Created: 23 Apr 2020
Heart attack has several risk factors. The major risk factors include increase of age, hereditary and gender whereby males are more susceptible. These risk factors cannot be controlled but can be managed by getting oneself checked and early detection.
There exist modifiable risk factors of heart attack such as smoking, having high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes, being obese and physically inactive. On top of these, having high levels of stress, heavy consumption of alcohol and practicing an unhealthy balance of nutrition and diet could also lead to the cause of this deadly disease.
One can reduce or eliminate these types of risk factors by leading a heart healthy lifestyle, which consists of consuming healthy and balanced meals, exercising, not smoking, reducing consumption of alcohol and living life positively.
Regular check-ups are key to knowing of your current state of health and heart condition. Besides that, early detection and screening can save lives.
It is important to be aware of and identify common tell-tale signs of heart attack such as tightness and pain in the chest area and palpitation among many others.
All these said, getting a health insurance that encompasses both medical and critical illness would be able to lessen your burden by covering treatment costs and providing financial assistance should there be severe repercussions.
A critical illness (CI) plan provides financial relief if you have had a heart attack especially if the attack affects your ability to have an income.
Having a CI plan allows for you to focus on recovery as most CI plans provide some form of coverage for invasive treatment such as angioplasty, heart bypass surgery, stent procedure or any other procedures that is required to save your life.
On the other hand, a medical plan will come in handy when you seek for consultations, go through some tests and undergo treatments. Post-attack, you may still be required to seek treatments, take medications and if needed, go for surgical procedures. Having a medical card will lessen your burden on the medical bills.
Heart disease, being the major cause of death in Malaysia and in many other countries, should not be looked upon lightly. Being prepared in many ways would make one manage the possible situations that may arise better.