• How to Prepare Yourself for Pregnancy and the Birthing Process

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    If you are pregnant or you are trying to conceive, there are several ways that you can prepare your body for the physical challenges of the last trimester of pregnancy as well as your delivery. Making these changes early on in your pregnancy or before you even get pregnant will help ensure that you and your baby are healthy and comfortable throughout the next nine months. Here are some simple steps to get you started on your preparation for motherhood .

    Stay Hydrated
    When you are pregnant, you may need more than eight glasses of water a day to stay hydrated—particularly during the warmer months of summer. Hydration will help improve your circulation, reduce swelling in the lower body, ease indigestion, and prevent muscle cramps. If you have trouble drinking plain water, try adding a splash of fresh lemon or cucumber slices to your water to add flavor without additional calories, sugar, or caffeine.

    Get Moderate Exercise
    Exercise is not only safe during pregnancy, but is also encouraged for most pregnant women. If you are already physically active, you should be able to maintain your exercise routine with few changes. If you did not work out regularly before becoming pregnant, you should consult your doctor about the safest types of exercise for you.

    Maintain a Consistent Sleep Schedule
    You will want to get plenty of rest while you are pregnant , because the first few weeks with your newborn can be physically and emotionally exhausting. Sleep will also help prevent certain types of discomfort during pregnancy such as swelling and dizziness. To improve your nightly sleep, you may need to adjust your sleeping position, set a consistent bedtime each night, and create a more peaceful sleep environment in your bedroom.

    With the care of Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, you can stay healthy and active during your pregnancy and feel confident that your baby is getting the best medical care from the first moments of life. Explore the services of our Maternity Center—including our upcoming Childbirth Preparation Courses—by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011 or visiting our website.

  • Spotlight on National Healthcare Volunteer Week

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    Healthcare volunteers are a highly valued part of the medical community, as they help enhance patient care, organize hospital events, and offer their help selflessly each day. During the week of April 21st, the medical community is taking time to honor individuals volunteering in healthcare with National Healthcare Volunteer Week.

    You can show your support for healthcare volunteers in the San Jose community by purchasing personalized logos to print on specialty items to honor the spirit of service through the Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals. By acknowledging healthcare volunteers through these materials, you can help preserve volunteer programs in the hospitals close to your home.

    To learn more about National Healthcare Volunteer Week or explore volunteer opportunities in San Jose, contact Good Samaritan Hospital today. You can reach us through our website or by calling our toll-free Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011.

  • A Look at the Effects of Stroke

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    Suffering a stroke is a traumatic experience that is often life-threatening, but rapid diagnosis and immediate treatment from a dedicated stroke care team can significantly improve a patient’s chances for surviving stroke. Still, permanent brain damage can occur in just a short period of time when a stroke occurs, so maintaining a high quality of life is a challenge for stroke survivors and their families. Here is a closer look at some of the short-term and long-term effects that stroke can cause.

    Unclear Communication
    One of the first signs of stroke is slurred speech or the inability to repeat a simple spoken phrase. If these signs are observed, it is time to call 911 for emergency care. Long after a stroke occurs, speech may remain unclear due to aphasia, or damage to the brain’s language centers.

    Poor Muscle Control
    Body language can be a clear indicator of stroke, because muscle control may be lost on one side of the body. This can be seen through droopiness in the face and loss of strength in the extremities. Stroke recovery can present physical challenges as well, making physical therapy a common aspect of long-term stroke care.

    Memory Loss
    Stroke survivors have varying cognitive abilities depending on where the stroke occurred in the brain and how much time passed before treatment. Some patients can have severe short- or long-term memory loss, but this is not seen in every case.

    Behavioral Changes
    Behavioral disorders such as depression are common among stroke survivors—particularly in elderly populations. Therefore, it is helpful to have a dedicated stroke care team that understands the unique challenges that may follow stroke.

