• Recognizing the Signs of Depression

    If you have been feeling hopeless, sad, or unmotivated to do things that you used to find fun, you may be suffering from depression. Rather than being a persistent case of the blues, clinical depression is an illness that requires professional attention. This video describes some common symptoms of depression and how it can be treated.

    In addition to feelings of sadness, guilt, and worthlessness, depression can cause difficulty concentrating and sleep problems, such as insomnia or trouble arising. Fortunately, most cases can be successfully treated with a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy and antidepressants.

    Learn more about depression by calling Good Samaritan Hospital at (408) 559-2011. We provide a variety of behavioral health services as well as monthly support meetings for patients with depression and bipolar disorder. 

  • Understanding the Importance of Annual Mammograms for Women

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    Mammography is the practice of looking within the breasts via low-dose X-ray. It is generally done preventively in order to detect breast abnormalities, such as cancerous tumors, before they can be manually felt. This allows treatment to occur earlier, making the process easier and, in the case of cancer, more likely to be effective.

    Although family history and personal risk of breast cancer may affect a patient’s specific recommendations, in general, Good Samaritan Hospital recommends that mammograms be performed every year, beginning at age 40. Women who have previously had cancer, who carry the genes that increase breast cancer susceptibility, or who have a combination of lifestyle-related risk factors should discuss mammography with their physicians—they may be asked to receive mammograms more frequently or at a younger age. Annual mammography becomes increasingly important after age 50, because the risk of developing breast cancer rises based on maturity.

    If an abnormality is detected on a mammogram, the patient may need to undergo another mammogram, a breast ultrasound, a biopsy, or an MRI to determine the nature of the lump. Fortunately, the majority of anomalies uncovered by mammography are benign. Even if the issue turns out to be a cancerous tumor, treatment options are more varied and effective when the cancer is identified long before it manifests in noticeable symptoms, since it is likely to still be small and contained within the breast.

    To schedule a mammogram or speak with a specialist about your personal recommendations for breast screening, call Good Samaritan Hospital at (408) 559-2011. Our BreastCare Center offers a variety of women’s health services, including screening and diagnostic mammography, breast ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging. We also provide medical and radiation oncology services for the treatment of any cancer that is detected.

  • Clear Out Your Unused or Expired Medications at this Free Disposal Event!

    Get rid of unused or expired medications at a free disposal event sponsored by the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department and CASA.  Turn in prescription or OTC medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, at the Los Gatos Parks & Public Works Service Center, 41 Miles Ave., Los Gatos.  Clearing out your medicine chest this way keeps your household safer—and prevents medications from ending up the Bay where human hormones are showing up in fish and wildlife.

  • Get More Facts About Heart Health And Chronic Wound Care With The Resources Below

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    If you want to explore more information about the latest in healthcare technology and practices, browse these articles and contact Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose. You can reach us on our website or by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011.

    • Understand what happens during a heart attack with this article from the American Heart Association.
    • GoRedForWomen.org explains the symptoms of a heart attack in females.
    • Visit the NHLBI for a look at the risk factors for heart disease.
    • Medscape.com explores the biology of wound healing .
    • Diabetes.org offers information about foot complications that could lead to amputation.
    • The CDC reviews depression statistics of adult depression.
    • Find some facts about the safe use of antidepressants at FamilyDoctor.org.
    • The National Institute of Mental Health describes the symptoms of bipolar disorder.
    • Learn about the interdisciplinary services included in emergency care at NIGMS.NIH.gov.
    • This blog from Medscape Connect explores the continuity of emergency care .

  • Managing High Blood Pressure

    High blood pressure poses a significant risk for heart disease and other health complications, which is why it requires ongoing management that will reduce health risks and help for overall well-being.

    In this video , you can hear about blood pressure management techniques from a woman who struggled to get on track with her circulatory and heart health. She realized that exercise and weight loss were crucial components of managing blood pressure, because medication will not be effective without these additional measures.

