You should not ignore health problems no matter how big or small. Denial will not make a problem go away. It is very important that you keep track of your health status. You must resist the temptation to believe that what you don’t know can’t hurt you. Take advantage of any medical benefits provided by your employer. Everyone, no matter how healthy, should see a doctor every 1 to 3 years depending upon age and medical history. This will allow you to identify problems early, and have more options for treatment. A clean bill of health at age 40 does not automatically mean that it will be clean at age 50. You must check in periodically with a healthcare provider to know for sure. If you don’t already have a healthcare provider that you see regularly, it’s time to find one. You need someone with whom you feel comfortable. Think of it as a partnership: You and your doctor are working on a project together, and the project is your health. Before each visit, write down a list of the questions you have. Then, make sure you get answers to all your questions. It may be helpful to bring a friend along. If there isn’t time to get all the answers you need, talk with your doctor about this. If he or she isn’t responsive, it may be time to find a different healthcare provider. Identify public clinics in your community. Take advantage of the health services they provide. Do not be discouraged if there are long wait times and less-than-friendly service. These are barriers that you must overcome 37 to ensure better health for you and your family.
P750-A 7 Steps to a Healthy Heart
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