It Takes Heart: Learning Heart Health at Thriving After 60 Day


By Ben Thrutchley

For some, thriving over 60 requires finding new ways to be healthy, fit, and active, both mentally and physically. Almost no part of our body is more important to keep healthy than our hearts. That’s why heart health took center stage during one of Kaiser Permanente’s inaugural Thriving After 60 Day educational workshops.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 610,000 people die from heart disease in the United States every year. That represents 1 out of every 4 deaths across the country. During his educational workshop, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group cardiologist, Emil Thattassery, MD, shared ways participants can reduce their heart disease risks by managing their weight and cholesterol.

“At Kaiser Permanente, we want to make sure our members thrive after 60 by keeping their heart healthy. Over and over I see two big drivers of heart disease, smoking and poor diet. The good news is our members can control both and live better, longer lives. In a 2009 Kaiser Permanente study, we found that when patients controlled for risk factors and took their medicine, they showed a 62% lower risk of having a heart attack or stroke. The opportunity to share information like that with our members is why events like Thriving After 60 Day are so important,” Dr. Thattassery said.

Controlling blood pressure is one area where Kaiser Permanente members are truly thriving compared to the general population. Dr. Thattassery explained that across America only 1 out of 2 people have blood pressure under control, but here at Kaiser Permanente, 9 out of 10 members do. This shows how an ounce of knowledge, prevention, and planning with a Kaiser Permanente health professional can make a big difference when it comes to heart health.

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