Heart disease management program

Heart disease can develop over time in adults of any age. If you have damaged or blocked blood vessels, your heart doesn't get enough blood flow. This can cause angina, or chest pain. If your blood flow is restricted for a long time, it can permanently damage your heart.

Managing heart disease

Heart disease can be scary, but there's a lot you can do to protect your heart and manage your condition. Lifestyle changes and healthy choices aren't always easy, but they can make a difference at any age.

Work with your primary care physician to:

  • Use medicines correctly.
  • Control your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar.
  • Limit the amount of salt you eat.
  • Exercise regularly and eat healthy foods.
  • Quit smoking.

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Health checks

Talk to your doctor about these wellness checks every year. You may need some of them more often than that.

  • Blood pressure
  • Total cholesterol (HDL, LDL, triglycerides)
  • Monitor your weight
  • Flu shot

Also, check with your doctor to see if your vaccines are up to date, including:

  • Your pneumonia shot
  • Your shingles vaccine
  • Your combined tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccine

Other resources

Log in to learn more

You can find in-depth information about heart disease in your online account.

  1. Log in to your account at bcbsm.com.
  2. Click on the Health & Wellness tab at the top of the page to enter the Blue Cross® Health & Wellness website, powered by WebMD®.
  3. Click on the Health Information tab.
  4. Click on Conditions.
  5. Click on Cardiovascular Health.
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