February brings us Valentine’s Day, the holiday for focusing on affairs of the heart, but it also rings in an entire month of heart health awareness. Whether it’s called American Heart Month, Heart Health Month, or National Heart Awareness Month, this is the month in which health providers across the country traditionally launch extra initiatives and programs to help residents of their communities understand the importance of heart health and wellness. However, this task can prove challenging when you are simply working from charts, statistics and other data; data that individual patients may not relate to their own lives. HealthAware’s HeartAware program provides that invaluable information in an engaging interface that is easy to understand.
Heart Disease by the Numbers
Of course, no health professional would take the grim statistics of heart disease in the U.S. lightly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease accounts for 630,000 deaths (one out of every four) in this country every year, serving as the leading cause of death among men and women. Every 40 seconds, on average, an American has a heart attack, while every minute heart disease plays a role in a death. In addition to the incalculable human tragedy associated with heart disease, this epidemic incurs costs of $200 billion a year to treat.
The Value of Knowing the Risks
Many people simply do not recognize the power they have to control or prevent heart disease, partly because they don’t know the risk factors. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute notes that while some risk factors such as advancing age and a family history of heart disease cannot be helped, a great many others can. These preventable or manageable risk factors include excess weight, a diet of fatty foods, elevated cholesterol or high blood pressure, smoking, and a sedentary lifestyle.
Unfortunately, even those individuals who know that they have some of these risk factors may not connect them to the harsh realities of their own personal risk for heart disease — especially if they are not experiencing any symptoms of ill health. It is imperative that patients understand their individual risk factors and have access to the necessary resources for getting their health under control.
How HeartAware Can Help
HealthAware’s web-based assessments are fully compatible with popular desktop and mobile web browsers. The HeartAware online risk assessment program provides health and wellness information to community members in a customized and targeted way in order to illuminate individual risk factors which makes it easy to evaluate and stratify specific heart disease risks for each participant. The data is also available for real-time relay to your CRM platform.
At the end of each HeartAware Connect risk assessment, participants are provided with clearly worded, easy-to-understand assessments of their risks for heart disease including an evaluation of which risk factors they should focus on reducing. Participants then have an opportunity to evaluate and consider specific recommendations for health improvement such as smoking cessation, exercise, weight loss, dietary changes and medical treatment for related issues such as hypertension.
Taking control of one’s health is perhaps one of the most difficult yet important elements of attaining a long and healthy life. Unfortunately, most people are not equipped with the knowledge needed to make better choices. HeartAware’s innovative programming educates users about the dangers they face while providing them with unique strategies to improve their health. Visit our Connect HRA Assessment page to learn more today.