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Know your bloodwork. It can save your life!

Do you know your risk of heart disease?

Getting bloodwork done at your healthcare provider’s office can help you learn important markers like:

  • Blood pressure.
  • Cholesterol.
  • Blood sugar.

These markers can gauge your risk of chronic illnesses that can lead to heart disease. Knowing your risk allows you to act and make informed choices about your health.

Knowing your risk can also influence your choice to get a flu or COVID-19 shot. Both vaccines reduce the risk of serious illness from those diseases and can help limit symptoms. 

Small changes can make a big difference

Do you have heart disease or are you at high risk of getting it?

Heart disease is the number 1 cause of death in the United States. If you’re at risk, you are not alone. Many of us are.

February is American Heart Month. Consider making small lifestyle changes to help you stay healthy.

  • Aim to eat whole, minimally processed, foods like vegetables.
  • Avoid added sugar.
  • Minimize your salt intake.
  • Get moving! Build up to the recommended 150 min. a week of moderate or 75 min. of strenuous cardio exercise. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommends 2 days of muscle strengthening exercises each week.
    • Haven’t exercised in a while? That’s OK! Start slowly to minimize injury.
  • Find a buddy to move with.
    • You’ll have more fun and enjoy a buddy and accountability partner. Companionship also benefits heart health!
  • Make sure to check with your healthcare provider before beginning a strenuous exercise program.
  • Stop smoking.
    • Visit tpchd.org/quit for resources on how to quit. Also, if your friends smoke, consider new social circles with non-smokers.
  • Minimize stress.
    • Stress plays a big part in overall heart health. While we can’t eliminate it, we can try to find time for more play in life. If that play includes movement, so much the better. Listen to your heart and know when to seek help when the stress gets to be too much.

Our hearts work nonstop to keep us alive from before birth until our last breath. Show your heart some love and it will surely do the same for you.

Find more resources about heart health on our website.

Checking a heart in a doctor setting.