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A healthy heart


Do you know what is good for you and your heart? The heart is essential to living a long and healthy life. You can keep your heart healthy by focusing on not smoking, regular activity, a balanced diet, healthy body weight, managing stress and maintaining normal blood values (blood pressure, blood sugar and blood fat).

Taking precautions to protect your heart

Improve your health by choosing a heart-healthy lifestyle. While some risk factors are out of your control, such as age, gender and genetic predisposition, you can certainly have an influence on the following factors:

Bewegter Alltag Regular activity

Exercise has all kinds of benefits: physical activity is good for your health, creates a sense of physical wellbeing and reduces the risk of heart disease. It is never too late to change your lifestyle and get fit. Why not start today and work out what form of exercise you enjoy?

DiƤten Healthy eating

If you eat a balanced diet based on Mediterranean cuisine, you can keep your heart healthy and prevent chronic illnesses such as type 2 diabetes. Don't forget to add a pinch of Mediterranean ease, take time to prepare your food and enjoy in comfort. This will already go a long way to a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Stress verstehen Healthy stress management

Stress is not always a bad thing. A certain amount of positive stress makes life interesting, provides variety and helps you to cope with challenges. But when stress becomes a permanent state of being, your health suffers. Stressed people are more likely to suffer a heart attack. Stress also exacerbates other risk factors, such as smoking, high blood pressure, unhealthy eating habits and weight gains.

Don't smoke

Are you a non-smoker? Great, then keep it that way! If you are a smoker, remember that quitting can improve your respiratory system, lungs and cardiovascular system. When you stop smoking, the oxygen levels in your blood return to normal and the likelihood of having a heart attack or stroke steadily falls. If you can't kick the habit on your own, try a smoking cessation course or make a pact with your friends. Give it a try – for the sake of your heart.

Check whether you are at risk of developing cardiovascular problems
Do you know how healthy your heart is?

The Swissheart Coach calculates the age of your heart and identifies specific areas where you could improve your health and quality of life.

It takes just ten minutes to calculate your cardiac risk rating and work out how you could improve your physical health.

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The four leading causes of cardiovascular problems

The heart continuously pumps blood through our arteries and veins, supplying oxygen to vital organs and the brain. Sometimes, the heart is unable to maintain this level of effort. We explain the four leading causes of cardiovascular problems.

High blood pressure

High blood pressure means that there is too much pressure on the artery walls. This damages the arteries and puts strain on vital organs. The result can be a heart attack, stroke or angina. Risk factors for developing high blood pressure include unhealthy eating habits, lack of exercise and stress.

Coronary heart disease

Problems such as angina, a heart attack or heart failure can be caused by the arteries around the heart (coronary arteries) becoming restricted or blocked. Fatty deposits, hardening and calcification can clog the coronary arteries, limiting blood flow to the heart.

Cardiac insufficiency

Cardiac insufficiency is commonly referred to as having a weak heart, whereby the heart is unable to pump enough blood around the body. Symptoms include rapid fatiguing and breathlessness. A weak heart is almost always caused by a cardiovascular problem, usually a heart attack or high blood pressure. Other potential causes include congenital heart defects and heart valve problems.


Atherosclerosis is a disease linked to a deterioration of the arteries caused by fatty deposits, hardening, calcium or inflammation. Deposits of plaque form on the arterial walls, causing the blood vessel to narrow or become blocked. Atherosclerosis can develop over years or even decades, without visible symptoms. The condition only becomes apparent when it reaches an advanced stage, in the form of angina (chest pains), a heart attack, stroke, kidney failure or circulation problems in the legs.

Our benefits to keep your heart healthy

Make sure you look after your heart, including having early and regular check-ups. We are there to support you. If you fall ill, we will also be happy to provide advice on the best specialists and clinics.

General practitioner model (Managed Care)

Our BeneFit PLUS General Practitioner helps our customers save time and money, as well as granting them access to high-quality care in the event of cardiovascular problems. Your GP can pinpoint these problems sooner, since they are familiar with your personal medical history.
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Expert second opinion

We can arrange an appointment for our customers with a cardiovascular specialist quickly and direct. All you have to do is call us. We contact the clinic, which then gets in touch with you to make an appointment for the consultation.
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Specialist cardiovascular partner clinics

Helsana works with leading clinics, particularly in cases of cardiovascular illness. This allows you privileged access to renowned heart specialists and innovative services.
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We ensure our customers receive the best possible aftercare following a heart disease. Our Individual Case Management is built around personal support and tailors the rehabilitation process to your individual needs.
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