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February is Heart Health Month

01/26/2019

Heart Health month is a great time to evaluate your relationship with your heart. It may be tempting to believe that doing just one healthy thing will take care of your heart disease risk. But a holistic approach can help you treat your heart right!

Here are some things to think about.

Reducing risk makes the heart grow stronger
You may hope that if you exercise regularly, you can still eat a lot of fatty foods and stay fairly healthy. Not true. To protect your heart, make the changes that address each and every risk factor you have, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, being overweight, smoking or high cholesterol.

Eat more fish
One healthy thing you can do is add fish to your diet. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish (particularly fatty fish) at least two times a week. Fish is a good source of protein and doesn’t have the high saturated fat found in fatty meat products.

Examples of fish that are good sources for omega-3 fatty acids include:

  • Mackerel
  • Lake trout
  • Herring
  • Albacore tuna
  • Sardines
  • Salmon

Schedule a checkup
Make an appointment with your doctor for a thorough checkup and work together to help achieve your heart healthy goal. Remember to ask questions about your chances of developing heart disease and ways to lower your risk.

Contact a Personal Health Assistant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas toll-free at (800) 252-8039 Monday–Friday, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. central time to find an in-network doctor.

Source:  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, American Heart Association

 

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