Eric Ramos, M.D., chief medical officer, Long Beach Medical Center
Many men can be reluctant to visit the doctor, even when they know they are sick, or something doesn’t feel right, they still manage to put it off. Whether its too hard to take time off from your job, you’re feeling invincible or you think you’re too “tough” to get sick, the reality is everyone should make time to go to the doctor for their personal health.
When was the last time you had a physical? The best time to visit your doctor is when you are feeling well. This allows your doctor to establish a baseline for your overall health. Most of the factors that contribute to a shorter life expectancy for men are preventable.
Don’t hesitate to call your doctor if you have questions about your health. Schedule an appointment immediately if you have chest pain, shortness of breath or difficulty doing any physical activity.
Early intervention and regular screenings are the easiest and most efficient form of prevention. Scheduling regular screenings at the right time with your doctor can alter rick factors, and if your care team does find something wrong, it allows them to treat medical conditions early.
The MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute at Long Beach Medical Center is dedicated to early diagnosis, treatment and education of our patients with cancer and other serious blood disorders.
Cancer screenings are quick, easy and usually painless procedures that can prevent more serious health complications as you age.
Did you know that one out of every three adults have a high-risk factor for a stroke? Or that heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the U.S.? The good news is that both the MemorialCare Stroke Center and the MemorialCare Heart and Vascular Insititue at Long Beach Medical Center both recommend that the benefits of physical activity, a healthy diet and reducing your stress can help you reduce the risk factors of a stroke or heart disease.
Include activities that raise your heart rate and strengthen your muscles. Maintaining a healthy diet while reducing your intake of snacks and drinks that are high in calories, sugars, fats and alcohol also can help prevent or manage many conditions that can negatively impact your health.
If you are having trouble getting motivated with exercise or your diet, make it a family or group effort. Group fitness classes and weight loss support groups can help make getting healthy fun and easy.
Know where your nearest hospital, emergency services and urgent care are located. It’s important to think ahead and be prepared for any health scare and to remember it’s never too late to get started on your health journey.
Long Beach Medical Center proudly provides expert medical and surgical care to both Los Angeles and Orange County. Call 800-MEMORIAL for more information.
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