Tyson Health Flyer (FEB 2022)

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Know the facts about

Heart disease


What is heart disease?

Each year, more than 600,000 Americans

die of heart disease. It is the leading cause

of death in the United States. The term

“heart disease” refers to several types of

heart conditions. Coronary artery disease

(CAD), when a substance called plaque

builds up in your arteries, is the most

common. Other kinds of heart disease

involve the valves in the heart or make

the heart unable to pump well.

Are you at risk?

Anyone, including children, can develop

heart disease. Factors that contribute to

heart disease:

• Smoking

• Eating an unhealthy diet

• Not getting enough exercise

• Having high cholesterol

• Having high blood pressure

• Having diabetes

How is heart disease diagnosed?

Your doctor can perform several tests

to diagnose heart disease, including

chest X-rays, coronary angiograms,

electrocardiograms and exercise stress tests.

How is heart disease treated?

If you have heart disease, lifestyle changes

can lower your risk for complications. Your

doctor also may prescribe medication to

treat the disease.


If you think

you, or

someone else,

is having a

heart attack,

call 9-1-1


What are the signs and symptoms?

Symptoms of heart disease vary depending

on the type of heart disease. For many people,

chest discomfort or a heart attack are the first

signs. Someone having a heart attack may

experience several symptoms, including:

• Chest pain or discomfort that doesn’t go

away after a few minutes.

• Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck or back.

• Shortness of breath.

• Pain or discomfort in the arms or shoulder.

• Weakness, light-headedness, nausea (feeling

sick to your stomach), or a cold sweat.

Can heart disease be prevented?

You can reduce your risk of heart disease:

• Don’t smoke.

• Maintain a healthy weight.

• Eat a healthy diet.

• Exercise regularly.

• Prevent or treat your other health

conditions, especially high blood pressure,

high cholesterol and diabetes.

Meet Our Case Manager

Kim Booth, RN, BSN,CCM

“I help our

members live

fearlessly by

teaching them

about the tools

and resources

that are available

to them.”

Kim, a BlueAdvantage

Administrators of

Arkansas case manager,

has eight years of

nursing experience in

oncology. Kim’s goal

is to provide each

member she talks to

with the resources

and educational tools

they need to optimize

their health care

benefits. She enjoys

telling members that

case management is

available to them, and

then being available to

help them when they

need it. When she isn’t

at work, Kim is boating,

gardening or cooking.

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