• The Truth About Probiotics

    Have you considered trying probiotics? Do you see ads for it that claim to cure a laundry list of ailments? This video reports on how purported healthcare companies can market products that simply do not provide the benefits they assert.

    Probiotics often fall into this category. These naturally occurring bacteria that reside in the intestines aid in the processing of nutrients, but the store-bought form may not yield the same positive results. Depending on the manufacturer’s quality standards, packaged probiotics may cause more harm than good for consumers. Before turning to unsubstantiated claims for better digestion, skin, and other benefits, discuss the use of probiotics with your physician.

    Are you looking for accurate wellness information? Then call Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose at (408) 559-2011 to speak with a Consult-A-Nurse representative about our H2U wellness program.

  • Knowing What It Takes to Prevent a Second Stroke

    Approximately one out of five people who suffers a stroke is already a stroke survivor. This video explains how healthy lifestyle habits are crucial to preventing subsequent strokes.

    Wellness relies heavily on diet and exercise. For stroke survivors, it’s especially important to cultivate behaviors that limit future stroke dangers. Experts recommend diets that favor fruits and vegetables. Both foods come low in calories, fat, and sodium. Physical activity is critical as well to strengthening the vascular system. Daily walks can significantly lower the risk of stroke in those who have already experienced this condition. Stroke survivors should also take action to stop smoking and excessive drinking.

    Good Samaritan Hospital’s Comprehensive Stroke Center offers swift and effective treatment options for patients in need of stroke care. For more information, call our San Jose hospital at (408) 559-2011.

  • Understanding the Risk of CMV

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    CMV is a virus that can infect anyone of any age. Its transmission occurs when the bodily fluid of an infected person comes into contact with someone else. Unfortunately, many individuals with CMV never present symptoms and can spread the virus to countless others without knowing they have this condition.

    Because CMV can remain asymptomatic for an indefinite amount of time, many people can carry on with their daily lives with little impact to their health. Yet should a man or woman with CMV plan to have a family, they may want to discuss their infection with a physician. Newborns can experience CMV complications ranging from loss of eyesight to seizures should they contract the virus from either parent. In some cases, CMV can be passed in vitro through the placenta, putting the baby in danger before birth. With virus management and doctor supervision, expecting parents can lessen the chances of congenital problems in their newborns.

    Do you have CMV? Would you like to know if you could pass it to your unborn child? To speak with a pediatric expert about your concerns, call Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose at (408) 559-2011.

  • Summer Pregnancy Tips for Expecting Moms

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    Pregnancy at any time of year can bring on a myriad of uncomfortable changes, such as swollen extremities, heat flashes, and exhaustion. However, the maternity experts at Good Samaritan Hospital warn that the hot and dry aspects of summer in California can aggravate some of these pregnancy side effects. For your safety and comfort, keep these summertime suggestions in mind.

    Break Up Your Chores

    As your pregnancy progresses, you might find that your fingers, ankles, and feet are more prone to bouts of swelling . While warmer temperatures may increase the frequency of this condition, you can take action to abate swelling and increase your comfort. When you plan a day of shopping or errand running, you might inadvertently raise the likelihood of swollen ankles, as fluids tend to pool in the lower extremities the longer you stay on your feet. If possible, reschedule your chores so that you can take periodic breaks to rest and lift your legs.

    Stay Indoors During High Heat Hours

    You may normally enjoy being outside during hot summer afternoons, but pregnancy can challenge your stamina and rapidly rob you of fluids and energy. If you allow yourself to remain outside for too long, you might even put yourself and your baby at risk for heat-related medical dangers. To avoid these problems, stay in an air-conditioned home, office, school, library, or other temperature-controlled space between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day.

    Reconsider Wearing Tight-Fitting Fabrics

    Many women like to wear pregnancy attire that conforms to their shape, as loose-fitting clothing might obscure their proud baby bump. Yet during the warm weather season, tight clothing can contribute to heat rashes and heat exhaustion. If you wear fabrics that keep warm air and moisture close to the skin, they can irritate it and obstruct the body’s cooling processes. To feel your best during pregnancy, choose flowing natural fabrics that allow for air movement.

    Do you have questions about your pregnancy symptoms? Good Samaritan Hospital can see to it that you have immediate access to our team of maternity experts whenever you need us. Call (408) 559-2011 or visit our website to learn more about our maternity hospital in San Jose.

  • Warm Weather Activities to Keep Your Joints Moving

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    The unfriendly winds of winter might prevent you from venturing outside, but the welcoming breezes of summer can provide a perfect escape for outdoor activities. If you suffer from joint pain, activity of any kind might appear difficult, but moderate exercise can actually enhance joint function and ease pain. For more information on how to maintain your joint health, contact Good Samaritan Hospital.


