The Meaning of Heart Month

By Shane Power, President of Watertree Health

heartbeat-163709_640The symbol of Valentine’s Day, the heart, has long been synonymous with the month of February. In recent years a much more serious heart-related theme has also been assigned to this month—heart health. February is devoted to bringing awareness to heart diseases, its causes and how it can be treated or even prevented.

Tips on recognizing the symptoms and how to prevent them through proper nutrition and exercise can be found at http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/. Just as important as recognizing the dangers of heart disease—and how lifestyle adaptations can prevent them—is shining a spotlight on how costly it can be for the average sufferer.

Heart disease is a chronic illness, which is a leading cause of death and disability in the United States. It accounts for 1 in 4 deaths in the U.S., or 600,000 people each year. This chronic condition is an epidemic that also impacts our health care system and economy. For example, coronary heart disease alone costs the United States $108.9 billion each year. This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity.

Those with chronic illnesses like heart disease generally rely on more prescription medications than individuals without a diagnosed chronic illness. Recent studies have suggested that even with insurance, the chronically ill spend a greater percentage of their income on prescriptions.

With generic medications growing more expensive, prescription discount cards can play an enormous role for people with heart disease or other chronic conditions. With our card, all brand name and generic prescriptions are eligible for savings. We believe that no one should suffer because they can’t afford to treat a life-threatening illness, or should be prevented from creating a better cycle of health for themselves.

Sources:

http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm

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