The State Health Plan is committed to helping members prevent, and better manage, heart disease. Making healthy lifestyle choices will not only lower your risk of developing heart disease, but can also slow or even stop the disease from developing. 

To lower your risk of developing heart disease:
  • Reach or maintain a healthy weight—  members *** can participate in Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less – a 15-week weight management program that costs members only $5 with good attendance*.
  • Quit tobacco—get free one-on-one telephonic, web, and text support from a QuitlineNC Quit Coach.  You can also receive free nicotine replacement therapies if you participate in the multiple-call program.  Call 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) to get started.
  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure—schedule your routine wellness visit with your doctor (covered at 100% for Enhanced 80/20 and Consumer-Directed Health Plan members**) to have your cholesterol and blood pressure checked. Be sure to take any related medications as directed.
  • If you drink alcohol, only drink in moderation—no more than 2 drinks per day for men and 1 drink a day for women. For information and resources to reduce or eliminate your alcohol intake, visit Achieve Solutions®
  • Be active— members*** can call an NC HealthSmart Health Coach today to get support in reaching your fitness goals, 800-817-7044.
  • Eat healthy—  members*** take advantage of nutritional counseling, covered at 100% on the Enhanced 80/20 and Consumer-Directed Health Plan**.
*State Health Plan members pay just $30 to register for ESMMWL and if you attend at least 10 of the 15 classes, you get a $25 refund.
** View your plan’s benefit booklet for details.
***Members eligible for NC HealthSmart services are members whose primary health coverage is through the State Health Plan. Federal and state law prohibits the State Health Plan from using your personal information to discriminate against you in any way, or from giving this information to your employer or other unauthorized third party unless required by law.

To manage your existing heart disease:
  • Follow the healthy tips listed above—they will also help manage heart disease by protecting your heart from further damage and by helping your medications be more effective.
  • Engage with your Primary Care Provider (PCP)—they are there to help preserve your long-term health and well-being. Don’t have a PCP? Try our Find a Doctor tool
  • Take all medications as directed—this is an important part of maintaining or improving your heart health.
  • Know the signs of heart attack—chest discomfort, upper body discomfort, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness.
  • Know the signs of stroke—sudden numbness or weakness, confusion, trouble speaking or understanding, trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, sudden severe headache.

To learn more, call 800-817-7044.