West virginia NEWS

February is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month, which is a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle and make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health. Quality Insights can provide resources and tools to help care for your heart health. 
February is American Heart Month; a time to spread awareness about the importance of heart health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, one in four deaths is caused by heart disease. The good news is that its risk factors can be prevented or controlled.

“There are many simple steps we can all take to prevent heart disease,” says Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network Director Rebecca Cochran, MSN, RN, CPHQ. “We should all strive to make healthy choices when we eat, stay active and manage our health conditions."

While many people know what they need to do to help reduce their risk of heart disease, it can be a challenge to actually do those things. While sometimes difficult, it’s not impossible. To lower your risk:

  • Watch your weight
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke
  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Eat healthy
  • Get or stay active (under your doctor’s care)

Another way you can take an active role in healthcare is by serving as a Quality Insights patient advisor. Your knowledge, feedback and experiences can help healthcare providers improve the care they deliver. Learn more about this opportunity by visiting our Become a Patient Advisor page.
As a Medicare Quality Innovation Network, Quality Insights works with healthcare providers, patients and stakeholders to prevent and reduce cardiovascular disease. View our Patients/Families tab to download free tools that can help you be heart healthy. 

Additional Resources

The West Virginia University Cancer Institute's Cancer Prevention and Control program has also compiled some helpful tools to benefit individuals and their families. 

To learn more about these resources, please contact Vickie Burke at the WVU Cancer Institute by calling (304) 293-2370 or emailing vburke@hsc.wvu.edu