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Check your medicine cabinet, purse and pockets for Excedrin, Bufferin, GasX and NoDoz with expiration dates up to 12-20-14. Everything earlier is recalled by Novartis. Throw these OTCs away or return to Novartis for a refund.

Good Sam welcomed 269 December arrivals!

269 babies arrived at Good Sam in December in time to celebrate the New Year with their families. That included eight sets of twins. Our tiniest NICU baby weighed one pound, two ounces. Our perinatal team works very hard to prevent premature delivery, but is prepared to provide the highest level of care when needed.

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Are you looking for exercise tips for pregnancy? How does depression relate to heart disease? If you are interested in more information on maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine during pregnancy, how heart disease and depression are related, or how texting can help patients find out about emergency room wait times, then check out these great resources.

  • This article from Good Samaritan Hospital’s health content page discusses your rights as a patient.
  • Did you know that you can receive hospital ER wait times via text message? Learn more about this innovative program by visiting
  • What should you be eating during pregnancy? Make sure you’re getting the vitamins and nutrients you need to support a healthy pregnancy with this article from Good Samaritan Hospital’s health content pages.
  • Check out this article form for tips on healthy eating during pregnancy.
  • Which foods should you eat while pregnant? Find out with this link from
  • Make sure you know which exercises to avoid during pregnancy by visiting this link from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
  • How can you stay in shape during pregnancy? Learn more about which exercise activities are safe to participate in during pregnancy with this article from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
  • Check out this article from the American Heart Association for an overview on cardiovascular disease.
  • Learn how depression is linked to heart health with this article from
  • What are the risk factors for stroke? Find out with this link from the National Stroke Association.

For more information, visit our website or give Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose a call at (408) 559-2011 today!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year 2012

The Link Between Heart Disease and Depression

Heart Disease & Depression

Studies show that heart disease is rated the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. Some of the common risk factors associated with heart disease include high cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension, and smoking. But did you know that mental health can also play a role in the development of heart disease?

In order to understand how depression can increase the risk of heart disease or lead to complications in heart attack patients, it is important to first look at the connecting biological patterns. Part of your nervous system, known as the autonomic nervous system, is responsible for regulating your internal organs without your awareness—such as the beating of your heart or the intake of oxygen by your lungs. Scientists have discovered that individuals suffering with depression demonstrate certain changes in the balance of their autonomic nervous system, possibly weakening the integrity and function of the heart muscle.

While the symptoms of depression in patients who have experienced a heart attack may go away naturally on their own, others suffer from persistent depression that increases their risk of a future attack. Fortunately, studies indicate that antidepressant medications, such as sertraline, can reduce the symptoms of depression in individuals with heart disease without causing harm to the heart itself. Depression may also increase the risk of heart disease in patients who have not experienced a heart attack.

Here at the Cardiac and Vascular Institute at the Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, we have treated more heart patients than any other community hospital in Santa Clara County. In fact, we have been providing a full range of both diagnostic and treatment options for all areas of cardiac and vascular care for the past 40 years. As one of five hospitals nationally recognized as an Accredited Chest Pain Center, our facility is devoted to delivering the highest standard in cardiovascular care. Learn more about our cardiac care and emergency care services by contacting us at (408) 559-2011 today!

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