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    Recognizing Your Risk for Kidney Disease

    Last updated 14 hours ago

    Chronic kidney failure, or chronic kidney disease, is a condition in which the kidneys gradually lose their ability to function properly. The kidneys filter waste products out of the blood, and regulate water and electrolyte levels. This means that kidney disease can lead to dangerous levels of these substances that can build up in the body. If a patient reaches end-stage kidney failure, he or she requires a kidney transplant or dialysis to survive. Consider talking to a physician at your local hospital about whether you might be at risk of kidney disease. Your hospital may offer resources that can help you control your risk factors.

    Medical Conditions

    Many medical conditions can directly lead to kidney disease or contribute to it. Diabetics are at a particularly heightened risk of kidney disease because over time, high blood glucose levels can damage the kidneys. It’s a good idea for individuals with type 1 or type 2 diabetes to undergo testing for kidney disease. Like diabetes, high blood pressure can damage your kidneys over a period of years without giving rise to noticeable symptoms. Another medical condition that can lead to kidney disease is heart disease. Additionally, if you already have kidney disease, you should be aware that you’re at a greater risk of heart disease.

    Lifestyle Risk Factors

    Managing your medical conditions properly isn’t the only way to reduce your risk of kidney disease. Hospital researchers have found a link between obesity and kidney disease. You can work with a doctor at your local hospital to learn of healthy ways to maintain a normal weight. Smoking is another risk factor of kidney disease.

    Uncontrollable Risk Factors

    Some risk factors of kidney disease are not controllable through medical management or lifestyle choices. For example, having a family history of kidney disease and being of advanced age increases your risk. Additionally, kidney disease is more prevalent among African-Americans, Native Americans, and Asian-Americans.

    At Good Samaritan Hospital, our healthcare providers provide personalized care to help patients make informed decisions for their well-being. At our hospital, you’ll find kidney disease treatments, cardiac care, maternity care, and emergency room services. For general healthcare information, contact a registered nurse at our hospital by calling (888) 724-2362.

    Exploring the Future of Cancer Research

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Cancer research has come quite a long way over the last few decades. Previously, cancer diagnoses were made largely by examining cells through a microscope. Now, specialists look for the molecular abnormalities that distinguish cancerous cells from benign cells. For example, they look for changes in the DNA sequence.

    You can hear more about recent developments in cancer research by watching this video. This researcher explains how gene sequencing has led to a new clinical trial for patients with lung cancer. Examining molecular abnormalities has also led to the discovery that there may be four subtypes of gastric cancer, one of which appears to be instigated by the Epstein-Barr virus.

    In addition to providing emergency care and cardiac care to families in San Jose, Good Samaritan Hospital is proud to offer our Comprehensive Cancer Care program, which provides accessible treatments to facilitate better outcomes. For more information about our services, call (888) 724-2362.

    How to Find the Right Pediatrician for Your Child's Regular Medical Care

    Last updated 10 days ago

    While you’re visiting the community hospital for prenatal check-ups, it’s a good idea to begin considering which doctor you might choose as your baby’s pediatrician. Finding a pediatrician at the local hospital before you give birth has several advantages. Since your child will be going to the same pediatrician for each visit, it’s more likely that he or she will be up-to-date on important health tests and immunizations. Additionally, you’ll have plenty to manage after you give birth at the maternity hospital. Interviewing pediatricians during your pregnancy can save you time later.

    Factors to Consider

    When selecting a pediatrician, find out which hospital he or she is affiliated with. If your child needs to be admitted to a hospital, it’s a good idea to learn who would be caring for him or her. Typically, pediatricians conduct a routine newborn examination within 24 hours of the labor and delivery. Many parents prefer to be present during this examination because it allows them to ask questions and become familiar with the baby’s possible health concerns.

    Questions to Ask

    During your interview with a pediatrician, you should ask questions about the doctor’s availability. For example, ask when you should call the office with routine questions and what you should do if there is an after-hours problem. In the event that your pediatrician is unavailable, it’s a good idea to know who would be covering the practice. Additionally, ask the pediatrician about his or her recommended schedule of check-ups and immunizations.

