• See Why Obesity is a Problem from Childhood

    When people are overweight or obese in childhood, they are likely to struggle with their weight for life. Additionally, these individuals are at a much higher risk for conditions such as heart disease and adult diabetes .

    In this video, you can see some efforts being made to reduce rates of childhood obesity including yoga in classrooms and nutritional education through community gardens.

    Learn more about combating obesity with programs in the San Jose community with Good Samaritan Hospital. Contact us on our website or through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011.

  • A Look at Our Cardiac & Vascular Institute

    If you want to get in tune with your heart health or find help recovering from a cardiac episode, the Cardiac & Vascular Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital can be your destination for complete cardiovascular care. Below is an overview of the services and procedures we offer in our state-of-the-art facilities.

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    Cardiac Rehabilitation

    Patients who have been treated for heart attack in our emergency room can find comprehensive follow-up care with guidance for nutrition, stress relief, and fitness. Our rehab programs are customized for each patient so that recovery is substantial and self-manageable.

    Cardiac Catheterization

    The cardiac catheterization lab at Good Samaritan is nationally recognized as one of the top 10 in the 180-hospital HCA network. This recognition for our superior diagnostic center is attributed to the advanced digital technology we utilize for over 3,000 procedures each year.

    Cardiac and Vascular Surgery

    With state-of-the-art surgical technologies and a team of skilled cardiac surgeons, our surgical departments offer a wide range of procedures for heart and vascular health including varicose vein treatment, valve repair and replacement, and on-pump and off-pump coronary artery bypass grafts.

    Chest Pain Center

    When patients visit the ER with chest pain, our Chest Pain Center is immediately available to provide an accurate and prompt diagnosis when every moment matters for treatment. We are accredited by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, and we always have cardiologists and heart surgeons on-call to ensure fast-response diagnoses and care. Other hospitals are not equipped with this kind of specialized care for patients in emergency situations.

    Find more information on the Cardiac & Vascular Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose by visiting our website or calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011. You can get tips to improve your heart health every day by joining our hospital’s H2U program.

  • Get In Touch With Your Health

    If you are seeking healthcare in San Jose, head to the nationally recognized facilities at Good Samaritan Hospital . Explore our medical specialties and advanced treatment technologies on our website or call us at (408) 559-2011.

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    FamilyDoctor.org can help you understand the effects of high cholesterol .

    See how a healthy heart functions with this article from HRSOnline.org.

    Check out the American Diabetes Association for a look at the link between diabetes and stroke .

    Stroke.org takes a look at recurrent stroke and ways to reduce your risk for this condition.

    Visit the NHLBI for a closer look at the process of coronary stress testing and why it’s done.

  • How Bariatric Surgery Can Help You Carry Out Your New Year’s Resolution to Lose Weight

    Weight loss is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions made in the United States, but it is one that can be hard to stick with through the whole year. If you are ready to commit to serious weight loss in the New Year and finally get healthy for good, weight loss surgery may be the answer for you. Here is a look at some of the reasons that bariatric surgery can help you succeed in weight loss where other methods have failed.


    Long-term weight loss

    Because all types of weight loss surgery alter the digestive system, you are more likely to sustain the weight loss you see than you would be with more conservative weight loss methods. Your body will be permanently tuned to a new way of eating and using energy, so your resolution for a single year can turn into a life-long achievement.

    Changed lifestyle

    When you choose to have weight loss surgery, you will need to make a lifelong commitment to a healthy diet and active lifestyle. You will only be able to eat a limited amount of food, so you will have to always make the most of what you are eating. Physical activity is also an important part of treatment with weight loss surgery, and you should be ready to incorporate it into your regular routine.

    Extreme weight loss

    It is important to note that weight loss surgery is only fit for people who are considered morbidly obese. This means that you have a BMI of 40 or higher or are at least 100 pounds overweight. When you do have this much weight to lose, many weight loss programs may fall short for your needs.

    To get more details on the types of bariatric surgery available to you and start planning your procedure, sign up for a Weight Loss Surgery Seminar or Support Group at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose. See our upcoming schedule of bariatric surgery events on our website or call us on our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011.

  • Establish Good Heart Health This Year When You Get Moving

    If you want to improve your heart health as part of your New Year’s Resolution for 2013, exercise will play a critical role in your efforts.

    Physical activity is one of several actions you can take to help your heart , and this video has some tips for bringing more activity into your life. When you start heading to the gym and stop making excuses, you can get fit and significantly reduce your risk for heart disease.

    Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose can help you accomplish your health goals through our accredited Chest Pain Center. Learn more by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011 or visiting our website.

  • Fast Facts About Stroke Prevention

    A stroke is a serious, potentially fatal episode in which blood flow stops in part of the brain. This is also referred to as a “brain attack” because it occurs in much the same way as a heart attack. Like heart attack, stroke can be prevented through healthier habits and awareness of the many risk factors that exist with this condition. Here are some quick facts to help you better understand your risk of stroke and work to reduce it.

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    80% of strokes are preventable

    There are controllable and uncontrollable factors at play when you consider your stroke risk, but controllable factors have a much more significant impact. These include hypertension, diabetes complications , and obesity, which are all prevalent health issues among American adults.

    Preventing stroke risk pays off with overall health

    All of the controllable risk factors for stroke relate to other areas of your health, so changing your habits will be beneficial for more than just one reason. For example, smoking increases your stroke risk while also putting you at risk for lung cancer, heart disease, and respiratory diseases, so quitting will show improvement across the board when you see the doctor for your next check-up.

    Stroke survivors can experience recurrent stroke

    You might think if you have had a stroke that you do not need to worry about prevention. However, just the opposite is true. If you suffer a stroke, you are 40% more likely to have a stroke in the future than someone who has never had such an episode. Working through a rehabilitation program will be the best way to prevent stroke if you are a stroke survivor.

    Good Samaritan Hospital can help you get more in-tune with your stroke risk and start on the path to prevention through our accredited Stroke Center and H2U healthy living program. Learn more about these and more of our hospital services on our website or at (408) 559-2011.