When was the last time you were screened for your heart health? While many of us know we should be concerned about our heart health and are taking care of ourselves, for some people, it’s been over a year since they last saw their doctor. You might have stayed away because of time, concern about the pandemic, not wanting to deal with pandemic rules, insurance or another reason. But, in the end, it all boils down to one thing: many people are overdue for a checkup.
If you feel it’s time to get looked over, or even if you’re just curious, this is your week! CVS Health is celebrating National Women’s Health Week by offering free heart-health screenings to anyone who would like one — not just women. You’ll learn your levels of both good and bad cholesterol, blood sugar, BMI and blood pressure. The screenings are available at any of CVS’ 1,100 MinuteClinic locations until May 15. We suggest calling ahead to get the details. The free heart-health screenings are a program called “Know Your Numbers.”
“We know that nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented. Yet many women don’t have the awareness about this disease to understand and prevent their risk,” said MinuteClinic’s Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer, Angela Patterson. “That’s why offering these free heart health screenings is so important, especially this year when so many people have put off care.”
In addition to the health-health checkups that are available to everyone, there are special programs for women. CVS Pharmacy has special offers to support women’s health and wellness until May 22. And, they are raising money via donations for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign.
“Women have taken on even more during the pandemic and have had less time to prioritize preventative care,” said Eileen Howard Boone, Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy and Chief Sustainability Officer for CVS Health. “As we celebrate moms and all the women in our lives this month, we want to make it easier for women to care for themselves and meet their health and wellness needs. Advancing women’s health is a key driver of CVS Health’s longtime support of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Movement, which we are proud to again support this May.”
If you are overdue for a checkup or interested to learn about your current health, visit the MinuteClinic this week. They can help you find out how your heart is doing and where you are on your road to wellness!