• Losing Weight Promotes a Healthy Heart

    About two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese, making obesity one of today’s most pressing public health issues. Obesity can lead to heart disease, stroke, and a host of other problems. However, there are ways to keep obesity from taking over your life.

    This video from the American Heart Association will give you a closer look at the ways obesity affects your heart health. It also offers some methods to help you manage your weight. Simple habits like regular physical exercise and better diet can go far in the fight against obesity, and it only takes about 5-10 pounds of weight loss to begin turning your health around.

    To jump-start your weight loss for a healthier heart, consult Good Samaritan Hospital for a look at the clinical weight loss solutions that might help you. Whether you choose weight loss surgery or a more conservative approach, we can guide you through every step of the process and help you maintain a healthy weight for life through our H2U program. You can learn more about us by calling (408) 559-2011.

  • The Basic Function of Your Kidneys

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    Your kidneys work hard to keep your body functioning properly, because they serve as filters that eliminate waste and fluid from the bloodstream. During the month of March, which is National Kidney Month, you can work to ensure good kidney health for life by learning a little more about the function of your kidneys and the conditions that can impair this function.

    What Healthy Kidneys Do
    The kidneys not only remove unwanted substances from the body, but they also produce vitamin D and regulate the production of red blood cells. Each kidney is just smaller than a fist, and there is one on both sides of the spine just below the ribcage. Both kidneys serve as filters, processing about 200 quarts of liquid each day. In the processing of this fluid, urine is released to the bladder, hormones are released to regulate blood pressure, toxins and waste are filtered from the blood, and balance is restored in the bodily fluids.

    When Kidneys Are Diseased 
    Kidney disease , which can progress slowly toward kidney failure or come on suddenly, can cause an array of health problems. Your digestive, circulatory, and respiratory systems all rely on the kidneys to maintain efficient functionality, so it is vital to keep your kidneys in good working condition.

    How to Care for Your Kidneys
    Risk factors for kidney disease include high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. Each of these factors can be controlled with healthy diet, better hydration, and regular physical activity. If further changes are needed to reduce your risk for kidney disease, your doctor may prescribe medication to keep hypertension or high blood glucose in check.

    At Good Samaritan Hospital, you can find the healthy living education you need to keep your kidneys in shape through our H2U program . Find out how joining H2U can benefit you by reading more about the program on our website or attending our next General Meeting. To book healthcare services at Good Samaritan, contact us through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011.

  • Find Important Health Information by Clicking Through These Links

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    If you are interested in staying on top of your health, Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose can be the ultimate resource to guide you to a healthier future. You can get a look at our educational programs and healthcare services by visiting our website or call us at (408) 559-2011 with your questions. For more reading on cancer care and kidney health, read the recommended articles below.

    • You can change your diet and exercise habits for the better by following the steps suggested in this article from the Weight-control Information Network .
    • The National Kidney Foundation explains the function of the kidneys and ways to prevent the threat of kidney disease.
    • If you want more details on lung cancer treatment for non-small cell lung cancer, read this article from the National Cancer Institute.
    • Read up on common lung diseases and their prevention by clicking on this link from NHLBI.gov.
    • Late-diagnosed lung cancer can present a need for more complex treatment. You can read about what is involved in this type of care in this brochure published by the American College of Chest Physicians.

  • The Role of Screening in the Treatment of Colorectal Cancer


    March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month , and a significant focus of patient education for this month is on cancer screening. If you have never spoken to your doctor about your risk for colorectal cancer or your need for screening exams, it may be time for you to rethink your outlook on this health issue. Below is a closer look at the details of colorectal cancer screening and its importance.

    Detecting cancer before symptoms are present
    Colorectal cancer is generally silent until it progresses to late, harder-to-treat stages. Screenings will allow your physician to see abnormal polyp growth in the colon that may be an early sign of cancer occurring long before other symptoms develop. At this stage, surgical excision or targeted radiation therapy can be used to lower the risk of colorectal cancer death dramatically.

    Knowing when to start screening
    It is rare for colorectal cancer to be diagnosed in patients under 50, so it is at this age that your doctor may recommend your first screening . There are, however, several steps you can take much earlier in life to prevent colorectal cancer, including eating a healthy diet, staying active, and avoiding processed foods. If you follow these guidelines, you are more likely to have a normal screening when you do reach the appropriate age.

    Using the right screening tests
    Colonoscopy is the most extensive test used to screen for colon cancer, and it is only necessary about once every 10 years if the results from your first one are normal. There are a few less invasive screening tests that may be used more frequently, such as stool testing and flexible sigmoidoscopy.

    To find out if you are at high-risk for colorectal cancer, schedule a screening at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose. In addition to cancer screening and treatment services, we offer ongoing patient education through classes and seminars held at our hospital. Find a calendar of upcoming events on our website, or locate a doctor for your cancer care by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011.

