Healthy Responses to Identified Health Risks
High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure has been shown to increase your risk of heart attack and stroke which are the first and third leading causes of death in the United States. If you have been told by a member of the health care team that you have high blood pressure, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/docs/ConsumerEd_HBP.pdf for more information.
Elevated Body Mass Index (BMI)
An elevated BMI has been associated with an increased risk of many health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. If a member of the health care team has determined that you have an elevated BMI please visit http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/obesity/basics/complications/con-20014834 for more information on the negative health impacts of an elevated BMI and ways to reduce your weight in a healthy fashion.
Tobacco use can increase your risk of heart disease, cancer, and is associated with a shorter life span. If you smoke or use other tobacco products, please visit http://www.quitlinenc.com/health-professionals/general-resources/patient-education-resources for more information.
Falls are the leading cause of injury and accidental death in people over age 65 years. If a member of your health team has determined that you are at increased risk of fall, please visit https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/prevent-falls-and-fractures for more information.
Alcohol use disorder (AUD) occurs when a person continues to drink alcohol despite the negative impacts that alcohol can have on your health, mood, behavior, and personal relationships. If a member of the health care team has determined that you are at increased risk of AUD, please visit https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/overview-alcohol-consumption/alcohol-use-disorders or https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets for more information.
The major sign of depression is severe or persistently low mood or sadness. Depression can impact your general health and have a negative impact on interpersonal relationships. If a member of the health care team has determined that you have or are at increased risk of depression, please visit https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/depression/index.shtml for more information.