Health Tips for a Quality Life: Heart Health

Hi I’m Stephen Compton from QualChoice.
I’m here to talk about heart disease and stroke. Today we’re going to learn the
facts about cardiovascular disease, warning signs and things you can do to
fight it. Cardiovascular disease includes heart
disease, stroke and high blood pressure. It’s the number one killer of men and
women in the United States. It is also a leading cause of disability preventing
many Americans from working and enjoying family activities. Over 300 billion
dollars is spent each year for healthcare services, medications and lost
productivity related to cardiovascular disease alone. Most heart attacks start
slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren’t sure what’s
wrong and wait too long before seeking help. As with men, women’s most common
heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more
likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly
shortness of breath, nausea or back or jaw pain. How about stroke? What you
need to remember is F.A.S.T. Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to
call 9-1-1. Also sudden numbness or weakness of the legs, sudden confusion or
sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes. It is important that you work with your
healthcare team. Get a check-up at least once per year even if you feel healthy.
Preventive medicine could save your life. Monitor your blood pressure. High blood
pressure often has no symptoms so make sure you have it checked on a regular
basis. Be sure to get your cholesterol checked. Your healthcare team should test
your cholesterol levels at least once every five years. Eat a healthy diet.
Choosing healthy meal and snack options can help you avoid cardiovascular
disease and its complications. Limiting sodium in your diet can help lower your
blood pressure. Eat plenty of fruits and veggies. Adults
should have at least five servings each day. Eat foods low in saturated fat, trans
fat, cholesterol and high in fiber. We have some meal options available on our
website Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese
can increase your risk for cardiovascular disease. Check and
maintain your BMI. You should exercise regularly. Physical activity can help you
maintain a healthy weight and lower cholesterol. The Surgeon General
recommends that adults should engage in moderate intensity activity for at least
150 minutes per week. You might want to start off the month by walking 15
minutes three times a week and by the end of the month increase your time to
thirty minutes. You could take the stairs rather than the elevator or rake the
yard rather than using that old leaf blower.
Don’t smoke. Smoking greatly increases your risk for cardiovascular disease.
Talk to your health insurance provider and see if they have a helpful program to
quit. QualChoice has the “kick the NIC” program that helps our members
quit. Limit your alcohol use. Avoid drinking too much alcohol which can
raise your blood pressure. Men should have no more than two drinks
per day and women no more than one. Manage your diabetes if you have
diabetes. Monitor your blood sugar levels closely and discuss treatment options
with your health care team. Take your medicine if you’re taking medications
to treat high blood pressure, high
cholesterol, diabetes or another condition. Be sure to follow your
doctor’s instructions carefully. Your heart is working hard 24/7 to keep you
going. Let’s take good care of it with healthy
diet and lifestyle. Thank you for watching and for more health and
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