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Improving Heart Health among Women

February 05, 2019 | Heart Health

Cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer among women and accounts for one-third of deaths annually. The widespread and personal impact of the disease underscores the importance of prevention and, for those affected, management of the condition to avoid worsening complications or events.

The American Heart Association reports that nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented, yet many women do not know the personal health numbers that are critical to determining their risk. At CVS Health, we know that care starts at the community level and we’re committed to improving heart health among women by serving as a local and affordable destination for preventive and chronic disease care.

Expanding Access to Screenings

If left untreated, cardiovascular disease can lead to significant and potentially fatal complications. To improve heart health among women nationwide, we are helping individuals understand their risk for heart disease and empowering them to take the next best action for their health.

During February – American Heart Month – MinuteClinic, which is located within 10 miles to 1 in 2 Americans, is providing preventive heart health screenings at no cost. On February 7, 14, 21 and 28, patients can learn the five key personal health numbers that help determine their risk for heart disease: total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index. By knowing their heart health numbers, patients are better positioned to manage their heart health through diet, exercise and other lifestyles changes.

Supporting Heart Health Year-Round

Addressing heart disease requires a multifaceted and collaborative approach. At CVS Health, we support heart health research and education as part of our commitment to building healthier communities. We have made a new three-year $15-million pledge to Go Red for Women – the American Heart Association's national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women.

Additionally, we are encouraging customers to help in the fight against heart disease and stroke by making a $1, $3 or larger donation to the American Heart Association’s national movement, Go Red for Women, at the register at CVS Pharmacy stores nationwide or online in awareness of American Heart Month.

For more information about CVS Health’s efforts to improve the quality, outcomes and affordability of chronic disease care, visit our Chronic Disease information center and the CVS Health Impact Dashboard. To stay informed about the latest updates and innovations from CVS Health, register for content alerts and our bi-weekly health care newsletter.