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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.

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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.


iTriage Symptom Checker | Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose

If you’ve ever wished there was an easier way to diagnose your medical symptoms without having to search various internet websites, then we’ve got the perfect app for you.

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Available for the iPhone, Android, and mobile Web browsing, the new iTriage Symptom Checker app allows you to research your symptoms, explore the causes, and even find the right healthcare provider to meet your needs. Complete with images and videos for a number of procedures, this app helps you obtain excellent medical care whether searching from home or on the road.

Visit our website or contact Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose at (877) 254-7020 today!


Auxiliary Volunteers Provide Patient Comfort in Over 20 Service Areas | Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose

You don’t necessarily need to be a physician or a registered nurse in order to help provide patient care. If you’re interested in helping your fellow San Jose area residents during their time of need, then becoming an auxiliary volunteer for Good Samaritan Hospital may be right for you.

Volunteer

Our auxiliary volunteer program, open to both adults and high school students, strives to provide assistance whenever necessary. While volunteering does not include medical services or nursing duties, volunteers do provide a unique and valuable service—providing comfort, friendliness, and social interaction with patients and visitors. While a background in volunteer work or medicine is appreciated, no special skills are necessary in order to become an auxiliary volunteer. Instead, our hospital staff members work closely with our volunteers so that daily tasks are appropriate for their level of experience, personal skills, and overall interests.

Most of our volunteers visit the hospital for least 3-4 hours a week. However, with a number of placement areas and shifts available, the more time you have to volunteer, the better. Our volunteers can work in over 20 different service areas at Good Samaritan Hospital, our Breast Care Center, and our Mission Oaks campus. Some of these volunteer services include:

  • Medical, surgical, and rehabilitation services to patients.
  • Working at the visitor and patient escort desk.
  • Filing paperwork with the medical records department.
  • Helping in the labor and delivery department, mother-baby services, and pediatric department.
  • Accommodating visitors in the gift shop.
  • Working in the cardiac care center.

Our volunteers can also help out in our hospital pharmacy and emergency room doing a number of clerical tasks.

If you’re interested in the Junior Auxiliary program (High School Students) or the Auxiliary program (18 years and up), visit our website for more information and to download our volunteer application. Contact San Jose’s Good Samaritan Hospital online or call (408) 559-2345.


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