It’s Time To Take Care of Your Heart
Heart disease is the leading cause of death amongst men and women in the United States. It is such an issue that nearly one third of all American deaths are related to heart disease in some way. Though better care can help to reduce costs and hospital stays from a short term perspective, there are proactive prevention that people can and should take today to reduce their risks of suffering from heart disease themselves.
Here’s where you can start to take care of your heart:
Get preventative screenings.
Chances are that your body can tell a doctor a lot about what is going on inside of it when it comes to your heart health. High blood pressure, high cholesterol rates, and periodic checks for diabetes are all effective, low-cost ways to gauge how healthy your heart happens to be. With proactive prevention to help resolve these issues sooner rather than later, heart disease risks can be dramatically lowered over time with some very basic steps.
Best of all, with the new health care laws that have been passed, many of these preventative screens are free of charge for people on Medicaid and Medicare. Many health insurance plans also offer preventative screenings at no cost or a very low cost, similar to a basic co-pay.
Compare your care before you have a problem.
At the best hospitals in the United States, people live longer with health related problems, experience lower costs, and get faster discharges back home. Rather than have to guess at which hospital you should seek admission when you’ve got chest pains, do your research now to determine which hospitals are the best in your area.
If you’re on Medicare, take advantage of the hospital care finder that this government plan offers online. You can quickly compare the quality of care at all of your local hospitals so that you can insure that you get the best care
Why Choose the Best Hospitals?
There are several things that the best hospitals do as a best practice for patients with heart health concerns that other hospitals fail to do. This includes providing beta blockers, giving aspirin on arrival, prescribing medications that can prevent a subsequent heart attack, procedures to help resolve any clotting issues, and ace inhibitors to reduce stress on the heart itself.
This combination of measures is what is necessary for a better chance of survival during a heart emergency. Rather than rely on these emergency measures, however, the time is now to start taking care of your heart. Work to get some exercise every day. Eat heart healthy foods. Limit unhealthy options if you’re concerned about your health. By taking these steps, the chances are good that you won’t just be another statistic!