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Breast Reconstruction - Video

Breast cancer care

Often, people who are diagnosed with breast cancer undergo a mastectomy. During a mastectomy, cancerous tissues are removed from the breast. A patient may have a total or partial mastectomy, depending on the severity of the cancer. Breast reconstruction is a procedure done after a mastectomy to reconstruct the size and shape of the breast.

As this video discusses, the patient and surgeon choose from three types of breast reconstruction procedures: a synthetic implant, latissimus dorsi flap, and abdominal muscle (TRAM) flap. All of these are inpatient procedures and require one to five days hospitalization after surgery. Some patients also have their nipple and areola reconstructed. This procedure is quite simple and can often be done during a brief visit to the doctor. For more information about breast reconstruction after a mastectomy, watch the entire video clip.

At Good Samaritan Hospital, we provide state-of-the-art technology for the early detection and treatment of breast cancer at our Breast Care Center. Designated by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center, Good Samaritan Hospital is a safe and caring place from which to seek the help you need. Call us at (408) 559-2011 to learn more.


Take Care of Your Heart | Know the Warning Signs

Healthcare

How can you prepare yourself for a stroke or heart attack? Do you know the warning signs? Being able to recognize the signs of cardiac and vascular episodes can save lives. Take a moment to learn more about heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.

  • This article from StrokeCenter.org provides statistics regarding strokes.
  • Do you know how to recognize the signs of a stroke? Educate yourself by visiting this link from Stroke.org.
  • Are you at risk for a stroke? Check out this MayoClinic.com article for more information on stroke risk factors.
  • Learn more about the possible causes of chest pain with this eMedicineHealth.com article.
  • The signs of a heart attack are not always the same for men and women. Learn how to diagnose the symptoms of a heart attack in women with this WebMD.com article.
  • Visit this link from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for more information on the number of deaths per year related to heart disease.

Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose provides top-quality cardiac and vascular services, including an accredited chest pain center, cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology, Cardiac surgery, cardiac intensive care, cardiac rehabilitation, and vascular surgery. Visit our website for more information or give us a call at (408) 559-2011.


Act F.A.S.T. - Know the Warning Signs of a Stroke

Studies show that stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, strokes take the lives of over 143,579 individuals each year. While many people think that strokes only occur within the elderly population, strokes can actually affect individuals as young as 20.

Stethoscope

Signs of a Stroke
The best way to determine if someone requires emergency care is to be able to recognize the signs of a stroke. The best way to identify the common signs of a stroke is to follow the act F.A.S.T. guidelines:

  • F ace
    Start by asking the person to smile, taking notice if one side of their face is unresponsive or drops lower than the other.
  • A rms
    Ask the individual to raise both of their arms in front of them, watching to see if one of their arms falls downwards.
  • S peech
    Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, looking for signs of confusion, changes in speech patterns, slurred speech, and difficulty repeating the sentence.
  • T ime
    Call 9-1-1 or visit the Good Samaritan Hospital’s Stroke Center if the patient shows any of the above symptoms, expresses loss of vision, double vision, headache, or loss of balance. It is also crucial to seek emergency care if they exhibit loss of sensation in their face or extremities, begin vomiting, or express feelings of nausea.

Intervention
Stroke victims require medical intervention within the first three hours of a stroke in order to prevent long-term damage and restore brain circulation. Here at the Good Samaritan Stroke Center, our rapid response stroke team utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to provide the best patient care while simultaneously reducing the risk of patient complications and high-medical costs.

With our 24-hour Consult-A-Nurse hotline and dedicated team of specialists, Good Samaritan Hospital's Stroke Center specialists understand that when it comes to a stroke, every second counts. Visit our website or contact us at (408) 559-2011 if you have any questions or for more information.


Plan for a Smarter Delivery

Voted Family Favorite for 2011 by BayAreaParent, Good Samaritan Hospital provides the San Jose area with only the best in maternity and NICU care. With a level 3 NICU, 24/7 neonatologists and anesthesiologists, private rooms, and the highest level of newborn care, Good Samaritan Hospital is your number one resource for both prenatal and postnatal care. Contact us at (408) 559-2011 for more information or to set up a tour of our birthing center.


We're an Accredited Chest Pain Center

Chest Pain & Heart Attack

Did you know that approximately 600,000 individuals suffer from fatal heart attacks and heart disease each year? With heart attacks as the leading cause of death in the United States, it’s no surprise that more than 5 million Americans visit hospitals each year due to symptoms like chest pain and tightness. Accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose’s Chest Pain Center proudly provides superior levels of service for patients experiencing a cardiac episode.

Traditional hospitals and emergency rooms are often ill-equipped to handle chest pain, heart attacks, stroke, and other vascular and cardiac complications. The Good Samaritan Chest Pain Center staff understands that when it comes to a heart attack, every second counts. That’s why our hospital ensures that both cardiac surgeons and cardiology specialist are available 24 hours a day, using the fastest, most efficient diagnostic testing and electrocardiogram systems.

Because every second counts, make sure you know the warning signs. Acute or chronic chest pain may be the sign of a number of conditions, including:

  • Heart attack
  • Heart disease and congestive heart failure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Blood clots
  • Angina
  • Arrhythmia
  • Spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung)
  • Pulmonary embolism

While these conditions include some of the most common reasons for serious chest pain, this does not encompass all of the possible causes or complications. For this reason, it is crucial to seek emergency medical care or contact 9-1-1 at the first sign of persistent or serious chest pain.

Here at Good Samaritan Hospital, our cardiac and vascular services include cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology, vascular surgery, cardiac surgery, cardiac intensive care units, and cardiac rehabilitation services. To learn more visit our website or contact us at (877) 254-7020 today.


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