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newborns until they turn 18.
A broader view. While specialists
and emergency care physicians usually
focus on a single health issue, PCPs
take a holistic approach to their pa-
tient’s health. By getting to know their
patients better and understanding the
larger picture of their lives, PCPs gain
a wider understanding of someone’s
For example, when one of the
young patients of pediatrician
Because Allyson Salek, M.D., of the
Ali Salari, D.O., shares a laugh with patient
PCPs see patients South Jordan Health Center,
Stan Weyland during his visit.
complained of recurring
regularly, they have
Primary care stomachaches, Dr. Salek
a chance to spot pieced together a number
The big picture problems before they
of variables in the child’s life
that could have been contrib-
serious. uting to the problem, includ-
like to get to the root of Dr. Salari. “What ing a mother who was going
the problem,” says primary made the difference through breast cancer treatment.
care physician (PCP) Ali and empowered me to After ruling out medical possibilities,
Salari, D.o., who provides do this was having things explained to Dr. Salek determined the child’s stress
family medicine at the Stans- me better regarding how my blood was causing stomachaches.
bury Health Center. He recalls system works,” says Weyland, whose “there needs to be someone who
a patient who was experiencing fatigue wife is thrilled to see him more ener- understands the whole family dynamic—
and sleep loss, was overweight, and had getic. “everyone needs to find a doc not just the health problem,” Dr. Salek
high blood pressure. once Dr. Salari they can trust and who will sit you says. “A family needs a home base,
diagnosed sleep apnea and treated it, down and talk with you.” where their overall health is the focus.”
the patient’s blood pressure and weight In sickness and in health. in addi-
decreased and the fatigue subsided. One dOctOr, many benefits tion to offering patients continuity of
“Seeing my patients regularly—over Doctors who fall under the primary care and a central place for most of their
a period of time—allows me to get to care umbrella include family medicine health care needs, PCPs are also their
know them well,” Dr. Salari says. “this and internal medicine physicians, patients’ first line of defense when it
helps me figure out the underlying is- pediatricians, and geriatricians. All have comes to addressing health issues and
sues that may be affecting their overall specialized training in their respective supporting them in preventive care.
health.” areas; however, unlike non-primary And they’re ready to note any red flags
Stan Weyland, who has had difficulty care physicians, they provide care for that may arise between visits before they
managing his diabetes for years, was able longer periods of time in their patients’ become too serious. For Dr. Salek and
to drop his average blood sugar level lives. Pediatricians, for example, often Margaret Solomon, M.D., an internist
significantly after six months of seeing treat patients from when they are —Continued on back page
INSIDE 2 fit in more fruits and veggies | 3 taKe aCtion for Your Heart
at the stansbury Health
center, most insurance
plans are accepted. and
we now accept
getting mOre fruits and Introduce 7. let your children
veggies in yOur life
your kids to cook with you and
a variety of fruits choose what fruits or
vegetables are served.
10 tOP tiPs and vegetables
By Elizabeth Smith, M.D., and everyone is more likely
Johanna Greenberg, PA-C try these sug- for a healthy to enjoy food they have
gestions to help your future. taken part in preparing.
ou MigHt remember whole family eat more 8. try making fruits and
your mom saying, “eat fruits and vegetables. vegetables fun—dress up sand-
your vegetables!” And it 1. keep a bowl of fresh fruits on wiches with faces made of fruits
might conjure up a bad the counter so your kids will see and vegetables.
memory from your child- them and ask for them. 9. Be persistent! For some foods,
hood, but as a parent, you 2. Serve fruits and vegetables at it may take multiple times before
know your kids—and you—should every meal. this doesn’t mean you your child acquires a taste for it.
eat your fruits and vegetables. have to serve each person a whole 10. think raw. Some kids don’t like
they’re an important part of a plate of broccoli! instead, try grat- the smell, flavor or color of certain
healthy diet and provide valuable ing vegetables into soups or top- cooked veggies, so small, raw pieces
nutrients and fiber. eating more ping off cereal with fresh fruit. may be more appealing to them.
