On Call with Dr. Porter
February is Heart Month – a month we give flowers, candy and express our love for those special people in our lives. As a health information magazine we focus on matters of the heart, but the heart we focus on is the physical one. The heart that, when ignored, can be deadly. There’s nothing wrong with getting caught up in the lover’s lane version of the heart. However, our message this month stresses the need to balance the physical heart with the emotional heart – both are important to a happy and healthy life. Sadly, bad hearts kill too many Americans every year. Sad, because so many of these deaths could have been avoided by changes in everyday lifestyles. That’s why it’s appropriate for February to be the month for love and your heart. When you read the information in this month’s issue, you’ll see why it’s important to love and respect your heart. Another focus in this month’s issue is cancer. World Cancer Day is February 4 and while having an official day is important, one day out of the year to bring attention to cancer isn’t enough. Just as taking care of your heart is a year round battle, cancer doesn’t raise it’s ugly head one day a year. It’s a yearlong fight. Unlike taking care of your heart however, with cancer, sometimes no matter how healthy we have lived, it can strike. The medical profession has made great strides in the battle against cancer, and while we can’t tell when, who and how, it will strike. We do know early detection and diagnosis is key to survival. Become informed about cancer. It could save you or someone you love. At What Doctors Know, we realize taking control of our health isn’t easy, but the rewards are more than worth the effort. Not only can you live longer, but the quality of your life will be so much better. As always, if you have any health questions, send them along to our staff and we’ll get answers from our medical experts.