Be Heart-Smart: How to Prevent Heart Disease

Did you know that 1 out of every 3 deaths in the United States is linked to cardiovascular or heart disease, making it the No.1 cause of death in the US? Cardiovascular disease is one of women’s greatest health threats and individuals with type 2 diabetes are at a higher risk of heart disease.

We want you to live your best and healthiest life, and that includes understanding signs and symptoms of heart disease and ways to keep your heart healthy. Here are the top symptoms to be aware of and tips to keep your heart healthy.

Heart Attack Symptoms

A common side effect of heart disease is a heart attack. A heart attack can be sudden and intense or can start slowly with mild pain and tightness in your chest. Additionally, women can experience other symptoms like shortness of breath and jaw pain. Knowing how to recognize these symptoms could save your life and will protect your heart from further damage. Here are the common heart attack symptoms for both men and women. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call your doctor. 

Signs & Symptoms in women
Source: American Heart Association

Heart Disease Prevention 

American Heart Association reports 80% of cardiovascular events, a health issue that damages the heart, are preventable with these simple, healthy lifestyle habits – eat healthy, balanced meals, exercise, and practice self-care. But first, you need to know your heart health numbers. 

Heart Health Numbers

Source: American Heart Association

Your heart health numbers let you know if you are at risk of heart disease. Your blood pressure, cholesterol, and body mass index (BMI) impact your heart and determine your risk of developing heart disease. If you don’t know your numbers, schedule a visit with your doctor for these tests. 

Eat Healthy

Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean sticking to a complicated, rigid diet. It’s all about making healthy food choices day to day. You need more vegetables and whole grains and less processed carbs and sugar. Here’s a simple guide to understand the “dos and don’ts” for eating well.

Source: American Heart Association

Move More, Sit Less

Exercise is one of the most important things you can do for your health. American Heart Association recommends at least 2 ½ hrs of weekly activity to keep your heart healthy.

Remember, change doesn’t happen overnight. Take it one step at a time.. Your Care Team is available to support and guide you, so make sure you reach out if you need a bit of extra encouragement.

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