February is American Heart Month

d73a44444f748710841e248a18e785c86666ade2Every February, among other things, we celebrate American Heart Month. Heart health is one of the most important things that the doctors, nurses and staff at all of our Health Centers focus on, because it’s something that affects us all.

Keeping your heart healthy can be difficult because so many things affect it. There are things that can raise our risk of heart disease that we cannot change, like our age, sex and family history. But there are lots of other things we can do to make sure our heart is as healthy as it can be.

Probably the most important single thing you can do to keep your heart healthy is to have a primary care doctor. A primary care doctor is a doctor who provides all the care a person needs, so he or she can help to make recommendations on lifestyle changes that you might need to ensure your heart stays healthy. They can help coordinate all of the things in your life to make sure you’re your healthiest.

For example, primary care doctors can help you with issues like obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking, and high cholesterol, which can raise your risk of heart disease.

HC10_2The doctors at our Health Centers are at a great place to start making lifestyle changes because of all the support that they can give you. Did you know that every one of our Health Centers has on-site labs, pharmacies, nutritionists and smoking counselors?

That means that if your doctor says you should think about changing your diet, he or she can send you right over to the nutritionist to help with meal planning, instead of having to go to another location. Or, if you need bloodwork, the doctor can order it and you walk right over and get it done, all in one visit. No need to stop at the pharmacy outside on your way home, the pharmacy is right there.

We know that it can be hard to make the changes needed to be heart healthy, but we’re committed to making it as easy for our patients as we can. Because everyone in Philadelphia deserves the best care for their heart, this month and every month.