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    Flu Prevention Guidelines for Your Household

    Last updated 4 months ago

    During flu season, you can stop the spread of the flu virus starting at home with some healthier habits around the house. Aside from getting a flu shot, there are several steps you can take to prevent the flu from getting into your home.

    This video explains that it’s best to stay home if you are sick and encourage coworkers or classmates to do the same. To stay healthy at home, sanitize and clean surfaces often—especially in common areas like the kitchen and bathroom.

    When you are in need of emergency care for flu complications, the ER at Regional Medical Center is ready to serve you with low wait times and streamlined emergency care. To learn more about flu prevention, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000. 

    Living at a Healthy Weight for Life

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Obesity is closely linked to the leading causes of death in the United States, such as heart disease, stroke, and several types of cancer. In order to live longer and prevent serious health problems later in life, you should make a commitment to living at a healthy weight with ongoing positive habits. A healthy weight is not achieved through crash dieting and rapid weight loss; rather, it is accomplished with habits that stick. This article will take a look at what you need to do to stay within a healthy BMI range in the long-run rather than getting stuck in a cycle of yo-yoing weight loss.

    Establishing a Balanced Diet

    Healthy weight loss is 1-2 pounds each week, and this can be achieved through a diet that is low in sugars, fats, and processed foods. Foods to eat more often include fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, and lean meats. This type of eating should continue even after a target weight is reached, though enjoying higher calorie options will not be harmful in moderation.

    Including Exercise in Your Routine

    Exercise is not an optional component of a healthy routine. In order to keep the heart healthy and promote weight management, you should get aerobic exercise for at least 150 minutes weekly and incorporate weight training into your routine.

    Knowing Triggers for Unhealthy Behaviors

    Slacking off on your exercise routine or eating unhealthy foods can be the result of stress or other emotional factors, so you may need to approach a healthy lifestyle knowing what might slow you down. When you account for these factors, you will be better able to face stress that might otherwise cause you to make unhealthy decisions.

    No matter what your weight loss goals are, Regional Medical Center of San Jose can empower you to achieve them with classes and free community resources. To learn more about how we can help you stay on track with your goals for the New Year, visit our website or call us at (408) 259-4000. 

    What Is Known About Birth Defects and Prevention?

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Birth defects are health problems that occur during gestation as a baby is developing. In some cases, birth defects may be so severe that a baby may not fully develop in the womb or survive long after birth. Other birth defects may not be life-threatening, but they can lead to lifelong disabilities, which may be devastating for both children and their families. Therefore, it is important to understand the causes of major birth defects and possible methods of prevention. Research has offered insight to the causes of conditions like fetal alcohol syndrome and Down syndrome, but other birth defects still have unknown causes. Below is a look at some of the known facts about birth defect prevention that expecting moms should know.

    Uncontrolled Diabetes Can Cause Birth Defects

    Not only can diabetes have a negative effect on unborn babies, but it can be dangerous for pregnant moms as well. Women who have diabetes or those who develop gestational diabetes should work closely with their physicians to manage their blood sugar throughout pregnancy.

    Increasing Folic Acid Intake Can Prevent Birth Defects

    Folic acid is a B vitamin that promotes healthy cell development, and it is an essential nutrient for women even in the earliest stages of pregnancy. By consuming enough folic acid during pregnancy each day, expecting moms can significantly reduce the risk of having a baby with neural tube defects.

    Fetal Alcohol Disorders Are among the Most Preventable Birth Defects

    Drinking any amount of alcohol during pregnancy can lead to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, which are among the most heavily researched and preventable birth defects. Women trying to get pregnant should not drink any alcohol, since it may have effects early on in gestation. Cigarette smoking is another known cause of significant birth defects, so women should quit before conception if possible.

    As you explore your options for prenatal care in San Jose, connect with Regional Medical Center to get to know our Birthing Center. You can schedule a tour of our birthing center online or by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000. 

    Unexpected Ways to Stay Healthy in the New Year

    Last updated 4 months ago

    For many people, a healthy New Year’s resolution may be to lose weight, quit smoking, or get more exercises. While these are great goals to set for 2015, they are not the only ways you can get your health on track. A few unique goals that can improve your health might include volunteering in the community or spending more time with family. Volunteering can boost your mood, and spending more time at home with family can promote health in a number of different ways. For example, you might cook dinner at home every night so that you build better eating habits for yourself and your kids.

    As healthcare needs do arise throughout the New Year, you can rely on Regional Medical Center of San Jose. You can reach us through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000, where you will be able to speak with one of our registered nurses 24/7. 

    Real Women's Heart Attack Stories

    Last updated 4 months ago

    When women have heart attacks, their symptoms may be ignored even in the ER, because their symptoms might not fit the normal guidelines that most people recognize. Some women may only have pain in the upper body, nausea, or headaches. In some cases like those discussed in this video, women may even be turned away when they seek emergency care for these symptoms.

    At Regional Medical Center, we work to make sure that all patients get the care they need for heart attacks, even if the symptoms or patients are outside of the normal guidelines for cardiac episodes. A heart attack may happen to anyone, and our ER and Accredited Chest Pain Center are prepared to treat the problem for any patient. Learn more about heart attack prevention and treatment for women by visiting or website or calling us at (408) 259-4000. 




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