• Recognizing a Medical Emergency

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    During medical emergency care, every second counts. That’s why it is so important to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of severe illness or injury and be able to act accordingly. Listed below are some of the warning signs of a medical emergency as defined by the American College of Emergency Physicians.

    • Severe and/or persistent vomiting can be the sign of a more serious illness and can quickly lead to dehydration.
    • Breathing problems , such as difficulty breathing (a sign of anaphylaxis) or shortness of breath (a sign of heart attack), are both considered medical emergencies.
    • Chest pain (angina) and shortness of breath can be signs of an impending heart attack.
    • Heavy bleeding that will not stop even after pressure has been applied can lead to dangerous blood loss.
    • Sudden changes in vision , weakness, dizziness, or numbness, especially on only one side of the body are all signs of a stroke. A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted and can lead to brain damage or death.
    • Severe depression and suicidal thoughts should be considered a medical emergency.

    If you witness any of the above signs of an emergency, the most important thing to do is to remain calm and collected. Seriously consider calling 911 and performing necessary, standard first aid or CPR procedures if you have been trained in the techniques.

    One of the best ways to remain calm during a medical emergency is to be prepared. When formulating emergency plans, consider making Good Samaritan Hospital your medical center of choice. Our Emergency Care Center is dedicated to assessing each patient’s individual needs and providing expert treatment as soon as possible. If you would like to find out more about our ER wait times and emergency services, call (408) 559-2011.

  • Newborn Screening

    newborn screening test is given to each baby in the United States within its first few days of life. This includes a blood test that screens for rare but serious problems before symptoms can arise. A newborn screening can help to save a baby’s life by diagnosing these conditions early. In  this video , you can learn more about how newborn screening is performed and how long it takes to receive results. 

    Do you have additional questions about the newborn screening process? Let  Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose be your healthcare resource. Our highly-trained and compassionate obstetrical team is here for you. Schedule a consultation today by calling (408) 559-2011, or contact us online .

  • Congratulations to Ina Rivera and Sue Marklein!

    Ina Rivera and Sue Marklein just received Good Sam’s Excellence in Leadership awards.  Ina leads the Patient Access team connecting patients and families with health care services.  Sue’s team delivers an outstanding experience for patients in Diagnostic Imaging.  Congratulations!

  • Do You Know Which Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy?

    Healthy Diet During Pregnancy

    Eating a nutritious, balanced diet during your pregnancy is the best way that you can help to ensure that your developing child gets all of the essential vitamins and minerals that he or she needs. Although most foods are safe to eat, there are a few that you should avoid during pregnancy, as they can cause serious health problems in your growing baby. A few of these potentially dangerous foods are listed below.

    • Unpasteurized milk, juice, or cider
      When not pasteurized, these beverages can be contaminated with E. coli , Listeria , Salmonella , or Campylobacter . Bacteria such as Listeria have the ability to cross the placenta and can result in infection or blood poisoning in the developing baby.
    • Soft cheeses
      Soft cheeses such as feta, Brie, and Camembert are often made with unpasteurized milk, which can contain the bacteria Listeria and E. coli . But don’t worry—hard cheeses such as cheddar and Swiss are usually made with pasteurized milk and are safe. When in doubt, check the label to make sure pasteurized milk is one of the ingredients.
    • Sushi and raw shellfish
      Raw or undercooked fish may contain parasites and mercury levels that are dangerous to your baby. Raw oysters and clams may be contaminated with Vibrio bacteria, the major cause of seafood-borne illness.
    • Raw eggs
      Raw eggs or foods that contain them, such as raw cake or cookie batter, may contain Salmonella . Eating baked cookies and cakes is completely fine during pregnancy, but avoid eating uncooked batter.
    • Alcohol
      Scientists and physicians have not established any amount of alcohol that has been proven to be safe for children in utero. Avoid any beverages containing alcohol during pregnancy, as exposing a child to alcohol can adversely affect their development.

    For more information about what foods to avoid and which to be cautious of during your pregnancy, consult one of the experienced nurses or physicians of Good Samaritan Hospital. Our maternity hospital staff members are committed to providing the support system and programs that you may need to make your pregnancy, birth, and delivery a peaceful and enjoyable experience. Contact us today at (408) 559-2011 to schedule a tour of our birthing center.

  • Are You at Risk for Gestational Diabetes?


    Affecting 18% of pregnancies, gestational diabetes is a temporary condition which results in high blood glucose levels that can affect the health of the mother and the developing child. The disease affects the body’s use of insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas to facilitate the uptake of glucose into the cells. When glucose is not taken up into the cells, it remains in the bloodstream and can reach levels that are dangerous for the mother and child.

    You may be at risk for developing this temporary form of diabetes if you:

    • Are older than 25 years of age when you become pregnant
    • Have had an unexplained stillbirth or miscarriage in the past
    • Suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure)
    • Were overweight before you became pregnant (a BMI of 30 or more)
    • Have a family history of diabetes mellitus or if you have had gestational diabetes during past pregnancies

    Gestational diabetes generally affects women late in pregnancy, while the child is still growing at a rapid rate. If managed properly, it is likely that women affected with this condition will deliver healthy babies. If the mother’s blood glucose levels are not kept under control, however, gestational diabetes can increase the risk of her child suffering from the following conditions: macrosomia (when the baby’s body is larger than normal), hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels), jaundice, respiratory distress syndrome, low mineral levels, and even death.

    Following a treatment plan formulated by a knowledgeable physician will help to ensure healthy gestation and delivery. Depending on the patient, her doctor will recommend a personalized treatment plan to help keep the patient’s blood sugar levels under control. If you are interested in learning more about the diagnosis and management of gestational diabetes, contact the staff of Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose, CA by calling (408) 559-2011.

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  • Effects of High Cholesterol

    High cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Taking steps to lower your cholesterol by eating a healthier diet or consulting your doctor about beneficial medications is a huge step in preventing these deadly medical conditions. Watch this video from the American Heart Association to learn more about how high cholesterol can shorten your life and the simple steps you can take to improve your numbers.

    The experts at Good Samaritan Hospital’s Cardiac Center have been providing comprehensive cardiac and vascular care to the community of San Jose for almost forty years. To schedule a consultation with one of our experienced physicians, call (408) 559-2011 or contact us online today.

  • 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.

  • Car Seat Safety at Good Sam

    You want your baby safe at all times, including in your car. Learn how to properly install your infant or child safety seat with certified inspectors.

    9 a.m. to noon on February 7 and February 21 at Good Sam. Space is limited–reservations are required! Call (408) 559-2011.  FREE

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