Heart Disease Preventable, Reversible by Making Smarter Choices

According to the American Heart Association, an estimated 92.1 million Americans suffer from cardiovascular disease. Since February is American Heart Month, Health Plan of Nevada would like to offer a few tips to help prevent heart disease, at any age.

Cardiovascular disease is responsible for roughly one in every three American deaths. Heart disease is preventable and reversible by starting new positive habits or changing old harmful ones, at any age. Treating your heart right today can help ensure a healthier tomorrow.

In Your 30s:

  • 82% of people age 20-49 rate “poor” on the AHA’s health diet score. Prioritizing a heart-healthy diet high in produce, whole grains and low-fat dairy and low in sodium, sugar and red meat can help lower the risk of heart disease.

In Your 40s:

  • 73% of heart attacks in women 35-44 can be attributed to unhealth lifestyles. The six healthy habits recommended were not smoking, maintaining a normal BMI, being physically active at least 2.5 hours per week, watching seven or fewer hours of TV a week, drinking a maximum of one alcoholic drink pre day on average and maintaining a healthy diet.

In Your 50s:

  • Men in their upper 50s are 2.7 times more likely to die from a circulatory system disease than men in their upper 40s. Now is the time to research heart attack symptoms. Not everyone experiences severe chest pain with a heart attack, and symptoms vary by gender.

In Your 60s:

  • 64% of men and 69% of women age 65-75 have high blood pressure. Get your blood pressure checked at a doctor’s visit and then regularly monitor it at home to detect patterns and not any changes.

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Health Plan of Nevada is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making the health system work better for everyone by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. In Nevada, Health Plan of Nevada offers health benefit programs for individuals, employers, and Medicaid beneficiaries. Health Plan of Nevada is part of UnitedHealthcare, one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified health care company. For more information, visit Health Plan of Nevada’s website.