February Is American Heart Month!

What you need to know

This month the nation spotlights heart disease, the number 1 killer of Americans and the leading cause of death globally, with an estimated 17.9 million lives lost each year, according to the American Heart Association's heart disease and stroke statistics.

For those who have a genetic predisposition, internal changes frequently start developing in the late teens or early 20’s, but can go undetected until there is significant disease. There is good news, though. 80% of premature heart attacks and strokes are preventable.

While no one can escape their genetics, in most cases, heart disease is preventable by adopting a healthy lifestyle — quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, controlling blood sugar and cholesterol, treating high blood pressure, exercising at least 150 minutes with moderate-intensity physical activity a week and scheduling regular checkups.

Knowing your biometric numbers (e.g., cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar) can help you see how healthy you are and identify potential risks. If you're a Meritain Health Plan member and you need to schedule a preventive screening, Accolade can help.

Need help modifying your lifestyle and achieving better health?

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