Cardiovascular disease is a term used to describe heart disease. Heart disease is a severe health issue in the United States. According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S.
A lack of awareness contributes to the development of these diseases. The first step to avoiding cardiovascular disease is to know your numbers, and CVS is helping you do that at no cost with free heart health scans on select Thursdays this February.
The American Heart Association publishes an annual statistic of the impact of cardiovascular disease on a national and global level. According to these statistics, nearly half of all adults in the U.S. have some form of cardiovascular disease. Many of the causes of cardiovascular disease are correctable such as unhealthy diet, low levels of physical activity, and smoking.
An excellent way to prevent the development of severe heart disease is to stay informed of your risk level. To do this, you must get regularly screened for the risk factors. These factors include:
• Total cholesterol
• HDL (good) cholesterol
• Blood pressure
• Blood sugar
• Body mass index
How to Find Your Risk Level
While your primary care physician can screen you for all of these factors, it may not always be in your budget to do so, or perhaps you don’t have insurance. However, CVS is willing to help you stay informed about your health. In honor of American Heart Month, CVS is offering “Know Your Numbers,” heart-health screenings for free on Thursday, February 13 and February 20. For additional information, click this link.
You don’t even need to make an appointment, just show up to a CVS Minute Clinic near you. However, you will need a voucher. You can find the voucher at www.cvshealth.com/gored. Print it and bring it into the clinic to get your free screening, or you can download it onto your phone and show it to the provider after registration.
Where to Find a Minute Clinic
According to CVS Health, 50 percent of Americans have a Minute Clinic within a 10-mile radius of their homes. You can locate Minute Clinics inside of certain CVS stores and Targets in 33 states, as well as the District of Colombia. The tests for these numbers require little effort and will help to set you on the right track for improving your health.
Knowing your numbers is essential to living your healthiest possible life. Once you know your numbers, you can take steps to keep them at a healthy level. High blood pressure is amongst the most common identifiers in the risk of developing heart disease. Take control of your health now by visiting one of your local Minute Clinics this Thursday for free heart-health screenings.