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    Protecting Yourself from Concussion Injuries

    Last updated 2 days 13 hours ago

    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 (888) 724-2362 to receive a referral from our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line.

    A Look at the Picture of Childhood Obesity in America

    Last updated 8 days ago

    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 (888) 724-2362 to speak with a Registered Nurse at our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line.

    Tips for Adopting Brain-Healthy Eating Habits

    Last updated 10 days ago

    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.

    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 (888) 724-2362 with any questions about our services.

    A Look at the Cardiac Surgery Services at Good Samaritan Hospital

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Cardiac conditions like valve damage and coronary artery disease can require surgical treatment to repair damaged tissues or create new paths for blood flow in the heart. When you require such a delicate and serious procedure, you can rely on the experience at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose.

    Good Sam has been a pioneer in cardiac services from the earliest days of  open heart procedures to contemporary development of less invasive options, with practices advancing based on evidence-based medicine.  As technology, skills and outcomes data have advanced, Good Sam has expanded capacities to assure patient access to the most appropriate treatment options.  From coronary artery bypass grafts to ablation for atrial fibrillation, our cardiologists and cardiac surgeons customized treatment plans for each patient.

    Good Sam’s Cardiac Cath Lab, Cardiovascular Surgery Services and Electrophysiology Lab are designed with individualized care in mind.

    For referral to a cardiologist, cardiac surgeon or electrophysiologist affiliated with Good Samaritan Hospital,call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (888) 724-2362. Our C-A-N Registered Nurses can help you determine where your starting point should be.

    In any medical emergency, call 9-1-1.

    The Truth about Blood Pressure Symptoms

    Last updated 2 months ago

    High blood pressure is known as “the silent killer” because many people high blood pressure don’t know it and anticipate if something is wrong there are always symptoms. In many cases, however, high blood pressure presents itself only when serious medical conditions like stroke arise.

    Although nosebleeds and headaches have frequently been associated with high blood pressure, these are actually not consistent symptoms of hypertension. It is important to keep track of your blood pressure more proactively by testing it regularly. A healthy target for your blood pressure is 120 over 80 or lower. If your numbers are consistently higher, you may need to change your diet and exercise habits.

    Talk with your doctor about your blood pressure.  She can recommend reliable home monitoring systems, and some practices will help patients calibrate home blood pressure cuffs.  If your physician has prescribed medication for your blood pressure, never stop taking the medication without consulting with your physician.  Just because you have no symptoms doesn’t mean you’re in the clear.

    Good Samaritan Hospital physicians can help you take control of your blood pressure and maintain better heart health at any age. For referral to a cardiologist or to an appropriate primary care physician call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (888) 724-2362. 




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