Stay Healthy Through American Heart Month

Stay Healthy Through American Heart MonthThere are many steps that you can take to help reduce your chance of a heart attack or stroke.

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Center for Disease Control and Million Hearts are working toward a goal of preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Controlling high blood pressure is the key to reaching the goal. February is American Hearth Month, which makes it the perfect time to make sure your ticker is getting all the love it needs.

Million Hearts is aiming to prevent the number of strokes and heart attacks by:

  • Focusing clinical attention on the prevention of strokes and heart attacks.
  • Improving access to effective care.
  • Activating the public to help lead a heart-healthy lifestyle.
  • Improving the quality of care for the ABC’S of health care, which include:
    • Aspirin when appropriate
    • Blood pressure control
    • Cholesterol management
    • Smoking cessation
  • Improving the prescriptions available and people’s adherence to appropriate medications to help the ABC’S.

Along with working with your health care professional, there are many steps that you can take to help reduce your chances of a stroke or heart attack, including the following:

  • Reduce your sodium intake – most people eat too much sodium, which increases their chance of a heart attack. Cooking at home will help you keep track of how much sodium is in your diet.
  • Quit smoking – smoking is bad for your overall health, as well as your heart health. Quit smoking or don’t start if you are not a smoker!
  • Take your medication as prescribed – if you have blood pressure medication, make sure to take it as directed. If you are supposed to take it at the same time each day, consider setting a timer on your phone so that you don’t skip a dosage.

For all of your Medicare needs to ensure you have the health care coverage you need to keep your heart healthy, contact SeniorChoices NW in Wilsonville, Oregon.

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