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MinuteClinic offers free heart health screenings

BY Sandra Levy

CVS Health is offering no cost “Know Your Numbers” heart health screenings at MinuteClinic locations every Thursday in February, including Valentine’s Day.

Consumers can visit their local MinuteClinic on Feb. 7, 14, 21, and 28 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.

“Knowing your risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke is critical to improving community health, which is why we’re pleased to be offering no cost Know Your Number screenings at all of our MinuteClinic locations on Valentine’s Day, and every Thursday during February,” CVS Health chief human resources officer Lisa Bisaccia said. “Health starts at the community level, and that’s why we feel we can make a real difference by increasing access to cardiovascular screenings and providing customers with an opportunity to show their support for family, friends and neighbors who are affected by cardiovascular disease.”

The company also has extended its support of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign with a new three-year, $15 million commitment to life-saving cardiovascular research and education.

CVS Pharmacy customers can make a donation at the register at their local CVS Pharmacy stores through Feb. 23.

According to the AHA, 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.

“Women tend to put others before themselves, but it is imperative that women make their heart health a priority. The stark reality is cardiovascular diseases continue to be a woman’s greatest health threat, claiming the lives of 1-in-3 women. But by empowering women to be aware – which includes knowing your numbers – move more, eat smart and manage blood pressure, we can change that fact,” AHA’s Go Red for Women medical expert Jennifer Mieres, said.

CVS Pharmacy customers can support Go Red for Women by making a $1, $3 or larger donation at the register at CVS Pharmacy stores nationwide or online through Feb. 23. Additionally, 3M is proud to support the 2019 AHA’s Life is Why We Give Campaign by donating $100,000.

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