ADDISON, Texas, Feb. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The month of February is Heart Health Awareness month and Concentra, a subsidiary of Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), is sharing some heart healthy tips, and raising awareness of coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), an estimated 71 million Americans have some form of heart disease, the most common being high blood pressure. Many heart-related conditions are the result of poor diet and exercise, but damage to the heart can be reversed through improved health. Concentra and the AHA recommend a diet that consists of lean meats, low-fat dairy products, and avoiding cholesterol-rich foods with added salts, fats or sugars. In addition, regular exercise for 20 to 60 minutes per day, 3 to 5 times per week can help shed excess weight and strengthen the heart.
Five simple steps to heart health:
- incorporate moderate exercise in to your daily schedule
- reduce your amount of stress; try meditation, yoga or exercise
- quit smoking/using tobacco products
- eat a high fiber, low fat diet
- get regular cholesterol and blood pressure screenings
Heredity can also play a factor in the risk of developing heart disease. In addition to personal health history, patients should be aware of any known congenital or hereditary disorders, major illnesses among family members, and chronic ailments or risk factors. It's important that every person know his or her family history to help identify familial risk factors and prevent the development of certain illnesses.
Studies show that improved patient health, including changes to lifestyle behaviors, could help prevent 90-95 percent of all heart disease. Concentra Urgent Care can help patients get started on the path to better health and reduced risk of heart disease, with an annual physical exam at any of its more than 300 U.S. medical centers.
Concentra Urgent Care offers affordable health care services for the entire family, and is rapidly becoming a popular choice in patient care. The company provides treatment for a wide range of injuries and illnesses, including broken bones, lacerations and infections, and minor burns, as well as routine health issues. As a leader in health care services, Concentra intends to raise the standard of health by sharing vital health information with the public, providing patients with a welcoming and respectful patient experience.
For more information about heart health, a complete list of services and Concentra Urgent Care locations, visit www.ConcentraUrgentCare.com.
Concentra is a leading health care company focused on improving America's health, one patient at a time. Through its affiliated clinicians, the company provides occupational medicine, urgent care, physical therapy, and wellness services from more than 300 medical centers in 40 states. In addition to these medical center locations, Concentra serves employers by providing a broad range of health advisory services and operating 240 worksite medical facilities. Through this complement of services, Concentra intends to raise the standard of health by putting individuals first, treating them with clinical excellence, and focusing on their ongoing wellness.
Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the nation's largest publicly traded health and supplemental benefits companies, with approximately 10.2 million medical members, 7.1 million specialty members, and operates more than 300 medical centers and 240 worksite medical facilities. Humana is a full-service benefits and well-being solutions company, offering a wide array of health, pharmacy and supplemental benefit plans for employer groups, government programs and individuals, as well as primary and workplace care through its medical centers and worksite medical facilities.
Over its 50-year history, Humana has consistently seized opportunities to meet changing customer needs. Today, the company is a leader in consumer engagement, providing guidance that leads to lower costs and a better health plan experience throughout its diversified customer portfolio.
More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company's web site at www.humana.com, including copies of:
- Annual reports to stockholders;
- Securities and Exchange Commission filings;
- Most recent investor conference presentations;
- Quarterly earnings news releases;
- Replays of most recent earnings release conference calls;
- Calendar of events (including upcoming earnings conference call dates and times, as well as planned interaction with research analysts and institutional investors);
- Corporate Governance information