In recognition of heart health month in February, here’s some heart healthy tips from Anthem.
Keep Your Vascular System Healthy!
Your heart has always been there for you — 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. So, isn’t it time you started giving your heart and vascular system a little TLC? Your vascular system is your body’s network of blood vessels, carrying blood to and from the heart. When these blood vessels become clogged or damaged, your heart, brain and other body parts do not get the blood they need. This can lead to heart attack, stroke, and other health problems. (1)
The Good News…
You can make yourself healthier and lower your chance of getting heart or vascular disease. Here’s how (4):
Making changes to your lifestyle can be tough. But these small changes can make life better for you and your family — by helping you to be there for the big moments.
As We Get Older…
You are more likely to have vascular problems as you get older. What happens as you age? Plaque and cholesterol build up in your arteries, thickening and stiffening them — leaving less room for blood to flow. This lower blood flow can lead to a stroke, an aneurysm, or a heart attack (6).
Know Your Risk…
The most common vascular diseases are (7, 8):
Did you know?
For many people, increasing their level of activity, even walking, has a very positive impact on their longevity (9).
To learn more about vascular health, visit the American Heart Association’s Tools and Resources or visit WedMD’s Heart Disease Health Center.