fruits and vegetables also makes you 3. Set a good example. kids will eat
less hungry for unhealthy snacks, vegetables if you do. Snack on fruit a few OtHer tHings
and taking the time to introduce or order vegetables when you go to tO cOnsider
your kids to a variety of fruits and a restaurant. Not everyone will like every
vegetables can help them develop a 4. Make it easy on yourself. once a type of food. texture can play a
lifetime of healthy eating habits. week, refrigerate or freeze cut-up role in the types of foods that chil-
fruits and vegetables so you can dren enjoy. if you prepare vegeta-
more easily prepare meals at the bles one way and your child doesn’t
end of a long work day. like them, you may need to try a
5. Challenge family members to new approach to the same food.
reach their daily fruit and vegetable Children are also more likely to eat
goal and reward the winner with a new foods when they are combined
prize. with old favorites. For example,
6. Ask that fruits and vegetables be vegetables are a great pizza top-
offered at school functions and for ping or can be added to pastas and
Elizabeth Johanna school lunches—not just french macaroni and cheese, and fruit can
Smith, M.D. Greenberg, PA-C fries! be added to yogurt.
Know the signs
the back, neck, or jaw.
■■■Shortness of breath (with or with-
out chest discomfort).
■■■Breaking out in a cold sweat, nau-
sea, palpitations or light-headedness.
wHat sHOuld i dO if i am
Having a Heart attack?
By Brent D. Wilson, M.D., Ph.D., at university of utah Health Care Dial 911 immediately. often,
and Jack Morshedzadeh, M.D. have access to all the advanced people aren’t sure what’s wrong and
methods of detecting coronary wait too long to get help. the Ameri-
iD you kNoW heart disease. can Heart Association has launched
disease is the leading the “Act in time” campaign to in-
cause of death for both wHat can i dO tO reduce crease awareness of heart attack
men and women in my risk Of Heart attack? and the importance of calling
the united States? every ■■■eat healthy, including plenty of 911 at the onset of heart attack
25 seconds, an American fruits, vegetables and whole grains. symptoms.
has a heart attack, and about one Avoid foods high in fat, cholesterol
every minute dies from one. the and salt.
vast majority of these individuals
never knew they were at risk for
■■■exercise. Start slowly and build
up to at least 30 minutes of mod- meet dr. sheets
heart disease. erate exercise five or more days a
week. Walking is a good start.
wHat are tHe risk factOrs ■■■Maintain a healthy weight. michael sheets, m.d.,
fOr Heart disease? ■■■Quit smoking. is a professor in the
traditionally, these have in- ■■■Check your blood pressure and division of cardiology
cluded high blood pressure, high cholesterol regularly. at the university of utah
cholesterol, diabetes, tobacco school of medicine. He
use, physical inactivity and fam- wHat are tHe symPtOms Of specializes in diagnosing
ily history. We now know that a Heart attack? and managing a broad
sleep apnea, obesity, rheumatoid Some heart attacks are sudden Michael spectrum of heart
arthritis, kidney disease, erectile and intense, but many are subtle— Sheets, M.D. disease conditions.
dysfunction and peripheral arte- with only mild discomfort. Com-
rial disease also increase your risk. mon signs include: aPPOintment
■■■Chest discomfort that lasts
HOw dO i knOw if more than a few minutes. usually time fOr a Heart-tO-Heart?
i Have Heart disease? located in the center of the chest, If you would like to schedule an
New tools allow us to detect this can be an uncomfortable appointment with cardiology specialist
heart disease at an early stage, en- pressure, squeezing, fullness or Michael Sheets, M.D., at the Stansbury
abling us to take action that can ache, and it often gets worse with Health Center, call 435-843-3008.
prevent heart attacks and heart activity.
failure. the cardiology specialists ■■■Discomfort in one or both arms,