    Good Samaritan Hospital offers complete stroke care from the emergency room to inpatient rehabilitation, and we can customize a treatment plan that will suit your needs after a traumatic stroke. You can also find healthy living education services at our hospital to prevent stroke or reduce the chances of recurring stroke. To learn more about our patient education and advanced stroke care, visit us online or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011.

  • Turn in Your Unused of Expired Medication to Community Against Substance Abuse for Safe Disposal on April 27th!

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    Got drugs?  Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27.  Community Against Substance Abuse will accept all controlled, non-controlled and over-the-counter medications for safe disposal at the Los Gatos Parks & Public Works Service Center, 41 Miles Ave., Los Gatos (Downtown, off University Avenue).  Do not bring aerosols, IV solutions, injectables or syringes.  There’s a safe syringe disposal bin at Good Sam near the VTA stop.

  • The Parents’ Guide to Infant Immunization

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    Once your baby is born, you will probably be willing to go to great lengths to ensure that he or she has excellent medical care for a good start in life. However, one of the most important steps you can take for your baby’s health is also one of the simplest: following an immunization schedule. Immunizations are not only important for admission to public schools and daycares, but they also help to protect children from life-threatening medical conditions. Here are some facts about infant immunizations that all parents should know.

    Every child should be vaccinated according to an immunization schedule
    During one of your first visits to the pediatrician, you will be presented with an immunization schedule for your newborn, showing recommended vaccinations from birth to age 18. These vaccinations protect your child from a wide range of diseases, including polio, whooping cough, tetanus, and the measles. Your child’s pediatrician can discuss each vaccination in more detail with you and help you schedule appointments for your child to receive them.

    Side effects from vaccines are generally mild and temporary
    Recently, news has circulated that vaccines are linked to the onset of autism, but there is no scientific research to support this claim. In fact, most vaccines only cause mild discomfort, which is generally isolated to the area of the shot. While it may be difficult to see your infant in any sort of pain which may result from immunizations, this will be far less traumatic than seeing your child suffer from the diseases that vaccines protect against.

    Natural immunity is not a substitute for vaccines
    When babies are born, they have temporary immunity from conditions to which their mothers are immune. However, once this natural immunity diminishes, your baby will be highly vulnerable to disease and infection without the protection of immunizations. Natural immunity can also occur after exposure to certain diseases such as chickenpox, but this type of immunity is risky because your child will need to fight off the infection before developing antibodies to fight it.

    If you want to find additional information about infant immunizations and pediatric care, contact Good Samaritan Hospital during National Infant Immunization Week this April. You can reach us on our website or by calling our Contact-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011.

  • The Benefits of a Good Diet During Pregnancy

    When you are pregnant, you may assume that eating for two will require significant weight gain by the third trimester. However, it is not ideal for your health or your baby’s health to put on too much weight.

    As this video explains, you should gain some weight while you are pregnant, but it is important to keep this weight gain in check through healthy diet and exercise. Diet is of particular importance because the right foods will nourish you and your baby with the nutrients you need to reduce the chances of serious complications such as preeclampsia.

    For more tips to help you have a healthy pregnancy , connect with Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose. You can schedule a tour of our Maternity Center or sign up for Childbirth Preparation Classes through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011 or by visiting us online.

  • Why You Should Not Ignore Your Chest Pain

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    Chest pain is one of the leading causes for trips to the ER in the United States, but there are still numerous health issues associated with chest pain that are not properly addressed with medical care. If you are experiencing chest pain, the accredited Chest Pain Center at Good Samaritan Hospital can identify the cause of your discomfort and offer the care you need for a rapid recovery. To help you understand the urgency of addressing chest pain, here is a look at the reasons you need to pay attention to this serious symptom.

    Chest pain has a number of causes
    While chest pain is frequently associated with heart attacks, it can also be caused by digestive discomfort, respiratory issues, and other cardiac conditions. Therefore, it is necessary to identify the cause of chest pain rapidly so that the right kind of care can be applied. In some cases, pain or pressure from a heart attack can be mistaken for heartburn, so it is best to find out for sure why the pain is occurring.

