Improve Your Heart Health this February

Published: February 12, 2019

WHA is proud to participate in American Heart Month this month, in partnership with the American Heart Association. This is a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle and make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk:

  • Watch your weight.

  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.

  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.

  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.

  • Get active and eat healthy.

Also, if you haven’t had a physical in the last year, schedule one. If you have received a check-up recently, are you following your healthcare provider’s recommendations? Ask you family members and friends these questions too. For more information, visit heart.org. You can also learn more about heart health from Western Health Advantage.

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