbalances in the hormones and chemicals within the brain
- Substance abuse and smoking
- Family history of depression
- Certain medications, such as those used to treat high blood pressure, asthma, arthritis, heart problems, and high cholesterol
While depression can vary from person to person and change over time, some of the most common symptoms of depression include:
- Persistent feelings of emptiness, anxiety, or sadness
- Feeling tired, oversleeping, or difficulty sleeping
- Loss of interest in hobbies, activities, and sex
- Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
- Changes in eating habits, weight gain or loss
- Thoughts of death or suicide
There are many treatment options available for individuals with depression, such as psychotherapy, diet and exercise, antidepressant medications, electroconvulsive therapy, vagal nerve stimulation, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and bright light therapy.
Are you showing signs of depression? Let our physicians and nurses with Regional Medical Center of San Jose help identify your symptoms and provide the best treatment options for your needs. Contact us online, visit our website, or give us a call for more information. (408) 259-4000
While the numbers have changed over the years, HIV and AIDS cases are still prevalent among individuals in the United States. This Saturday, October 15th is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day. Learn more about AIDS among Latinos and help spread awareness.
What is HIV?
HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is a disease that can lead to acquired immune deficiency (AIDS). There are two types of HIV; however, unless otherwise specified, the term HIV primarily refers to HIV-1 in the United States. Both HIV-1 and HIV-2 destroy CD4+ T cells, blood cells that help the body fight off disease—but studies show that HIV-2 tends to develop more slowly and less aggressively than HIV-1. Late stage HIV infection is known as AIDS and occurs when the body’s immune system has been so severely damaged that it can no longer fight off diseases, increasing the risk for cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, liver disease, and cancer.
Latino Risk Factors
While HIV and AIDS can be contracted by all individuals, the HIV epidemic is a significantly higher risk to those within the Hispanic and Latino community . In fact, Latinos represented nearly 15% of the HIV cases in the United States in 2006. This means that the rate of new HIV infections among Latinos was 2.5 times higher than whites during that year. Risk factors among Latinos which increase the risk of contracting HIV and Aids include:
- Cultural factors which encourage avoidance of testing, counseling, or treatments for fear of discrimination
- Socioeconomic factors such as language barriers and poverty
- Unprotected male-to-male sexual contact
- Injection drug use
If or a loved one is in need of HIV screening, Regional Medical Center of San Jose is here to help. For more information, visit our website or contact us at (408) 259-4000.
A recent survey by the National Mental Health Association, showed that Americans are severely stressed out.
In this video , we take a closer look at the causes and consequences of stress. The most common causes of stress among adults include finances, health, employment issues, and parenting responsibilities. Stress can be an enormous problem as it can lead to physical and mental health consequences when left uncontrolled. Learn how some people de-stress in this full clip.
Are you suffering from stress? Learn more about your health options by contacting Regional Medical Center of San Jose by calling (408) 259-4000 or visiting our website.
Are you looking for the very best Trauma Level II center in your area? Do you know how to recognize the symptoms of a stroke? If you’re interested in more information on the warning signs of a stroke or Regional Medical Center of San Jose’s awards, accreditations, or Trauma Level II emergency care services, then check out some of these great resources:
- Learn more about Regional Medical Center of San Jose’s accreditation through the Leapfrog Group by visiting their website.
- This link from QualityCheck.org provides an overview on the standards and codes of ethics to be considered for the QualityCheck award.
- Check out this link from the American College of Surgeons for a full list of verified Trauma Level II centers, including the Regional Medical Center of San Jose.
- Learn more about why CT scans are used from this RadiologyInfo.org article.
- Regional Medical Center of San Jose’s emergency department was named the Best Department of the Year by the California Emergency Physicians organization. Learn more by visiting the CEP website.
- RMC of San Jose is conveniently located just off of the I-680 . Make sure you know how to find our facility with this link from AARoads.com.
- Do you know how to recognize the symptoms of a stroke? Visit this link from Stroke.org for more information on the Act F.A.S.T method.
- What exactly is a stroke? Check out this article from MedicalNewsToday.com for a full overview.
- Find out more information on the warning signs of a heart attack with this mayoclinic.com article.
- Check out this link from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a listing of stroke risk factors.
For more information, visit our website or call the Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000 today!
Regional Medical Center of San Jose Would Like to Invite You to Join Us at Two Great Events This Weekend!
Join Councilmember Rose Herrera for:
Day in the Park Festival
Saturday, October1st, 2011
10am – 3pm
Lake Cunningham Regional Park
2305 S. White Road San Jose, CA 95148
(Between Cunningham and Tully)
This is a FREE event!
For more information, call (408) 535-4980.
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Join Senator Elaine K. Alquist – Representing the Heart of the Silicon Valley:
Community Health Forum on HEALTHY FAMILY LIVING
Saturday, October 1, 2011
9am – 12:30pm
Mayfair Community Center
2039 Kammerer Ave, San Jose, CA
Do you know how to adequately recognize the warning signs of a medical emergency? It’s important to learn common symptoms to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Available for the iPhone, Android phones, and mobile web browsing, the new iTriage Symptom Checker app allows you to find nearby healthcare providers, research your symptoms for potential causes, and even look into possible procedure and treatment options. Download the app today and help protect yourself from a medical emergency whenever it may arise.
