Your good health is my top priority. As a practicing physician, my goal is to prevent and cure disease whenever possible, to help the sick, and to give comfort at the end of life. My advice to everyone is to follow the ABC's of good health throughout your entire life. This means that you should: A - stay active. Exercise. Do active things every day to keep your blood flowing and your muscles strong. Breath in fresh air and enjoy the feeling of health from exercise! B - watch your blood pressure. This means that you must measure your blood pressure regularly because blood pressure usually changes slowly over time, and we don't notice. High blood pressure can be effectively treated, and as a result you are less likely to suffer from heart disease or stroke. C - check your cholesterol regularly. High cholesterol, like high blood pressure, isn't something we can feel. Rather, it needs to be measured. High cholesterol can be genetic, and it puts you at increased risk of many disease, primarily cardiovascular diseases such as myocardial infarction (heart attack) and stroke. The best way to lower your cholesterol is through diet and exercise, but many people will benefit from medications such as Red Yeast Rice or statins to lower their cholesterol when it is too high. Excessively high cholesterol levels can be treated and can improve blood flow. D - watch your diet, and DON'T SMOKE. Eat a healthy diet that keeps you feeling good and your weight at an optimal level. The best diet for most people is low in sugars, refined flours, and calories. The Mediterranean diet has been extensively studied and seems to be one of the best diets out there. Check it out! E - enjoy life. Stress does kill, so take measures every day to lower your stress levels. As long as you are alive, you will have stress. Have a plan to manage your stress by releasing pent up stress levels every day. Do what works for you.
As always, I'm Dedicated to Your Good Health!
Thomas F Heston MD MSc FAAFP FASNC FACNM
Clinical Associate Professor WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine