February is American Heart Month
It’s the perfect opportunity to educate and engage your members and patients about heart disease and a heart-healthy lifestyle. The Healthwise Knowledgebase is full of resources to help people understand how the heart works and what they can do to improve their heart health. Here’s to a healthy heart!
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High cholesterol. High blood pressure. Diabetes. Smoking. Family history. All of these things increase your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Knowing your risk can help you and your doctor talk about whether you need to lower your risk. A heart-healthy lifestyle, statins, and blood pressure medicine are just some of the treatments you might consider to lower your risk and improve your heart health. When it comes to understanding how to care for your heart and making those important treatment decisions, we’ve got you covered with this helpful resource. [Create a hyperlink to the Heart and Circulation Learning Center on your website. DOCHWID=center1021]
Are statins right for you?
If you’re at high risk of having a heart attack or stroke, you may be wondering if you should take a statin to help lower your risk. Statins lower the amount of bad (LDL) cholesterol in your blood by reducing how much of it your body makes. Statins can also decrease inflammation around the cholesterol buildup in your arteries. A heart-healthy lifestyle can help lower your risk of heart attack and stroke but without the possible side effects of statins, such as muscle aches. Here’s help comparing your options and deciding if you should take statins to reduce your risk. [Create a hyperlink to the Statins: Should I Take Them to Prevent a Heart Attack or Stroke? Decision Point on your website. DOCHWID=aa44406]
Treating your high blood pressure
Blood pressure is the measure of how hard your blood pushes against the walls of your arteries as it moves through your body. When blood pressure is too high, it can damage your blood vessels, heart, and kidneys. Although high blood pressure usually can’t be cured, there are two ways it can be controlled: daily medicines and lifestyle changes. For some people, lifestyle changes—like losing weight, being active, and limiting sodium and alcohol—might be enough to lower blood pressure. If these healthy habits aren’t enough to bring your blood pressure down or if you have other health issues, you may need to take medicines. Use this interactive guide to compare your options and decide which treatment is right for you. [Create a hyperlink to the High Blood Pressure: Should I Take Medicine? Decision Point on your website. DOCHWID=zx1768]
What you need to know about coronary artery disease
Did you know that coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States? Coronary artery disease is caused by fatty deposits of plaque that build up in your coronary arteries, the arteries that supply blood to your heart. When this happens, your heart muscle may not get enough blood. Coronary artery disease is serious because it can lead to heart attack. Whether or not you’ve had a heart attack, there are many things you can do to slow the disease and reduce your risk of future heart issues. Here’s a resource full of useful information on coronary artery disease risk, prevention, treatment, and more. [Create a hyperlink to the Coronary Artery Disease Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=hw113087]
Living a heart-healthy lifestyle
Healthy habits such as eating right, exercising regularly, and not smoking can help you keep your heart healthy. Whether you have an existing heart or blood vessel disease or not, a heart-healthy lifestyle is a good idea for everyone. It can help your heart and blood vessels stay healthy and lower your risk of a heart attack or stroke. This helpful resource provides tips for living a heart-healthy lifestyle and interactive tools to help you take action to improve your health. [Create a hyperlink to the Heart-Healthy Lifestyle Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=abk9834]
Teasers for Your Social Media Networks
- It’s American Heart Month. Learn what you can do to improve your heart health. [Insert a shortened URL to the Heart and Circulation Learning Center on your website. DOCHWID=center1021]
- Are statins right for you? Here’s help deciding. [Insert a shortened URL to the Statins: Should I Take Them to Prevent a Heart Attack or Stroke? Decision Point on your website. DOCHWID=aa44406]
- Have high blood pressure? Lifestyle changes and medicines can help. Use this guide to decide what’s right for you. [Insert a shortened URL to the High Blood Pressure: Should I Take Medicine? Decision Point on your website. DOCHWID=zx1768]
- Here’s what you need to know about the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. [Insert a shortened URL to the Coronary Artery Disease Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=hw113087]
- Practice these 5 healthy habits for your heart’s sake. [Insert a shortened URL to the Heart-Healthy Lifestyle Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=abk9834]
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