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February is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month — take charge of your health and increase awareness of heart disease.

Did you know that heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States? The good news, according to National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, is that heart disease is preventable.

Heart disease is a condition that occurs when the blood vessels become narrowed or blocked causing a heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, or chest pain. Early detection is the best way to treat and manage heart disease, but there are things you can do on your own to manage or lower your risk of developing it.

  • Eat healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains.
  • Exercise.
  • Keep diabetes under control.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Quit tobacco products.

The most important thing you can do is visit your doctor on a regular basis to have your cholesterol and blood pressure levels checked. If you are concerned about heart disease, contact your physician.

Additional health and wellness information

If you're a Highmark member, you have access to a secure, members-only website. Here you will find more information about heart disease. To access the website, select the service region noted on your member ID card. After logging in, select the "Wellness" tab. Type "heart" in the search field.