National Heart Month

Get Health Insurance Coverage in February to Commemorate “American Heart Month”

February is “American Heart Month”, meaning it’s time to get serious about heart health. Heart disease, the common term used for the buildup of plaque in the arteries, is the main cause of death in Americans. Changing your health means getting educated on what is helpful and what is harmful to your heart. If you’ve yet to experience any heart-related issues, then plan for the unexpected with a health insurance policy. We’ll do our best to help you find the coverage you need.

Make 2017 the year your health becomes a priority. Visit Shepard Walton King’s Harlingen office to search for the best health insurance policy.

Contributing Factors

According to the American Heart Association, men are more likely to suffer a heart attack than women. As we age, those chances increase. The risk of heart disease is higher for those with a family history of coronary issues. If you are Hispanic or African American, then the likelihood of suffering a heart attack escalates even more. Of course, some of this is due to higher rates of obesity and diabetes. Unfortunately, some of these factors are out of our hands due to genetics, but there are ways to reduce the likelihood of a heart-related issue from developing.

Taking Control

One of the best ways to reduce the chances of a heart attack is to quit smoking (if you do). Smoking can cause many health issues and may even lead to lung cancer. In fact, even secondhand smoking can be harmful to your health. Chronic smokers can develop fatty buildups in the arteries, which is a leading cause of coronary heart disease. An active lifestyle is another way to reduce that risk. Even upholding a moderate workout routine can lower your chances of high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity. That having been said, the most important way to prevent or address your heart issues is by visiting a doctor.

Stressed Out

If you suffer constant stress, this could adversely affect your health. As many know too well, stress can cause overeating, smoking or alcohol abuse. Drinking too much alcohol can raise blood pressure, increasing the likelihood of strokes, cancer development and other diseases. The American Heart Association recommends for men to consume no more than two alcoholic drinks per day. Moderation is key, which is important when considering what you put in your body.

Eating Right

A well-balanced diet is one of the best methods to prevent heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends choosing a diet rich in vegetables, fruits and whole grains while limiting sugary drinks, artificial fats or processed meats and salty or highly processed foods. Too much sodium can increase the risk of heart disease and strokes. Try having a healthy alternative to your regular diet, such as choosing canola or olive oil instead of butter. Also consider lean meats instead of fats or processed meat. If eating out is your thing, try cooking at home instead, and make sure the ingredients you use are healthy.

Get Covered Today

Taking care of your health is always a great way to prevent any issues or risks later in life. Shepard Walton King can help clients find a variety of health plans for both employers and individuals. Get in touch with our Austin office today to get started on the process of safeguarding your future.

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