Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center in San Jose, California
At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, we are committed to providing patients with rapid and effective stroke care. Our team of doctors and nurses specializing in stroke treatment work to identify stroke symptoms as quickly as possible.
Our hospital partners with emergency medical services (EMS) first responders in our community, so we can begin treatment as soon as a patient reaches the hospital. We also educate and build awareness of stroke symptoms among healthcare professionals and the community.
If you or someone you know is having a stroke, call 911 immediately. For more information about our stroke center in San Jose, please call (408) 928-7006.
Regional Medical Center of San Jose is certified as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission in collaboration with the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association (ASA). We have also been recognized for stroke care excellence from the American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) program.
Our stroke hospital
Features of our stroke center include:
- 24/7 operating room (OR) staffing and interventional care
- Advanced care that addresses acute and recovery stages of stroke
- Stroke experts and nurses certified by the National Institute of Health (NIH)
- Vascular neurologists and neurosurgeons onsite to treat complex stroke cases
In addition, we have consistently received recognition for stroke care excellence from the American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) program since 2005. This program keeps participating hospitals aligned with the latest scientific stroke guidelines and has proven to improve outcomes in stroke patients.
Recognizing a stroke
A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is cut off. When blood flow is cut off, brain cells begin to die. As brain cells die, functions and abilities controlled by that area of the brain are lost. The longer the blood flow is cut off, the more serious the problems can become.
Signs of a stroke
To determine if someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T.:
Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Can they repeat it correctly? Are their words slurred? Are they confused?
Time: Call 911 immediately if the person displays any of these stroke warning signs.
Additional signs of a stroke may include:
- Loss of vision or doubled vision
- Nausea or vomiting
- Severe headache
- Sudden loss of strength or sensation in the face, arm and/or leg
Stroke care team
As part of our commitment to providing comprehensive neurological care, we are equipped to quickly identify stroke symptoms and treat patients to reduce long-term effects. Our stroke care team includes:
- Neurointerventional radiologists
- Registered nurses
Stroke treatments we offer
Our emergency room (ER) is equipped to provide rapid stroke evaluation and treatment. Our advanced care and techniques allow us to extend the treatment window significantly by dissolving and extracting blood clots deep in the brain.
In addition, we have a neurological intensive care unit (neuro-ICU) staffed 24/7 by neurointensivists. This is where patients receive close monitoring and follow-up care after experiencing a stroke or other type of neurological condition.
Neurointerventional radiology procedures
Our neurointerventional radiologists perform minimally invasive procedures to treat stroke. Treatment options may include:
- Cerebral angiogram: Produces images of the inside of the blood vessels
- Cerebral stenting/balloon angioplasty: Reopens narrowed blood vessels
- Cerebral thrombectomy: Removes blood clots
- Intracranial angioplasty: Widening of blood vessels in the brain
Carotid artery procedures
The carotid arteries are located in the neck and bring oxygenated blood to the brain. These arteries may develop a build-up of cholesterol and calcium over time, resulting in the narrowing of the blood vessels and decreased blood flow. When left untreated, a blocked carotid artery can lead to a stroke.
Our stroke specialists may recommend one of the following procedures to open the carotid artery and restore normal blood flow to the brain:
- Carotid artery stenting: When a skinny mesh tube, or stent, is placed inside your carotid artery to open it up and increase blood flow.
- Carotid endarterectomy: When a surgeon removes the plaque clogging your carotid artery to help promote blood flow.
Aneurysm clipping and coiling
A cerebral aneurysm is a weak spot in an artery that bulges outward and fills with blood. The weakened artery has the potential to rupture, which can be life threatening. Clipping and coiling are two common procedures used to clot off an aneurysm, whether it has ruptured or not.
After a stroke, rehabilitation can play a critical role in recovery. Our neurological rehabilitation program is designed to help patients regain cognitive and physical abilities. Your stroke rehabilitation team may include:
- Neurorehabilitation physiatrists
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Speech-language pathologists
For more information about our rehabilitation program, call (408) 729-2882.