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    Summer Is Arriving; Are You Prepared for the Heat?

    Last updated 5 days ago

    With summer arriving, you may be excited to head outdoors and enjoy some time under the sun. In order to make the most of your summer, however, you might need to brush up on some heat safety tips to keep heat illness from disrupting your seasonal fun. Keep reading for a few simple tips to remember as temperatures rise outside.

    Know the signs of heat exhaustion

    Heat exhaustion can quickly elevate to heat stroke, which is a medical emergency requiring immediate care. Therefore, you should know the signs of heat exhaustion so that you can respond with appropriate treatment to cool down. A few indicators of heat exhaustion include pale skin, headache, nausea, weakness, and heavy sweating. You should treat these symptoms by moving to a cooler area, drinking water slowly, and loosening clothing to help keep the body cool. If symptoms persist or an individual with heat exhaustion loses consciousness, head to the ER.

    Stay hydrated

    Even in more moderate heat, dehydration can be a serious threat. To make sure that you drink enough water, drink water before you become thirsty. Choose plain water over soft drinks and caffeinated beverages, and eat smaller meals throughout the day rather than one large meal.

    Adjust your exercise routine

    It is a good idea to exercise indoors where possible during the summer. When you do get physical activity outdoors, reduce the intensity of your workout to reduce the chances of heat exhaustion. You’ll also want to apply sunscreen liberally and wear protective clothing to avoid sunburns.

    When you need reliable emergency care to address heat illness, Regional Medical Center of San Jose is there for you 24/7. You can also trust us for healthcare resources available on our website or through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (888) 762-8881. 

    Getting to Know the Trauma Care Team

    Last updated 9 days ago

    In the Trauma Center, patients with the most severe critical injuries and illnesses are treated by a diverse, specialized team with a distinct focus on surgical care. The Trauma Center at Regional Medical Center has some of the most extensive resources in trauma care and emergency transportation, and our highly experienced team of physicians, nurses, and staff members is instrumental in the successful care of our patients. Below, you will get a closer look at some of the key players in the trauma team that will provide exceptional care when it is needed most.

    Orthopedic surgeons

    The Regional Trauma Center is distinct from other trauma centers in the region because our orthopedic surgeons are specifically trained in trauma care. That means that they are ready to treat even the most complex fractures and musculoskeletal injuries that may result from auto accidents or workplace injuries.

    Neurosurgeons

    Brain injuries require highly complex and detailed surgical treatment with immediate attention from the surgical team. Our neurosurgeons are uniquely qualified to operate on traumatic brain injuries and spinal injuries in conjunction with other physicians in the Trauma Center.

    Nurses

    Trauma nurses not only spend extensive time interacting with patients, but they also work to coordinate care in the intensive and intermediate phases of treatment for the highest chances of a successful recovery.

    Intermediate care staff

    After initial intensive care in the ER, trauma patients will be admitted to the hospital for more detailed treatment to follow resuscitation. Here, our staff of respiratory therapists, physical therapists, and social workers will step in to begin the long-term recovery and rehabilitation process.

    At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our technology is also an integral part of the care team. We are able to serve communities throughout Santa Clara County with the advantage of advanced imaging directly in the operating room. To learn more about our trauma services and emergency care, visit our website or call us at (888) 762-8881.

    What Is the Link Between Heart Disease and Stroke?

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Heart disease and stroke account for the majority of deaths in the United States each year, and these two conditions often go hand-in-hand, since they are affected by similar risk factors. If you have a high risk for heart disease, or you have already been diagnosed with heart disease, it is much more likely that you could suffer a stroke. The right medical care will be integral in addressing both conditions, which you can learn more about below.

    Similar risk factors

    Many of the controllable risk factors for heart disease and stroke are the same, which means that certain conditions can put you at a great risk. With the right strategies to minimize these conditions, however, you can improve both your heart and brain health simultaneously. Some of the risk factors you should be most aware of are hardened or clogged arteries (often related to high cholesterol), high blood pressure, diabetes, physical inactivity, and poor diet. Working with your primary physician or a cardiovascular specialist will help you measure your current health and design a plan for improving your numbers.

    Heart-brain connection

    It is also important to note that conditions affecting the heart can be a threat to brain health and increase the risk of stroke. Atrial fibrillation, for example, can affect blood flow to the brain, limiting the supply of oxygenated blood that it receives. Heart failure is another common condition that limits the heart’s ability to pump blood, putting the brain at risk.

    At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, you can find all the care you need for heart disease, stroke, and related conditions through our Comprehensive Stroke Center and Accredited Chest Pain Center. For physician referrals or answers to questions about your healthcare needs, give us a call at (888) 762-8881 and speak with one of our registered nurses. 

    Choosing the Right Hospital for Your Cancer Care

    Last updated 19 days ago

    A cancer diagnosis can be devastating, but having the right kind of care on your side can help you move forward in your fight against this disease. In this video, you can get to know the Cancer Care Program at Regional Medical Center of San Jose, which will help guide you to the best possible treatment with a personalized approach. When you are searching for a cancer treatment center to meet your needs, take the following steps to ensure that you find the expertise and compassion you need to beat cancer.

    Seek advanced technologies

    With state-of-the-art care technologies and the availability of clinical trials, you will always have the broadest range of options for your treatment. Radiation oncology is a critical area to explore available technologies, since radiation therapies have made great strides over the past several decades, offering new hope to patients with tumors that may have previously been thought untreatable.

    Get to know the hospital staff

    Not only will you want to seek out experience in your cancer care team, but you should also sit down with physicians and other hospital staff to get a sense of their dedication to compassionate, personalized care. Cancer treatment is a highly sensitive area of medicine, and patients need to have the support of a caring staff providing treatment and resources for emotional care.

    Look for accreditation

    Accreditation from the Commission on Cancer and affiliation with reputable organizations like the American Cancer Society are marks of an excellent cancer center with a track record of success. The Commission on Cancer recently awarded a three-year accreditation to Regional Medical Center with distinction as a Community Cancer Center thanks to our ongoing commitment to patient-centered care.

    For a closer look at the comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services available within our Cancer Care Program, visit Regional Medical Center of San Jose online. You can also contact us at (888) 762-8881 for physician referrals and resources from our registered nurses. 

    What Can You Do to Prevent Osteoporosis?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    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. 




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