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    What Are the Worst Foods for Your Liver Health?

    Last updated 1 day 23 hours ago

    Because your liver is responsible for filtering toxins from the body and controlling your metabolism, there are certain foods that can have a negative impact on your liver health. When you eat the right foods, you will be able to maintain optimal energy and feel great every day. Alternatively, overindulging in foods that make the liver work harder can lead to serious health concerns such as fatty liver disease.

    Foods from animal sources that are high in fat can easily be consumed to excess when you have problems with your liver health. Animal protein is harder to break down than plant-based proteins, so it should be consumed in moderation. High sodium foods and foods that are packed with sugar can also harm the liver when they are enjoyed too frequently. Alcohol is the liver’s worst enemy, accounting for toxicity of the liver, which occurs when alcohol is abused over a long period.

    For tips to help you manage your health and convenient medical care when you need it, you can trust Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (888) 724-2362 or visit our website to get a comprehensive look at our hospital services

    Using Everyday Technology to Improve Your Healthcare

    Last updated 3 days ago

    Technology is everywhere and it extends into every facet of our lives—including managing one’s health. In some ways this may be a nuisance, with patients self-diagnosing various conditions through online resources matching symptoms to serious conditions, but technology can also be a very useful tool to enhance the quality of your healthcare.

    When you visit a hospital, you will notice that computers and handheld devices have taken the place of clipboards, providing every member of the care team with convenient access to your information and medical needs. You can use the technology you use every day to enhance your care too with programs like Good Samaritan’s text for ER wait times. By texting ER to 23000, you can see which San Jose hospitals have the fastest wait times and check in with iNotify so that the hospital staff is ready to see you.

    Good Samaritan Hospital is dedicated to making healthcare more approachable on every front, so stay connected with us by saving our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare line at (888) 724-2362. You can call us 24/7 for answers to your health questions, community event registration, or physician referrals. 

    How Is Clinical Depression Diagnosed?

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Making an accurate diagnosis of major depression can take several weeks or even months, because there are a number of conditions that can cause the same symptoms as depression, which themselves may vary. Plus, a significant number of patients suffering from depression do not seek the help they need, as they are unaware of the multitude of options available for treatment. Medication may play a role in treating depression, but there are several other effective methods that might be used as well. Keep reading to gain a better understanding of how depression is diagnosed in a clinical setting.

    Characteristic symptoms

    Physicians are typically alerted to depression in their patients by physical signs like sleep disorders including insomnia or excessive sleeping. Changes in appetite such as binge eating, uncontrolled weight gain, or loss of appetite are common with depression as well. These symptoms involving sleep and appetite may also affect other areas of an individual’s health, creating the need for a dual diagnosis.

    Behavioral warning signs

    Some family members or friends may urge individuals suffering from depression to get help due to behavioral red flags like lack of interest in social activities, negative self-image, diminishing focus and concentration, or talk of suicide or self-harm. It’s important for loved ones to take these signs seriously, as the problem tends to get worse when others neglect these cries for help.

    Clinical exams

    In order to diagnose depression, a doctor will have to first rule out other conditions that may present similar signs. These conditions may include thyroid disorders and certain viruses. Blood tests will generally reveal conditions of this nature, which will need to be treated through much different modalities than major depression.

    If you or a loved one is facing the challenges of clinical depression, explore the behavioral health services at Good Samaritan Hospital. You can get to know our expert behavioral health team by visiting our website or get a physician referral from our 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 724-2362. 

    Breast Cancer Stories of Hope

    Last updated 7 days ago

    After a breast cancer diagnosis, it may be helpful to hear the stories of breast cancer survivors to give a better sense of hope. This video shares the story of JoJo, who embraced the community mentality of patients and survivors involved with the American Cancer Society. With the support of others around her, she was able to take on her fight against breast cancer and serve as an inspiration for other patients.

    From prevention through treatment and survivor support, Good Samaritan Hospital is dedicated to excellence in our breast cancer care for women throughout the San Jose area. You can reach us for information about our breast care program by visiting our website or calling us at (888) 724-2362. 

    Knowing the Red Flags for Heart Health

    Last updated 9 days ago

    When it comes to your heart health, there is a lot to know about what’s normal and what deserves medical attention. There are a number of conditions that may affect your heart, and these can present themselves with a wide range of symptoms. You may be aware of the obvious signs like chest pain and high blood pressure, but you should also remain alert to some other warning signs that aren’t so clearly associated with heart health. Here’s a look at a few of the red flags that you may not be familiar with so that you know how to respond.

    Chronic cough

    Coughing and wheezing is not always caused by respiratory trouble. A persistent cough can be traced back to heart failure, which can lead to the accumulation of fluid in the lungs. Bloody phlegm can appear while coughing, and it should be met with emergency medical treatment.

    Irregular pulse

    The occasional pulse irregularity is nothing to worry about, but frequent skipped beats or rapid pulse while resting could point to serious problems such as heart attack or arrhythmia. Your doctor will likely pick up on pulse irregularities during a regular checkup, but you shouldn’t hesitate to mention any abnormalities you notice on your own.

    Difficulty exercising

    Feeling lightheaded or extremely winded at the gym may be more than simply being out of shape. If exercise brings shortness of breath or a sensation that you are going to collapse at any moment, your heart may not be able to handle the level of activity you are trying to perform. Always make sure to monitor your heart rate while exercising and know what is normal when it comes to exhaustion following physical activity.

    Unexplained fatigue

    For women especially, sudden fatigue is a characteristic marker of a heart attack. There may be other causes for sudden fatigue, but it is worth heading to the ER when you feel nausea or dizziness accompanying this sensation.

    When was the last time you had heart health screenings to ensure that your ticker is in good shape? Good Samaritan Hospital can offer the cardiac screening and diagnostic tools you need to prevent major cardiac episodes and keep your health on track. To find a physician at our San Jose hospital, visit our website or call us at (888) 724-2362. 

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