Heart & Lung Center
Resources To Help You in Health Matters:
We believe that providing the patient with resources and information creates empowerment for the patient to have a proactive role in his/her personal health matters.
Tips and Suggestions:
There are many steps that a patient may take to increase their health care safety. These steps apply whether the patient is in their home or filling a prescription at a pharmacy, at the doctor’s office, or in the hospital. Patients should participate in their own health care by staying informed of the medications, diagnosis, and treatment. Health care is complex, but communication between a patient and their caregiver helps to minimize this complexity and increase positive results.
Five Keys to Healthier Lungs:
- Don’t smoke. Quitting smoking it the best protection you can give your lungs and reduces your risk of lung disease.
- Be honest. Understand that chronic cough, shortness of breath, and other lung symptoms are not normal
- Take action. Bring any lung disease symptom to your doctor’s attention early. Then follow the doctor’s advice
- Avoid lung hazards. Secondhand cigarette smoke, air pollution, and lung hazards at work can cause some lung diseases.
- Think about prevention. Lung diseases like influenza (flu) and pneumococcal pneumonia can be prevented with vaccination. Get immunized if you are in a high risk group, which includes people over 65 or anyone with a chronic health problem such as heart disease, lung disease and diabetes.
Five Steps to a Healthier Heart:
- Lower your blood pressure
- Eat a healthy diet
- Exercise Regularly
- If you smoke, stop! If you don’t smoke, don’t start!
- See your physician regularly