If you play the Powerball® lottery, your chances of winning the grand prize are about 1 in 292 million. But consider this: Whether you’re a woman or a man, you have a 1 in 4 chance of dying from heart disease.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, but the good news — and there is good news — is there are simple things you can do every day to help improve your odds.
An important first step is to talk with your doctor about your heart hearth. Use these tips from the American Heart Association to help you get the most from your visit.
Here are some other ways to get heart healthy:
Feed Your Heart Something Good
Sadly, your heart can’t live on love (or potato chips) alone. Keep it pumping properly with a balanced diet low in salt, sugar, and saturated fats, and high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
With a few good-for-you ingredients, you’ll be surprised at the many delicious ways to feed your heart something good for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Polish Your Pearly Whites
You’ve heard your dentist say how important it is to floss and brush your teeth after meals. But did you know that having minty fresh breath may help lower your heart disease risk?
Research has shown that bacteria that cause gum disease may travel through the bloodstream, causing inflammation and damaging blood vessels, including those in our heart.
In addition to regular dental check-ups, polish your pearly whites at least twice a day to stop bacteria in their tracks.
Think you’re too busy to make your heart health a priority? Think again.
Independence Blue Cross members have access to digital tools that help make it quick and convenient to achieve well-being goals. You can even sync them to your favorite devices so you can stay on track wherever you are.
Use these tools to make an action plan and stay motivated to get fit, eat right, sleep better, and manage stress — all the things that can help you get heart healthy for life!