    Viewpoints to Address

    Many parents consider it important to select a pediatrician who shares their parenting views or is supportive of them. For example, moms may not want to feel pressured to breastfeed if it just doesn’t work out for them. You may wish to discuss certain issues with the pediatrician, such as attachment parenting, co-sleeping, and circumcision.

    Not only was Good Samaritan Hospital voted the “Best Place to Have a Baby” in San Jose, but our maternity hospital also provides exceptional pediatric care for your little ones. You can read more about our maternity care, and labor and delivery care on our website. For a referral to a caring pediatrician at our hospital, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 724-2362 or use the “Find a Pediatrician” tool on our website.

    General Cancer Prevention Tips Everyone Can Follow

    Last updated 12 days ago

    If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, you’ll likely find a number of treatment options at your local hospital. A physician in a hospital’s cancer care program may recommend cancer surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or targeted drug therapy to help you beat this disease. However, many cases of cancer are preventable through healthy lifestyle choices. You may wish to talk to a physician at your local hospital about your risk of different types of cancer and how you can reduce your risk.

    Consult a Physician

    By working with a physician at your community hospital, you can learn about different types of screening tests for cancer. For example, if you’ve reached your 50th birthday, your doctor might recommend having a screening test for colorectal cancer. This screening test is capable of preventing colorectal cancer altogether by removing potentially precancerous polyps. Additionally, depending on your age, you may be a good candidate for an HPV vaccine, which can reduce your risk of cervical cancer.

    Use Sunscreen

    One of the easiest ways to reduce your risk of cancer is to use sunscreen every day. Even on cloudy days, your skin cells can sustain damage from the sun’s harmful rays. It’s important to use a broad spectrum sunscreen every day of the year. Remember to re-apply the product throughout the day.

    Avoid Tobacco

    Although it’s challenging to quit, giving up a tobacco habit is an essential step in leading a lifestyle that lends itself to cancer prevention. Smoking cigarettes drastically increases your risk of lung cancer and many other types of cancer. Chewing tobacco can also heighten the risk of oral cancers.

    At Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose, you can consult a physician about your specific risk factors of cancer and learn how to make healthy decisions to reduce your risk of disease. Our hospital also provides exceptional cardiac care, maternity services, and labor and delivery care. To learn more about our hospital, visit us on the Web or call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (888) 724-2362.

    What You Need to Know About Heart Attack Prevention

    Last updated 19 days ago

    In the U.S., more people die from cardiovascular disease than any other cause. Although receiving cardiac care at a nearby hospital as soon as possible can improve your chances of surviving a heart attack, it’s vastly preferable to prevent one from occurring. Consider talking to a physician at your community hospital about ways of supporting your heart health.

    Smoking Cessation

    Cigarette smoking harms almost every organ. This includes your heart and blood vessels. If you smoke cigarettes, be aware that you’re damaging your heart function, and the function and structure of your blood vessels. When your blood vessels become damaged, you’re at a higher risk of atherosclerosis, which in turn raises your risk of a heart attack. Quitting smoking may lower your risk.

    Cholesterol Levels

    A physician at your community hospital can evaluate your cholesterol levels to determine if they may raise your risk of heart attack. Ideally, your total cholesterol should be less than 180 mg/dL. If your cholesterol levels are less than ideal, your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes and medications.

    Diabetes Management

    People with diabetes have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. Fortunately, you can manage your condition by monitoring your blood glucose levels carefully, exercising regularly, and following your physician’s dietary advice. You may also need to take diabetes medications.

    Physical Activity

    Experts tend to agree that getting at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise on at least five days each week can improve your heart health. Exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight, and it can help you manage your cholesterol and blood pressure.

    Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose is proud to be an accredited Chest Pain Center, which reflects our hospital’s dedication to healthcare excellence in cardiac care. At our hospital, you’ll find a full range of cardiac care services, including cardiac catheterization and cardiac rehabilitation. If you think you could be experiencing a heart attack, please call 911 immediately; otherwise, contact our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (888) 724-2362.

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