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Preventative guidelines heart health

Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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  • 1. Get Heart Smart More Information Coronary artery disease (CAD) Visit the BluePrints for Health, or coronary heart disease, occurs Education section of to when the heart doesn’t get enough find a variety of health and wellness nutrient-rich blood through its tools. These tools, which include health system. CAD develops over the articles, hospital comparison tools years as plaque (which consists and our preventive health guidelines, of cholesterol, fat and other can help you improve your health and substances found in the blood) lifestyle choices, and decrease the cost builds up on the inner artery walls. of health care. Eventually, this build up of plaque narrows and hardens the arteries, For more information on the importance reducing the blood flow to the of keeping your heart healthy and heart. Reduced flow can result in a the warning signs of heart attacks, heart attack. please visit The American Heart Association is a national The American Heart Association health agency dedicated to building (AHA) reports that approximately healthier lives, free of cardiovascular 7.9 million Americans ages 20 diseases and stroke. and older have survived a heart attack. About 8.9 million Americans experience chest pain or discomfort due to reduced blood supply to the heart. Because vascular disease symptoms appear only after the damage has been done, don't wait to take action. Begin by following some Resources: Heart Health of the recommendations outlined Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware,, in this brochure or My BlueConnection speaking with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware, Preventive your doctor. Health Guidelines The first step to a healthy heart is American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, American Heart Association and American Stroke Guidelines a healthy Association,, “Know the lifestyle. Facts, Get the Stats 2007.” Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Preventative Guidelines Heart Health (rev 02/10)
  • 2. Preventive Care for Heart Health Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware (BCBSD) is committed to helping you improve your heart health. We encourage you to follow the heart smart guidelines and checklist to help reduce your risk of heart attack and keep your heart healthy. Heart Smart Guidelines for Adults (Ages 22 and Older) The following are just a few preventive health guidelines recommended by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware* related to heart health. For information on other recommended screenings, as well as immunizations and counseling, please visit the Customers section of and, under BluePrints for Health, Education, click Heart Smart Checklist on Preventive Health Guidelines. These guidelines can help you to take charge of your Eat healthy — select foods that health and include health care recommendations for every age. are high in nutrients and low in Reduce your risks by: calories. The AHA recommends eating a wide variety from each of • Limiting high-fat foods (especially saturated fat) the basic food groups. • Eating more high-fiber, iron-rich (females) and calcium-rich foods Stop smoking — nicotine use is • Limiting sodium intake the number one preventable cause of heart disease and stroke. • Participating in routine and frequent physical activity/exercise Get moving — physical activity • Receiving dietary counseling if you have high cholesterol or will build endurance, control blood are at risk for cardiovascular disease pressure, reduce cholesterol levels and aid in weight control. • Discussing benefits and risks of aspirin therapy with your physician if at risk for heart disease Lose excess pounds — obesity is a major risk factor for heart *Screening, immunization and counseling recommendations disease. may not be covered benefits under all BCBSD plans. Please consult your benefits materials. Avoid excessive alcohol — heavy drinking contributes to high blood pressure, heart disease and Heart Attack Warning Signs from the AHA stroke. • Chest discomfort in the center of the chest lasting more than a few minutes, or that goes away Schedule regular checkups — and comes back. This can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain. a doctor can pinpoint major risk factors, such as smoking, elevated • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, stomach or other upper body areas. cholesterol or blood pressure, • Shortness of breath. Often this comes along with chest discomfort, but it can occur before the excess weight and diabetes. chest discomfort. Control your cholesterol — check • Other signs, including breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or light-headedness. your cholesterol level with a simple blood test. If it’s too high, dietary • While the most common symptom for women is chest pain or discomfort, they are changes, exercise, weight loss and/ more likely to have the other common symptoms (e.g., shortness of breath, nausea/ or drug therapy may help bring it vomiting, back or jaw pain) than men. down. If you think you or someone you’re with is having a heart attack, please don’t wait to get help. Immediately call 911 or go to a local emergency department. Keep tabs on your blood pressure — have it checked at Fast action matters in the treatment of a heart attack — responding quickly to warning least every two years. signs can save lives.

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