• Heart Failure: It Can Happen to Anyone

    When most people think of heart failure, they often think of visible signs of declining health, such as obesity or advanced age. However, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S., and its symptoms aren’t always so noticeable. As this video shows, even a relatively healthy adult can suffer from heart issues.

    The symptoms of heart failure are easily confused with other common medical symptoms, and they can persist for several days or even weeks. Addressing them as early as possible with a medical specialist can minimize the chances of further complications and facilitate a more successful recovery.

    Good Samaritan Hospital is a fully accredited Chest Pain Center in San Jose, and our state-of-the-art facilities are equipped to meet all of your medical needs or heart care, stroke care, weight loss surgery, and more. For more information about our specialty care services, don’t hesitate to contact our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011 today.

  • Which Health Problems Are Associated with Eating Too Much Sugar?

    Every parent knows that too much sugar is bad for the body, but surprisingly few people are aware of its serious health risks. Common sugars such as glucose, sucrose, and high fructose corn syrup are present in various foods, and a major study in JAMA Internal Medicine shows that 1 in 10 Americans get 25% or more of their calories from added sugar alone. Get to know what’s really in your diet and check out this guide about some common  health risks of excessive sugar consumption .

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    Excessive sugar in your diet eventually raises blood sugar levels, and too many fluctuations can put you at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes itself compromises the immune system and significantly increases a person’s risk for various infections and chronic diseases. Studies show that people with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have stroke or heart disease than those without it.

    Heart Disease

    Most people associate excessive sugar intake with diabetes, but the truth is that too much added sugar increases a person’s risk of dying with heart disease regardless of their age, gender, sex, physical activity level, or BMI. Sugar-sweetened beverages can raise blood pressure and, in combination with weight gain from empty calories, result in various cardiovascular issues such as hypertension (high blood pressure) or metabolic syndrome.


    High sugar intake promotes weight gain without providing any essential nutrients for your body, indirectly contributing to an increased cancer risk. From a medical standpoint, there is little difference between white (refined) sugar, brown (unrefined) sugar, and high fructose corn syrup in regards to body weight or insulin.

    Good Samaritan Hospital has built its reputation as a trusted healthcare provider in the San Jose community since its founding in the early 1960s. Since then, we’ve expanded our facilities to offer everything from award-winning cardiovascular care to surgical weight loss . Visit us online to learn more about our services, or contact us at (408) 559-2011 to receive a specialist referral from our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. 

  • Signs That You Have a Nutritional Deficiency

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    Routines are easy to form and hard to change, especially when it comes to eating habits. Fast food and instant meals can keep you going for a long time, but a narrow diet usually doesn’t provide an adequate balance of nutrients. The fact that your body tries to compensate for dietary deficiencies can make it extremely difficult to notice any symptoms of malnutrition, but there are some physical signs that can provide useful clues.

    Hair and nails are mostly made up of proteins, so a diet that is lacking in protein, fatty acids, and other nutrients will often cause brittle hair or shallow nail beds. Irritation around the mouth is also a common indicator of insufficient nutrients; cracking around the corners or an unusually pale or swollen tongue may indicate a deficiency in iron or B vitamins. Chronic diarrhea is a sign that your body is not properly absorbing nutrients, and it often occurs with periods of heavy drinking, infections, and certain digestive disorders.

    Good Samaritan Hospital is here to meet all of your medical needs through our state-of-the-art facilities and H2U health network. Follow the link for more details, or contact our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011 with any questions that you have.

  • How to Improve Your Family’s Nutrition on a Budget

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    A tight food budget doesn’t have to mean that you are stuck with canned foods and instant meals. With a little prudence, you can keep your family fit and healthy without draining your account on organic foods and premium lean meats. Keep your waistline and your food expenses lean with these shopping tips for healthy dieting from Good Samaritan Hospital.

    Plan Ahead of Time

    The key to staying within budget is to plan your grocery list ahead of time and to stick to it. Instant meals often cost more than regular alternatives (rice, oatmeal, beans, etc.) and provide less nutrition—not to mention that too many can cause all of your fresh groceries to spoil. Healthy snack foods such as unsalted nuts or fruits can help stave off cravings in between meals and prevent your family from eating over the budget. This 7-day sample menu provides a rough shopping plan for a standard 2,000-calorie diet.

    Buy in Bulk

    For more expensive items such as stir fries, stews, or casseroles, try to prepare meals large enough to stretch over several meals. To make unhealthy shopping less tempting, make sure you have a full stomach and plenty of time before going to buy groceries. Always keep an eye out for bulk sales, coupons, and store brand discounts.

