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    South Bay Hospital Top Notch for Treating Strokes

    Last updated 7 months ago

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- Fewer than 60 hospitals in the nation, less than 1 percent, are designated as advanced comprehensive stroke centers, but now a third Bay Area hospital has been given that distinction. Regional Medical Center in San Jose joins Good Samaritan and Stanford hospitals with a designation that signifies specialized care for patients.

    For Clara Navarrete, a simple walk with her daughter is something she thought she might never do again. A year ago at 34, she suffered a hemorrhagic stroke when an aneurysm in her brain burst.

    "When I was taking a shower I said, 'What's happening to me? This is too painful; it's not a regular headache,'" Navarrete recalled.

    Even so, she had no idea she was having a stroke.

    "She was smart enough to know something was wrong and seek help. Many patients don't and unfortunately have a worse outcome," Dr. Arash Padidar said.

    Padidar is a neurointerventional radiologist at Regional Medical Center in San Jose specializing in the treatment of stroke and aneurysms. Advanced computer imaging has revolutionized how they're treated.

    "An aneurysm is simply like a bubble gum we blow up or the side of a tire that goes bad, and it had burst. The conventional treatment of that would be open brain surgery, where we would remove the skull, move the brain out of the way and basically identify an aneurysm and place a staple at the bottom of it," Padidar said.

    But complex 3D imaging of the brain now allows doctors to find and treat aneurysms without open-brain surgery, instead inserting a very thin catheter in the groin, equipped with a slinky-like metal coil the thickness of a thread.

    "We can travel these catheters to the brain and thenj put little slinky coils inside the aneurysm to fill the aneurysm," Padidar explained.

    A complex case involving two aneurysms and a blood vessel requiring a stent can now be done with a single catheter.

    "Surgically this could not be treated this way and this would probably be a 24 hour surgery," Padidar said.

    So how long did it take to do it this way?

    "This was a 2 hour procedure," Padidar said. "And then the patient went to the ICU."

    The care then continues in the ICU for the next couple of weeks using sophisticated monitoring and neurointerventional options when needed

    "These aneurysms can cause other issues, because of all the blood there-- more strokes, infections, heart attacks, and so forth," Padidar said.

    Navarrete suffered no lasting effects from her stroke, returning home days in the hospital with a new appreciation for the life she almost lost, and the doctor who helped save her.

    To check out the list of hospitals with advanced certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers, go to or

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    What You Need to Know About Atrial Fibrillation

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Your heart receives an electrical impulse each time it needs to pump blood through your body. Healthy hearts receive this impulse at regular intervals. However, some people suffer from a condition that prevents the consistent transmission of normal electrical pulses. When abnormal electrical impulses cause your heart to beat too slowly, too fast, or erratically, you may suffer from atrial fibrillation. Regional Medical Center of San Jose can help you learn more about this condition and treatment options for it.

    Atrial Fibrillation May Present No Signs
    At a routine physical checkup, your doctor might detect an irregular heartbeat. Upon further analysis, he may diagnose you with atrial fibrillation. Many people discover that they have this problem in this manner, as atrial fibrillation may produce no obvious signs of its presence. Your condition may also bring on symptoms such as chronic exhaustion, lightheadedness, breathing difficulties, and chest discomfort. All of these problems stem from the heart’s inability to adequately pump blood throughout your body. If you experience these concerns, consult your doctor.

    This Condition Requires Medical Care
    If you suspect that you have atrial fibrillation, or if you have already been diagnosed with this condition, you must seek professional medical care. When the problem of atrial fibrillation goes ignored, it may lead to more serious health issues. Heart failure and stroke can occur in individuals with atrial fibrillation.

    It Can Be Managed with Treatment
    Atrial fibrillation is highly manageable with an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. To ensure that you get the care you need, your heart doctor must first determine the source of your problem. For instance, high blood pressure can contribute to your atrial fibrillation issues. By addressing your blood pressure concerns, your doctor may be able to correct your atrial fibrillation. No matter the cause of your atrial fibrillation, both medication and surgery can be used to remedy it.

