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01/28/2020

CVS Health to offer free heart screenings in February

Sandra Levy
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As the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women movement kicks off during American Heart Month, CVS Health will be offering no-cost "Know Your Numbers" heart health screenings at its retail MinuteClinic.

The screenings will be held on select Thursdays in February. MinuteClinic locations can be found inside select CVS Pharmacy and Target stores in 33 states and the District of Columbia.

"Nearly half of adults in the United States have high blood pressure, which puts people at increased risk for major health problems including heart attack and stroke," said Lisa Bisaccia, CVS Health chief human resources officer, and national volunteer chair for Go Red for Women. "Partnering with world-class organizations like the American Heart Association builds on our enterprise-wide efforts to prevent and manage chronic conditions like heart disease."

Additionally, CVS Pharmacy customers can give the gift of heart health by making a $1, $3 or more donation to the AHA at the register at their local CVS Pharmacy stores through Feb. 22. The funds raised will be used for life-saving cardiovascular research and education.

"I am thrilled to partner with CVS Health and the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement this February" said EMMY Award-Winner and New York Times best-selling author Susan Lucci, who is a national ambassador for the AHA's Go Red for Women movement and is now teaming up with CVS Health to raise awareness about women's heart health in February. "I was so lucky to have narrowly missed a heart attack in 2018 and learned that it's so important that women all over this country and world put themselves and their health at the top of their to-do list. Awareness and education save lives."

Consumers can visit their local MinuteClinic on Feb.  6, 13, and 20 and receive a no-cost heart health preventive screening, supported by Tylenol, to learn the five key personal health numbers that can help them determine their risk for heart disease: total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index.

"We know that nearly 80% of cardiac events can be prevented, yet most women don't know their personal health numbers that are critical to determining one's risk," said Angela Patterson, CVS MinuteClinic chief nurse practitioner officer, and CVS Health vice president. "MinuteClinic provides an easy and convenient way to get this important health data, during February and all year long."

To receive a free screening, patients can download the voucher, print a copy and bring it to scan at the MinuteClinic registration kiosk. Alternatively, they can use their mobile phone to show the voucher to the provider after they register at the kiosk. The voucher can be found at cvshealth.com/gored.

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