The #1 killer of women: Shining a light on cardiovascular disease

The #1 killer of women: Shining a light on cardiovascular disease
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The number one killer of women is cardiovascular disease. This stark statistic is why the American Heart Association’s national “Go Red for Women” movement is so important. Healthy Communities News was on hand at their annual star-studded Red Dress Collection fashion show in New York City, where we got the opportunity to sit down with four heart disease and stroke survivors for a roundtable discussion. Hear their stories of recovery and hope — and why we need to talk about women’s heart health.


Taking a deep dive into heart health

You can be young, look and feel healthy and still be at risk for a heart attack or stroke. Surprised? Healthy Communities News spoke with Dr. Mosca, a volunteer medical expert with the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement, to get a better of understanding of women’s heart health. We also sat down with Jenny Petz and Nicole Murray, two of the inspiring heart disease and stroke survivors chosen for Go Red for Women’s 2020 class of Real Women to hear their powerful stories of survival and recovery.

Dr. Mosca, a volunteer medical expert with the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement.
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New maternity program promotes safer pregnancies through personalized care

New maternity program promotes safer pregnancies through personalized care
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Initiative helps address maternal health crisis by informing expectant moms about the potential benefits of low-dose aspirin to prevent preeclampsia

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — To help address the unprecedented maternal health crisis affecting American women and support prenatal and postpartum care, Aetna, a CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) company, has launched a new initiative as part of the Aetna Maternity Program.

"Over the past two decades we've seen a steady rise in pregnancy-related deaths, and significant racial and ethnic disparities persist that can lead to poor maternal outcomes," said Troy Brennan, M.D., CVS Health Chief Medical Officer. "The main contributors to this crisis reflect deep-rooted issues within our health care system that we must address, including limited access to care."

Building on a long-standing commitment to connect expectant moms with care that meets their unique needs, this first-of-its-kind initiative is focused specifically on preventing preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a leading cause of maternal and infant illness and death that is characterized by new-onset hypertension during pregnancy. Preeclampsia can lead to serious maternal complications, including stroke, seizure and organ failure and accounts for 15 percent of all preterm births in the U.S. Rates of the condition have increased 25 percent in the last ten years alone.https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/recommendation/low-dose-aspirin-use-for-the-prevention-of-morbidity-and-mortality-from-preeclampsia-preventive-medication

According to the World Health Organization, the U.S. is one of the only high-income countries where deaths related to pregnancy or childbirth are on the rise. Black women are also being disproportionately affected, with rates of severe maternal morbidity and mortality two to three times that of white women.

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented new challenges, as many expectant moms may be attending fewer in-person prenatal care visits. In turn, they may increase their risk of developing complications that go undetected.

Recent recommendations by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and multiple medical professional societies recommend low-dose aspirin for the prevention of preeclampsia for women at high risk for developing the condition. By leveraging data analytics, the Aetna Maternity Program identifies pregnant women with risk factors for developing the condition for individualized outreach and education. Women at high risk are sent a personalized prenatal care kit that contains educational materials along with an 81-mg bottle of low-dose aspirin, a low-cost intervention that may reduce the risk for developing the condition. Members receive an appointment reminder card encouraging them to speak with their pregnancy care provider about the potential benefits of low-dose aspirin and whether it is right for them. All pregnant members are also mailed information developed by the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine on preeclampsia and prevention steps.

"This is an innovative, simple way to promote safer pregnancies by enhancing awareness about an important cause of maternal and infant harm," said Daniel Knecht, M.D., Vice President of Clinical Product for CVS Health. "This initiative is also designed to help close gaps in knowledge by supporting members in conversations with their providers."

Low-dose aspirin as a preventive therapy

While there is no cure for preeclampsia, taking one low-dose aspirin a day has been shown to reduce the risk of the condition and some of its complications. Pregnant women with risk factors such as hypertension, Type 1 or 2 diabetes, obesity, and a history of preeclampsia benefit from the use of prenatal aspirin, according to the USPSTF. When this therapy was started in the first trimester in at-risk women, it reduced the incidence of hypertension by 24% and preterm birth by 14%.

