Medvantx Supports Heart Health During American Heart Month
Medvantx encourages everyone to show their heart some love this February during American Heart Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death in the country, which is why it’s important to live a heart healthy lifestyle year round. Join Medvantx in raising awareness about heart health this February by learning about how to reduce your risk of heart disease.
Understanding Heart Disease
Heart disease can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, and ethnicity. It is sometimes known as a “silent killer,” as some people experience no symptoms of heart disease until they have a cardiac event such as a heart attack, arrhythmia, or heart failure. It’s important to know the top factors that can lead to heart disease including:
• High blood pressure (hypertension)
• High cholesterol
Other medical conditions or behavioral factors that may influence heart disease include obesity, diabetes, poor diet, physical inactivity, genetics, and excessive alcohol use. Knowing your risk for heart disease can help you make lifestyle changes or reach out to healthcare providers to explore medications to improve your heart health.
If you are uncertain about your heart health, check in with your primary healthcare provider to screen for symptoms like high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
Reducing Your Risks
If you have heart disease or risk factors, you can potentially improve your health with these tips:
• Eat a heart-healthy diet
• Limit sodium intake
• Exercise regularly*
• Reduce inflammation
• Practice yoga and/or meditation
• Quit smoking
• Limit alcohol consumption
If your heart health doesn’t improve with lifestyle changes, consult your doctor about possible prescriptions that can help lower blood pressure or cholesterol depending on your specific needs. Managing other chronic conditions, like diabetes, through medication adherence can help maintain your overall health, including for your heart.
Showing Love with Medvantx
Medvantx believes in increasing patient access to care through raising awareness and assisting patients in getting the medications they need. In 2022 alone, we dispensed over 278,000 prescriptions to help treat and improve the lives of patients with heart disease related conditions, such as high blood pressure, angina, arrythmia, and more. With over a decade of prescription assistance program (PAP) expertise, we work closely with manufacturers to administer charitable programs that allow patients who may otherwise fall between the cracks of the US healthcare system receive vital prescriptions.
*Always check with a healthcare professional before beginning a new exercise regime. For the latest recommendations on exercise, check the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.