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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 eMedicineHealth.com.
  • 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 WebMD.com article.
  • This article from the American Red Cross describes the benefits of hands-only CPR in emergency situations.

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Common Heart Attack Procedures

Heart attack, or myocardial infarction, occurs when blood flow to a part of the heart is blocked, resulting in the damage or death of heart muscle. Most heart attacks are caused by blood clots or plaque buildup that obstructs the coronary arteries. In this video clip, you can learn about the common procedures to treat heart attack victims.

Good Samaritan Hospital provides state-of-the-art cardiac care and vascular services to more patients than any other community hospital in Santa Clara County. If you are interesting in learning more about our hospital’s services, contact our friendly staff at (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.


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