Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the US. In fact, every 37 seconds someone dies from heart disease. One reason for this is that most people don’t know they have heart disease until they have a heart attack, or until the damage is done. Because of this, preventative medicine is the best way to make sure a heart attack isn’t on your horizon.
The good news is that heart disease is preventable, treatable, and reversible. With the help of your EPIC provider, you can ensure your heart is healthy, and that it stays that way! This American Heart Month, talk to your provider about what you can do to have a happy, healthy heart!
Main Risk Factors for Heart Disease
- High blood pressure
- Being overweight
- Being inactive
- Unhealthy diet
- Excessive drinking
These risk factors are within your control, giving you the power to prevent heart disease before it happens, or to reverse it once it does. EPIC Health is uniquely set up to provide you with the comprehensive support you need to be successful with heart health.
Your provider is your best resource for determining your risk factors, making a wellness plan to control them, and checking your heart to watch for early signs of heart disease. If you wait until you start showing symptoms, it can be too late.
How Can EPIC Help?
Your EPIC provider can help you monitor and control your blood sugar levels. With options ranging from lifestyle changes to medication and remote patient monitoring, we can keep your diabetes under control, and keep it from damaging your heart.
High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure often makes your heart work harder to pump blood. This can put extra stress on your heart, wear it out, and cause damage to it. Blood pressure is easily managed with medication and lifestyle changes, like giving up smoking. Your provider is the key to watching your blood pressure and helping you make the right choices to lower it, and your heart’s workload.
Many things can contribute to being overweight, and it is a common struggle for lots of people. Diet and exercise are the best ways to get to a healthy weight, but having a provider support you can make your efforts more effective and help find if there are any other factors that might make it more challenging to lose weight alone.
Even as little as 20 minutes of activity a day can boost heart health and add years to your life but knowing where to start isn’t always easy. EPIC’s exercise physiologists can develop an exercise routine designed for you and walk you through every step. They’ll keep you motivated as you build confidence.
The #1 way to help your heart is to live healthier every day. At EPIC we can support you every step of the way. Our dieticians can help create a customized plan that focuses on helping you lose weight while eating foods that will make your heart happy! Losing weight also helps take stress off your heart.
Your heart health is in your hands. Seeing your provider is the only way to know where your heart health stands. Once you know, you’re in control! The resources of the entire EPIC team are in the palm of your hand, and we’re ready to help keep you and your heart healthy!
Schedule your heart check today at https://www.epichs.org/appointment/