Concentra Supports Heart Health Awareness Month

02/14/2013

February is National Heart Health month, and while many people give their attention to heart-shaped boxes filled with chocolate, Concentra, a subsidiary of Humana Inc., is offering some easy ways to share your heart with loved ones while improving your heart health.

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. Yet, the risk of heart disease can often be reduced simply through better nutrition and regular exercise. A diet consisting of lean meats, low-fat dairy products, and lean foods with reduced salts, fats, or sugars can help to keep blood pressure levels in check. 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.

Family history 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. 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% 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 330 national locations.

Concentra Urgent Care offers affordable health care services for the entire family, and is rapidly becoming the new trend 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, respectful, and skillful patient experience.