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February: American Heart Month

  • February 6, 2019

HEART DISEASE

About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States each year – that’s 1 in every 4 deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2009 were in Men. High blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking are the key heart disease risk factors. Several other medical conditions and lifestyle choices can also put people at a higher risk for heart disease, including: Diabetes, Overweight and Obesity. (CDC)

Here at the Whittier Street Health Center, we have the wonderful Prescription for Health Program to help individuals improve their overall health status.

You can make healthy choices and changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease.

To lower your risk:

* Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke

* Eat a heart healthy diet

* If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation

* Maintain a healthy weight

* Get enough quality sleep

* Manage stress

* Get regular health screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol levels, diabetes

* Exercise for 30 minutes on most days of the week

A note about Whittier and COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in our area, we ask all clients and patients to call ahead before coming to any of our sites. We are working to take care of most clients/patients via phone/video encounter so we can meet your ongoing healthcare needs. This is for your safety and so we can provide the highest quality of care to you while following CDC guidance for COVID-19. Please call 617-427-1000 for any questions or concerns.

Whittier will provide COVID-19 testing from 10 am to 4 pm on Monday to Friday. Following CDC guidance, we recommend testing if you have a fever AND one of the following three symptoms: cough OR shortness of breath OR sore throat. Please bring your picture identification and your insurance card (if you have insurance).