Concentra supports Heart Health Awareness month
02/28/2011 // Posted in Press Releases
The month of February is Heart Health Awareness month, and Concentra, a subsidiary of Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), is sharing some heart healthy tips, and raising awareness of coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), an estimated 71 million Americans have some form of heart disease, the most common being high blood pressure. Many heart-related conditions are the result of poor diet and exercise, but damage to the heart can be reversed through improved health. Concentra and the AHA recommend a diet that consists of lean meats, low-fat dairy products, and avoiding cholesterol-rich foods with added salts, fats or sugars. In addition, regular exercise for 20 to 60 minutes per day, 3 to 5 times per week can help shed excess weight and strengthen the heart.
Heredity can also play a factor in the risk of developing heart disease. In addition to personal health history, patients should be aware of any known congenital or hereditary disorders, major illnesses among family members, and chronic ailments or risk factors. It's important that every person know his or her family history to help identify familial risk factors and prevent the development of certain illnesses.
Studies show that improved patient health, including changes to lifestyle behaviors, could help prevent 90-95 percent of all heart disease. Concentra Urgent Care can help patients get started on the path to better health and reduced risk of heart disease, with an annual physical exam at any of its more than 300 U.S. medical centers.
Concentra Urgent Care offers affordable health care services for the entire family, and is rapidly becoming a popular choice in patient care. The company provides treatment for a wide range of injuries and illnesses, including broken bones, lacerations and infections, and minor burns, as well as routine health issues. As a leader in health care services, Concentra intends to raise the standard of health by sharing vital health information with the public, providing patients with a welcoming and respectful patient experience.
For more information about heart health, a complete list of services and Concentra Urgent Care locations, visit www.Concentra.com.