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    Making the Right Decisions in Your Healthcare

    Last updated 2 days 20 hours ago

    Did you know that many individuals invest more time in researching the purchase of a new vehicle than they do selecting a physician at a community hospital? In honor of National Wise Healthcare Consumer Month this February, take a few minutes to consider ways that you can become more proactive about your well-being.

    Pay Attention to Your Body

    Many people ignore aches and pains, changes in bowel and urinary habits, abrupt changes in energy levels, and other common issues. While seemingly minor health concerns such as these may not always signal a problem, they can sometimes indicate an underlying condition that requires treatment. The first step in being proactive about your healthcare is to pay attention to the signals your body sends you. It’s a good idea to make a note of any unusual symptoms you’ve noticed and when they occurred.

    Schedule Wellness Exams

    Make appointments at your local hospital for check-ups according to the schedule your doctor recommends. Bring along your list of unusual symptoms you’ve experienced or other health concerns you have. By checking in with your doctor regularly, you can stay on top of your wellness.

    Consider Screening Tests

    At your wellness exam, ask your healthcare provider whether it makes sense for you to have any screening tests. Your physician can review your medical history and various risk factors, such as your age, to determine whether it’s appropriate for you to have any tests. You might benefit from a check of your blood sugar or cholesterol levels, for example, or your doctor might recommend a thyroid function test.

    Ask Plenty of Questions

    If your doctor does recommend a screening test, diagnoses you with a condition, or recommends a course of treatment, it’s always a good idea to ask any questions you may have. For instance, you might ask how you can expect your medical condition to affect you in your daily life or what side effects may occur from a particular treatment.

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose is your partner in health. The healthcare providers in our robotic surgery, stroke care, and breast care units, and throughout our community hospital are dedicated to providing the information you need to make decisions for your well-being. San Jose residents can call (408) 259-4000 to speak with a registered nurse at our hospital.

    Why Heart Disease Is a Concern for Everyone

    Last updated 6 days ago

    As the leading cause of death in the U.S., heart disease is, without a doubt, a concern for everyone. Unfortunately, women are often so busy building their careers and meeting family obligations that they neglect to care for themselves. This can have devastating consequences. In fact, one-third of women die because of heart disease and stroke.

    Watch this brief video to see a public service announcement from the American Heart Association. This clever video depicts a woman from colonial times through to the modern era as she breaks through the glass ceiling. She reminds women that taking care of their heart health should be a top priority.

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose is an Accredited Chest Pain Center and the team at our heart hospital is dedicated to saving lives 24/7. San Jose residents can call (408) 259-4000 to speak with a registered nurse at our heart hospital.

    Recognizing Women's Heart Health

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Some people may associate Heart Diseases as diseases that primarily affect men, but it is the number one cause of death in women as well. Although the majority of cases are preventable, heart disease and stroke still kill one in every three women in the U.S.

    American Heart Month is celebrated every February to raise awareness on the importance of heart health and heart disease prevention.  Consider using this month as the motivation you need to make healthy lifestyle decisions. By eating a healthy diet, staying active, and talking to your doctor about screening tests at your local hospital, you can protect your heart health.

    San Jose residents in need of a heart hospital can look no further than Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Our community hospital is committed to providing exceptional healthcare. Call us at (408) 259-4000 for more information. 

    A Look at Some Lesser Known Heart Attack Risks

    Last updated 15 days ago

    You may already know that by leading a physically active lifestyle, and eating a diet low in sodium and fat, you can reduce your risk of suffering a heart attack. But did you know that your risk of a heart attack could be increased because of your blood sugar or hormone treatment? Infections and even low cholesterol levels can also play a role in cardiovascular disease. If you have concerns about your heart health, consider talking to a physician at a local hospital. Your community hospital may even offer resources such as classes to promote healthy living.

    Excessive Sugar

    Excessive consumption of sugary treats may one day send you to the emergency room of a heart hospital. If you have insulin resistance or diabetes and your condition is not well managed, high levels of glucose builds up in your bloodstream. Just like smoking and hypertension, it is believed that this can cause damage to the walls of the arteries, which is the catalyst for the development of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis, in turn, can lead to a heart attack.

    Low Cholesterol

    Low cholesterol as a risk factor of heart attacks may sound counterintuitive. After all, high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol can elevate your risk of a heart attack. But in fact, your high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol level is just as important. This is the good type of cholesterol, and the lower it is, the higher your risk of heart trouble.

    Infections

    If you have a respiratory tract infection such as the flu, you may have a temporarily increased risk of heart attack. This is because infections create an inflammatory response in the body.

    Hormone Treatment

    Although the evidence is far from conclusive, some research indicates that men who undergo hormone treatment for prostate cancer may have an increased risk of sudden death from a heart attack.

    When you’re in need of a fully equipped heart hospital in the San Jose area, the cardiovascular specialists at Regional Medical Center of San Jose are standing by. At our hospital, you’ll find compassionate, personalized care, comfortable patient rooms, and the latest in medical technology. If you would like more information about the services available at our heart hospital, call (408) 259-4000 and speak with a registered nurse.

    Knowing the Causes and Cures of Atrial Fibrillation

    Last updated 1 month ago

    The heartbeat is regulated by an electrical system that tells the heart to contract and pump blood. With atrial fibrillation, or AFib, the upper chambers of the heart contract fast and irregularly due to rapid and disorganized electrical signals. AFib is the most common type of arrhythmia, and it often has no symptoms other than an irregular heartbeat, which may be heard during a yearly physical. While AFib may not have significant symptoms, it can cause serious complications such as a higher risk of stroke or heart failure. Below you can learn more about this condition to better understand your treatment options with AFib.

    What Happens in AFib?

    Atrial fibrillation occurs when electrical signals don’t travel through the heart normally. Causes for AFib may include damage to the heart from other conditions like high blood pressure, or it may occur without clear causes.

    What Are the Risk Factors?

    Millions of people have atrial fibrillation, and it is most often diagnosed in older adults. People with coronary heart disease, heart failure, structural heart defects, pericarditis, or hypertension are most likely to have AFib, because these conditions damage the heart and cause irregularities in its electrical system. Heavy drinking, psychological stress, and heavy caffeine use can also contribute to atrial fibrillation.

    What Kind of Treatment Is Available?

    There are several concerns with treating AFib. Medication may be used for several purposes—including blood clot prevention and heart rhythm control. Some procedures can also be effective for managing AFib. Electrical cardioversion is one procedure that delivers low-energy shocks to restore normal blood flow.

    If you have been diagnosed with AFib or an irregular heartbeat, Regional Medical Center of San Jose can provide the specialized care you need with our Cardiac Rhythm Services. You can find one of our cardiac physicians on our website or by calling (408) 259-4000 to speak with one of our registered nurses. 




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