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    Regional Medical Center of San Jose Receives Atrial Fibrillation Certification

    Last updated 1 month ago

    First SF Bay Area hospital and one of just 32 hospitals nationwide

    Press Release

    For Immediate Release

    June 12, 2014


    Bev Mikalonis/ VP Marketing & Comm

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose 

    (408) 729-2809

    Mark Wallinger/Director of Marketing

    Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care

    San Jose, CA -June 12, 2014- Regional Medical Center of San Jose is the first SF Bay Area hospital to receive full Atrial Fibrillation Certification status from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). The three-year certification is in addition to Regional’s SCPC Chest Pain Certification, Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification and Trauma Center Designation.

    “We are pleased to be recognized as the first Bay Area hospital to receive this important certification,” says Mike T. Johnson, President and CEO of Regional. “We remain committed to offering quality heart programs that provide patients with advanced treatment options for atrial fibrillation.”

    Atrial fibrillation (A-Fib) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia and has become recognized as a health concern that in some cases can lead to stroke and possible death. Nearly 3 million people in the United States have atrial fibrillation and the numbers are rapidly increasing as our population ages.

    “A-Fib is caused by a malfunction in the heart’s electrical system, says Theodore Chow, MD, Co- Medical Director for Regional’s Electrophysiology Program. “Regional offers leading edge treatments and emerging technologies including catheter ablation, a procedure to eliminate this type of irregular rhythm.”

    “We are excited to work collaboratively with the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care to improve the care of the hundreds of Atrial Fibrillation patients that we see each year,” added Sanjay Bindra, MD, Co-Medical Director of Regional’s Electrophysiology Program.  “Our goal is to provide the best possible care to patients in our community with this complex disease process.”

    Regional’s protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient evaluation and management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment and to risk stratify patients to decrease their length of stay in the emergency department and the hospital. Key areas in which a facility with Atrial Fibrillation Certification must demonstrate expertise include the following:

    • Emergency Department Integration with Emergency Medical Services
    • Emergency Assessment of Patients with Atrial Fibrillation
    • Risk Stratification of the Atrial Fibrillation Patient
    • Treatment for Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department in Atrial Fibrillation
    • Atrial Fibrillation Discharge Criteria from the Emergency Department, Observation Services, or Inpatient Stay
    • Atrial Fibrillation Patient Education in the Emergency Department, Observation Services, and Inpatient Unit
    • Personnel, Competencies and Training
    • Process Improvement
    • Organizational Structure and Commitment
    • Atrial Fibrillation Community Outreach

    About Regional Medical Center of San Jose

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose is a Level II Trauma Center staffed by in-house specialists 24/7. The hospital provides a host of technologically-advanced services including Cardiovascular, Neuro, Orthopedic and General Surgery, and Interventional Pulmonology, along with multi-organ Cancer Care, and services for Women and Children.  Regional Medical Center of San Jose holds Joint Commission advanced certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and a Get with the Guidelines- Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. It is a certified Chest Pain Center, Certified Atrial Fibrillation Program and county-designated STEMI (heart attack) receiving center. Regional is recognized by the Joint Commission as a 2011, 2012, 2013 Top Performing Hospital on Key Quality Measures™, and is home to the San Jose Institute for Robotic Surgery. For more information, visit:

    About the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care

    The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) is an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction. As the only cross-specialty organization, SCPC provides the support needed for individual hospitals and hospital systems to effectively bridge existing gaps in treatment by providing the tools, education and support necessary to successfully navigate the changing face of healthcare.   


    Conditions That May Be Prevented with a Healthier Diet

    Last updated 2 months ago

    The next time you’re at your local hospital for a checkup, you may consider talking to your physician about your dietary habits. Dietary choices play a significant role in preventive healthcare. Although certain risk factors of various medical conditions are uncontrollable—such as your age or gender—many risk factors are indeed manageable with lifestyle choices. For example, following a healthy diet may reduce the possibility that you’ll require stroke care or hospitalization in a heart hospital.

    Heart Disease

    Heart disease is a serious condition that claims countless lives each year. You can protect your heart health by increasing your consumption of produce. Vegetables and fruits are rich in fiber, which may help control your cholesterol levels. Choose whole grains, rather than refined grain products. By limiting your consumption of saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol, you can reduce your risk of atherosclerosis, or the buildup of plaque in your arteries. For example, choose low-fat sources of protein, such as poultry, fish, nuts, beans, and low-fat dairy. Heart doctors also recommend limiting your consumption of sodium, which is often found in processed foods such as canned soups, canned vegetables, and condiments.


