• Why men should be concerned about heart disease


    All adults should be concerned about heart disease, as it is a leading cause of death in the U.S. Heart disease kills about one in every four men. Furthermore, men who have heart disease often don’t realize it. It’s not uncommon for men to experience sudden death due to heart disease, despite not reporting any symptoms beforehand. Although these facts are frightening, effective cardiac care can help men live long, healthy lives. At Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, our cardiac care specialists are firmly committed to improving the quality of life of our patients.

    Heart disease risk factors are common

    Millions of American men have at least one risk factor for heart disease—and many men have multiple risk factors. Three of the most common risk factors among men are tobacco use, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. Other risk factors include:

    • Physically inactive lifestyle
    • Excessive alcohol consumption
    • Poor nutrition
    • Diabetes
    • Overweight and obesity
    • Family history of heart disease

    Although countless men have heart disease or are at an elevated risk of it, many of these factors are modifiable. Consider talking to a physician about your unique cardiac care needs. Some risk factors are controllable with smart lifestyle changes, while others may require medical management and lifestyle modifications.

    Heart disease affects millions of men

    It’s important to not underestimate the risk of heart disease in men. According to a statistical fact sheet released by the American Heart Association in 2013, about 8.8 million men in the U.S . have coronary heart disease, and five million of those have a history of suffering a heart attack.

    Coronary heart disease is just one type of heart disease. The American Heart Association also notes that at least 2.7 million men are living with heart failure, and about 350,000 more men are diagnosed with it every year.

    The prevalence of heart disease and its risk factors, and the life-threatening nature of these diseases, are why all men should be concerned about heart disease.

    Cardiac and Vascular Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital brings together leading cardiac care specialists and cutting-edge medical technology to give our patients the superior care they deserve. Here, cardiac care patients of all ages receive a continuum of care—from stabilization and diagnostics to interventions and rehabilitation. Call 911 for emergency care in San Jose or call (888) 724-2362 for non-emergent healthcare information.

  • Talking to your cardiovascular nurse about your blood pressure

    The year 2017 has been declared the “Year of the Healthy Nurse” by the American Nurses Association. At Good Samaritan Hospital , we’re celebrating National Nurses Week, which is May 6-12 this year. This awareness week is an excellent opportunity to recognize the many ways nurses promote superior cardiac care. As an essential member of your cardiac care team, your nurse can work one-on-one with you to help you manage your blood pressure.

    Ask about blood pressure fluctuations

    Each time you go to the hospital for a check-up, your cardiac care nurse will take your blood pressure. Don’t hesitate to ask questions, such as:

    • Is my blood pressure within a healthy range?

    • Is my blood pressure different from my last visit?

    • Could normal fluctuations be causing my high blood pressure?

    This last question can be important because blood pressure does normally fluctuate slightly throughout the day. It also changes in response to factors like your stress level and physical activity. Let your cardiac care nurse know if you were rushing to get to your appointment, are under a great deal of stress or recently had a cup of coffee.

    Share concerns about your medications

    Unfortunately, it isn’t uncommon for cardiac patients to stop taking their prescribed medication. The reasons for this include troublesome side effects, high medication costs and confusion about dosages.

    Let your nurse know if you haven’t been taking your blood pressure medicine as prescribed . Nurses are excellent problem-solvers. He or she can help you overcome any challenges you might be facing.

    Talk about your lifestyle

    One of the ways your nurse can help you manage your blood pressure is by connecting you to the resources and information you need to lead a healthy lifestyle. You probably already know that, in general, eating well and exercising are important for blood pressure regulation. But the specifics of a healthy lifestyle can sometimes be confusing.

    Your cardiovascular nurse can help you with the following issues:

    • Calculating daily sodium intake

    • Understanding the guidelines for alcohol intake

    • Staying active while traveling

    • Overcoming nicotine cravings

    • Overcoming a sweet tooth

    • Estimating portion sizes

    Consider bringing a notebook to your appointment to help you keep track of the helpful information your nurse provides.

    When looking for cardiac care , more patients in Santa Clara County choose Good Samaritan Hospital than any other community hospital. We continually invest in the latest medical technology, and our skilled nursing team offers an unparalleled level of personalized care. To request a referral to a cardiac care specialist in San Jose, call our nurse referral line at (888) 724-2362.