To highlight the importance of women being proactive about their health, CVS Health is once again offering no-cost heart health screenings during National Women's Health Week, May 8 through May 14, at MinuteClinic locations to help women understand their risk for cardiovascular disease the No. 1 killer of women. These efforts are part of the company's larger commitment to making women's health care more accessible, equitable and personalized, including providing expanded services at MinuteClinic.
"As the country begins the next phase of the pandemic, we need to remind women that their health is a priority, among all of the other responsibilities that so many of us are juggling," said Meredith Dixon, interim president of MinuteClinic. "Free heart screenings are just one of the ways that MinuteClinic providers are able to support women's health journeys, no matter what age or life stage they may be in."
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With 1,200 locations across 35 states and Wash., D.C., as well as virtual care services, MinuteClinic has grown its clinical capabilities to meet the needs of patients and communities. Additional women's health services at select MinuteClinic locations include annual wellness exams including pap tests; identifying, screening and treating osteoporosis; menopause symptoms evaluation and treatment; identifying disorders of menstruation; dysmenorrhea management; pre-conception counseling; and STI testing.
Although the large majority of cardiac events can be prevented, many women do not have enough awareness around heart disease to know and prevent their risk. Patients can visit MinuteClinic at select CVS Pharmacy locations from May 8 through May 14 to receive a no-cost "Know Your Numbers" heart health screening.
The screening includes learning the four key personal health numbers that can help determine risk for heart disease, including total cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index. To participate, patients can schedule a "Test, Screenings or Physical (Non-COVID)" visit at their nearest MinuteClinic location, then visit here to print or download their Heart Health screening voucher. Patients should show this voucher to their provider during their visit.
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"Even though heart disease affects so many women, the good news is that the vast majority of cardiac events can be prevented through education and lifestyle changes," said Joanne Armstrong, vice president and chief medical officer for Women's Health and Genomics at CVS Health. "Learning your heart health numbers is a critical step toward living a healthy life."
In addition to the free heart health screenings, CVS Pharmacy will provide special offers to support heart health and well-being. ExtraCare Rewards program members will receive deals on heart health and well-being support products in-store and online, including a variety of categories such as vitamins, nutrition products and more.
CVS Pharmacy is proud to be a National Sponsor of the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women movement. As part of its ongoing support of women's heart health, CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide also will raise funds to support Go Red for Women. From May 1 through May 28, CVS Pharmacy customers can support Go Red for Women by rounding up their change to make a donation at stores nationwide or online.