American Heart Month
American Heart Month Chapa De Indian Healthcare Auburn Grass Valley
February celebrates American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Chapa-De wants to help raise awareness of Heart Disease and remind our patients of what you can do to ensure you are making heart healthy choices!
What is Heart Disease?
- Coronary Heart Disease is a disorder of the blood vessels within the heart that can lead to heart attack when the vessels are blocked by a plaque-like substance, preventing oxygen and nutrients from reaching the heart.
- Heart disease is a lifelong condition that cannot be cured with surgery or medication- once you have been diagnosed with heart disease, you will always have it.
- There are many different types of heart disease that can cause health and heart complications:
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Heart Valve Disease
- Heart Failure
- Congenital Heart Defects
- Heart Muscle Disease
What can I do to prevent Heart Disease?
- Quit smoking and all use of tobacco. Talk with your Chapa-De primary care provider about the best way to quit your smoking habits.
- Eat a diet that has a variety of vegetables, fruits and includes whole-grains, low-fat dairy products and high protein foods such as lean meats and seafood.
- Limit the amount of sodium, added sugar, solid fats and refined grains you eat.
- Be as physically active as you can and talk to your Chapa-De primary care provider about exercises that are safe for you.
Symptoms of Heart Disease
Since there are many forms of Coronary Heart Disease, there are many symptoms associated with each disease. A list of the symptoms for a heart attack are listed below:
- Discomfort, pressure, heaviness or pain in the chest, arm or breastbone
- Discomfort radiating to the back, jaw, throat or arm
- Fullness, indigestion or chocking feeling (may feel like heart burn)
- Sweating, nausea, vomiting or dizziness
- Extreme weakness, anxiety, or shortness of breath
- Rapid or irregular heartbeats
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately.
It is important to get annual check-ups with your primary care provider, especially if you suspect that you may be suffering from any form of heart diseases.
To schedule an appointment with your primary care provider, please call (530) 887-2800 for our Auburn Health Center or (530) 477-8545 for our Grass Valley Health Center.
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