To be healthy, it’s important to take care of your heart. Follow these 6 tips to help prevent a heart attack or stroke:
- Get your free cardiovascular screening. Medicare covers screenings for cholesterol, blood fat (lipids), and triglyceride levels at no cost to you. Call your doctor and schedule your screening today.
- Take control. Follow your doctor’s instructions for drugs and treatment.
- Prevent heart disease and stroke in your family by understanding the risks.
- Get up and get active. Exercise for 30 minutes most days of the week.
- Know your ABCS:
- Appropriate Aspirin Therapy
- Blood Pressure Control – Medicare covers a blood pressure screening each year as part of your Yearly Wellness Exam
- Cholesterol Control
- Smoking Cessation– Medicare covers counseling to help you stop smoking. Talk to your doctor for more information on your ABC
6. Stay strong. Eat a heart-healthy diet that’s high in fresh fruits and vegetables and low in sodium, saturated and trans fats, and cholesterol.
Making lifestyle changes and following these 6 steps can be challenging. Luckily, you don’t need to reach your heart health goals alone. Join Million Hearts, a national campaign from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Million Hearts aims to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes over the next 5 years.
Following these 6 steps – starting with your free Medicare-covered cardiovascular screening – can greatly reduce your risk and help you be one in a Million Hearts.