Treating Unhealthy Lifestyles More Aggressively
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Unhealthy lifestyles should be treated as aggressively as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other heart disease indicators, according to a statement by the American Heart Association.
The statement, which represents a shift in policy for the organization, said doctors and other healthcare professionals should help patients reverse unhealthy lifestyle choices like smoking, unhealthy body weight, and poor diet. The American Heart Association also recommends creating “inter-professional practices,” which would bring patients and lifestyle specialists like dieticians and psychologists together in an effort to stop unhealthy behaviors.
"This isn't a problem that can be solved alone by the patient or the doctor who is strapped for time, we need to break out of our silos and get ahead of the curve in prevention," Bonnie Spring, Ph.D., and lead author was quoted as saying.
For more information, go to: http://newsroom.heart.org/news/healthcare-providers-should-aggressively-treat-unhealthy-lifestyles
SOURCE: Circulation, October 2013
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