    Walking is a great option for cardiovascular exercise, but also a type of physical activity that is easy on joints . Simply slip on a pair of supportive shoes and start exploring the great outdoors. If you like to start your day with a workout, take a walk around your neighborhood before you leave for the office. Should you need a break between client meetings, schedule your walk during your lunch hour. You can also make your walks an opportunity to catch up with friends and family by asking them to exercise with you.


    Looking for a way to make your walks a little more adventurous? Then try hiking your favorite parks and preserves. Numerous trails with scenic backdrops lie within the San Jose area and surrounding regions. If you find it challenging to manage the steep inclines and declines that some hills can present, a sturdy hiking stick can help you traverse the terrain. When you leave for a hike, be sure to stay safe with plenty of water and SPF sunscreen.


    When you experience joint pain flare-ups, you need not stop your workout routine. Water activities can provide you with the comfortable space you need to exercise without exerting pressure on your joints. The warmth of water can relax stiff hips and knees. When immersed in it, water can also shield your joints from painful forces that rigorous land activities might produce. Water yoga offers as well a wonderful opportunity to increase joint flexibility in a soothing environment.

    Are you experiencing joint pain? If you suspect that you might have osteoarthritis, Good Samaritan Hospital can help. Call (408) 559-2011 to discuss your symptoms with one of our Consult-A-Nurse representatives.

  • Can You Prevent Arthritis?

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    Arthritis occurs when the joints become inflamed and cause pain. Many people assume that arthritis is an inevitable part of getting older. While it’s true that there are millions of older Americans with arthritis, the development of arthritis is not a foregone conclusion. If you take care of your body and listen to the advice of your HCA Far West Division doctor, you could prevent or at least delay the onset of arthritis.

    The Importance of Exercise

    A regular exercise routine is important for your overall wellbeing—your joints included. Your joints are built to move. Research shows that getting regular exercise can reduce the inflammatory chemicals in your system, thus reducing your chances of developing arthritis. Staying at a healthy weight can also reduce the amount of pressure on your joints. Even if you end up developing arthritis, exercise can help reduce pain and stiffness.

    Taking Care of Your Joints

    Exercise alone may not be enough to prevent the development of arthritis. It’s also important to actively care for your joints by preventing overuse injuries and stretching every time you exercise. If you work at a desk all day, make sure your workstation is sufficiently ergonomic. Being mindful of the general condition of your joints and avoiding situations that place undue stress on them can help you stay arthritis-free .

    Learning About Arthritis

    It’s also a good idea to learn as much about arthritis as you can—especially if you have a family member with arthritis. Not all forms of arthritis run in families, but some do. Ask your doctor all the questions you have about arthritis and how you can avoid it. If you follow your doctor’s directions and take good care of your joints, your golden years may be pain-free.

    The HCA Far West Division hospitals are fully equipped to help people prevent or manage arthritis symptoms. Whether you’re looking for a bone scan or emergency care, our California and Nevada facilities can provide you with outstanding service. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (855) 422-9378 to get in touch with a medical professional.

  • How to Help Your Child Prevent Injuries This Summer

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    Many children look to summer as a time to catch up on their video games and television shows, so getting your child to engage in sports and other active pastimes can be a great accomplishment. However, when your child decides to take a bike ride around the block or go swimming his friends, the risk of injury can be high if they fail to adhere to some easy safety suggestions. To avoid a trip to emergency care this summer, Good Samaritan Hospital recommends the following tips.

    Require Road Caution

    If your child intends to be on the road, they must know how to safely navigate it. That means knowing and using appropriate hand signals that can notify other drivers of his intention to turn or stop. They should also wear a safety helmet no matter how slow they ride or close they stay to home. Affixing bike reflectors can provide as well an added measure of visibility and safety when riding during low light hours.

    Discuss Water Rules

    Trips to the pool might be common occurrences for your family during the summer. Yet this activity accounts for countless slip and fall and drowning accidents each year. Prior to opening your home pool or going to a public one, discuss water safety with your child. Make sure they understand to walk slowly on the deck and refrains from diving into the pool. You might also want to sign them up for swimming lessons if they aren’t at ease in the water

    Demonstrate Safety Behavior

    One of the best ways to ensure that your child follows your safety rules is to practice them, too. When you wear a helmet during bike rides and move carefully around the pool, your child can observe your example and learn from it. As a result, your child and entire family can enjoy a fun summer free of accidents and injuries.

    Summertime activities often increase the number of injuries that Good Samaritan Hospital sees. For more information on our San Jose location and services we provide the local community, call (408) 559-2011. You can also browse our website for further details on our complete healthcare options.