Showing posts with label American Heart Association. Show all posts
Showing posts with label American Heart Association. Show all posts

Monday, October 19, 2015

FamilyWize Turns 10!

October is a major milestone in FamilyWize history - it's our 10th birthday! Since 2005, we have worked tirelessly to improve the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities.

Originally, we were only focused on Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, where our headquarters is located. However, as our operations have expanded, so has our focus; we now provide prescription savings to consumers in every state!

We are able to provide these discounts by way of our free FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card and our extensive network of partner programs. Today, that network includes the United Way, the National Council on Aging, and the American Heart Association, among others.

With help from these partners, we’ve been able to help more than 8.8 million people save over $925 million dollars on their medication costs.

Ray Bullman, Executive Vice President of the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE), another FamilyWize partner, says, “FamilyWize has a long tradition of delivering value to consumers and raising awareness of the need to talk about medications, from access to affordability to advocacy, through their partners. We congratulate them on their successful 10-year milestone and look forward to working together to promote safe, smart prescription use.”

To make this anniversary even more significant, we’ve just launched a new educational campaign in support of "Talk About Your Medicines Month," established 30 years ago by NCPIE in an effort to promote the wise use of medicines through trusted communication for better health.

The centerpiece of our campaign is the release of our Live Healthy. Live Smart.® eBook. This free educational guide provides valuable information about prescription medications — from what you should ask your pharmacist, to how to get the best prices at the pharmacy, to how to dispose of your medication safely.

"We are thrilled to partner with NCPIE as part of Talk About Your Medicines month and our own 10th Anniversary. We believe that it is critical that all consumers not only have access to the medications they need, but also have access to information on issues surrounding prescription medications, whether that be the importance of taking your prescriptions regularly or how to save on prescription medication costs,” said Joseph Sanginiti, President and COO of FamilyWize.

To get your free eBook of helpful pharmacy tips and advice, click here to download it or read it online. The eBook also includes a FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card, which is accepted at over 60,000 pharmacies nationwide and can help you save an average of 42% on prescription medication. Here's to another decade of helping people save!

Ric Moxley
Contributing Writer

Monday, February 17, 2014

February is American Heart Month

Cardiovascular disease is often called the silent killer because it can have no noticeable symptoms. Especially for this reason, it’s important to learn the components of good heart health to keep you and your family safe and healthy.

What do you need to know about heart health?

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC):

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.
  • Every year, approximately 715,000 Americans suffer from a heart attack.
  • About 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States each year, which accounts for one in four of all deaths.

Common types of heart conditions:

  • Coronary heart disease: Also called coronary artery disease, this is the most common type of heart disease in the United States. This condition occurs when plaque builds up in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. This disease can cause a heart attack, angina, heart failure, and arrhythmias.
  • Heart attack: According to the Mayo Clinic, a heart attack usually occurs when a blood clot blocks the flow of blood through a coronary artery. This can cause damage or destroy part of the heart muscle. Also known as a myocardial infarction, a heart attack can be fatal.

What are the symptoms of a heart attack?

  • Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back.
  • Feeling lightheaded, faint, or weak.
  • Discomfort or pain in the chest.
  • Shoulder or arm pain or discomfort.
  • Shortness of breath.

If you experience any of the symptoms, call 911 immediately.

Are heart attack symptoms different for men and women?

Yes, they can be. In fact, women often ignore their symptoms because they’re not those typically associated with heart attacks. Women should pay attention to:

  • A burning sensation in the upper abdomen
  • Lightheadedness
  • An upset stomach
  • Sweating.

What steps can you take to ensure good heart health?

  1. Eat a healthy diet.  A diet of fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and unprocessed foods is best. Limit salt or sodium intake. Also watch your intake of saturated and trans fats and cholesterol.
  2. Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese can increase your risk of developing heart disease.
  3. Get moving! Experts recommend moderate to intense exercise at least 30 minutes most days of the week. If necessary, break those workouts into shorter periods of time. In general, include more movement in your daily routine, especially if you have a job that requires sitting for most of the day.
  4. Watch your blood pressure.
  5. Don’t smoke. If you smoke, quit. And limit exposure to secondhand smoke, too.
  6. Limit alcohol consumption. Men should consume no more than two alcoholic drinks per day; women should drink no more than one beverage containing alcohol daily.
  7. Have your cholesterol checked.
  8. Manage diabetes. In women, other chronic conditions, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, too.
  9. Take medications as prescribed.
  10. Reduce stress levels.
  11. Get treated for depression.
  12. Be aware of your family history.

What events are being held throughout the month?

