February is American Heart Month. The goal of this month is to raise awareness on the importance of having a healthy heart and encouraging healthy habits that will create lasting, lifelong effects. In today’s blog, you will learn about 5 steps you can do to take control of your health and lower your chance of heart disease.
- Control Your Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is the leading cause for heart disease. It is important to manage your blood pressure and go in for yearly check ups with your prescriber. Learn more about how to reduce high blood pressure here.
2. Stay at a Healthy Weight
Being overweight or obese can increase risk for heart disease. Consider managing what you eat and exercising on a frequent basis. If you need help knowing how to get started with weight loss and what that may look like, click here.
For select groups, Tria Health offers a weight management service called Choose to Lose. If this structured weight loss program is included through your benefits plan, you can receive help from a combination of registered dietitians, health coaches and pharmacists, along with the best-in-class nutrition tracker app ‘LoseIt!’.
3. Eat a Healthy Diet
Unhealthy eating such as too much saturated fats and added sugars, etc. increases your risk for heart disease. Eating healthy will not just happen overnight. However, if you make a few small changes every day, you can change the rest of your life.
Click here for more information on how to implement a healthy diet into your lifestyle. Eating healthy does not have to be boring and you might be surprised by how much you enjoy the substitutions!
4. Don’t Smoke
Smoking increases your blood pressure which results in an increased risk of heart disease. Quitting smoking can seem impossible. However, with the right plan, mindset and support team – you can quit smoking! Click here to start making your plan to quit smoking.
5. Manage Stress
Stress is a silent killer. It can raise your blood pressure and be a huge trigger for heart attacks. Instead of coping with stress by overeating and drinking excessively, go to the gym or focus on something calm. Don’t let stress overcome you, take control of it today with this guide.
Tria Health Can Help
Tria Health is a no cost benefit available through select members’ health plans. Tria Health’s Pharmacy Advocate Program offers one-on-one, private consultations with a Tria Health Pharmacist. During your consultation, your pharmacist will review all your current medications, including vitamins and supplements. Tria Health will assist you in identifying any possible drug interactions or savings opportunities! Your pharmacist will work with you and your doctor(s) to ensure the intended outcomes from your medications are being received.
Contact the Tria Health Desk at 1.888.799.8742