  • The EDRC Presents Someday Melissa, The Story of an Eating Disorder, Loss and Hope, on April 8th

    Melissa Arvin died of a heart attack at the age of 19 following a five-year battle with bulimia.  She left behind a journal of her hopes for “someday” when she was healthy.  A documentary film maker worked with Melissa’s mother and an eating disorder specialist to create “ Someday Melissa ,” a story of an eating disorder, loss and hope.

    The Eating Disorders Resource Center, a Good Sam partner, will screen “Someday Melissa” at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 8 in Rooms 225/229 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library at San Jose State University.  A panel of experts will discuss the documentary and issues surrounding the recognition and early treatment of eating disorders, as well as answer questions from the audience.

    More than 24 million Americans struggle with eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder.  EDRC is a grassroots organization raising awareness through education of health care professionals and the general public, promoting recovery and advocating for effective health care coverage for associated disorders.  www.edrcsv.org

  • Knowing Your Risk for Colon Cancer

    Colorectal cancer is one of the most treatable types of cancer, and this is in large part due to the high public awareness of the importance of screening. The screening process for colorectal cancer is unique in that it can actually prevent colon cancer by identifying pre-cancerous growths called polyps.

    As this video from the American Cancer Society explains, polyps can be treated before they develop into cancer so that they are not a threat to your health. Ideally, patients should begin screening tests such as colonoscopy at the age of 50, unless risk factors are present that necessitate earlier testing.

    If you want to schedule colorectal cancer screening during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month this March, contact Good Samaritan Hospital today. You can find a doctor for your screening by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011. For more information about our cancer care services, follow this link to our website .

  • Tips for Getting Through Your Cancer Diagnosis

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    The initial shock of a cancer diagnosis can be tough to cope with, but as the reality of the diagnosis sets in, you may find strength and hope through some simple steps for finding support. At Good Samaritan Hospital , we strive to make cancer care more approachable for our patients while providing the most sophisticated treatment options available for a broad range of cancer cases. Here are some actions we recommend to help you get the most out of your care with us.

    Find a doctor you feel comfortable with
    With the extensive team of oncologists at Good Samaritan Hospital and the HCA Far West Health System, you can locate a skilled, caring physician suited to your unique needs. Cancer care is a highly personalized process, so you may need to meet a few different doctors before you find one with whom you are comfortable communicating throughout your care. Using our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line, it is easy to make appointments for initial doctor visits as you begin planning your treatment.

    Attend a support group
    Support groups are an excellent resource for newly diagnosed patients, because there is generally a mix of newly diagnosed, in treatment, and in remission individuals at each meeting. The collective experiences of these individuals can help you find answers to common questions about cancer and offer a comfortable space for you to share your feelings about your diagnosis.

    Maintain healthy daily habits
    If you look and feel good before and during your cancer treatment, there is a greater chance that you will progress through it successfully. You can make yourself feel better by maintaining a healthy diet, getting physical activity when you have the energy, and maintaining your normal personal care routine.

    For a look at upcoming cancer support group meetings at Good Samaritan Hospital, visit us on our website today. You can get some answers to basic health questions and start scheduling appointments at our facilities by calling our 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011.

  • Join Good Sam and the March of Dimes at “BBQ for Babies” on March 19!

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    Everybody wants to help premature babies—and lots of you love BBQ.  Join Team Good Sam at BBQ for Babies, 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19 at Armadillo Willy’s, 2071 Camden Ave., San Jose.  Armadillo Willy’s will donate 20% of all BBQ for Babies proceeds to the March of Dimes March for Babies .  Just tell the friendly folks at Armadillo Willy’s you’re part of Good Sam’s March for Babies.  Remember that Armadillo Willy’s new menu has a whole section of smaller servings to promote healthier eating, plus salmon and veggie burgers.  (Eat in or take out.  Food and beverage only.)  Good Sam is proud to partner with the March of Dimes to promote research preventing birth defects and advancing the care of premature babies.  Our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit offers the highest level of care for premature babies and newborns with medical issues.  Join us and the March of Dimes at BBQ for Babies!

  • Learn More about Your Health by Clicking Through These Resources

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    If you’re 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. Click through the links below for more information on our latest blog posts.

    • In this factsheet from the National Diabetes Education Program, you will find details about the strong link between diabetes and heart disease .
    • Follow this link to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute to learn how to take control of your cholesterol .
    • Do you know how high blood pressure impacts your health? This article from the FDA can give you a clearer picture of the effects of hypertension.
    • To learn a variety of strategies for promoting physical activity in your life, read this booklet from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
    • ChooseMyPlate.gov has some excellent strategies for healthy dining when you eat out.

  • Please Join Us for Good Samaritan Hospital’s First “Love Your Heart” Series Event on March 14th!

    March Love Your Heart Series