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    Recognizing Women's Heart Health

    Last updated 5 months 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 5 months 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 6 months 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. 

    Meet Regional Medical Center's Diverse Cardiovascular Team

    Last updated 6 months ago

    When it comes to medical care, doctor-patient communication is essential to quality and effectiveness. To meet the needs of the diverse region of San Jose, Regional Medical Center features a team of cardiovascular specialists fluent in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Farsi, and Chinese. This culturally diverse team of talented surgeons, nurses, cardiologists, and support staff ensures the highest quality cardiovascular care for every patient in need of specialized treatment for cardiac emergencies, heartbeat irregularities, blood disorders, and interventional peripheral procedures. With an expanded cardiac program, patients have access to the most advanced care for cardiac, lung, or vascular system conditions from a team dedicated to comprehensive excellence with around-the-clock care.

    To find a physician on the Cardiovascular Team at Regional Medical Center of San Jose, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000. Our nurses are available 24/7 to provide physician referrals and healthcare information. 

    Stroke Before 50: Why Age Does Not Eliminate Risk

    Last updated 6 months ago

    There are many misconceptions about stroke that can prevent people from getting the emergency care they need to minimize brain damage and the long-term disabilities that may result. One of the most prevalent misconceptions is that stroke only affects older adults. However, stroke can arise in patients of all ages, which means that younger adults should not assume that they are immune from stroke. This article will offer a closer look at stroke in adults under 50 to break the age-related misconceptions of this life-threatening condition.

    Stroke Likelihood before 50

    About 10% of strokes occur in adults between the ages of 18 and 50. With more than 795,000 strokes occurring in the United States each year, there is a significant number of younger adults who face stroke.

    High Chances of Long-Term Disability

    While there has been an assumption in the medical community that young people are more likely to make a full recovery from stroke, recent research has found that many adults under 50 who suffer from stroke did not have the skills for independent living after a nine-year follow-up. Even in patients who seem to have a mostly positive recovery, there may be long-term damage that leads to permanent disability.

    Risk Factors for Early Stroke

    Stroke risk factors to consider beyond age include obesity, cigarette smoking, and poor diet, which are all preventable factors that young people should not ignore. Non-preventable risk factors such as family history are still important to recognize, because individuals with a family history of stroke may need to take more steps in stroke prevention. Women also have a slightly higher risk of stroke, which may be elevated by the use of oral contraceptives.

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose can help you manage your stroke risk and provide the emergency care you need when stroke symptoms are suspected. To explore our services in detail, visit our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000. 




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