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Virtual Care: Empowering Heart Health in February and Beyond

Virtual Care: Empowering Heart Health in February and Beyond

February marks Heart Health Month, a time to raise awareness about cardiovascular well-being and prioritize healthy hearts.  This month, Lyric Health is turning RED! At Lyric Health, supporting the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day, we’re not just wearing red,; we’re championing heart health for women everywhere. We proudly support #WearRedDay and #HeartMonth – because every beat matters. Please help us spread the word and paint the world red, and raise awareness for healthier hearts!

This women’s campaign was started in 2003 as part of their Go Red for Women movement, aiming to raise awareness about heart disease among women. This grassroots initiative gained momentum, eventually leading to President Obama’s declaring February as American Heart Month in 2009.

Over the past few years, with the pandemic raising awareness of virtual care, our services at Lyric Health have committed to providing our members access to healthcare services 

promoting and supporting heart health, offering unique benefits for both men and women. Let’s delve into how virtual care is transforming the landscape of cardiovascular health, particularly in understanding and addressing the distinct aspects of heart health for women and men.

Virtual Care: A Game-Changer for Heart Health

Virtual care has revolutionized healthcare accessibility, particularly in heart health. Through telemedicine, individuals can access vital cardiac guidance, consultations, and monitoring from the comfort of their homes. This remote approach has broken barriers, ensuring that geography or mobility issues no longer hinder access to crucial cardiac care. We know that nearly one-fifth of U.S. population lives in rural areas, and access to healthcare can be a struggle, highlighting the importance of virtual care, especially for heart health. 

During Heart Health Month, virtual care provides an invaluable platform for outreach and education. Telehealth appointments offer an avenue for disseminating heart health information and empowering individuals with knowledge about prevention, risk factors, and early detection of cardiovascular issues.

Understanding Women’s Heart Health: Beyond the Stereotypes

Let’s delve into the unique aspects of heart health for women. Contrary to common misconceptions, women often experience heart disease differently from men. This divergence requires specific attention and understanding:

Symptoms Disparity:

  1. Women frequently exhibit subtler or less recognizable heart attack symptoms, such as fatigue, nausea, or discomfort, compared to the classic chest pain in men. Virtual care’s emphasis on patient education and awareness is crucial in ensuring women recognize these nuanced symptoms, facilitating timely intervention and care.
  • Hormonal Influence: Hormonal fluctuations throughout a woman’s life, particularly during pregnancy and menopause, can impact heart health. Virtual care platforms offer tailored resources and consultations, considering these unique physiological aspects to manage risks and promote heart wellness effectively.
  • Advocacy and Support: Virtual care connects women with specialized healthcare providers who understand the nuances of female heart health. Support groups, online communities, and teleconsultations empower women to advocate for their heart health, fostering a supportive network even from a distance.

Men’s Heart Health: Unveiling Risks and Action

While men and women share similar risk factors for heart disease, the manifestation and response to these factors often differ:

  1. Early Onset: Men typically experience heart issues at a younger age than women. Virtual care interventions targeting younger male demographics through digital outreach, remote monitoring, and lifestyle coaching prove instrumental in preemptive measures against heart diseases.
  • Lifestyle Factors: Men tend to engage in riskier behaviors, including smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, which can impact heart health. Virtual care platforms offer personalized counseling and behavior modification programs, aiding men in adopting healthier habits.
  • Remote Monitoring and Prevention: Virtual care’s remote monitoring capabilities enable continuous tracking of vital signs and health metrics, allowing early detection of warning signs in men. This proactive approach facilitates preventive measures, reducing the risk of severe cardiac events.

In conclusion, virtual care is a pivotal tool in the collective mission towards improved heart health during February’s Heart Health Month and beyond.  Lyric Health/MyTelemedicine, is committed to providing our members access to the best virtual care in the industry, we continue to proven by the latest satisfaction survey, as the JD Powers Telehealth Satisfaction Survey has awarded Lyric/MyTelemedicine for the 3rd consecutive year.  Read More

We are dedicated to understanding the nuances of heart health for both women and men and leveraging the unique benefits of virtual care which can pave the way for a healthier, more informed society, one heartbeat at a time.

About the Author

Rey Colon- Co-Founder & CEO Lyric Health

Rey is an incredibly successful entrepreneur with a remarkable track record. He embarked on his entrepreneurial journey by co-founding AmeriDoc, a venture that secured funding in 2008 and was eventually acquired by Teladoc in 2013. Building on his success, Rey went on to establish MyTelemedicine, Lyric, and GoLexi a telehealth provider specializing in veterinary medicine. Additionally, he founded Zeal.ly, a software technology company that equips physicians with the tools to operate their own telehealth service platforms. These subsidiaries further bolstered Rey's reputation as an innovator in the field, which has emerged as a dominant force in the industry, solidifying his position as a visionary leader.

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