    Rapid care is integral to heart attack recovery
    If a heart attack is the cause of your chest pain, every second counts when it comes to treatment. Other heart attack indicators that may accompany your chest pain include nausea, dizziness, upper body soreness, and trouble breathing.

    Accurate and prompt care is available
    At Good Samaritan Hospital, you will not have to spend much time waiting in the ER lobby before your chest pain is evaluated. Our Emergency Department and Chest Pain Center are both dedicated to providing the most prompt care available at all hours of the day, because a heart attack will not wait for regular clinic hours.

    To discover more of the benefits of trusting Good Samaritan Hospital for your emergency medical care in San Jose, visit us online or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011. You can also download our iTriage app for your smart phone so that you always have helpful health information at your fingertips.

  • Find Important Health Information by Clicking Through These Links

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    Let Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose be the expert resource to guide you to a healthier future. Take 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 on our latest blog topics, read the recommended articles below.

    • KidsHealth.org offers some tips for parents of children who have been diagnosed with cancer .
    • A healthy and balanced diet can significantly improve your cancer treatment. EatRight.org explains why nutrition makes such a big difference.
    • The American Cancer Society can help to soften the blow of a cancer diagnosis with some straightforward information for newly diagnosed patients .
    • The National Institute of Senior Health explains why colorectal cancer is a problem for senior health and how to prevent it.
    • Are you up-to-date with your colorectal cancer screening ? Find out with this article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Understanding the Basics About Lung Cancer

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    Lung cancer is the most fatal cancer in both men and women, making it one of the most pressing health problems in the United States. With better public education of this disease and an understanding of the importance of lung cancer screening, however, it is possible to control the threat of lung cancer in the future. You can start increasing your own awareness of lung cancer by reading the quick facts below.

    Risk Factors
    The most at-risk population for lung cancer is cigarette smokers. In fact, about 90% of lung cancer cases are attributed to first- or second-hand smoke exposure. Other risk factors that you should be aware of include family history of lung disease, exposure to radon gas or asbestos, and age. Lung cancer is rarely diagnosed in people under the age of 55.

    Prevention and Screening
    Lung cancer does not usually show any symptoms until it has grown to advanced stages, but it can be detected much earlier if proper screening is utilized. Lung cancer screening with CT scans is the lowest-risk method currently available, and it should be considered for all individuals over the age of 55.

    Diagnosis and Treatment
    If abnormal results are seen from a screening exam, the lung tissue will be further examined through follow-up imaging and, if necessary, biopsy of the abnormal growth. Cancerous growths may be treated through radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or surgery. The same treatment tactics will likely be implemented for later-stage lung cancer diagnosed by the presence of certain symptoms, but the prognosis will not be as promising.

    Good Samaritan Hospital is committed to creating a future free of lung cancer, and we work to help our patients fight back against this disease through screenings, advanced care, healthy living classes, and cancer support groups. You can explore all of our cancer care services on our website or find a doctor fit for your situation by calling our 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011.

  • Good Samaritan Hospital and Donate Life California Save Lives

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    Good Sam’s front line caregivers show professionalism and compassion when individuals or their families make the choice for organ donation.  This week we received a letter of appreciation from the California Transplant Donation Network for our team’s work with two families and the Network to fulfill the selfless intentions of two women.  Because of their generosity, lives have been saved and transformed in several states.  Because of their donations:

    • A 53-year-old California woman received a new liver.
       
    • A New Mexico wife and mother of two received a kidney transplant after waiting four years.
       
    • A 64-year-old husband and father and a 46-year-old wife and mother, both in Illinois, received kidney transplants.  Both had been waiting two years.
       
    • Multiple recipients in several states received corneas, bone and skin transplants they desperately needed.

    Good Sam encourages you to consider organ donation.  Talk with your family so they know your desires and register your intention on-line.  https://www.donatelifecalifornia.org/