National Wear Red Day is February 1st. 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
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
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
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
With winter weather sweeping across the country,
many individuals are experiencing winter-onset depression also known as
seasonal affective disorder (SAD). While the cause of SAD is not known, brain
chemicals that affect your mood can change according to the amount of light you
get each day.1 While some may be more susceptible to SAD than
others, there are ways of preventing and managing SAD until you get through the
Seasonal Affective Disorder?
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of
depression that happens during a change of seasons, usually occurring during
autumn and winter months when there is less sunlight. Symptoms usually go away
in late spring or early summer.1
How is SAD
There are four primary treatment methods for SAD:
Light therapy, medications, psychotherapy, and mind-body connection techniques.2
Light Therapy: A method that mimics natural outdoor light using a special light box with the goal of changing the brain chemicals linked to mood. It typically takes a few days to a few weeks before becoming effective. Your doctor will be able to help determine if this is the best option for you and identify which product would be the most effective.
Medications: Individuals with depression are more susceptible to SAD, making antidepressant treatment a good option.
Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy, also called talk therapy, is another option to treat SAD. Therapy can help you learn coping mechanisms to manage your stress and changing your negative thoughts and behaviors.
Mind-Body Connection: This includes a variety of techniques such as meditation, guided imagery and music or art therapy.
Tria Health Help?
If Tria Health is offered through your benefits plan, you have the option of receiving a one-on-one, private consultation with one of Tria Health’s pharmacists over the phone. During your consultation, your pharmacist will review all your current medications, including vitamins and supplements. If you’re interested in exploring medication treatments for SAD, Tria’s pharmacist will be able to provide you with recommendations and coordinate with your doctor(s).
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 Saturday 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,
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
While exercising can be beneficial for anyone, people
with chronic conditions can significantly improve their health and manage their
symptoms. If you’re concerned about how often you can exercise or which
exercises are safe, talk to your doctor before starting your routine. Find out
what you need to know about chronic conditions and exercise!
Exercise Improve Your Symptoms?
There are four main types of exercise that can
help you manage your symptoms and improve your health; Aerobic, High-intensity,
Strength training and flexibility exercises (You can find descriptions of each,
By practicing one or more of these exercise methods, you’ll be able to directly
impact your chronic conditions symptoms.
disease. Regular exercise can help improve your heart health. Recent
studies have shown that interval training is often tolerated well in people
with heart disease, and it can produce significant benefits.
Regular exercise can help insulin more effectively lower your blood sugar
level. Physical activity can also help you control your weight and boost your
Often, exercise can help control the frequency and severity of asthma attacks.
Regular low-impact aerobic activities can increase strength and endurance in
your back and improve muscle function. Abdominal and back muscle exercises
(core-strengthening exercises) may help reduce symptoms by strengthening the
muscles around your spine.
Check with Your Doctor & Get Started Today!
Checking with your doctor before exercising is
never a bad idea, depending on your condition(s) there could be some important
precautions you need to take. They will also be able to provide recommendations
with pain reduction and necessary dietary adjustments. If you feel nervous
starting alone, you might want to consider a group exercise program. You might
also find condition-specific programs at your local hospital or clinic.
Have any Questions?
Contact the Tria Health Help Desk at
The New Year is almost here! While we’re all excited for a fresh start and a chance to make some positive changes, it can be easy for our resolutions to fall astray if we don’t properly prepare. We want to help you along your journey and increase the likelihood of your resolutions sticking. Building healthy habits can change your life and decrease the chance of you getting a chronic condition. Follow these steps to help you set and keep your resolutions.
Choose a Realistic Resolution: As much as we’d all like to be able to become expert guitar plays or marathon runners, it’s not always attainable within a year. It’s important to set realistic goals to increase the likelihood of achieving them. So maybe instead of becoming a marathon runner, your goal is to start running once a week.
Focus on One Goal at a Time: While you might be able to accomplish all your goals, you’ll increase your success if you instead focus on one or maybe two main goals.
Break it down: Now that you have your goal in mind, it’s time to break it down and plan. If we’re sticking with our running example, that means planning one day a week to run. Start small and then throughout the year work up to maybe running 2-3 times a week.
Find Support: A support system can be essential to meeting your goals. Having someone to hold you accountable can help give you the push you need. But make sure if you ask for someone’s help, you’re specific in what you’re asking of them. Whether it be words of affirmation or a gym buddy, you need to be clear for it to be beneficial.
Don’t Give Up: Mistakes will happen, just remember that one mistake doesn’t have to derail your goals. Learn, adapt and overcome the challenges you face.
Resolution Ideas for Medication Health
Improving your medication health is a great resolution idea. to keep you healthy in the new year. Here’s what you can do:
Review all your medications with your pharmacist at least once a year. Having an expert review your medications will keep you healthy. Even if your medications don’t change, changes in your body and your reaction to medications can impact medication effectiveness over time.
Carry your medication list with you and review your list with other health care providers at your appointments. Many times, health care providers might not have visibility into your medication regimen. Having this information can ensure better health care decision making.
Make sure you are up to date with vaccinations and preventative screenings. Early detection is key to effective treatment and can mean life or death…literally.
Follow all diet and exercise recommendations from your health care team.
Schedule and attend all yearly physicals and checkups
If your health plan includes Tria Health, you can talk with a clinically trained pharmacist and receive a customized care plan. This includes recommendations for medication adjustments, preventative services and lifestyle modifications. Tria’s pharmacist will be able to help you achieve your goals and improve your health.