• 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!

  • Happy Holidays from Good Samaritan Hospital!

    Happy Holidays

  • 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

  • TY Santa Jacqueline Robb! @SVSJbizjournal @IntegraBenefits @Starbucks @BenefitBeauty

    She collected hundreds of toys for pediatric patients for the holidays and the ER toy box.  Her partners include Silicon Valley San Jose  Business Journal, Integra Insurance, Benefit Cosmetics, and Starbucks!

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  • 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.

  • How Good Samaritan is Using Texting to Improve Patients’ ER Experience

    Text ER for Wait Times

    Good Samaritan Hospital is taking steps to beat this national average ER wait time by providing San Jose patients with the care they need in a timely manner. One way we are doing this is through the use of emergency room wait time text messaging .

    Good Samaritan Hospital is one of two San Jose hospitals to make ER wait times available to the public via the Web and texting. This program strives to help area residents determine the shortest wait times at their local emergency facilities so that they can receive the high-quality and timely emergency care they expect. By texting “ER” to 23000 from a cell phone and replying with a zip code, our users can receive average emergency room wait times. Our text message program works using a technology that links our emergency room computer systems with the texting abilities of a cell phone. This allows mobile device users to learn the average amount of time our recent patients have been waiting to see a medical professional.

    Our ER wait times represent a four-hour rolling average that is updated every 30 minutes and is defined as the time a patient arrives at our facility until they are greeted by a qualified medical professional. Patients are triaged upon their arrival and seen in order of priority based on the reason for their visit and chief presenting complaint. Our team of emergency room staff members includes Doctors of Medicine (MD), Doctors of Osteopathy (DO), Physician’s Assistants (PA), and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNP).

    Whether you are looking for a maternity hospital, cardiac care hospital, or quality emergency care facility, Good Samaritan Hospital is here to help. We are also one of the first five hospitals in the United States certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center. Learn more by calling (408) 559-2011, or contact us online .

  • Got to love those Apple folks!

    200 of them created Backpacks for Health, packed with stuffed animals wearing custom tee-shirts, hand-made greeting cards and tons of toys and activities for pediatric patients at Good Sam. A delegation delivered the packs–and rec’d our heartfelt thanks.

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  • 277 Bundles of Joy Have Arrived at Good Sam!

    277 November arrivals at Good Sam in November have families looking at Christmas, Hanukkah, and the winter solstice through new eyes. The expanded gift lists are far surpassed by hearts expanding in anticipation of all the “firsts” ahead.


  • Thanks Melissa!

    Melissa V, a wonderful Good Sam neighbor, decorated a gingerbread house for our Pediatrics department.  She’s not a patient/parent of a patient, but was overtaken by the Christmas spirit and brought this gem for patients, visitors and staff to enjoy.  TY Melissa!

    Gingerbread house

  • Forget the fruitcake! Give your family and friends the gift of health, a membership in H2U

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