Dear Student Doctors,
FEBRUARY 2012 IS:
Heart Health Month
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of disability. The most common heart disease in the United States is coronary heart disease, which often appears as a heart attack.
In 2010, an estimated 785,000 Americans had a new coronary attack, and about 470,000 had a recurrent attack. About every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event, and about one every minute will die from one.
PROMISE CLINIC GOALS:
- Make at-risk patients aware of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. This may include:
- chest discomfort
- shortness of breath
- shooting pain down the arm
- Encourage healthy diets including:
- Decreased intake of trans- and saturated fat. (Replace it with lean meats and poultry with skin removed.)
- Decreased intake of foods high in salt and/or sugar
- Decreased serving portions
- Cutting back on alcohol
- Encourage cigarette cessation and moderate intensity exercise for AT LEAST 2.5 hours each week
- Remember to take blood pressure and weight at every visit!