*Hearts* You

According to The Heart Foundation, heart disease (which includes, congenital heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases) is the number one cause of death in the U.S., with about 1 million deaths per year. Surprisingly, cardiovascular diseases claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined. Although this disease is the leading cause of death, it is also one of the most preventable. By knowing your family history, getting regular check-ups and screenings, and implementing the proper diet and exercise routine, you can reduce your chance of developing heart disease.

February is Heart Health Month and there are many ways you can help yourself and your loved ones ensure heart health is a priority this year!


Choose a Heart Healthy Lifestyle

Try to engage in exercise at a moderate pace for at least 30 minutes, five times a week or more strenuous exercise for at least 20 minutes, three times a week. Maintain a healthy diet low in salt, saturated and trans-fat and eat more unsaturated fats like fish or avocado. Read more about leading a heart healthy diet in our previously shared article, Love Your Heart This February

Know and Review Your Risk

It’s recommended to check-in on your heart regularly as a preventative measure. Regular heart screenings are included under commonly covered benefits through Medicaid. If you are high-risk for heart disease, consult your physician for guidance. They may recommend medication to control cholesterol, hypertension and/or diabetes.

Spread the Word

Raise awareness about National Heart Health Month this February. Educate yourself and your loved ones on the risks and preventative measures associated with heart disease. If you are a caregiver for someone suffering from heart disease and would like guidance on how to have this conversation, the American Heart Association has resources on their site available.

We hope you found these tips useful and try them out during #AmericanHeartMonth, and every month thereafter, to help prevent heart disease and encourage your friends and family to do the same! If you are looking for additional resources or information, we encourage you to browse our site and take the Benefit Finder.