Take care of your health with an FSA during American Heart Month

February is officially known as American Heart Month. This special month was established by the American Heart Association (AHA) to bring awareness to heart disease and its treatment.

According to the AHA, heart disease is the “number one killer of all Americans."

Today is actually “National Wear Red" day (part of the Go Red For Women Campaign), which marks a commitment to healthy living by monitoring heart health.

Women have a higher risk, the AHA notes, with cardiovascular diseases causing one in three women's deaths each year.

4 Ways Your Flexible Spending Account Helps Fight Heart Disease

  1. Focus on heart health by monitoring all separate factors including blood pressure, cholesterol and take a healthy lifestyle approach by exercising and eating healthy. A well-balanced diet, eliminating stress, and regular exercise contribute to a healthy heart.
  2. Keep tabs on heart health with FSA-eligible blood pressure monitors.
  3. Smoking can increase your risk for heart disease. Smoking cessation programs and smoking deterrents are FSA eligible with a prescription. To purchase a smoking cessation gum or nicotine patches from brands including NicoDerm and Nicorette, please have a prescription ready from your doctor.
  4. Visit a doctor for an annual physical or get regular checkups. Out-of-pocket costs such as deductibles, coinsurance and co-pays are covered under a Flexible Spending Account. Age, family history and gender can play a role as well, so it's good to be informed and know your risk factors.

Shop for FSA-eligible products online through FSAstore.com and get free shipping on any order over $50.

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