    Keep control of your blood pressure and heart health by working with the Cardiovascular Team of physicians at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose. Contact us on our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011 to get started on taking control of your health. 

  • A Look at the Different Forms of Depression

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    Depression is a behavioral mood disorder that affects people of all ages and backgrounds; it can be a temporary affliction or an ongoing problem that may require medical treatment from a mental health specialist. Your primary physician may diagnose you with depression, but specialized care is ideal for managing this condition. Here is a look at the different types of depression that can occur:

    Major depression: This type of depression is characterized by the symptoms most often associated with depression: changes in sleep patterns, appetite changes, feelings of sadness and hopelessness, and thoughts of suicide. The condition can be recurring or only last the span of a single episode, and it is typically treated through prescription antidepressants and professional counseling.

    Postpartum depression: The NIH reports that 10-15% of women experience postpartum depression after giving birth. This serious condition is brought on by the physical and hormonal fluctuations caused by childbirth, and it can be a threat to mothers and their children.

    Psychotic depression: This condition represents a dual diagnosis of depression and psychosis. Combined, these disorders can cause signs of depression along with hallucinations and delusions that distance an individual from reality.

    Bipolar disorder: People suffering from bipolar disorder will experience regular episodes of depression in cycles of mood changes that include manic highs and depressive lows. Bipolar disorder is less common than major depression, and it may be misdiagnosed as depression depending on the nature of manic episodes.

    Dysthymic disorder: Long periods of minor depression symptoms are an indicator of dysthymic disorder. Patients with this condition are typically able to work and participate in some regular activities, but they do experience a lack of normal functioning. Dysthymic disorder can also lead to regular episodes of major depression.

    To understand more about these disorders and the treatment options available to manage them, seek behavioral healthcare at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose. Contact us on our website or call (408) 559-2011 to explore our services offered by a highly skilled team of psychiatrists, social workers, therapists, and licensed psychiatric nurses.

  • Living with and Managing Iron-Deficiency Anemia

    Anemia is a condition that causes heavy fatigue in patients. Anemia may go undiagnosed if a patient leads a high-stress lifestyle that may itself cause ongoing fatigue.

    In this video , you can hear about anemia from a patient who was unaware that she had anemia for years. She was finally told that her fatigue may be caused by anemia by her dentist, who noted damage to her teeth from chewing ice. With improvements in her diet and the use of iron supplements, this patient was able to experience significant improvement in her condition.

    If you have been diagnosed with anemia, learn what you can do to manage your condition by contacting Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011 or go to our website for more information about our healthcare services. 

  • Heart Attack: Understanding the Differences Between the Symptoms in Men and Women

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    Heart disease is a leading cause of fatality for both men and women, and while the risk of a heart attack is similar for both men and women, a heart attack can present much different symptoms in a male patient than in a female patient. A common misconception about heart attacks is that they only cause severe chest pain that is unmistakable for any other condition. This is actually untrue for both male and female patients, as there are other characteristic heart attack symptoms that will indicate something is wrong.

    Male heart attack symptoms

    Chest pain is the most widely recognized heart attack symptom, and it generally feels like it is generated from high pressure within the chest. The pain might persist or it can come in waves over the course of several minutes. Pain in the arm is another well-known heart attack sign, and it can occur in one or both arms. There may also be pain or discomfort in the neck, back, or jaw. Indigestion like discomfort in the upper abdomen may also accompany a heart attack.

    Female heart attack symptoms

    Women are actually less likely to recognize a heart attack because the symptoms of heart attack in females do not meet the typical perception of well-recognized signs. Chest pain may be present, but it may not be as severe as that which is generally experienced by males. Some of the lesser-known signs of heart attacks in females include nausea, cold sweats, fainting, and extreme fatigue. These symptoms will appear somewhat suddenly, and they should be addressed with immediate medical attention.

    For more information on the symptoms of a heart attack and your specific risk factors for heart disease, contact Good Samaritan Hospital at (408) 559-2011. Our Chest Pain Center is accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, and we are fully equipped to provide the highest level of care for cardiac episodes.