3 Ways to Prevent Heart Disease

Preventing Heart Disease

The biggest cause of death for people age 65 and older in the United States is heart disease. While strides are currently being made to reduce the number of people affected, it’s not enough. Some of the most important things people can do to reduce their risk of heart disease is getting adequate exercise every week and taking advantage of your Medicare preventive benefits.

1. Heart Disease Screenings

If you have Medicare, you can receive a free cardiovascular heart disease screening annually. You may need to pay a copay depending on your coverage, though. Heart disease screenings check your blood pressure and cholesterol to ensure you’re not at risk for a stroke or heart disease. During your screening, your doctor may provide you with tips and resources to improve your health.



2. Diabetes Screening & Management

Diabetes is a serious health condition when your body under produces and/or doesn’t use insulin in the right way. High blood sugar from diabetes can damage your blood vessels and the nerves that control your heart over time and increase your risk of developing heart disease. The longer you have diabetes, the higher the chance that you will develop heart disease.

If you notice unwarranted weight loss, increased urination, blurry vision, or start to feel more tired, hungry, or thirstier than usual contact your doctor right away for your Medicare-covered screening. The good news is that the steps you take to manage your diabetes also help to lower your chances of having heart disease or stroke.

80% of older adults have at least one chronic disease, and 68% have at least two. If you have a chronic condition like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes you increase your risk of developing heart disease.

3. Healthy Lifestyle Habits

Improving your diet and making small changes to your daily routine can drastically improve your health and reduce your risk for heart disease along with many other chronic conditions. A step in the right direction would be reducing how much processed food you eat and adding more fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet. Medicare offers nutrition therapy that can give you advice on what to eat and help manage factors that can impact your lifestyle.

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