Unhealthy food, lack of physical activities, stress – all these factors (and many others) lead to weight gain and hearth diseases afterward. With the modern way of life, more and more people develop heart-related diseases during a lifetime. It leads to an increasing number of people with serious heart diseases. In some cases, when the issue is not diagnosed in its early stages, people may die from heart diseases.
Annually, more than 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States. According to the American Heart Association, about 84 million adults have some form of a cardiovascular (heart or blood vessels) disease, about 78 million people have high blood pressure.
These numbers may be lower, if people developed a proactive position towards such diseases, use overall wellness, and heart health screenings on a regular basis. Aside from a lack of proactive position and healthy lifestyle goals, there are people who simply cannot afford to spend some money on screenings.
Know your numbers
As February is heart disease awareness month, CVS Health announced “Know Your Numbers” free heart health screenings campaign supported by TYLENOL®. Every Thursday in February (February 7, 14, 21, 38) patients may get their cardiovascular testing at MinuteClinic (CVS Health’s retail medical clinic). Patients may found MinuteClinics in 33 states and the District of Columbia.
During the visit, healthcare providers will check the following health numbers for:
- Body mass index (BMI)
- Total cholesterol
- HDL (so-called “good”) cholesterol
- Blood pressure
- Blood sugar
All these numbers help health providers to estimate your risk of cardiovascular diseases that cause heath attacks and strokes. According to the American Heart Association, about 80% of these cardiac events can be prevented.
To receive the screening, the patients need only download the voucher, print it out and take with them to the MinuteClinic (usually located in CVS Pharmacy and Target stores) registration kiosk.
In case if a patient has a smartphone, the patient can show the voucher off the screen to the provider, after the registration at the kiosk is completed.
Go Red for Women campaign
CVS Health has extended its support of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign, according to their announcement. CVS Health will provide the campaign with a three-year $15 million commitment to cardiovascular education and research.
Jennifer Mieres, M.D., an American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women medical expert said that women tend to put others before themselves and that was imperative that women make their own heart health a priority.
She also said that cardiovascular diseases “continue to be a woman’s greatest health threat, claiming the lives of 1 in 3 women”. However, empowering women to be aware of their numbers, eat smart, move more and manage their blood pressure can change this fact, said Dr. Mieres.
For those CVS Pharmacy customers, who are interested in giving the gift of heart health or who wish to support Go Red for Women campaign, there is an opportunity to make a donation.
The customers can make $1, $3 or larger donation at the register at CVS Pharmacy locations through February 23. There is another option to make a donation: CVS Pharmacy customers can do it online by following the next link: www.cvshealth.com/GoRed.