LOCAL STROKE SUPPORT GROUPS
Get connected to your local stroke support groups in Santa Clara County.
Mission Oaks Campus of Good Samaritan Hospital
Cafeteria Conference Room
15891 Los Gatos-Almaden Road, Los Gatos
- Different Strokes for Different Folks: Visit the Website Here
- Young Adult Stroke Survivor Group: Email Melody.Ito@hcahealthcare.com
- Chit-Chat Aphasia Group: Email Kristine.Welch@hcahealthcare.com
El Camino Hospital – Los Gatos Campus
815 Pollard Road, Los Gatos, CA 95032
- Pacific Stroke Association Monthly Stroke Caregivers Workshop: Visit the Website Here
2105 Forest Avenue, San Jose
- A Time to Talk: Visit the Website Here
Regional Medical Center
N. Jackson Ave., San Jose, CA 95116
- San Jose Support Group: Visit the Website Here
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
751 South Bascom Avenue, San Jose, CA 95128
- Support Group at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center: Please Call (408) 885-2510
- Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Stroke Classes, Therapy Gym or Day Room: Please Call (408) 885-2510
Kaiser Permanente – Santa Clara
710 Lawrence Expressway, Santa Clara
Kaiser Permanente Support Group, Open to KP & Non-KP members: Please Contact: Christina Morgan (408) 851-1400
El Camino Hospital
2500 Grant Road, Ground Floor, Mountain View
- Women’s Therapeutic Group: Visit the Website Here
For additional groups in your area, please visit the Pacific Stroke Association.
LOCAL STROKE CENTERS
The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification Program, launched in December 2003, was developed in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA). There are more than 1,000 certified primary stroke centers in 49 states plus Puerto Rico. Certification is available only to programs in Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. These hospitals have special stroke teams that better assist patient treatments.
There are currently 10 Primary Stroke Centers in Santa Clara County, the largest number of any county in the United States. They are:
- El Camino Hospital – Los Gatos
- El Camino Hospital – Mountain View
- Good Samaritan Hospital
- Kaiser Permanente – San Jose
- O’Connor Hospital
- Kaiser Permanente – Santa Clara
- Regional Medical Center
- Saint Louise Hospital – Gilroy
- Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
- Stanford Hospital & Clinics
There are 3 hospitals that go above and beyond in stroke treatment. They have been awarded the title of Certified Comprehensive Stroke Centers. These hospitals have dedicated neuro-intensive care units for complex stroke patients, use the most advanced and specialized neurointerventional tools and imaging and participate in the ongoing research for stroke. These hospitals are:
DEPRESSION & STROKE
Depression not only affects your brain and behavior—it affects your entire body. Dealing with more than one health problem at a time can be difficult, so proper treatment is important. Stroke survivors who are depressed may be less likely to follow treatment plans and may be more irritable or have changes in personality.(1)
Signs and Symptoms of Depression:
- Ongoing sad, anxious, or empty feelings
- Feeling hopeless, guiltily, worthless, or helpless
- Feeling irritable or restless
- Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once enjoyable
- Feeling tired all the time
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, or making decisions
- Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, a condition called insomnia, or sleeping all the time
- Overeating or loss of appetite
- Thoughts of death and suicide or suicide attempts
- Ongoing aches and pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease with treatment
Many people require mental health treatment after a stroke to address depression, anxiety, frustration, or anger. Several factors may affect the risk and severity of depression after a stroke, including the area of the brain where stroke damage occurred, personal or family history of depression or other mood or anxiety disorders and level of social isolation before the stroke.
Depression is diagnosed and treated by a health care provider. Treating depression and other mental disorders may help stroke recovery. After a stroke, treatment with antidepressant medications or problem-solving therapy may prevent serious depression before it begins. Recovery from depression takes time but treatments are effective. If you are depressed or know someone who is, don’t lose hope. Seek help for depression and talk to your health care provider or find a local support group.
1. Depression in Primary Care: Volume 1. Detection and Diagnosis. Clinical Practice Guideline, Number 5. Depression Guideline Panel. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. Department of Health and Human Services:Rockville, MD. AHCPR Publication No. 93-0550. April 1993.
2. Wouts L, Oude Voshaar RC, Bremmer MA, Buitelaar JK, Penninx BW, Beekman AT. Cardiac disease, depressive symptoms, and incident stroke in an elderly population. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2008 May; 65(5):596–602.