“Only from the heart can you touch the sky.” – Rumi. During the month of February, love is in the air. While you’re showing your loved ones how much you care this Valentine’s Day, don’t forget to show your heart some love, too.

February is American Heart Month. Heart Disease is the #1 cause of death among BOTH men and women in the US every year. While health care has advanced to reduce this number, it’s important to take steps on your own to reduce your risk of heart disease. Exercise and diet are surefire ways to reduce your risk of heart disease, but we have also compiled a list of how your Medicare benefits can also help you with your heart health.

Healthy Lifestyle Habits

It’s no secret that a healthy lifestyle promotes a healthy heart. Making changes to your diet or daily routines can improve your overall health and reduce your risk for heart disease. Reducing processed foods and adding more fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet is a huge step towards a healthier lifestyle. Medicare offers Nutrition Therapy that can offer guidance on what changes to implement and how.

Another factor that greatly increases your risk of heart disease is smoking. Medicare covers up to 8 visits of smoking and tobacco-use cessation counseling visits in a 12-month period.

Heart Disease Screenings

Heart Disease Screenings check your cholesterol, lipid, and triglyceride levels. These blood tests detect conditions that may lead to a heart attack or stroke. Medicare covers cardiovascular screening blood tests once every 5 years.

Diabetes Screening and Management

Diabetes is a common medical condition in which the body either doesn’t make enough insulin or doesn’t respond properly to the insulin it does make. Over time, the high levels of sugar in the blood damage the blood vessels, increasing the chance of heart disease significantly. Medicare covers diabetes screening as often as twice per year for high risk patients. If you are diagnosed with Diabetes, Medicare covers the supplies you need to control it. This includes blood sugar testing monitors, lancet devices, etc.

Keep the love going and check out Million Hearts Learn and Prevent Center. Million Hearts is a national initiative to keep people heart healthy.

If you need help understanding your Medicare coverage, call us today! 904.737.3636