Good Samaritan Hospital
Through leadership in research and adopting the latest technological and clinical practices, Good Samaritan Hospital offers excellent medical care for the people of Silicon Valley.
408.559.2011

What Constitutes a High-Risk Pregnancy?

High Risk Pregnancy

If a woman becomes pregnant, there are steps that she can take to help reduce her child’s risk for chronic medical issues and complications during pregnancy. A good diet, regular exercise, and a healthy lifestyle can go a long way in helping to keep a developing child free of medical problems. Unfortunately, some women have medical issues before and during pregnancy that can cause serious issues for the mother and baby if not managed properly by a skilled specialist or maternity hospital. Some of the risk factors for experiencing a high-risk pregnancy are:

  • Being too overweight or underweight
  • Previous issues with pregnancy
  • High blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes, HIV, or other pre-existing health conditions
  • Too young or too old maternal age

These conditions can adversely affect the development of the child and may cause other complications during the pregnancy that make it high-risk. Some conditions that can develop during a woman’s pregnancy include:

  • Preeclampsia
    Preeclampsia occurs when a woman’s blood pressure elevates during pregnancy. Changes can also be seen in blood levels if liver enzymes and protein are detected in the urine. This condition, if left untreated, can be fatal to both mother and child or lead to long-term medical issues.
  • HIV or AIDS
    HIV or AIDS causes damage to the mother’s immune system, preventing her from effectively fighting illness. This virus can be passed to a developing child, but there are ways to effectively prevent this from happening.
  • Gestational diabetes
    Different than type-1 or type-2 diabetes, gestational diabetes refers to a type of diabetes mellitus that occurs only temporarily during pregnancy. As long as she keeps her blood sugar levels under control and follows her doctor’s treatment plan, a woman can still have a healthy pregnancy with this condition.

Other chronic medical problems, such as diabetes, breathing, or kidney issues, can become exacerbated during pregnancy. If you are planning to start a family, be sure to consider consulting your physician about how to maintain excellent health for you and your baby during the process. At Good Samaritan Hospital, we provide a wide variety of high-quality amenities to a new mother and her family. Contact us at (408) 559-2011 to learn more about our services.


Heart Attack: Causes, Symptoms, and Risk Factors

Heart Attack Symptoms

Your heart is an extremely active muscle that requires a continuous supply of oxygen to function properly. Oxygen is carried to the heart muscle via the various coronary arteries. If these arteries become obstructed, blood flow to the muscle is blocked. This event, referred to as a heart attack or myocardial infarction, causes damage or death to the essential cardiac muscle.

Heart attacks are typically caused by atherosclerosis, a disease that leads to the buildup of plaque deposits in the arteries. Plaque narrows the arteries, increasing the possibility of blood clots to partially or completely obstruct blood flow to the heart muscle. This blockage is what causes the symptoms commonly associated with myocardial infarction.

If you are having a heart attack, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Intense chest pressure (angina)
  • Pain or heaviness in the left arm
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Increased perspiration
  • Feelings of impending doom (anxiety)

Risk factors for heart attack and atherosclerosis are largely modifiable through converting to a healthier lifestyle. Physical activity, a healthy diet, and good dental hygiene are all good ways to reduce your risk of experiencing myocardial infarction. Some of the risk factors for heart attack include:

  • High LDL cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Tobacco smoking
  • Obesity
  • High homocysteine
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • High blood pressure
  • Air pollution
  • Stress
  • Prolonged, excessive alcohol consumption

Symptoms of a heart attack will often come on gradually and can be intermittent or vague. If you believe you are experiencing a myocardial infarction, you should consider calling 911 and seeking emergency treatment as soon as possible to avoid heart damage or death.

Make Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose part of your emergency medical plan—our Emergency Care Center is staffed by the experienced and highly-skilled doctors you need in a time of medical crisis. Learn more about our hospital by contacting us at (408) 559-2011.


Visiting an Emergency Room vs. Visiting an Urgent Care Facility

Emergency Room

If you are feeling sick or are in pain, you want to have your symptoms alleviated as soon as possible. To have the quickest access to a full range of on-site support emergency care services and specialized professional knowledge, a hospital’s emergency care is often your best option. The utilization of the triage system allows for those with the most critical need to be seen first, treating patients with life-threatening illness or injury as soon as possible with the best technology available.

