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Winter Weather and Your Health

admin - November 12, 2014

Winter weather and your health.

Winter is just around the corner, so while you’re busy preparing for colder weather, add preventive health screenings to your winter prep checklist. Having high blood pressure puts you at an increased risk for stroke and heart attack, but why get it checked in the winter?

As the weather gets colder, your body reacts to the temperature drop. With lower temperatures, blood vessels become more narrow which forces your blood pressure to rise as it carries blood through a smaller space. High blood pressure then causes damages to the lining of blood vessels which can cause atherosclerosis.


Importance of Preventive Health

When it comes to your heart health, early detection is crucial in order to prevent future complications. Preventive health screenings can help you identify and assess your personal risk for serious conditions, with results that you can share with your doctor.


Are Health Screenings Right for You?

Dr. Stephen A. Brunton recently wrote an article stressing the importance of health screenings, especially to keep you heart healthy this winter. If you have two or more of these risk factors, we recommend that you schedule a health screening at one of our locations nearest to you.

Family History: No matter how healthy your lifestyle is, if a close family member has suffered from a heart attack, stroke, or cardiovascular disease you have an increased risk.

Smoking: This covers everything from you smoking, or even being around people who smoke. (Inhaling secondhand smoke puts you at risk.)

Not knowing Your Numbers. Having high cholesterol and high blood pressure  raise your risk for several diseases. Not knowing where you currently stand puts you at risk, simply because you could be unaware of a potential problem.

Age. Even if you take your multivitamins, exercise regularly, and are in better shape than you were in your 20s, your age is still a risk factor. Diabetes screening recommendations start age 45 and stroke screenings are recommended for those ages 50+ (or age 40 with risk factors), so just because you “feel” healthy does not mean you aren’t at risk.

Diabetes. Right now, 29.1 million Americans have diabetes, and 86 million have pre-diabetes. Diabetes currently has no cure, but can cause serious complications including eye disease, kidney failure and nerve damage. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services showed that 25% of Americans suffer from multiple chronic conditions, which means that people diagnosed with diabetes are more likely to suffer from atherosclerosis or another condition.

Some of these risk factors, such as increasing age and family history are out of your control, which is where preventive health can play an important role. Regular checkups and screenings are keys to early detection and successful treatment of serious health conditions.

Since our inception in 1993, we have screened nearly eight million people, and currently screen nearly one million people each year at over 16,000 screening events nationwide. Through this experience, we often identify serious health issues and have helped save thousands of lives. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality preventive screenings at affordable rates.


1 Comment so far
  1. Sonia Birch - December 15, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Will you be doing the screening in Seymour, IN anytime soon? I know you will be in N. Vernon in January.

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