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Tips for Preserving Your Visual Acuity

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Our eyes are one of the most important ways that we interact with our world, helping us to recognize faces, appreciate works of art, and view beautiful sunsets. For many men and women, maintaining good vision during the aging process is a huge concern. Fortunately, there are things that everyone can do to promote health and maintain good visual acuity throughout life. Read on to learn a few ways to keep your vision clear.

  • Get regular eye exams
    One of the best ways to keep your eyes at optimal performance is to see your eye doctor regularly for comprehensive eye exams. Your ophthalmologist can not only help to keep your eyeglass or contact lens prescription current, but he or she can also detect serious eye conditions, such as diabetic retinopathy, before they can become symptomatic and threaten your vision.
  • Eat the right foods
    Foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon and other seafood, have shown to have protective effects against degenerative eye conditions (these foods are also good for your heart!). Eating foods high in antioxidants may also reduce your risk for developing cataracts, which cause clouding of the lenses of the eyes.
  • Live a healthy life
    Keeping your body healthy can also help to keep your eyes (and vision) healthy. A recent study performed at the University of Wisconsin found that men and women who participated in healthy behaviors—such as regular exercise, healthy diet, and avoiding tobacco use—were found to have a 71 percent decreased risk for developing a serious degenerative eye condition called age-related macular degeneration.

Would you like to learn more ways to maintain excellent overall health? The experts at Good Samaritan Hospital are dedicated to the continued wellness of our San Jose community—contact us at (408) 559-2011 to get answers to your health-related questions.


Check Out These Resources For More Great Information

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Are you looking to learn more about how to prepare for your child’s birth? You can read helpful information about this and our other recent blog topics by clicking through the links below.

If you have any additional questions, contact Good Samaritan Hospital at (408) 559-2011—we are happy to help you.


Happy Doctors' Day from Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose!

Today we celebrate Doctors’ Day, a day we thank and recognize our dedicated physicians for the care and expertise they provide to our patients each and every day.

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Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, is the number one condition affecting the heart and blood vessels. It is a chronic process that slowly damages your circulatory system over time.  When atherosclerosis affects the arteries that supply blood to the heart, you can experience angina (chest pain) or heart attack. Learn more about this serious condition and how you can reduce your risk by watching this video from the American Heart Association.

If you are experiencing chest pain or if you are in need of cardiovascular care, look to the professionals at Good Samaritan Hospital. Our hospital is one of the first five in the country to become an Accredited Chest Pain Center. To learn more about our cardiac and vascular services, contact us at (408) 559-2011.


Examining the Different Stages of Labor

Pregnancy

As the birth of your baby approaches, it is completely natural to feel a mixture of excitement and trepidation. Knowing what to expect can go a long way in helping you approach the birthing process with more confidence and less anxiety. To help calm your nerves, read more about the signs of imminent labor and the stages of labor and delivery below.

Signs of Labor
The due date given to you by your doctor is his or her best estimate and is by no means set in stone. Your labor may begin two weeks before or even two weeks after that projected date. You may or may not notice any of the signs of labor, as this process varies greatly from woman to woman. Some of the signs of labor include the following:

  • Dropping, or Lightening
    When the baby drops, or “lightens,” he or she moves lower into your pelvis, making it easier to breathe.
  • Show, or Loss of Mucous Plug
    During pregnancy, a thick plug of mucus fills the cervical opening and prevents bacteria from entering the uterus. As the cervix thins and opens, you may notice a stringy mucus or discharge from the loss of this plug.
  • Water Breaking
    During pregnancy, your baby is cushioned and protected by a fluid-filled sac that can break before labor begins. The flow of fluid can be dripping or gushing.

Stages of Labor and Delivery
Once true labor contractions begin, you have entered the first stage of labor. There are three designated stages:

  • Stage 1: Early and Active Labor
    This stage includes dilation of the cervix and an increase in the frequency and strength of contractions.
  • Stage 2: Your Baby’s Birth
    This stage can take a few minutes or a few hours. During this stage, your doctor will encourage you to push or to relax. Once the baby is delivered, the umbilical cord is clamped and cut.
  • Stage 3: The Delivery of the Placenta
    The placenta comes out with a small burst of blood.

At the Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose, CA, we offer expectant mothers and their families the safety and security of a Level III NICU. Learn more about our maternity services by visiting our website or contacting us at (408) 559-2011.


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