Unlike many urgent care facilities, a hospital ER has immediate access to a wide array of support and diagnostic services to quickly find out what is wrong. These services typically include:

· Diagnostic imaging, including CT Scans, MRI, x-ray, and ultrasound

· Blood bank for transfusion purposes

· Laboratory access for blood testing on-site

· On-line EKG

· Respiratory services

· Pharmacy

· Surgery suite

· Medical and cardiac intensive care

With all of these resources on-site and directly available to emergency personnel, test results can come back more quickly and treatment can begin as soon as possible. Many emergency rooms also provide access to a variety of specialized services that are not typically available at urgent care facilities, including:

· Cardiac care from an expert team of cardiologist and cardiac surgeons

· Maternity care from high-risk birth specialists

· Gastrointestinal care

· Intensive care for all stages of life

· Stroke care

· Endoscopic care

· Surgical services

· Pulmonary services

· Cancer care

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, you want to have the most experienced, state-of-the-art, and streamlined care available to you 24-hours a day. At Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose, we provide just that. We are dedicated to providing each patient with immediate attention from a triage nurse to assess and meet his or her individual needs

as quickly as possible. Please feel free to contact us at (408) 559-2011 with any questions about us or our services.

What Could Be Causing Your Chest Pain?

Chest Pain

There are a wide variety of causes for chest pain, from acid reflux to heart attack. Any part of the chest can be the source of the pain. If you are experiencing any pain or heaviness in your chest that lasts more than a few seconds or minutes, you could be experiencing a life-threatening event. Consider dialing 911 immediately and visiting your local emergency care center. The potentially life-threatening causes of chest pain include:

  • Angina
    This occurs when a partial blockage of a coronary artery prevents the heart muscle from getting an adequate blood supply. Angina causes intermittent pain, but no permanent damage to the heart.
  • Heart Attack (or Myocardial Infarction)
    A heart attack occurs when the coronary arteries become completely blocked. The heart muscle does not receive any oxygen and the tissue becomes damaged or dies.
  • Pulmonary Embolism
    This condition is not associated with the heart, but with the lungs. When a blood clot causes a blockage in one of the major vessels that supply the lungs with blood, one can experience intense chest pain.
  • Perforated Viscus
    A perforated viscus is a tear or hole in the wall of the gastrointestinal tract that allows air to enter the abdominal cavity, which can cause chest pain.
  • Aortic Dissection
    This is a tear in the inner lining of the aorta, the artery that supplies blood to the vital organs of the body. Pain occurs in the chest and can also radiate to the back and other parts of the body.
  • Spontaneous Pneumothorax
    A spontaneous pneumothorax occurs when air enters the chest cavity and alters the pressure balance of the lung. The lung becomes unable to re-expand, cutting off the oxygen supply to the body.
  • Cocaine
    Cocaine use can induce chest pain by causing the blood vessels of the body to constrict, decreasing blood flow to the heart.

The following conditions may cause chest pain, but are typically not immediately life-threatening:

  • Herpes zoster
  • Acid reflux
  • Esophageal spasm
  • Pneumonia
  • Acute pericarditis
  • Mitral valve prolapse

If you or a loved one is experiencing any kind of chest pain or pressure, seriously consider calling 911 and contacting your cardiac care doctor. Learn more about Good Samaritan Hospital and our services by contacting us at (408) 559-2011.


Gestational Hypertension and Preeclampsia

Gestational hypertension, also known as preeclampsia, is a condition occurring in pregnant women that leads to high blood pressure and protein in the urine. Preeclampsia typically develops during the later stages of the second trimester or the early part of the third trimester and can cause serious risks to a pregnant woman and her developing child.  Learn more about this gestational condition by watching this video clip.

At Good Samaritan Hospital, we are committed to providing the highest standard of medical care for expectant mothers and their families. To learn more about us and our services, visit our website or contact us at (408) 559-2011.


Page 71 of 80 1 2 3  . . . 69 70 71 72 73 74 75  . . . 79 80   Next