If you’re suffering from a medical illness or traumatic injury, then you’ll want the very best team of physicians, nurses, and medical staff members by your side. Contact Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000 and let us help you during your time of need.
The Regional Medical of San Jose treats more than 2,000 patients each year for traumatic or life-threatening illnesses and injuries. In fact, our accredited Level II Trauma Center was designated as one of the three trauma centers that constitute the trauma-care system in Santa Clara County by the County Board of Supervisors.
Our Level II Trauma Center includes a three-bed resuscitation bay located in the 39-bed emergency department, a 24-bed intensive care unit, and a fully functioning operating room for trauma victims. All of our services, including laboratory services, radiology, MRI, CT scanning, and blood bank services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
All of our patients are seen by a multidisciplinary team of experienced, highly-trained specialists including trauma surgeons, trauma nurses, orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, vascular surgeons, plastic surgeons, respiratory therapists, physical therapist, case managers, and social workers. This multidisciplinary team ensures that all medical subspecialties and aspects of care are coordinated to match the needs of each individual trauma patient. In this way, our doctors, nurses, and support staff help to decrease the mortality rate for patients suffering from traumatic injuries.
Our facility also strives to provide easier access to the trauma system in the event of an emergency. When you call 9-1-1, your call launches a response team of highly trained paramedics to assess your injuries and determine what level of care is needed.
Trauma Center at Regional Medical Center of San Jose provides truly exceptional care. Download our trauma guide (also available in Spanish and Vietnamese ) to learn about what trauma is, who is brought to a trauma center, who makes up the trauma team, and more. For additional information, visit our website or give us a call at (408) 259-4000.
Regional Medical Center of San Jose’s emergency department team has earned top rating for providing excellent patient satisfaction, minimal door-to-doctor times, and length of stay improvements in overall patient care.
Our emergency department operates using the ClosER, FastER, BettER approach:
Our 39-bed emergency department is located at the corner of McKee and Jackson, just off I-680 . We also offer parking options for walk-in patients.
Our efficient and specially trained staff members are devoted to providing each and every patient with compassionate, efficient, thorough treatment. In fact, our emergency physicians were the first in the county to utilize the Rapid Medical Evaluation Method, helping our patients obtain emergency medical treatment in just over 30 minutes. Since the implementation of Rapid Medical Evaluation Method, our emergency wait times have decreased by as much as 15%.
- BettER: Regional Medical Center of San Jose is recognized as the area’s first network of accredited Chest Pain Centers, a verified Level II Trauma Center, and a Joint Commission-certified stroke center.
Unlike many other hospitals, Regional Medical Center of San Jose provides fast and efficient emergency care by providing accurate online wait times and ER wait time text message notifications. Wait times are updated every 30 minutes and display the time it takes the patient to see a qualified physician or medical professional from the moment of arrival.
Text “ER” to 23000 to receive current emergency room wait times via text message. Need to speak with someone right away? Our Consult-A-Nurse® service is offered 24/7. Simply dial (408) 259-4000 to speak with one of our nurses.
When an individual suffers from a stroke, the blood supply to the brain is reduced or completely interrupted and is often caused by a rupture or clot within the vessels of the brain. The reduced or interrupted blood supply deprives the brain of essential nutrients and oxygenated blood causing the brain cells to die, often within just a few minutes. While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a tissue plasminogen activator to increase the chances of a patient’s recovery after a stroke, the medication must be administered within 3 hours of the patient displaying symptoms of the stroke. Knowing how to recognize symptoms of a stroke and ensuring rapid treatment is the best way to minimize the effects of a stroke.
Act F.A.S.T. Method
One of the best ways to identify the signs of a stroke is to follow the Act F.A.S.T. method :
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Ask the individual to smile and notice if one side of his or her face droops lower than the other.
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Ask the person to raise both arms. Check to see if one arm drifts downwards.
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Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, such as “the sky is blue,” listening for speech or language difficulties such as jumbled or slurred speech.
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If the individual demonstrates any of the signs listed, contact 9-1-1 immediately.
Additional symptoms of a stroke include:
– Loss of vision
– Double vision
– Loss of balance
– Gait abnormalities
– Loss of sensation in the extremities or face
– Severe headache
At the Regional Medical Center of San Jose , our multidisciplinary team of stroke physicians and nurses are fully equipped to identify stroke symptoms and provide treatment as quickly as possible. Visit our website to learn more about us or for more information about strokes .
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Supported by advanced clinical equipment, the Regional Medical Center of San Jose utilizes the latest innovations in diagnostic and surgical treatments to better provide quality healthcare to patients who have suffered from traumatic injuries, heart attacks, and strokes.
Saving lives since 2004, Regional Medical Center of San Jose serves as an accredited chest pain center, nationally recognized stroke center, and county-designated heart attack receiving center. Learn more about our privately funded, state-of-the-art replacement hospital in this full clip.
Here at Regional Medical Center of San Jose , our highly trained physicians and devoted staff members are fully equipped to best serve your emergency healthcare needs. Visit our website to learn more about us, contact us online, or give us a call at (408) 259-4000.