National Wear Red Day is February 7th. Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement that advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health. The movement also challenges people to know their risk for heart disease and act to reduce their personal risk. Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action.
What are the Signs and Symptoms?1
While there are many similarities in the symptoms of heart disease in men and women, there are even more differences. Listed below are the signs and symptoms, specific to women, that are important to watch out for:
Heart Attack Symptoms:
Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back.
Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
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/vomiting and back or jaw pain.
Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
Sudden trouble seeing or blurred vision in one or both eyes
Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Take Steps to Reduce Your Risk2
Not only can you wear red to raise awareness, but you can also take steps to reduce your own risk. The American Heart Association has developed an online tool called My Life Check. My Life Check allows you to find out your heart score and see if you’re at risk based on Life’s Simple 7:
Tria Health offers Chronic Condition Management through our Pharmacy Advocate Program. Heart Disease and stroke are two of the many chronic conditions that Tria Health targets. Clinical Pharmacists provide one-on-one telephonic counseling for members and act as their personal advocate to help them navigate through the health care system. Through reviewing a member’s medications and lifestyle habits, Tria Pharmacists can make recommendations that will help control their chronic conditions and help them feel better!
January 12th is National Pharmacist Day! Pharmacists do so much more than just dispense prescriptions. They have a wealth of knowledge to assist patients with safe medication use, potential drug interactions as well as preventative services and over the counter medications. Take the time this Sunday to thank your pharmacist for everything they do!
Pharmacists are Easily Accessible
Pharmacists are often available when other health care providers are not, and most often do not require you to schedule an appointment to ask questions about your healthcare needs.
Safe and Effective Medication Use
Pharmacists help ensure that medications control conditions the right way. They help minimize any side effects and safeguard against any possible interactions with other medications that lead to more expensive health care costs such as emergency room visits, hospitalization, etc.
OTCs and Supplements
Pharmacists are experts in prescription medications, supplements and over the counter medications. They can tell you about potential interactions with foods, other drugs, or dietary supplements. And they can help you pick the perfect product. With over 100,000 over-the-counter products on the market, your pharmacist is always there to lend a helping hand!1
Tria Health’s Pharmacists
Tria Health was founded on the belief that pharmacists play a vital role in the management of high-risk patients that drive the majority of health care spend. If Tria Health is currently a part of your healthcare plan, call the Tria Health Help desk today for any of your medication-related questions.
As of November 20, 2019, 2,290 cases of e-cigarette
or vaping product use associated lung injury (EVALI) have been reported to CDC
from 49 states. CDC continues to work closely with FDA, states, public health
partners, and clinicians on this investigation. While the CDC is still looking
into other chemicals of concern to EVALI, CDC recommends that people should not
use THC-containing e-cigarette or vaping products, particularly from informal
sources like friends, or family, or in-person or online dealers. While this
investigation is ongoing, vitamin E acetate should not be added to e-cigarette
or vaping products.
What are E-Cigarettes/Vaping products?
E-cigarettes work by heating a liquid to produce
an aerosol that users inhale into their lungs.
The liquid can contain: nicotine,
tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinoid (CBD) oils, and other substances and
additives. THC is the psychoactive mind-altering compound of marijuana that
produces the “high”.
E-cigarettes are not safe for youth, young
adults, pregnant women, or adults who do not currently use tobacco products.
While e-cigarettes have the potential to benefit
some people and harm others, scientists still have a lot to learn about whether
e-cigarettes are effective for quitting smoking. 1
What is the CDC Recommending?2
Do not use THC-containing e-cigarette or vaping
Do not modify or add any substances to
e-cigarette or vaping products that are not intended by the manufacturer,
including products purchased through retail establishments.
Adults who continue to use an e-cigarette or
vaping product, should carefully monitor themselves for symptoms and see a
healthcare provider immediately if they develop symptoms like those reported in
Tria Health and Tobacco Cessation
For employers that offer Tria Health’s Tobacco
Cessation Program, Tria provides free confidential counseling with a clinical
pharmacist. If you ready to quit smoking, Tria Health’s pharmacist will assist
you in managing your medications and finding a treatment plan that works for
As Halloween approaches, it can be stressful as a diabetic,
to be surrounded by so many sweets and treats. While it’s true that you won’t
be able to snack on a whole bowl of candy, there are still many recipes that
can be enjoyed in moderation. To help you get through this spooky season, we’ve
compiled a list of our favorite diabetic-friendly recipes:
Happy National Pharmacists Month! The goal of this month is
to recognize pharmacists for the significant role they play in effective
medication management, patient education and overall medication safety. Learn
more about how pharmacists can help you every day.
Safe and Effective Medication Use
Pharmacists help ensure that medications control conditions
the right way. They help minimize any side effects and safeguard against any
possible interactions with other medications that lead to more expensive health
care costs such as emergency room visits, hospitalization, etc.
Did you know that more than 300,000 immunization-trained
pharmacists administer vaccines, and nearly one in four adults receive their
influenza vaccinations at their community pharmacy?1 Pharmacists can
provide guidance on all vaccine-preventable diseases and which immunizations
are best for you.
OTCs and Supplements
Pharmacists are experts in prescription medications,
supplements and over the counter medications. They can tell you about potential
interactions with foods, other drugs, or dietary supplements. And they can help
you pick the perfect product. With over 100,000 over-the-counter products on
the market, your pharmacist is always there to lend a helping hand!1
Did you know that pharmacists are experts and more than just
medications? They are trained and educated in how to manage conditions as
a whole. Tria Health has pharmacists who are certified diabetic educators on
staff. This allows them to treat the person rather than the
medication. They focus on non-pharmacy and pharmacy strategies to accomplish
control of a disease.
Tria Health’s Pharmacists
Tria Health was founded on the belief that pharmacists play
a vital role in the management of high-risk patients that drive the majority of
health care spend. If Tria Health is currently a part of your healthcare plan,
call the Tria Health Help desk today for any of your medication-related