PhysicianOne Urgent Care's Chief Medical Officer Provides Tips To Prevent Leading Causes of Heart Disease

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February is Heart Health Month and Dr. Jeannie Kenkare from PhysicianOne Urgent Care provides healthy tips to help prevent heart disease.

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Two leading causes of heart disease are diabetes and hypertension, which in many individuals can often be prevented by following a healthy lifestyle

In recognition of American Heart Month, Dr. Jeannie Kenkare, Chief Medical Officer and a founding member of PhysicianOne Urgent Care, names two preventable and often manageable causes of heart disease as well as some tips to help prevent it. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is a simple term used to describe several problems related to plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries, or atherosclerosis. As the plaque builds up, the arteries narrow, making it more difficult for blood to flow and creating a risk for heart attack or stroke.

“Two leading causes of heart disease are diabetes and hypertension, which in many individuals can often be prevented by following a healthy lifestyle,” said Dr. Kenkare. “Because certain types of diabetes and hypertension are caused by poor health habits, when you take small steps to make better choices, you can often prevent diabetes and hypertension, which can lead to better heart health.”

Dr. Kenkare provides the following tips to help prevent heart disease:

Limit Processed and Packaged Foods: High intake of sodium, sugar, and unhealthy fats can ultimately lead to hypertension and diabetes. Limit your daily sodium intake to less than 2,300 mg daily. If you are age 51 or older, African American, have high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease, sodium intake should be limited to less than 1,500 mg daily. Try to limit your added sugar to no more than 100 calories a day and your fats to less than 10% of your daily calories. Add fresh, nutritious whole foods into your diet.

Get Moving: Sitting on a couch or chair all day leads to weight gain. Excess weight and obesity can cause diabetes and hypertension. Move around throughout the day—take brief walks and stretch. All of these simple activities burn calories which then add up during the week. Aim for cardiovascular workouts for 30 minutes three times a week.

Manage Stress: Anger and stress can raise your blood pressure and affect your sleep. Let go of anger and stress with a hobby, listen to music, read, practice yoga, or laugh with loved ones. Take time for yourself every day.

Take Care of Yourself: Complacency about your health may lead to heart disease. Know your family history. It’s also important to know your cholesterol and blood pressure readings and maintain a healthy weight. Visit your doctor and get on a path to improved health.

Dr. Jeannie Kenkare is a highly experienced physician with a background in family medicine. She earned her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s School of Osteopathic Medicine (UMDNJ-SOM), and completed her residency at Warren Hospital, an affiliate of UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She is also an Assistant Clinical Instructor at Yale School of Medicine.

A provider of expert medical treatment for non-life threatening and non-limb threatening illnesses and injuries, PhysicianOne Urgent Care sees patients without appointments. Walk-in services are available 365 days a year from 8am to 8pm weekdays and 9am to 5pm on weekends and holidays. In addition to offering expert medical treatment to individuals and families for acute illnesses and injuries, PhysicianOne Urgent Care also offers Occupational Health and Worker’s Compensation services to employers.

About PhysicianOne Urgent Care
Established in 2008, formerly operated under the name Urgent Care of Connecticut, PhysicianOne Urgent Care is doctor owned and operated. As the first urgent care clinic in Connecticut to be accredited and certified by the Urgent Care Association of America, and accredited by The Joint Commission, PhysicianOne Urgent Care takes great pride in its practice of evidence based medicine, a patient first philosophy, providing a cost effective alternative to the Emergency Room, and being a convenient alternative to primary care physicians during off or peak hours. PhysicianOne Urgent Care provides walk-in treatment for a wide array of illnesses and injuries. On-site services include x-ray, lab services, and a medication dispensary.

All locations are open 365 days a year. Experienced doctors are on-site at all times. Most insurances and Medicaid accepted. For more information, please visit http://www.physicianoneurgentcare.com.

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