Heart Care Program
We know you are taking action to care for your heart. To help, our Heart Care Program gives you the following benefits:
- A Care Team to support your heart health needs.
- Referrals to health coaching for heart health.
- Health education materials related to heart health.
Our Heart Care Team will work closely with your doctor and pharmacy. We are ready to help you keep your heart healthy.
Learn more about heart disease
Heart disease refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease, or CAD. In CAD, the blood vessels that bring blood and oxygen to your heart become narrow.
Heart disease happens slowly overtime. Most of the time it is not diagnosed until a person experiences signs or symptoms of one or more of the following:
- Heart attacks- when blood flow is suddenly blocked in the blood vessels of the heart.
- Heart failure- when the heart cannot pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs.
Being at risk means you are more likely to get heart disease. Some things you cannot control raise your risk for heart disease:
- Age. If you are a man over the age of 45 or a woman over 55.
- A close family member with heart disease.
- Being Black or African American.
There are other things that also increase your risk of heart disease:
- High blood pressure.
- High cholesterol in your blood.
- Too much weight in the belly area or obesity.
- Smoking tobacco.
- A poor diet.
- Not being physically active.
- Drinking too much alcohol.
- High stress.
Prevent Heart Disease
Fortunately, there are many things you can do to prevent heart disease. Talk to your doctor about your heart health. Change the things you CAN change.
Learn more about how to prevent heart disease with the following resources.
- Ten tips for quitting smoking
- Benefits of quitting smoking
- Calculate your cash savings of quitting smoking
- Steps to manage your diabetes for life
- Diabetes and Smoking
- Small changes for healthy eating
- Make every sip count
For more information about our Heart Care Program:
Call: 1-866-292-0010 (TTY 711)
Office hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST
Health education materials are posted with permission from authorized agencies and organizations. References for content on heart disease: 2019 ACC/AHA Guidelines: Primary Prevention of CVD, CDC-heart disease, and NIH/Med-Line Plus-heart disease.