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Add heart-healthy habits to your routine as a starting point for improved health

Diet and exercise are a big part of managing your CV risk. Even simple, heart-healthy changes can make a difference. Choose a few tips below to add to your routine today.

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Happy couple cooking a healthy meal together to lower their cardiovascular risk

Eat healthy.

As with most things in life, eating healthy comes down to preparation. Here are some useful tips whether you're home or on the go.

At home

  • Double the batch of a heart-healthy recipe and freeze additional servings for future meals
  • Combine leftovers—remember to keep tabs on portion sizes—to create new meals
  • Chop vegetables and prepare fruit to make convenient snack packs

At work

  • Eat lunch away from your desk to avoid “mindless eating”
  • Bring snacks with fiber and protein so you feel full longer, like unsalted nuts, Greek yogurt, or whole-grain crackers
  • Replace cream with milk or plant-based milk in your coffee. Also try lowering your sugar intake

At restaurants

  • Read the menu ahead of time. If you choose a less healthy option, plan to make healthier choices for the rest of the day
  • Ask for healthy substitutions or for items (like sauces) on the side
  • For big portions, request a to-go container and save half for tomorrow’s dinner
Woman practicing yoga to help improve her heart health

Stay active.

Here are some tips to set some goals and get up and go. Remember, always talk to your doctor first before starting a new exercise routine.

Set yourself up for success

  • Make clear goals by planning “what,” “when,” “where,” and “how long” for each activity
  • Set your phone to buzz when you’ve reached your target steps for the day
  • Remember: set reasonable expectations! Even a little more movement each day adds up

Switch up your routine

  • Try a group exercise class or an online workout
  • Add more movement to an everyday routine, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Join an organization or charity that hosts active events like walks or runs

Find more time

  • Work with your doctor to determine how many minutes of activity to aim for per week, and break that into manageable time periods (even if it’s only 10 minutes)
  • Make TV time active! Walk in place, do yoga, or lift weights while you watch
  • Exercise during the time of day when you have the most energy

Taking prescribed medications

  • Schedule when you’ll take each of your medications, so you have a plan in place
  • Work taking your medications into an established routine. For example, take them every morning after you brush your teeth
  • Set reminders like a phone alert or fridge sticky note
Doctor explaining to his patient how VASCEPA® (icosapent ethyl) can help protect his heart

Now, find out how VASCEPA reduces your risk of a heart attack or stroke.

 
INDICATIONS
WHAT IS VASCEPA?
VASCEPA is a prescription medicine used:
  • along with certain medicines (statins) to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and certain types of heart issues requiring hospitalization in adults with heart (cardiovascular) disease, or diabetes and 2 or more additional risk factors for heart disease.
  • along with a low-fat and low-cholesterol diet to lower high levels of triglycerides (fats) in adults.

It is not known if VASCEPA changes your risk of having inflammation of your pancreas (pancreatitis).
It is not known if VASCEPA is safe and effective in children.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

WHO SHOULD NOT TAKE VASCEPA?

  • Do not take VASCEPA if you are allergic to icosapent ethyl or any of the ingredients in VASCEPA.

What are the possible side effects of VASCEPA?
VASCEPA may cause serious side effects, including:

  • Heart rhythm problems (atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter). Heart rhythm problems which can be serious and cause hospitalization have happened in people who take VASCEPA, especially in people who have heart (cardiovascular) disease or diabetes with a risk factor for heart (cardiovascular) disease, or who have had heart rhythm problems in the past. Tell your doctor if you get any symptoms of heart rhythm problems such as feeling as if your heart is beating fast and irregular, lightheadedness, dizziness, shortness of breath, chest discomfort or you faint.
  • Possible allergic reactions if you are allergic to fish or shellfish. Stop taking VASCEPA and tell your doctor right away or get emergency medical help if you have any signs or symptoms of an allergic reaction.
  • Bleeding. Serious bleeding can happen in people who take VASCEPA. Your risk of bleeding may increase if you are also taking a blood thinner medicine.
If you have liver problems and are taking VASCEPA, your doctor should do blood tests during treatment.
The most common side effects of VASCEPA include:
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Swelling of the hands, legs, or feet
  • Constipation
  • Gout
  • Heart rhythm problems (atrial fibrillation)
These are not all the possible side effects of VASCEPA. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report adverse events (i.e. side effects) or product complaints by calling 1-855-VASCEPA (1-855-827-2372), emailing [email protected], or calling the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Tell your doctor if you take medicines that affect your blood clotting (anticoagulants or blood thinners).

For more information on VASCEPA, click here to see the full Patient Information or call 1-855-VASCEPA (1-855-827-2372).