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    Are You Consuming Too Much Sugar?

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Sugar is a simple carbohydrate that provides your body with no nutritional value; it does not contain any vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, or any of the other nutrients that are necessary for a healthy lifestyle. Despite its lack of any nutritional value, many Americans consume far too much sugar. Excessive sugar consumption over the years can land you in your local hospital—or even in an urgent care facility.


    Since sugar doesn’t provide your body with nutrients, the less you consume of it, the better. It’s best to discuss your unique dietary needs with a physician. For example, if you’re diabetic, it’s particularly important to limit consumption of sugar because of the dangers of blood glucose spikes. In general; however, experts recommend that women consume no more than 100 calories of added sugars each day, which equals 25 grams. Men should consume no more than 150 calories of added sugars daily, or a maximum of 38 grams.

    Health Problems

    Consuming excessive amounts of added sugar can increase your risk of serious health problems. Not only can it lead to obesity, but excessive sugar consumption can also lead to a compromised immune system and an increased risk of chronic diseases, including heart disease, cancer, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).


    Unfortunately, it’s often difficult to determine exactly how much sugar you’re consuming. Some foods naturally contain sugar, such as fruit and milk. Many other foods have added sugars, such as processed foods. It’s a good idea to examine nutrition labels to determine how much added sugar you are consuming each day. Some common sources of added sugar includes cereals, baked goods, yogurts, salad dressings, sports drinks, sodas, and energy drinks.

    The first-class team at Regional Medical Center of San Jose is available 24/7 for your urgent care needs. Our hospital also serves the San Jose community with comprehensive breast care, stroke care, and robotic surgery. We invite families to call (888) 762-8881 for a physician referral.

    "The staff was friendly, the waiting rooms clean, and the restrooms were easy to find" | Regional Medical Center Review

    Last updated 7 months ago

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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 8 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.


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