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February Is American Heart Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventive (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, people aged 45 and over, and most races and Hispanic-origin groups, accounting for 1 in every 5 deaths in the US. The term “heart disease” includes several heart conditions. The most common form of heart disease in the US is coronary artery disease, which affects the blood flow to the heart and can cause a heart attack.

The biggest risk factors for heart disease are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking. Almost half of adults in the US have at least one of these conditions. Diabetes and an unhealthy lifestyle also increase people’s risk for heart disease. Seeing a primary care provider annually is a great way to catch these risk factors before they develop into serious disease. Exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, managing stress, and limiting alcohol consumption can also reduce a person’s risk.

For members who want support managing their health, our Member Care Management team can help. Whether someone has a simple question or big health challenges, care managers can help them meet their health goals (at no additional cost to the member). Member Care Management can be reached at 1-877-222-1240 (TTY 711), 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, or by email at

The Heart Disease Toolkit (ZIP) below includes flyers and a challenge that can be shared with your employees.

The Heart Disease Toolkit (ZIP)


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