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A healthy heart and more for Valentine's Day

  Dr. Roger Hicks 


February is heart health month. While heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, it can be prevented. Lifestyle changes like getting regular exercise, eating a healthy diet and especially quitting smoking, are important, and can be the difference between a healthy heart and a heart attack. (Of course, If you think you may be experiencing a heart attack, call 911 immediately.) 

But February is not only heart health month, it’s also the month of Valentine’s Day, the time of Cupid and the day for lovers. If you find yourself in a new romantic relationship, Yubadocs encourages you to get clean bill of health so you can start your new love affair with confidence. Many people want to know they don’t have any sexually transmissible infections before beginning a new intimate relationship. 

Many doctors perform confidential evaluations to eliminate any fears about STI’s. A simple blood and urine test can give you the assurance you won’t be bringing any part of your past relationships into a new one. Yubadocs provides the test results in just a few days and can advise on next steps to a healthier you.

Doctors can also prescribe that little blue pill that is so popular with men of a certain age. At Yubadocs, we understand urgent care can mean different things to different people. We want you to be prepared for whatever comes up!

Sex in a loving, stable relationship helps lower blood pressure, reduce stress, improve sleep, lower anxiety, and boost the immune system. Just being around someone you love releases dopamine, a brain chemical that triggers a natural high, while cuddling and touching release oxytocin, a hormone that promotes intimacy. But even if you don’t have a special someone right now, studies have shown that all supportive, caring relationships – whether familial, social, or romantic- are important to our health. In fact, they are just as important as well-established health risk factors, such as smoking or excess alcohol consumption, and likely more important than others, like diet, lack of exercise or obesity. Good relationships help boost one’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It makes sense to pay attention to our relationships throughout the year, not just on Valentine’s Day.

About the photo: 

A director of the Urgent Care Association of America from 2011 to 2017, Dr. Roger Hicks served as the Association’s treasurer and then secretary. He is a founder and current board member of the Urgent Care Assurance Company, a malpractice company specializing in urgent care. He is the founding President of the California Urgent Care Association. He is also the founding president of the South Yuba River Citizens League and served on SYRCL’s Board of Directors for 30 years.