    Let Regional Medical Center of San Jose provide you with the swift and effective care you need to manage your atrial fibrillation. If you would like to learn more about this condition and our treatment options for it, call (888) 762-8881 or visit our website. Our heart hospital offers an extensive array of cardiovascular services for residents of San Jose and nearby communities. 

    Quick Facts about Your Blood Cholesterol

    Last updated 8 months ago

    High cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease. Like high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels typically present no noticeable symptoms, which is why having a physician regularly check your blood cholesterol is important. To avoid heart-related problems, your total blood cholesterol should fall below 200 mg/dL. Unfortunately, approximately one-third of all adult Americans have exceedingly high levels of LDL cholesterol, which can lead to arterial plaque and cardiovascular issues. Because they may not be aware of their condition, many of these at-risk individuals do not take the necessary measures to reduce their cholesterol count. To make sure that you do not fall into this category, schedule a blood cholesterol test with your primary physician.

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose provides a wide range of preventive tests and screenings to help you stay on top of your heart health. Call our heart hospital in San Jose at (888) 762-8881 to make an appointment for a blood cholesterol test.


    Moving Forward After a Heart Attack

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Surviving a heart attack can be an emotional experience. If you were unaware of your heart disease risks, having a heart attack can bring the true state of your health into sharp focus. The good news is that you have the power to change your cardiovascular wellbeing for the better. Regional Medical Center of San Jose can help you create new lifestyle behaviors that will lower your risk of future heart attacks and other heart-related conditions.

    Evaluate Your Eating Habits
    Meals that are high in calories, sodium, and fat can contribute to weight problems, high cholesterol levels, and elevated blood pressure. Each of these conditions may have had a role in your heart attack. To improve your cardiovascular wellness, make necessary changes to your diet. Find more nutritious recipes that use lower calorie ingredients and look for foods with minimal fat and sodium content.

    Assess Your Activity Needs
    In the days following your heart attack, you may be put on bed rest. Depending on the severity of your attack and the state of your overall health, your doctor may recommend a regimen of regular exercise. As you recover your strength, he may encourage more rigorous physical activity. Working out is imperative to your heart health. It not only reduces risk factors such as high blood pressure and unhealthy cholesterol levels, but also makes your heart more robust and efficient as it pumps blood.

    Eliminate Harmful Behaviors
    Some activities can cause considerable damage to your heart regardless of how well you eat or how regularly you exercise. The use of tobacco in any form, including cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco, can raise your risk of having a future heart attack. To keep your cardiovascular system as healthy as possible, stop your tobacco usage.

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose houses a level II trauma center for our heart attack patients. If you suspect that you or someone you know is having a heart attack, immediate medical assistance is crucial for survival and recovery. Call our San Jose heart hospital today at (888) 762-8881 for more information on our cardiovascular services. Our iTriage Symptom Checker can also provide our emergency staff with an overview of your symptoms prior to your hospital arrival.

    How Are Heart Problems Diagnosed?

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose utilizes a diverse assortment of noninvasive and minimally invasive procedures to precisely diagnose heart problems. Our heart hospital can administer a vascular ultrasound to create images of the heart with sound waves. These images can reveal the presence of abnormally thick heart tissue or unusually large heart valves. Our tilt table test can help our heart doctors find potential causes behind the chronic fainting episodes that some of our patients experience. An echocardiogram is another common procedure used to detect problems of the heart. This type of test can be given while a patient is at rest or active to provide a comprehensive analysis of how the heart looks and operates during these different states. Under some circumstances, a patient may receive an injection to create enhanced images of the heart.

    Would you like to learn more about the diagnostic tests that our heart hospital conducts? Then call Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (888) 762-8881. Our San Jose medical staff would be happy to address your questions about any of our screening services.


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