By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– MinuteClinic, the retail medical clinic of CVS Health (NYSE:CVS), is offering no cost “Know Your Numbers” heart health screenings at its more than 1,100 locations nationwide every Wednesday in February.
Customers can visit MinuteClinic, a convenient and affordable community resource for health and wellness, on February 21 and 28 and receive a heart health preventive screening at no cost to them. During the screenings, patients will 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.
According to a recent national poll, commissioned by CVS Health, women in the U.S. are increasingly aware of the dangers of heart disease and recognize it as the #1 killer of women, however few acknowledge their personal risk factors that contribute to heart disease.
“The more a woman knows about cardiovascular disease, the more likely she is to be able to beat it. In fact, we know that 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events are preventable through education and action. That’s why MinuteClinic is pleased to be able to offer these heart health screenings,” said Angela Patterson, DNP, FNP-BC, NEA-BC, and Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer at MinuteClinic. “During the screenings, patients will receive important information about their health and will be counseled on ways to reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke. Awareness is key when it comes to maintaining good heart health.”
The no cost heart health screenings are in recognition of CVS Health’s support of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® movement, a national campaign to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke in women and to empower women to take control of their health.
As part of its support for Go Red For Women, CVS Health has pledged to raise a minimum of $10 million through 2019 to support life-saving cardiovascular research and education. Bayer® Aspirin is the proud sponsor of the heart health screenings at MinuteClinic.
“These screenings are especially important this year following the recent launch of new blood pressure guidelines from the American Heart Association to improve blood pressure control and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease,” added Patterson. “Many patients who may not have needed intervention before may now be instructed to adopt lifestyle changes or even prescribed medication.”
MinuteClinic locations offer comprehensive health screenings year-round at times and locations that work for patients. Clinics are open seven days a week, including evenings, with no appointment needed. Patients can view wait times at all MinuteClinic locations and hold a place in line by visiting www.minuteclinic.com or through the CVS Pharmacy app. For a list of MinuteClinic locations, visit http://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/clinic-locator. No appointment is necessary for the heart health screenings.