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    Knowing How High Blood Pressure Affects Your Health

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Could you be at risk for a heart attack or stroke without knowing it? As this video discusses, high blood pressure can contribute to these life-threatening conditions.

    High blood pressure is dangerous because it presents no obvious symptoms. You may feel fine while your cardiovascular system strains to do its job. High blood pressure forces your heart to work harder so blood reaches all areas of your body. This condition can also increase rigidity in the arteries, which may further complicate the efforts of your circulatory system. Your chances of suffering a heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure may increase because of high blood pressure.

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose can help you lower your risk of high blood pressure complications. To schedule a checkup, call our San Jose heart hospital at (888) 762-8881.

    Breaking Misconceptions About Heart Disease in Women

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose urges women in the greater San Jose area to become familiar with the pressing epidemic of heart disease in this country. This health problem is far from a disease that affects only older demographics or adult males; it can strike both men and women at any age. In fact, heart disease is a more grave concern for adult females than it is for their male counterparts. Consider these common mistaken beliefs about heart disease to find out how dangerous it truly is.

    Heart Disease is an Uncontrollable Condition
    Some individuals might consider heart disease a problem that affects a person regardless of her health habits. On the contrary, this condition develops largely from lifestyle behaviors. For instance, what a person eats can directly impact her chances of suffering from heart disease. Regular consumption of fat, sodium, and excess calories can lead to high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and weight issues that can cause heart disease. Lack of activity can also increase the likelihood of this condition.

    Only Older Women are at Risk for Heart Disease
    As a woman ages, her arteries may become less flexible, which can influence the onset of heart disease. However, young women can suffer from this problem as well if they do not take measures to protect their cardiovascular health. If a woman in her 20s or 30s smokes, does not exercise, and eats a high-fat and high-calorie diet, she may be in as great a danger for heart disease as someone twice her age.

    Heart Disease is Not a Major Concern for Women
    Breast cancer and lung cancer are legitimate concerns for women. Despite the serious nature of these conditions, they occur with much less frequency than heart disease. No other health concern affects more adult females in the United States than heart disease. Even if no symptoms are present, it is imperative for all women to look after their heart health to avoid this extremely common problem.

    Could you be at risk for heart disease? To receive your recommended screenings and tests, call Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (888) 762-8881. For heart-related emergencies, you can view our current ER wait times when you visit our heart hospital website.

    Spotlight on Regional Medical Center's Stroke Center

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Though stroke claims the lives of thousands of Americans every year, as many as 80% of all cases can be prevented. To save a stroke victim’s life, it’s important to recognize the symptoms and seek professional medical care as soon as possible. Regional Medical Center of San Jose is proud to have a Primary Stoke Center at which stroke suffers can receive prompt and effective care.

    The Stroke Center at Regional Medical Center of San Jose consistently receives official recognition from the American Stoke Association, thanks in part to the center’s commitment to advancing the quality of care for stroke sufferers. The Stroke Center also works hard to help stroke patients with rehabilitation and to provide ample stroke education opportunities for the San Jose community.

    If you’re lucky, you will never need to visit the Stroke Center at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. If you or a loved one experiences a stroke, however, you will know where to go. Call (888) 762-8881 or visit our website to learn more about our dedication to quality stroke care in San Jose.


    Regional Medical Center of San Jose Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

    Last updated 7 months ago

    San Jose, CA. January 28, 2014 –Regional Medical Center of San Jose today appointed Sandy Yanko as the new Chief Operating Officer. Yanko, an Industrial and Systems Engineer, brings more than 20 years of experience in operations improvement for healthcare providers to her new role at Regional, where she will assume administrative responsibility for several operating and clinical ancillary support departments and will also serve as the hospital’s Staffing Officer.

    Yanko joins Regional from the Far West Division of parent company, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). Based in Henderson, Nevada she oversaw eight hospitals in Nevada and California as Vice President of Process Improvement/Management Engineering since 2003.

    “Yanko’s professional background and skills in process improvement will greatly benefit our organization and advance quality,” said Mike Johnson, Regional’s CEO. “We’re fortunate to have her as a welcome addition to our team.”

    Yanko graduated from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering. She earned a Master of Science degree in the same field from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia.

     She will begin her position at Regional on March 3rd.  

    Taking Control of Your Diabetes for Good

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Though receiving a diabetes diagnosis is a serious blow, by no means does it have to detract from the quality of your life. By learning everything you can about the disease and adjusting your lifestyle habits, you can live a long, happy life. If you receive diabetes care at Regional Medical Center of San Jose, you will likely receive the following pieces of advice:   

    Learn About the Condition
    The more you can learn about diabetes, the better equipped you will be to manage your condition. For example, you might learn that your case of type 2 diabetes was caused in part by excessive weight and inactivity, then use that information to adjust your lifestyle. Seek as much information as you can from reliable internet resources, medical professionals, and other people with diabetes. 

    Stick to Your Care Routine
    Once you and your doctor create a solid management plan, stick to it as best you can. Take your dietary restrictions very seriously, and try to be active at least five days a week. Make sure your routine includes insulin shots or whatever other treatment measures your doctor prescribes. Since smoking and heavy alcohol consumption can lead to serious diabetes complications, it’s important that you quit these habits as soon as possible. 

    Work Closely with Your Doctor
    Apart from yourself, your doctor is the person who can best help you manage your diabetes. Consider building a close relationship with your medical professionals, and show up for all your checkup appointments. Be sure to ask whatever questions come to mind, and always alert your doctor to potential complications. Working closely with your doctor is important for ensuring good health and adjusting your management routine as your condition changes.   

    The medical professionals at Regional Medical Center of San Jose have years of experience providing care for people with diabetes. If you experience an emergency related to your diabetes, consider using our Text ER service to stay abreast of the latest emergency room wait times. You can also call us any time at (888) 762-8881 for important health information

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