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    Taking a Closer Look at the Flexible Bronchoscopy Procedure

    Last updated 4 months ago

    If you see your physician presenting respiratory problems marked by symptoms such as trouble breathing, chronic coughing, and wheezing, you may be scheduled for a bronchoscopy procedure. This procedure allows physicians to see your airways and lungs to locate a tumor, infection, excess mucus, or a blockage. Flexible bronchoscopy is typically the preferred method for this exam, because it does not require general anesthesia like a rigid bronchoscopy does. You will, however, be given a sedative that may make you sleepy and relaxed while the flexible bronchoscopy tube is used. The bronchoscope is inserted through the mouth and guided by the physician through both of the lungs. The doctor can see images of the bronchi and lungs on a TV screen as the bronchoscope moves through the airways. If any additional interventional pulmonology procedures are needed, the bronchoscope allows the insertion of special tools the doctor can use for biopsy or balloon placement.

    For a closer look at this and other interventional pulmonology procedures, connect with the East Bay’s most advanced interventional pulmonology center at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. You can reach us on our website or at (408) 259-4000.

    What to Expect When You Need Dialysis

    Last updated 4 months ago

    When the kidneys are not able to function properly as filtration systems for the body, patients may need dialysis to filter the blood of toxins, waste, and excess fluid. This treatment may be offered at dedicated dialysis centers or hospitals, and it is provided under the care of a nephrologist.

    If you need hemodialysis, which uses a highly sophisticated machine to filter the blood, you will need to have treatment about 3-4 times weekly with treatment sessions that last about 3 hours. You will be seated during the treatment, and you can read, watch TV, or take a nap. The first few sessions may take longer and have side effects like nausea, cramping, dizziness, and headaches. Eventually these symptoms will subside and treatment will get easier, though you will likely continue to feel tired after each session with the dialysis machine.

    At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, we have a highly trained staff specializing in both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, making it convenient for patients to schedule their care with us. For a physician referral to manage your chronic kidney disease, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000. 

    Exploring Some of the Lesser-Known Symptoms of Stroke

    Last updated 4 months ago

    When it comes to stroke, the best treatment comes within four to five hours of the onset of symptoms. Problematically, many people are not able to identify stroke symptoms, so treatment is often delayed past the point when clot busting medications can make a difference in recovery. Women are at a particularly high risk for having a stroke without knowing it, since they tend to have more subtle or lesser-known symptoms. This is similar to the pattern presented with heart attack in women, making both conditions more likely to result in fatality among females. You may be familiar with stroke signs like drooping facial muscles or extremities and sudden speech difficulties, but it is important to recognize these other signs as possible stroke symptoms too.

    Sudden, Severe Headache

    Headaches can be indicative of a number of conditions, but those that are sudden and severe with no clear cause should be met with immediate medical attention. A headache of this nature may not always be present with a stroke, and it could be a sign of another condition, but it is best to play it safe with emergency care.

    Blurred Vision

    Many people do not recognize that sudden changes in vision like blurriness in one or both eyes can be the sign of a stroke. This sign might be more difficult to recognize in others, but you may notice that an individual is having trouble moving or avoiding objects in front of them.

    Dizziness and Confusion

    Trouble speaking and processing language is only one sign of confusion that might arise during a stroke. Nonsensical statements, a detachment from one’s surroundings, dizziness and fainting, or sudden forgetfulness may all indicate a stroke.

    Nausea or Vomiting

    Just like a heart attack, a stroke might have some seemingly unassociated symptoms that simply cause general discomfort. Nausea and vomiting are common for women having a stroke, so this symptom should be assessed cautiously.

    Every second matters when it comes to stroke care, so Regional Medical Center of San Jose strives to keep ER wait times low and educate the community of common stroke signs. For a closer look at what you should know about proper stroke treatment, visit our website or call us at (408) 259-4000.

    The Seniors' Guide to Flu Season

    Last updated 5 months ago

    If you are over the age of 65, flu season might be a bigger threat to your health than it is for younger individuals. Flu-related deaths are most common among older adults, who are already more susceptible to contracting this virus when it is active in the wintertime. The months of November to March are the most active for the flu virus, so you should be particularly aware of your risk as a senior citizen. This article offers some insight on how you can stay healthy and steer clear of complications that could result in hospitalization.

    Higher Flu Risk

    Since older adults have weakened immune systems and higher rates of respiratory conditions that can worsen flu symptoms, preventive measures are essential for all individuals over 65. Hand washing is the best way to avoid contracting the flu from contact with sick individuals and objects they may have touched. Other steps that can help you avoid getting sick include getting more sleep, staying hydrated, following a healthier diet, and paying extra attention to cleanliness at home.

    Seasonal Flu Shots

    Unless your doctor specifically advises against it, you should have a flu shot this season. Some seniors are best off with the higher-dose flu shot that is only available for adults over 65, so ask your doctor if this is an option for you. Since pneumonia is a high-risk complication for seniors, you may also need to have a pneumococcal vaccine as well. Both of these immunizations are covered through Medicare, which means there is no reason not to protect yourself with preventive vaccines.

    Possible Complications

    If you have conditions like heart disease, asthma, or COPD, the flu can worsen the symptoms of these conditions and land you in the hospital. Other possible complications for seniors with the flu include pneumonia, dehydration, and bronchitis. Plus, older adults tend to have more severe flu symptoms in general, so preventive measures are the best approach for fighting this virus.

    At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, you can get your annual vaccinations and find excellent emergency care when you need it most. For more reasons why you should have us on your side during flu season, visit our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000. 

    What Are the Costs of Dementia?

    Last updated 5 months ago

    There are several conditions that may cause dementia, and they are most frequently diagnosed in older adults. Some types of dementia are reversible, but many are progressive and will continue to get worse over time. Vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, which are among the most common causes of dementia, fall into the second category.

    As this video explains, dementia can create a complex diagnostic process, which can lead to significant healthcare costs. The aging population of the United States is only getting bigger, so the number of patients with dementia is on the rise as well. This means that dementia is a large contributor of healthcare expenditures that will only get bigger without ongoing research to better understand this issue.

    If you are concerned about your or a loved one’s dementia risk, you can find healthcare resources and healthy living guidelines with Regional Medical Center of San Jose. By calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000, you can learn about the right types of care for your needs and get answers to your important questions about your health. 

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