• How Clinical Trials Can Provide New Hope in Your Heart Disease Treatment

    As researchers develop new treatments for heart disease and other conditions, they design research studies, or clinical trials. Clinical trials are intended to determine whether a proposed treatment is effective. If you’ve already tried currently accepted treatments without results or you are not a good candidate for those treatments, a doctor at your hospital might recommend that you try a clinical trial.

    You can hear more about clinical trials for heart disease treatment by watching this video. You’ll hear from Milena, who survived a heart attack and subsequently suffered from debilitating chest pain. She lived in fear of suffering another heart attack until she underwent a successful treatment while participating in a clinical trial.

    The Cardiac and Vascular Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital uses the latest medical technology and techniques to help our cardiac patients get back on their feet sooner. Families throughout San Jose can learn more about cardiac care at our hospital by calling our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (408) 559-2011.

  • Balancing Work and Breastfeeding Your Baby

    Some mothers who otherwise would breastfeed their babies may hesitate to do so because they assume returning to work would prohibit this. In fact, some states have laws that safeguard the right of a mother to breastfeed while returning to work. To do so successfully simply requires some planning and collaboration with your supervisor.

    As you’ll learn by watching this video, you can inform your supervisor that you need a private place to pump breast milk throughout the day. You might also rearrange your schedule. For example, you might take three 20-minute breaks throughout the day, rather than a one-hour lunch break.

    At the maternity department of Good Samaritan Hospital, San Jose mothers can receive the breastfeeding education and support they need to nurture their little ones. You can call our maternity hospital at (408) 559-2011 for more information about breastfeeding classes.

  • Knowing the Difference Between Your Age and Your Real Age

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    Even if you know how many birthdays you have celebrated, you may not know your body’s true age. This is because your health habits and medical conditions can significantly affect your life expectancy, both positively and negatively. Your local hospital may offer a real age calculator, which is an interactive tool that asks you detailed questions about your lifestyle habits and medical history.

    If you decide to try this type of interactive tool, you can expect to answer questions such as how much alcohol you consume each day on average, whether you smoke cigarettes, and whether you’ve previously suffered a heart attack or stroke. You’ll also answer questions that may not appear to be related to your health at first blush, such as whether you’re married. Once you answer all of the questions, the real age test will let you know if your body’s age is younger or older than your age. You can use the results to jumpstart healthier habits, such as getting plenty of sleep, managing medical conditions, and improving your diet.

    As your source for exceptional hospital services in San Jose, Good Samaritan Hospital is pleased to offer the RealAge assessment on our website. You can reach our hospital at (408) 559-2011 for a referral to a physician.

  • Why Should Men Be Concerned About Their Heart Health?


    Many men neglect their health by failing to get regular checkups at a local hospital and by making unhealthy lifestyle choices. This is often due to a lack of awareness about men’s health issues, such as heart health. If you’re interested in improving your well-being, consider taking the first step by visiting your local hospital. Your doctor can screen you for underlying medical conditions that may require cardiac care , such as hypertension, and offer recommendations for improving your heart health.

    Understanding the Prevalence of Heart Disease

    The most common causes of death among adult men in the U.S. include heart disease, stroke, and cancer. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is responsible for killing one out of every four men in the U.S. and half of all men who suddenly die as a result of heart disease did not experience symptoms. This is one reason why it’s important to visit a local hospital to check your blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index, and other important facets of your health.

    Identifying Risk Factors of Heart Disease

    In addition to undergoing health screenings, you can be proactive about your heart health by discussing your potential risk factors with your physician. Lifestyle factors can be significant risk factors, such as being overweight or obese, being physically inactive, following a nutrient-poor diet, using tobacco products, and consuming alcohol to excess. If you have certain medical conditions, you could also be at an increased risk of heart disease. These include diabetes, high low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and high blood pressure. If you have any of these risk factors, consider talking to your doctor about a treatment plan.

    The cardiac care program at Good Samaritan Hospital can help men throughout the San Jose area take control of their heart health. Our cardiac care program provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, and rehabilitative services to improve wellness. If you need a referral to a cardiac care specialist at our community hospital, please call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (408) 559-2011.

  • Taking a Closer Look at the Risks and Benefits of Radiation Oncology

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    If you have been diagnosed with cancer, you may find it empowering to learn as much as you can about your treatment options. The oncologist at your local hospital will propose a treatment plan that may be best suited to your particular type of cancer and the degree to which it has spread. Along with surgery, chemotherapy, and other medical oncology options, one of your treatment options may be radiation therapy.

    What Is Radiation Therapy?

    External radiation therapy involves the use of specialized equipment to aim high-energy beams at a tumor. If your oncologist believes you are a good candidate for radiation therapy, you can expect to return to your local hospital on a daily basis during the course of your treatment, which may last several weeks. Internal radiation therapy involves the placement of radioactive substances inside the body near the tumor.

    How Can Radiation Therapy Help?

    When high-energy beams are aimed at a tumor, the genetic code within the cancer cells sustains damage. The cells will no longer be able to grow or replicate. As these cancerous cells die, they are naturally eliminated by the body. Radiation therapy can be used to shrink tumors before having surgery . It may also be used after surgery to resolve any cancer cells that remain. When the elimination of a tumor is not feasible, radiation therapy may be used as part of a palliative care plan to improve the patient’s symptoms and quality of life.

