Honor American Heart Month with Pacific Family Practice
Pacific Family Practice honors American Heart Month every February by sharing the important information men and women need to take control of their long-term heart heath. Cardiovascular disease, also known as heart disease, is a very serious condition that accounts for one in four deaths in the United States.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 47 percent of all Americans have at least three key risk factors for heart disease, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol or tobacco use. Fortunately, even though these risk factors are fairly common, they are easily addressed through lifestyle changes.
Annual checkups for adults
An annual physical at Pacific Family Practice is an excellent opportunity to “check in” with your overall health and to start working toward preventing or managing key risk factors that contribute to heart disease. Your physical will include full bloodwork, urine testing, heart and lung exams, and a blood pressure check. Our providers can also offer more specialized checkups for specific health concerns or lifestyle needs, depending on the patient.
Lifestyle changes to prevent heart disease
As noted above, simple lifestyle changes can go a long way toward decreasing your risk of heart disease and improving your overall health. The tough part of even the most straightforward lifestyle changes is following through with your new routine, whether it be related to your diet, how often you exercise, what kind of exercise you enjoy or which unhealthy habit you’re going to kick, like tobacco use or heavy alcohol consumption.
A helpful way to approach these changes is to view them as striking a balance: consider small indulgences to be part of a broader change that you can realistically follow. If one of your favorite foods isn’t exactly heathy or is outright unhealthy, cutting it out entirely isn’t realistic because you’ll grow to resent this change or you’ll give in to temptation and overindulge. Resenting a healthy diet or exercise routine day after day is an almost-guaranteed way to lose your commitment to positive change, so approach unhealthy vices in moderation.
If you find that you are struggling to stick with the lifestyle changes necessary to prevent serious, life-threatening illnesses, please contact your Pacific Family Practice provider.