    Eat What You Buy

    Many shoppers buy fruits and veggies only to let them spoil over the next several days, but canned or frozen items can be a good alternative as long as they are canned in 100% fruit juice and/or contain low sodium. Even if there aren’t enough leftovers to provide another meal, they can provide a quick snack with no preparation! Freezing fresh foods and meats can often preserve their freshness for several days longer.

    Good Samaritan Hospital is your source for healthy and wholesome lifestyle tips in Santa Clara County. As an award-winning hospital, we have the resources to provide personalized care and advanced treatment in everything from heart care to pediatrics. Contact us at (408) 559-2011 to receive a physician referral from our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line.

  • Protecting Yourself from Concussion Injuries

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    Head injuries are surprisingly common; in fact, at least 1.7 million TBIs are reported every year—that’s nearly 200 incidents every hour. Below are a few guidelines to help you protect you and your family from TBIs.

    Helmets should be worn for all sports activities and self-propelled vehicles. Different types of helmets are tested according to different criteria, so it is important to only use them for their appropriate activities. Helmets should be certified by the Snell Foundation and the Department of Transportation, if applicable. Car insurance statistics show that the average driver will file a claim for a collision about once every 17.9 years. A seat belt is one of the most simple and most effective ways to protect both children and adults inside the car—just make sure to have an appropriately rated car seat until your child is at least 4’9” tall. The safest place in the car for children in car seats is the middle back seat, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

    You can’t plan for every medical emergency, but you can plan ahead with the award-winning facilities at Good Samaritan Hospital. Our team of neurological experts has the experience and resources to provide specialized care from triage to rehabilitation. You can stay connected to healthcare providers throughout the San Jose area with our free iTriage app, or contact us at (408) 559-2011 to receive a referral from our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line.

  • A Look at the Picture of Childhood Obesity in America

    Statistical analyses from the CDC show that childhood obesity has doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents over the past 30 years, and latest estimates show that 1 in 6 children under the age of 19 are obese. However, several measures are being taken by medical and educational communities to reduce childhood obesity and its associated health risks. Watch this clip to find out what you can do to help.

    Childhood obesity rates have stabilized in recent years thanks in part to physical activity programs, but healthy lifestyle habits ultimately start at home. Parents play a major role in promoting a healthy diet, limiting screen time, and prioritizing physical fitness.

    Good Samaritan Hospital is more than an award-winning hospital; we’re a family of medical professionals committed to helping you keep your own family healthy. Follow the link for more resources about preventing childhood obesity , or contact us at (408) 559-2011 to speak with a Registered Nurse at our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line.

  • Tips for Adopting Brain-Healthy Eating Habits

    Healthy dieting isn’t just good for losing weight and lowering your risk for heart disease; research shows that it’s also one of the most effective ways to control risk for stroke and dementia. Be smart about your health with these dieting tips from Good Samaritan Hospital .

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    Maintain a Healthy Body Weight

    The Alzheimer’s Association reports that adults who were obese in middle age were twice as likely to develop dementia later in life. Rather than focusing on a target body weight, calculating your body mass index (BMI) can provide a better assessment of your overall health. BMI is calculated from your height and weight, and a healthy BMI range generally falls between 19.0 and 24.0; a person’s risk for obesity-related health problems increases with a BMI above 25.0. Simply limiting caloric intake will help you lose weight. It takes the stomach an average of 30 minutes to signal that it is full, so practice portion control and eat slowly to avoid overeating.

    Eat Protective Foods

    There are countless trendy “miracle foods” that claim to solve every medical problem, but a balanced and consistent diet is still one of the most effective ways of protecting your brain (and the rest of your body). No single diet will work for everyone, but studies show that a Mediterranean diet that is rich in leafy green vegetables, dark-skinned fruits, whole grains, nuts, and fish provide valuable nutrients while minimizing harmful fats and LDL (bad) cholesterol.

    Take Your Vitamins

    If your diet isn’t as well-rounded as you’d like, some studies suggest that some vitamins such as vitamins E, C, B12, and folate can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. However, keep in mind that vitamin supplements alone will not be enough to combat the effects of poor dieting and a sedentary lifestyle. Be sure to speak with your doctor to ensure that new vitamins or dietary supplements will not interfere with preexisting medical issues or medications.

    Good Samaritan Hospital is here to provide the San Jose community with the healthcare resources to build healthy lifestyle habits. From our state-of-the-art Certified Stroke Center to our H2U network, we are always available to answer your questions and provide award-winning care. Contact us online or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011 with any questions about our services.