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Effects of High Cholesterol

High cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Taking steps to lower your cholesterol by eating a healthier diet or consulting your doctor about beneficial medications is a huge step in preventing these deadly medical conditions. Watch this video from the American Heart Association to learn more about how high cholesterol can shorten your life and the simple steps you can take to improve your numbers.

The experts at Good Samaritan Hospital’s Cardiac Center have been providing comprehensive cardiac and vascular care to the community of San Jose for almost forty years. To schedule a consultation with one of our experienced physicians, call (408) 559-2011 or contact us online today.

Heart Disease: Diagnostic and Treatment Options

Heart Disease

There are many different types of heart disease. Whether it is congenital (inherited) or develops over a long period of time and causes symptoms later in life, any condition affecting the functioning of the heart is considered heart disease. Researchers and physicians have developed a wide variety of different diagnostic and treatment modalities in an effort to reverse or resolve heart issues. Some of the most common ways to diagnose cardiovascular problems include:

  • Cardiac catheterization
    This test utilizes a special tube, called a catheter, and an x-ray machine to evaluate the functioning of the heart and whether or not the heart is provided with an adequate blood supply. Cardiac catheterization is commonly used to detect blockages in the coronary arteries or to assess how well the chambers and valves of the heart are functioning.
  • Echocardiogram
    As can be inferred from its name, the echocardiogram utilizes high-frequency sound waves to form live images of the heart. From the echo of the emitted sound waves, the ultrasound machine can evaluate the shape, size, and motion of the heart, helping your cardiologist to evaluate the cause of a heart murmur, observe damage to the heart after heart attack, detect growths in the heart tissue, and much more.
  • Exercise stress test
    During an exercise stress test, the electrical activity of the heart is recorded using electrodes connected to an ECG (electrocardiogram) machine to identify irregular heart rhythms, monitor the heart’s response to physical activity, or to evaluate whether or not a patient’s chest pain symptoms are related to problems with the heart.

Just as there are many different types of heart disease, there exist many different surgical and non-surgical treatment options. Some of the ways a physician may choose to provide cardiac care include:

  • Coronary stenting
    This is a procedure that utilizes a small metal tube to restore adequate blood flow to the heart muscle by holding open a coronary artery
  • Heart valve replacement
    During this procedure, a new valve made of metal, plastic, or tissue is used to replace an abnormal or malfunctioning heart valve to restore function
  • Bypass surgery
    During this procedure, a surgeon grafts vessels from other parts of the body onto the coronary arteries to bypass a blockage or narrowing

Good Samaritan Hospital offers the community of San Jose, CA comprehensive cardiac and vascular services. To learn more about Good Sam’s cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment options for cardiac patients, call (408) 559-2011 or contact us online.

Learn More About Our Recent Blog Topics!

Doctor's Prognosis

Do you have questions about chest pain or any of the other topics explored in our recent blogs? Read through the links below to learn more, and feel free to contact the helpful staff at Good Samaritan Hospital at (408) 559-2011 for more information.

  • Read more about the causes and risk factors of myocardial infarction from PubMed Health.
  • This article from The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute provides an overview of atherosclerosis and how it contributes to coronary heart disease.
  • The American Heart Association has some great resources to help you get healthier to protect your heart.
  • There are many causes of chest pain, many of which can be life-threatening. Learn more about the causes and treatments for chest pain from
  • Stroke, much like a heart attack, is caused when blood flow is interrupted to the brain. Learn more about these ‘brain attacks’ from the American Stroke Association.
  • The Preeclampsia Foundation website has some helpful information about the signs and symptoms of preeclampsia.
  • High blood pressure during pregnancy can adversely affect both the mother and developing child. Read about this condition from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website.
  • The National Institutes of Health provides an overview of the types of high-risk pregnancy in this article.
  • Hospital emergency rooms have technology available on-site that many urgent care facilities do not, such as magnetic resonance imaging. Read more about MRI from this article.
  • This article from the American Red Cross describes the benefits of hands-only CPR in emergency situations.

Car Seat Safety at Good Sam

You want your baby safe at all times, including in your car. Learn how to properly install your infant or child safety seat with certified inspectors.

9 a.m. to noon on February 7 and February 21 at Good Sam. Space is limited--reservations are required! Call (408) 559-2011.  FREE

Car Seat Safety

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