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Heartfelt Living: 7 Strategies for a Healthier You

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February is recognized as American Heart Month, a dedicated time to raise awareness about the importance of cardiovascular health and the prevention of heart disease. Despite medical advancements and increased awareness, heart disease, encompassing conditions such as coronary artery disease, heart failure, and heart attacks, continues to be a prominent cause of mortality in the United States.

7 Heart Healthy Daily Strategies:

  1. Learn Your Health History: Understanding your family's health history can provide valuable insights into potential genetic predispositions to heart disease. This awareness allows for proactive measures to be taken in managing risk factors.

  2. Eat a Healthy Diet: A well-balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins contributes significantly to heart health. Limiting the intake of saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, and sodium further supports cardiovascular well-being.

  3. Move More, Sit Less: Regular physical activity is a cornerstone of heart health. Incorporating exercise into our routines not only helps maintain a healthy weight but also strengthens the heart and improves overall circulation.

  4. Quit Smoking: Smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease. American Heart Month is an opportune time to quit smoking and seek support if needed.

  5. Take Medicines as Directed: For individuals already prescribed medications for heart-related conditions, adherence to prescribed treatments is crucial. Consultation with healthcare professionals ensures optimal management of cardiovascular health.

  6. Choose Drinks Wisely: Excessive alcohol consumption can contribute to heart disease. Moderation is key, and individuals should be mindful of their alcohol intake, choosing heart-healthy options such as red wine in moderation.

  7. Monitor Blood Pressure at Home: Regular monitoring of blood pressure at home provides a proactive approach to managing hypertension, a significant risk factor for heart disease. Keeping track of blood pressure readings allows for timely intervention and adjustments to lifestyle or medications as needed.

American Heart Month serves as a reminder that preventing heart disease is an ongoing commitment that extends beyond February. By making conscious choices to prioritize cardiovascular health, individuals can significantly reduce the risk of heart-related issues, leading to healthier and more fulfilling lives. This month provides an opportunity to inspire positive changes and encourages everyone to embark on the journey towards a heart-healthy future.

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Tria Health is a free and confidential benefit available through your health plan. If you have a chronic condition or take multiple medications, Tria Health’s pharmacists are ready to support you in managing your health.

Pharmacists at Tria Health ensure that your medications work as intended and that you are on the right medications. They can also support you by creating a care plan specific to your needs and contacting your physician. Talk to a Tria pharmacist over the phone and receive the personalized care you deserve.



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