• A Look at the Cardiac Surgery Services at Good Samaritan Hospital

    Cardiac conditions like valve damage and coronary artery disease can require surgical treatment to repair damaged tissues or create new paths for blood flow in the heart. When you require such a delicate and serious procedure, you can rely on the experience at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose.

    Good Sam has been a pioneer in cardiac services from the earliest days of  open heart procedures to contemporary development of less invasive options, with practices advancing based on evidence-based medicine.  As technology, skills and outcomes data have advanced, Good Sam has expanded capacities to assure patient access to the most appropriate treatment options.  From coronary artery bypass grafts to ablation for atrial fibrillation, our cardiologists and cardiac surgeons customized treatment plans for each patient.

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    Good Sam’s Cardiac Cath Lab, Cardiovascular Surgery Services and Electrophysiology Lab are designed with individualized care in mind.

    For referral to a cardiologist, cardiac surgeon or electrophysiologist affiliated with Good Samaritan Hospital ,call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011. Our C-A-N Registered Nurses can help you determine where your starting point should be.

    In any medical emergency, call 9-1-1.

  • The Truth about Blood Pressure Symptoms

    High blood pressure is known as “the silent killer” because many people high blood pressure don’t know it and anticipate if something is wrong there are always symptoms. In many cases, however, high blood pressure presents itself only when serious medical conditions like stroke arise.

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    Although nosebleeds and headaches have frequently been associated with high blood pressure, these are actually not consistent symptoms of hypertension. It is important to keep track of your blood pressure more proactively by testing it regularly. A healthy target for your blood pressure is 120 over 80 or lower. If your numbers are consistently higher, you may need to change your diet and exercise habits.

    Talk with your doctor about your blood pressure.  She can recommend reliable home monitoring systems, and some practices will help patients calibrate home blood pressure cuffs.  If your physician has prescribed medication for your blood pressure, never stop taking the medication without consulting with your physician.  Just because you have no symptoms doesn’t mean you’re in the clear.

    Good Samaritan Hospital physicians can help you take control of your blood pressure and maintain better heart health at any age. For referral to a cardiologist or to an appropriate primary care physician call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011. 

  • Understanding the Risk Factors for Cardiac Arrest

    February is American Heart Month the perfect time to take steps to improve your cardiac care.. Cardiac arrest is different from a heart attack, as it involves an electrical problem in the heart rather than a circulatory problem. Here is a look at the risk factors that could indicate your chances of suffering cardiac arrest.

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    Heart Disease
    Heart disease is the leading risk factor for cardiac arrest. When the heart has been weakened by circulatory disorders, it is more likely to suffer from electrical disturbances in its pulse. If you have suffered a heart attack, your chances of cardiac arrest are dramatically increased. Therefore, it is very important to stick to rehabilitation guidelines following any cardiac episode.

    Arrhythmias
    An arrhythmia causes the heart to beat at an irregular rate. It may be a temporary blip in your pulse, or it could be an ongoing condition like atrial fibrillation. If you do have arrhythmia, you may be more likely to suffer cardiac arrest.

    Drug or Alcohol Use
    Recreational drugs and alcohol can both alter your heart’s electrical pulses and cause problems. Drinking in moderation should not pose a significant risk to your heart health, but consuming more than 1 drink per day for women and 2 drinks for men could be problematic. Always discuss your use of alcohol and drugs/medications with your physician to avoid harmful interactions and determine changes in behavior that can improve your health and reduce your risks.

    Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose has cardiac services to improve your health and well-being, as well as to meet your emergency needs. You can find us online or for referral to a cardiologist or other physician, call our 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011. In any health emergency, call 9-1-1.

  • American Heart Month: Ways You Can Celebrate

    American Heart Month is one of the most widely celebrated health awareness months, and it is also among the most important. Because heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States, there is still work to be done to improve heart health on an individual level and in communities throughout the nation. To do your part this month, follow these guidelines for your personal health and the health of your community.

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    See Your Doctor for a Checkup
    An easy way to get started on improving your heart health is by visiting your doctor for a checkup. You should see your doctor at least once a year to check your vital numbers and stay in tune with your cardiac health. If you need to make changes to achieve better health, it is best to get on track sooner rather than later.

    Feed Your Family Heart-Healthy Meals
    Good heart health begins at an early age, so you will want to encourage great eating habits in your kids around the family dinner table. You can make your dinner more heart-healthy by trying a vegetarian menu one night per week, adding more greens to your meals, and swapping out regular pasta and bread for whole-wheat varieties.

    Get Everyone Moving
    Make exercise a friends and family habit. Take family bike rides, gather your neighbors together for group walks, and plan to participate in the American Heart Association Heart & Stroke Walk in the fall. It’s not too soon to start organizing your team. Whatever you choose to get moving, set interim goals, encourage each other and change things up to keep it fun.

    To find a cardiologist or primary care physician who can help you meet your goals for cardiovascular health, call our Consult-a-Nurse healthcare referral line (408) 559-2011.