    What Are the Risks of Radiation Therapy?

    Before having radiation therapy at your local hospital, it’s important to fully understand the risks. Although the high-energy beam is aimed directly at the tumor, healthy tissues in the area can also sustain damage from the radiation. Although the radiation therapy itself does not hurt, side effects can occur because of the damage of healthy tissues.

    The Cancer Center at Good Samaritan Hospital has treated thousands of patients from the San Jose area and beyond. Our hospital provides comprehensive cancer care, including radiation oncology, medical oncology, and support services for our patients, in addition to our emergency care and cardiac care. To request a referral to an oncologist at our hospital, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (408) 559-2011.

  • What Happens to the Brains of Patients with Alzheimer’s

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    As the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease affects millions of families. It is a progressive disease characterized by abnormal changes to the brain, which in turn cause symptoms such as memory loss, language impairment, and eventually, death. Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, researchers at hospitals across the country are working to learn more about the disease and explore treatment options.

    Formation of Plaques and Tangles

    Alzheimer’s disease develops slowly. First, the brain of an individual with Alzheimer’s disease will develop abnormal clusters of beta-amyloid , which is a protein. These atypically accumulating protein fragments form plaques, which build up between the nerve cells of the brain. Unfortunately, these plaques are still largely a mystery to researchers in that it is not clear whether the plaques cause Alzheimer’s or whether they form because of the progression of the disease. However, it is known that the precursor protein that can form the beta-amyloid protein, known as APP, can mutate and cause early-onset Alzheimer’s. Along with plaques, tangles begin to form. Tangles are made of a protein called tau, which is normally present in the brain. However, the twisted strands of tau interrupt the supply of nutrients to the cells, causing cell death.

    Interference of Cell Signal Transmission

    Another key component of the progression of Alzheimer’s is the interference of the signals that cells send to one another in the brain. The plaques block this transmission as they accumulate in the synapses between nerve cells. The impaired signal transmission causes problems with a person’s ability to remember information, communicate, and perform other vital functions.

    At Good Samaritan Hospital, we’ve maintained our commitment to investing in the latest medical technologies to improve patient outcomes , and create a positive experience for our patients and visitors. Our hospital in San Jose offers comprehensive healthcare services, including cardiac care, emergency care, and maternity services. If you have any general questions regarding the services available at our community hospital, call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (408) 559-2011.

  • Exploring the Causes of Type 1 Diabetes


    Type 1 diabetes is a serious disease that is characterized by the body’s inability to produce insulin. Usually, individuals with this disease are diagnosed in childhood. However, it is possible to be diagnosed during adolescence or adulthood. Although there is no cure for type 1 diabetes, it is possible to manage the disease with the help of a care team at your local hospital . A physician at your community hospital can help you understand your disease better and answer any questions you may have about it.

    The Role of Insulin

    Before you can understand how type 1 diabetes develops, it can be helpful to have a basic understanding of the role insulin plays within the body . Insulin is a hormone produced by an organ called the pancreas. When you consume food, your blood sugar level becomes elevated. In response, the pancreas releases more insulin, which enters into the bloodstream. Insulin works to stabilize blood sugar levels in the blood by helping glucose, or sugar, enter the body’s cells, where it can be used as fuel. Insulin also facilitates the storage of extra blood sugar in the liver and muscles. In short, insulin is critical for keeping your body running properly.

    The Absence of Insulin

    If you have type 1 diabetes, it means that the cells of the pancreas that secrete insulin are destroyed in an autoimmune reaction. Without those cells, the pancreas can no longer release insulin or it can no longer release sufficient levels of insulin. This means that insulin is no longer available to escort blood sugar into your body’s cells. This is why patients with type 1 diabetes must use injections of insulin.

    Good Samaritan Hospital is proud to provide exceptional healthcare services to members of the San Jose community, including emergency care, cardiac care, and maternity care. Our physicians and other staff members work closely with patients with diabetes to help them learn how to properly manage their condition and reduce the risk of diabetic complications. If you wish to speak to a registered nurse, you may call the Consult-A-Nurse referral line for our hospital at (408) 559-2011.

  • Spotlight on Men’s Mental Health for Movember

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    The Movember Foundation has designated November as Movember to raise awareness about men’s health issues, including mental health. Men may neglect to seek help at their community hospitals because they may have trouble recognizing symptoms or because of the stigmas associated with mental health services. However, mental health issues, as with physical health problems, should never be ignored. Men can empower themselves to be proactive about their wellness by identifying symptoms such as anxiety, concentration impairment, sleep disturbances, and social withdrawal, to name just a few.

    Once men identify potential symptoms of a mental health issue, they can discuss their concerns with a doctor at their local hospitals. After receiving a diagnosis, men can explore their treatment options and find the support they need. Psychological therapy, drug therapy, and support groups may help.

    The Behavioral Health team at Good Samaritan Hospital strives to improve the quality of life for patients at our hospital in San Jose with individually tailored outpatient and inpatient services. To reach our community hospital, call (408) 559-2011.