Go Red for Women is one of the organizations with a specific focus on heart health. Visit for events in your area. Check out the American Heart Association’s Website for valuable information on American Heart Month.

Kathy Rembisz
Contributing Writer

Friday, February 1, 2013

Go RED for Women!!!!

heart disease day
This go red heart symbolizes raising awareness of heart disease in women.
On Feb. 1, the American Heart Association’s  " Go Red for Women " day campaign is celebrating its 10th annual National Wear Red Day. Women and men across the country will wear red in support of the movement to prevent heart disease in women.

Heart disease is the number 1 killer of women, more deadly than all forms of cancer combined! Heart disease causes one in three women’s death each year, killing approximately one woman every minute. Many think that breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women , however, 1 in 31 women die of breast cancer annually ,1 in 3 women die from cardiovascular disease.

Wear red today or anytime during the month
of February to remind people of heart disease
in women.
To raise awareness of heart disease among women, the American Heart Association created the Go Red movement 10 years ago. This effort celebrates the energy, passion and power of women across the country and helps raise awareness of the threat posed by heart disease. Go Red for Women events also promote healthy lifestyles and raise money to help fund the fight against heart disease through scientific research.

Through research, we have found that women are less likely than men to be referred for diagnostic tests, to receive intervention such as angioplasties and stents, or to receive preventive medication. Women are also more likely than men to die within a year of having a heart attack, and women are 1.5 times more likely to be readmitted to the hospital after heart bypass surgery. Despite established hospital and physician guidelines for heart patients, women continue to be occasionally misdiagnosed by physicians. Many primary care doctors still don’t know that heart disease kills more women than men.

While there was a huge decline in death from heart disease in men (17.5%) in the past 30 years, it has decreased a mere 2.5% in women of all ages. This chasm between men and women may grow even larger if disparities in the way women are treated persist.

These disparities are the reason Congress introduced a bipartisan bill, The HEART for Women Act (S. 438/H.R. 3526). The HEART for Women Act would require the U.S. Health and Human Services secretary to submit an annual report to Congress on the quality of and access to care for women with cardiovascular disease. It would also ensure that new and experimental drug and medical device safety and efficacy data reported to the federal government is classified by gender, race and ethnicity.

“We need to know how drugs, treatments and devices affect women living with heart disease if we are going to decrease morbidity and mortality caused by heart disease, the number one killer of women. This bill will shine a light on how well the FDA reports research results stratified by sex, race and ethnicity,” said Lisa M. Tate, chief executive officer of Women Heart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, a heart disease association dedicated to promoting early detection and proper diagnosis.

What You Can Do

red heart day
Check blood pressure and
cholesterol to prevent a heart attack.
First, take charge — know your risk factors, maintain healthy eating habits, exercise, don’t smoke, and see your doctor every year. Your heart is in your hands. And heart disease is largely preventable if you work to lower your risks. So get on the horn and schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider to learn what numbers you’re dealing with so you can lower them if you need to. Don’t wait to discover it after a heart attack strikes.

High cholesterol has no symptoms, and many people have it without knowing. Find out what your cholesterol levels are so you can lower them if you need to.

Ideally, total cholesterol should be less than 200 mg/dL, a desirable level that puts you at lower risk for heart disease.

HDL cholesterol levels:
• Less than 50 mg/dL: Low HDL cholesterol. A major risk factor for heart disease.

LDL cholesterol levels:
• Less than 100 mg/dL: Optimal

High blood pressure is considered a silent killer. It sneaks up on you, has symptoms that are easily confused with non-threatening health issues, and can put you at risk for heart disease.

Normal: Less than 120 systolic and less than 80 diastolic (systolic is the top number, diastolic is the   bottom number).
Pre-hypertension: 120-139 systolic or 80-89 diastolic
Hypertension: 140 or higher systolic or 90 or higher diastolic.

Now, with all this knowledge , I ask you to please join us in our efforts to reverse the statistics — there is strength in numbers, and together, we have the power to educate, commit and make a difference. Wear Red on February, 1st . You have the power to stop a killer. And you don’t need to become a kung fu master or undercover agent to do it! All you have to do is adopt a few simple habits that’ll put you on the road to a heart healthy lifestyle. Know your numbers and visit for more information and helpful tips. Also visit to get heart attack information, such as risk factors, prevention and care.

Remember, if you need any cholesterol, blood pressure or other prescription medications, the FamilyWize discount prescription card can save you up to 75%, if you are uninsured or if your prescription plan does not cover the drug. Download yours today and pass one along to a friend!

Theresa Conejo  RN
American Heart/Stroke Association Volunteer