February is American Heart Disease Awareness Month, which is a good time to assess your health and insurance coverage. Heart disease, also known as Cardiovascular Disease (CVD), is the leading cause of death in the United States. It causes heart attacks, strokes, and thousands of dollars in health services and treatments. Heart disease is often attributed to health factors that can be controlled, such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
How you can lower your risk:
• Eat healthy. Having a balanced daily diet of fruits and vegetables with low fat and cholesterol are great choices to add to your meal. Avoid or eat less foods that are high in fat and sodium that will raise your blood pressure and cholesterol. Keep track of what you’ve had each day so you’re on top of your health and nutritional needs. There are plenty of great fruit and vegetable options too, so it’s a great opportunity to try new food items and give some variety with your taste.
• Exercise. Being active can also lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, and it can also be an opportunity to get outdoors or out of your home. Long walks, jogging, or bike rides are a few ways to go out and sight see while also being beneficial to your health. Even the smallest physical activity, such as taking the stairs or parking further to walk more can help.
• Limit smoking and drinking alcohol. Aside from heart disease, smoking and drinking alcohol can cause other diseases. It’s recommended that if you do smoke, try to gradually quit. If you drink, make sure you’re not having more than one or two on a daily basis.
When it comes to your health insurance, there are several things you will want to consider. Lowering the chances of heart disease gives you less of a risk of heart attacks, strokes, or other health issues, but you’ll still want to make sure you have the coverage in case you may ever need it. Increasing your deductible can give you greater coverage for the disease that causes more health issues and deaths than any other in the United States. If your employer offers health coverage, see what critical illnesses are included, what benefit options are available and how much they cover.
For specific policies, contact our office to ensure you have the best coverage for your health. Having an emergency backup fund for your health and visiting the doctor for checkups are other ways to look out for your health. Taking these precautions will help lower the chance of heart disease and expenses and increase your awareness of risks to live healthier.
At Virginia Beach insurance company WBR Insurance we offer a full portfolio of policies, including life insurance. We pride ourselves in establishing personal relationships with our customers to assist you in protecting what matters most. To get a free quote for your Virginia Beach life insurance needs, give us a call at 757-340-0028 or visit our website www.WBRInsurance.com.
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