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© 2011 Health Alliance Plan of Michigan
Learn to Manage Stress
Getting stressed out can make heart failure worse. It speeds up your
heart rate and raises blood pressure. So plan ahead and try to avoid
stressful situations. When you do get anxious or upset, try these
simple stress busters.
Take a walk.*
Even gentle exercise eases stress and tension.
Count to 10.
If a conversation makes you feel angry, pause before
responding.
Breathe!
Slow, deep breathing calms both the mind and body.
Talk it out.
Just expressing your concerns to a good friend, family
member or counselor can relieve stress.
Relax.
Listen to music, practice yoga or do what helps you unwind.
Laugh.
Some research suggests that having an active sense of humor
can help protect against heart attacks.
The fu vaccine helps prevent the fu and lessens your
symptoms if you do get it. The CDC recommends that everyone
ages 6 months and older get a fu shot.
Also, anyone older than age 65 should get a one time
pneumonia vaccine. People with heart failure should also get
the vaccine. It protects against a bacteria that can cause
pneumonia.
Get Your Flu Shot This Fall
HAP’s CareTrack
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program has
registered Nurse Health Coaches,
as well as behavioral health
specialists and pharmacists,
who will help you sort out any
questions or problems you may be
having with your health. Give us
a call toll-free at
(800) 288-2902.
Or if you’d like more information
or tools for any of the conditions
we discuss in this newsletter,
our website
hap.org
is a great
reference that is available 24 hours
a day, seven days a week.
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