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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!

Good Sam Employees are Tops in California - Protecting Patients from Flu

Read about our leading flu vaccination rate in the San Jose Mercury News.

Flu Shot Prescription

What's in Your Emergency Kit?

Every family should have an emergency kit to aid them in the event of a medical illness, injury, or natural disaster. In this video by the American Red Cross, learn how to customize an emergency kit for your needs. Some of the items that you may consider adding to your emergency kit include rechargeable flashlights, food, rain ponchos, prescription medications, water, medical aids, and durable shoes to protect your feet. Learn about other emergency kit items, including ones that can help comfort children in an emergency, by watching this full clip.

When it comes to an emergency, every second counts. That’s why Good Samaritan Hospital offers high-quality emergency care without the long wait times of traditional emergency rooms. With a full range of on-site support services, our emergency room staff members are ready to handle even your biggest emergency. Contact us online to learn more about us and our services, or call (408) 559-2011.

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