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What is Heart Disease and how can you prevent it?

Blog Post created by go365admin on Sep 9, 2015

 

In honor of Heart Disease Awareness Month (February), here are some facts that may help you live healthier for longer. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US—especially among women. While it’s not contagious, it is hereditary and onset can happen at any age. The earlier you understand your risk, the sooner you can take action towards prevention, and earn rewards with HumanaVitality® while you’re at it.

What exactly is Heart disease?
Heart disease is a group of conditions that affect the structure and functions of the heart. If left untreated, over time it can result in deadly events like heart attack or stroke.

How can it be prevented?
Because heart disease is generally manageable, your best line of defense is education and prevention. By utilizing several features of the HumanaVitality program, you may reduce your risk of heart disease

1. Know your stats: Get yearly Vitality Checks to learn and manage your BMI (body mass index), blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose levels.

2. Set goals: Once you know your stats, set recommended goals to reach or stay within a healthy range on all of your biometrics.

3. Get a move on: Regular exercise is a great way to fight heart disease. Small changes like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or planning a walking date with a friend are smart ways to take better care of your heart. Plus, earn Vitality Bucks  when you connect an approved fitness device and wear it to reach the daily fitness minimum!

4. Eat right: Protect yourself by eating a balanced diet. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends the following servings:

  • Fruits and vegetables:  At least 4-5 cups a day
  • Fish (preferably oily fish, like salmon): At least two 3.5-ounce servings a week
  • Fiber-rich whole grains: At least three 1-ounce servings a day
  • Nuts, legumes and seeds: At least 4 servings a week, unsalted whenever possible

Improving nutrition can make direct and positive impacts on your cholesterol and blood pressure, factors that may lead to increased risk of Heart Disease. Try one of our heart-healthy recipes such as a Grilled Wild Salmon with Spicy Peppers, Goat Cheese & Chives or Pistachio Crusted Chicken to keep your heart in good shape!

Sources:

CDC
Heart.org
Go Red for Women
Health Central

Humana is a Medicare Advantage HMO, PPO, and PFFS plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in a Humana plan depends on contract renewal. This information is not a complete description of benefits. Contact the plan for more information. Limitations, copayments, and restrictions may apply. Benefits may change each year.

This information is available for free in other languages. Please call Customer Care at the number on the back of your Humana member ID card.

 

Esta información está disponible gratuitamente en otros idiomas. Comuníquese con el Departamento de Atención al Cliente llamando al número en el dorso de su tarjeta de identificación de afiliado de Humana.

If you are medically unable to perform these tasks, you can call customer care and we will work with you to find another way to earn Vitality Bucks. Please call the member service number on the back of your Humana member ID card.

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