Love Yourself, Love Your Heart

Take Action Now to Prevent Cardioblur-chart-check-up-415779vascular Disease Later

Cardiovascular disease is a leading killer of Americans—but most forms of this disease are preventable.

Many factors can increase your risk, including what you eat, your weight, your activity level, your heredity, and your age and gender. You can’t control everything, but you can take steps to reduce your risk:

  • Don’t smoke or use tobacco products.
  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and choose low-fat, low-cholesterol, low-salt foods.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day.
  • Keep your cholesterol levels in normal ranges (have it checked every five years).
  • Control your blood pressure (have it checked regularly).
  • Drink alcohol in moderation, if you drink.
  • If you have diabetes, control your blood sugar.

If you’ve been diagnosed with coronary artery disease, the Regence Disease Management Program can help you take steps to better health. A caring nurse will walk you through your doctor’s treatment plan, provide information and answer your questions.

Participation in the Disease Management program is voluntary and available at no cost to you. (The program also helps people with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure or diabetes). To learn more, call 1-866-543-5765.

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