Heart-Health Checklist

Why It Matters:
  • This Mother’s Day, help the clients — who are also moms — celebrate by taking charge of their own heart health.
  • Heart disease is the leading killer of women, but it’s mostly preventable.
  • Give your clients the gift of a wealth and health connection with this easy-to-follow checklist for a healthier heart.

This Mother’s Day, instead of sending cards to the matriarchs on your client list, consider sending them something a little closer to the heart. Closer to their actual heart that is.

With this downloadable checklist, you can start more conversations about the wealth and health connection while providing useful information to help mothers, and families, live with better cardiovascular health.

As Jennifer Mieres, M.D., a professor of cardiology at Zucker School of Medicine at Nofstra/Northwell and a spokesperson for the American Heart Association says, “…recognizing your health is your most important asset and scheduling time for you on your daily list is really important”

In fact, cardiovascular fitness is essential to much of your overall health. Though strides have been made in early diagnosis and treatment, heart disease remains the biggest killer of women and men. And the cost of all cardiovascular diseases are rapidly rising, expected to hit about $1.2 trillion by 2035, according to American Heart Association projections.

That can be a big hit to a retirement account. Ready to learn more? Dive into the checklist and consider sharing the gift of information this Mother’s Day.

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Download the Heart Health Checklist.

Moms, for all the things your heart holds dear, your heart health should climb to the top of the list.  These five steps can help you take charge of your, and your family’s, heart health.

Step 1: Know Your Risk Factors

You can start by discussing the risk factors that may be affecting your heart health with your primary healthcare provider or OB-GYN. These can include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Cholesterol levels
  • Body-mass index (BMI)
  • Carrying extra weight in your abdomen
  • History of pregnancy-related complications including preeclampsia or gestational hypertension


Step 2: Control Your Risk

Adopting a healthier lifestyle goes a long way in heart disease prevention. “That includes choosing to move every day,” Mieres said, adding that it’s important to “demystify” exercise. And that it can be as simple such as jogging, walking, cycling or even dancing – as long as you aim for 45 minutes most days for the week. Here are some tips to get you moving towards a healthier ticker:

  • Eat more colorful meals that include fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats in the form of olive oil and nuts.
  • Quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke. Need help? Ask your doctors about available tools for living a smoke-free life.


Step 3:  Sleep More and Stress Less

Mothers of children young and old have had their share of sleepless nights and stressful times, and that can take a toll on your heart health.

These tips can help make managing daily stress a priority:

  • Control stress with physical activity.
  • Find an exercise plan that works for you.
  • Customize your schedule so you get enough exercise, even if you regularly work odd hours.

Consider these tips to help get a more restful night’s sleep:

  • Add small, relaxing additions to your daily routine. Consider listening to music or downloading a meditation app for a dose of calmness.
  • Follow these steps to get your rest.


Step 4: Raise Your Awareness

Cardiovascular disease is the leading killer of women and causes one in three deaths each year – or about one woman every minute.

You can keep your focus on heart health by increasing your understanding of heart disease and its impact on women. Consider the following so you can take action in your community or with your family:

  • Participate in — and spread the word about — The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Help to encourage women in your family and community to follow an exercise routine and eat a healthier diet.
  • Visit your doctor for important medical tests and influences others by talking about heart-health.
  • Know the signs of heart disease and how they are different in men and women. Men often have chest pain as a symptom of a heart attack, while women may experience back, neck, and jaw pain.


Step 5: Be Proactive with Your Doctor

It can be important to stay aware of your body and its changes, address warning signs, and preventative care.

  • Ask about prevention and discuss possible heart disease symptoms with your doctor or other medical providers.
  • If your doctor determines you need medication to prevent heart disease or keep it under control, be sure to take it.
  • Know the basics to help identify risks and make important lifestyle decisions.

With as much as you care for in your life, give yourself the time to take care of yourself. Visit The American Heart Association for more information on how you can take charge of your heart health.

Things to Consider:
  • Share the risk factors for heart disease with your clients so they can consider making lifestyle decisions to control them.
  • Talk to your clients about becoming proactive about heart health so they can enjoy their wealth now and in retirement.
  • Show clients the real costs of heart disease to help them make better decisions about their health.

This article was prepared by the American Heart Association (AHA). Transamerica is not affiliated with the AHA and does not control, guarantee, or endorse the information. This information does not constitute the practice of medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always talk to your healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment, including your specific medical needs. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem or condition, please contact a qualified health care professional immediately. If you are in the United States and experiencing a medical emergency, call 911, or call for emergency medical help immediately.