    Many of the healthy dietary choices that can prevent heart disease can also reduce your risk of stroke. For example, increasing your intake of fruits and veggies can reduce your risk. To prevent stroke, it’s particularly important to control blood pressure by limiting sodium consumption, and to manage cholesterol levels by limiting saturated fat and cholesterol.


    Research is ongoing regarding the link between diet and the development of dementia later in life. However, dementia researchers recommend following a heart-healthy diet that includes omega-3 fatty acids from sources such as cold-water fish and flaxseed. Limiting advanced glycation end products (AGEs)—which are found in high-fat foods cooked at high temperatures—may also help.

    Families in the San Jose community are invited to learn more about improving their wellness with the resources available at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. We offer extensive specialty services, including stroke care, breast care, and heart care. If you have any questions or wish to schedule an appointment, call (888) 762-8881 today.

    How to Eat Right As You Get Older

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Eating a well-balanced diet as you grow older can lower your risk of a wide range of health problems, such as stroke and heart attack. Getting the proper nutrition can even help you maintain bone mass, improve immunity, and preserve muscle tone. Seniors can use the new nutritional guidelines, known as My Plate, that were issued by the U.S. government in 2011. These guidelines can help you balance your plate with the major food groups.

    For more nutritional advice, watch this video. You’ll learn about the health problems associated with being overweight and with being underweight. You’ll also see the new My Plate design, which is easy to use and to remember. This video also offers advice specifically for seniors, such as how to stay healthy when you don’t feel like cooking.

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose is a state-of-the-art hospital that serves as a comprehensive resource for healthy seniors. You can reach us at (888) 762-8881 or explore our website for health information, including topics on stroke care, heart health, and robotic surgery.

    Unhealthy Foods That Look Like Healthier Choices

    Last updated 3 months ago

    If you have recently decided to revamp your diet and make healthier food choices, you’re well on your way to lowering your risk of health problems that could land you in an urgent care center, such as stroke and heart attacks. One important step in improving your diet is to consume more whole foods, rather than processed foods. Processed foods are typically loaded with unhealthy ingredients—even if the product appears to be healthy. Some of the most common and deceptive “health” foods include diet soda, smoothies, and protein bars.


    Smoothies seem like the penultimate health beverage because they contain fruit. Smoothies can indeed be healthy—but not always. If you’re ordering a smoothie at a juice bar, chances are you’re loading up on added sugar. Some smoothies are even made with sherbet to enhance their flavor. Instead, consider making healthy smoothies at home using pureed whole fruit and light almond milk.

    Diet Soda

    Many people who try to lose weight switch from regular soda to diet soda, mistakenly believing that this beverage is healthier. Diet sodas are often marketed as being sugar-free or having zero calories. Unfortunately, drinking diet soda in excess can cause kidney problems, metabolic syndrome, cell damage, and obesity.

    Protein Bars

    Protein bars might seem like the perfect snack to enjoy after your session at the gym. While protein itself is a critical component of any healthy diet plan, protein bars are often the opposite of health food. Before selecting a brand of protein bar, scrutinize the product’s nutrition label. Many protein bars are loaded with added sugars and saturated or trans fats. The added sugars spike your blood sugar levels—just like a candy bar does.

    Residents of the San Jose community can consider Regional Medical Center of San Jose to be their partner in wellness. With extensive specialties such as stroke care, breast care, robotic surgery, and much more, we have the necessary resources to provide comprehensive care for members of our community. If you would like to make an appointment with a physician, call (888) 762-8881 today. 

    Changes You Can Expect to See In Nutrition Labels

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Nutrition labels for processed foods were first required by the FDA in 1990. Since that time, they have remained mostly unchanged. However, the FDA is planning some sweeping changes to make nutrition labels easier for people to understand. While the exact updates have yet to be announced, health advocates expect that the new labels will emphasize calorie content. The number of calories per serving may be highlighted or printed in a bolder font.

    Health advocates are also concerned about the excessive amounts of sugar most Americans consume. With the current nutrition labels, the total amount of all types of sugar in a product is combined into one line and expressed in grams. The FDA is expected to require manufacturers to distinguish between the amounts of natural sugar in a product and its added sugar content. In addition, some health advocates have requested that the list of ingredients be printed in a more reader-friendly way, with better spacing. This change would be beneficial for those with vision impairment.

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose has proudly served the local community with extensive stroke care, breast care, and emergency care since 1965. If you have any questions about our hospital’s specialized inpatient and outpatient services, call (888) 762-8881.

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