Belleville, Ill (PRWEB) February 01, 2013
Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, is the leading cause of death in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. During American Heart Month in February, it’s important to remember that the disease also is a leading cause of disability, according to Allsup, a nationwide provider of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) representation and Medicare plan selection services.
“The numbers are overwhelming,” said Tai Venuti, Allsup manager of Strategic Alliances. “More than 2,000 Americans a day die from cardiovascular disease. Thousands more experience severe disability, and their lives are changed in an instant.”
Allsup has helped thousands of stroke survivors and people with heart disease get the SSDI benefits they paid for during their working years, and is pleased to support the Million Hearts™ initiative, a national program led by HHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Launched in 2011, it aims to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes over five years.
According to Million Hearts™, heart disease and stroke are among the most widespread and costly health problems facing the nation today, accounting for more than $444 billion in healthcare expenditures and lost productivity in 2010 alone.
“If you have heart disease or are a stroke survivor, you know firsthand the physical and financial toll it can take, especially if you can’t continue working,” Venuti said. “Patients face increased medical costs at the same time that their income shrinks or disappears altogether.”
Steps To Improve Heart Health
Million Hearts™ offers the following tips to help keep your heart in good condition:
Remember your ABCs
A — Appropriate aspirin use: Ask your doctor if aspirin will reduce your risk for heart attacks.
B — Blood pressure control: You can control your blood pressure and reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke.
C — Cholesterol management: Your healthcare professional can provide guidance to help you lower your cholesterol levels if they’re high.
S — Smoking cessation: Ask your healthcare professional to connect you with tools to help you quit smoking.
Steps To Improve Financial Health
Tips for those with a severe disability caused by cardiovascular disease:
Allsup is a nationwide provider of Social Security disability, veterans disability appeal, Medicare and Medicare Secondary Payer compliance services for individuals, employers and insurance carriers. Founded in 1984, Allsup employs more than 800 professionals who deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. The company is based in Belleville, Ill., near St. Louis. For more information, go to http://www.Allsup.com or visit Allsup on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Allsupinc.
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