Heart First® Heart Failure Prevention Program
Heart First is a program for First Choice members to help prevent and manage heart failure.
Through Heart First, you will get tips to help avoid heart failure. Heart First will inform you about:
- Heart medicines.
- Your cholesterol.
- Low-salt diets.
- Signs of heart failure.
What is heart failure?1
Heart failure does not mean your heart stops working. Heart failure means your heart does not work as well as it should. When your heart can no longer pump blood through your body as strongly as it should, blood backs up in your blood vessels. This can cause:
- Fluid build-up around your lungs.
- Shortness of breath.
- Swelling of your hands, ankles, legs, or belly.
There is no cure for heart failure. The best way to take care of yourself is to follow your provider's plan for you and to take the right medicines. Keep an eye out for heart failure symptoms. With careful monitoring, you can improve your chances to feel better and live a longer, healthier life.
For more information about Heart First or to enroll, call toll-free at 1-888-276-2020, extension 55251. Or, log in to the member portal and go to Enroll in a Special Program to get started.
For more information about heart failure, visit the American Heart Association at www.heart.org.
1. "What is Heart Failure?" American Heart Association, https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/heart-failure/what-is-heart-failure.