February is American Heart Month, so health officials say now is the perfect time to set or revisit your goals for the year. Doctors Medical Center is encouraging residents to make heart health a priority.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women in America, but there are ways to reduce or eliminate your risk of developing it, such as exercising and eating a healthy diet.
The experienced team at Doctors Medical Center is dedicated to providing patients in the Central Valley with comprehensive cardiac care close to home. Each year in February, DMC recognizes American Heart Month by focusing on ways to improve heart health. Those interested can visit the website to sign up for the Heart Health Challenge. In weekly emails, you will receive information, recipes and do-at-home exercises that can benefit you all year long. For more information, visit www.dmc-modesto.com
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 805,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. The most common symptom of a heart attack for both men and women is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are more likely to have atypical symptoms. Other heart attack symptoms include, but are not limited to, tingling or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck or jaw, shortness of breath, cold sweat, unusual tiredness, heartburn-like feeling, nausea or vomiting, sudden dizziness and fainting.
This is also a good time to make sure you are up-to-date on your health screenings. Screenings and check-ups that are often covered by insurance can alert you to health conditions that need addressing sooner rather than later. From knowing your numbers for heart health to a mammogram or colonoscopy, early detection may prevent complications down the road.
Doctors Medical Center of Modesto is the largest full-care hospital between Stockton and Fresno, and from the Sierras to the San Francisco Bay Area, with a 394-bed general acute care and a 67-bed inpatient psychiatric capacity. DMC is known for providing comprehensive inpatient, outpatient and emergency care. Doctors Medical Center offers a wide range of services including cardiology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, surgical weight loss, emergency and trauma services, minimally-invasive and robotic surgery, women and children’s services, medical/surgical, behavioral health, oncology and critical/intensive care.