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February is here and with it comes a 28 (and sometimes a 29)-day focus on heart health. There’s an important reason why this topic gets an entire month of dedication: heart disease (a catch-all term for all the diseases affecting the heart and blood vessels) is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. As daunting as that sounds, it’s balanced by the good news that the condition is also one of the most preventable.
Which risk factors affect you directly? What steps should you take? And—how concerned should you be? Fortunately, in honor of American Heart Month, there is an abundance of information circulating on this topic right now. Pay attention to the facts and make it your business to be in the know.
That said, be as wary about what you learn from “Dr. Internet” as you do from an online dating site. When it comes to matters of your ACTUAL heart health, nothing beats (pun intended) a meaningful long-term relationship with your primary care physician. Here’s what you can expect from your next heart-wellness check—and what you can do to make the most of it:
Like any good relationship, open communication and continuity with your PCP are key—and 98point6 is happy to help. If you’ve got a question about your risk factors, want guidance on lifestyle modifications or are wondering whether you need labs and screenings, our physicians are available nationwide, right from your smartphone. And since your Care Plan is always available to you within the app, you can use it as a reference during your fact-to-face visits with your PCP.