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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

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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.


A Look at Congenital Heart Conditions

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Congenital heart defects are abnormalities in the structure of the heart that are present before birth. These conditions can involve the interior walls of the heart, the valves inside the heart, or the arteries and veins that carry blood to the heart or the body. While many of these congenital conditions do not need treatment or can be easily corrected, some defects require special medical attention immediately after birth. Some of the most common types of congenital heart defects include:

  • Aortic stenosis
    The aortic valve is a three-cusp valve located between the left ventricle of the heart and the aorta. Aortic stenosis can be the result of a birth defect, leaving the valve with only one or two cusps.
  • Atrial septal defect
    ASD is an abnormality in the atria of the heart in which the wall between the left and right chambers is not completely closed. This allows blood to bypass the lungs and may eventually cause disabilities later in life.
  • Patent ductus arteriosus
    The ductus arteriosus is a small passageway connecting the pulmonary artery and the aorta, which is open at birth but closes within a few hours. Patent ductus arteriosus is a defect that results in this passageway remaining open, causing blood to travel in the wrong direction between the aorta and pulmonary artery.

The diagnosis and treatment of complex congenital heart defects has improved greatly thanks to recent advances in medicine and technology. Almost all children born with these conditions thrive into adulthood and live active lives. Good Samaritan Hospital offers new babies and their families the security of a Level III NICU. If you would like to learn more about the services we provide to the community of San Jose, CA, contact us at (408) 559-2011.


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