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Knowing the Symptoms of a Stroke

Symptoms of a Stroke

A stroke is a life-threatening medical event that occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. When experiencing stroke symptoms, one should consider seeking emergency medical care immediately to avoid damage or death of brain tissue. Those experiencing an ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke may experience the following symptoms:

  • Sudden changes in the senses, such as interruptions in vision or smell
  • An inability to speak or understand what is spoken to you
  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Memory lapses and difficulties focusing on a train of thought
  • Sudden dizziness, lack of coordination and balance, or trouble walking or standing
  • Sudden onset of a severe headache that can be described as ‘the worst headache of your life’ with no known cause

These symptoms almost always come on suddenly. If the symptoms of stroke go away after only a few minutes, you may have experienced a transient ischemic attack (TIA). A TIA does not cause permanent damage to brain tissue, but can be a warning sign of a future stroke.

If you think you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, seriously consider dialing 9-1-1 and seeking emergency medical attention immediately. Treatment immediacy greatly affects stroke survival and recovery. The Stroke Center at the Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose is dedicated to the rapid identification and treatment of each patient presenting with possible stroke symptoms. Learn more about our Joint Commission Certified stroke care by contacting us at (408) 559-2011.

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Are you at risk of developing gestational diabetes during your pregnancy? By looking through the resources below, you can learn more about this and the other subjects discussed in our recent blog posts.

  • This article from MedlinePlus provides information about first aid procedures and what to do in the case of a medical emergency.
  • Knowing how to perform hands-only CPR can help you to save someone’s life—learn more about this simple lifesaving action from the American Heart Association.
  • The American Pregnancy Association describes what foods to avoid during pregnancy in more detail on their website.
  • This checklist from is helpful in organizing the foods to avoid while pregnant.
  • Visit to find a comprehensive overview about high cholesterol causes, diagnosis, management, and more.
  • This article from the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development answers many frequently asked questions about gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM).
  • The American Diabetes Association also provides some helpful information about the basics of gestational diabetes and how it is treated.
  • Coronary heart disease is one of the many diseases that can severely affect the functioning of the heart. Read more about this disease from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
  • You can find out more about catheter angiography and the common uses of this procedure from this article on
  • This overview from describes the importance of newborn screening tests and how they help to ensure healthy development.

If you have any remaining questions, contact Good Samaritan Hospital by calling (408) 559-2011.

Recognizing a Medical Emergency

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During medical emergency care, every second counts. That’s why it is so important to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of severe illness or injury and be able to act accordingly. Listed below are some of the warning signs of a medical emergency as defined by the American College of Emergency Physicians.

  • Severe and/or persistent vomiting can be the sign of a more serious illness and can quickly lead to dehydration.
  • Breathing problems, such as difficulty breathing (a sign of anaphylaxis) or shortness of breath (a sign of heart attack), are both considered medical emergencies.
  • Chest pain (angina) and shortness of breath can be signs of an impending heart attack.
  • Heavy bleeding that will not stop even after pressure has been applied can lead to dangerous blood loss.
  • Sudden changes in vision, weakness, dizziness, or numbness, especially on only one side of the body are all signs of a stroke. A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted and can lead to brain damage or death.
  • Severe depression and suicidal thoughts should be considered a medical emergency.

If you witness any of the above signs of an emergency, the most important thing to do is to remain calm and collected. Seriously consider calling 911 and performing necessary, standard first aid or CPR procedures if you have been trained in the techniques.

One of the best ways to remain calm during a medical emergency is to be prepared. When formulating emergency plans, consider making Good Samaritan Hospital your medical center of choice. Our Emergency Care Center is dedicated to assessing each patient’s individual needs and providing expert treatment as soon as possible. If you would like to find out more about our ER wait times and emergency services, call (408) 559-2011.

Newborn Screening

newborn screening test is given to each baby in the United States within its first few days of life. This includes a blood test that screens for rare but serious problems before symptoms can arise. A newborn screening can help to save a baby’s life by diagnosing these conditions early. In this video, you can learn more about how newborn screening is performed and how long it takes to receive results. 

Do you have additional questions about the newborn screening process? Let Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose be your healthcare resource. Our highly-trained and compassionate obstetrical team is here for you. Schedule a consultation today by calling (408) 559-2011, or contact us online.

Congratulations to Ina Rivera and Sue Marklein!

Ina Rivera and Sue Marklein just received Good Sam’s Excellence in Leadership awards.  Ina leads the Patient Access team connecting patients and families with health care services.  Sue’s team delivers an outstanding experience for patients in Diagnostic Imaging.  Congratulations!

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