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Don’t Become a Statistic – Stay Heart Healthy!

Don’t Become a Statistic – Stay Heart Healthy!

1000x600 shutterstock_143568112One out of every four deaths in the United States is from heart disease, according to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC).  Silver Cross Hospital encourages area residents to take steps to their reduce risk for cardiovascular disease.

3 Tips for a Healthy Heart

Becoming a heart disease statistic can be reduced by changing your lifestyle. The CDC suggests these tips to help you stay heart healthy:

  1. Eat a healthy diet (limit fat, sugar, salt; eat plenty of fruits and veggies)
  1. Maintain a healthy Body Mass Index (Calculate your BMI here)
  1. Do 2 ½ hours of moderate exercise every week. (Even 10-minute increments of brisk walking can help keep your heart healthy!)

At Silver Cross Hospital, our goal is to make it easy for patients to get quality medical care anytime from anywhere.

Silver Cross now offers 24/7 access to Teladoc for minor medical conditions including cold and flu symptoms, allergies, sinus problems, bronchitis, urinary tract infections, skin problems, and more. Consumers can talk with a doctor anytime from anywhere through the convenience of phone and video consults for just $49 per consult.

To get started, visit or call 1-800-Teladoc (835-2362). Once you set up your account, simply request a visit and a Teladoc physician will call you back within minutes. Cost per consult is one flat fee of $49. Payment can be made with a credit or debit card; insurance will not be billed.

Teladoc’s network of board certified physicians, including family practitioners and pediatricians, are licensed in Illinois and average 20 years of medical experience.

“Teladoc is an affordable option for quality medical care,” said Ruth Colby, Senior Vice President of Business Development/CSO at Silver Cross Hospital.  “It’s a convenient and cost-effective alternative to going to the ER or Urgent Care for non-emergency issues when your doctor is unavailable or you don’t have a regular physician; you are on vacation, a business trip or away from home; or you need a short-term prescription refill.”

“There is no time limit on the virtual visit,” adds Ruth.  “They can even share the information from your visit with your primary care physician with your permission.”


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