To further support women's health, Aetna is exploring additional ways to partner with network physicians and provide this latest guidance.

"CVS Health has delivery channels that can bring critical information and resources such as low-dose aspirin right to members' doorsteps. This outreach is coupled with a care management program featuring highly trained and dedicated nurses to support the personalized needs of pregnant members," noted Joanne Armstrong, M.D., head of Women's Health for CVS Health and an OB/GYN.

For more information about the Aetna Maternity Program and the company's efforts to prevent preeclampsia, click here.

About CVS Health

CVS Health employees are united around a common goal of becoming the most consumer-centric health company. We're evolving based on changing consumer needs and meeting people where they are, whether that's in the community at one of our nearly 10,000 local touchpoints, in the home, or in the palm of their hand. Our newest offerings from HealthHUB locations that are redefining what a pharmacy can be, to innovative programs that help manage chronic conditions are designed to create a higher-quality, simpler and more affordable experience. Learn more about how we're transforming health at www.cvshealth.com.

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Addressing maternal mortality rates

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The United States is one of just a few high-income countries where deaths related to pregnancy or childbirth are on the rise. 

“It is more dangerous now to have a baby in the U.S. than it was two decades ago,” says Dan Knecht, MD, CVS Health’s vice president of clinical products. “That’s really alarming.”

Watch the video to see how CVS Health and Aetna’s combined capabilities are trying to turn that trend around by getting expectant mothers on a path to better health.

The company’s efforts include: 

  • Looking at racial disparities, including social determinants of health

  • Identifying high-risk patients through analytics

  • Mailing bottles of low-dose aspirin to expectant mothers to help reduce the risk of preeclampsia

  • Dedicated nurses working directly with members

“We have delivery channels that I think both surprise and delight patients through the retail side,” says Joanne Armstrong, MD, senior director of clinical solutions for CVS Health. “And then we combine that with a care management program where we have highly trained, dedicated, and passionate nurses who understand this clinical area, understand the diseases we're talking about and have relationships with the patients.”

COVID-19 has complicated matters further, but, again, CVS Health has stepped up to help. Along with an algorithm to help identify at-risk patients, liberalized telemedicine policies have allowed more virtual checkups.

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Women’s heart attacks aren’t like men’s

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"I’ve always lived a healthy lifestyle," says Tasya Lacy from Columbus, Ohio, who has been teaching hula-hoop fitness classes for years. Yet, the day before Easter 2016, at age 50, she had a heart attack.

"I was exhausted and felt like I pulled muscle in my back," Tasya, now 54, recalls. "My husband rubbed my shoulders and felt my heart racing. He told me we we're going to the hospital. I didn’t think I needed to.”

Doctors found 99% blockage in Tasya’s main coronary artery, requiring three stents.

It’s common for women to miss signs of a heart attack because they present differently from men. A man is more likely to have chest pains, a woman may experience flu-like symptoms: nausea and vomiting, excessive sweating, exhaustion, or pain in their arm or back.

Listening to your body could be the difference between and life and death. Literally. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), cardiovascular disease is the No. one killer of women, causing one in three deaths each year. Often because they ignored the symptoms. And, 20% of women age 45 or older who have who have a heart attack will have a second heart attack within five years of their first.

CVS Health is the national presenting sponsor of Go Red for Women — the American Heart Association’s heart health movement to end heart disease and stroke in women.

MinuteClinic® offers chronic care management and preventative care all year long, including measuring risk factors for heart disease. “We’ve expanded our available health care services for patients with certain chronic conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure,” shares Angela Patterson, Chief Nurse Practitioner, MinuteClinic. “Our providers are able to screen, assess, treat and monitor these conditions, as well as order lab tests, recommend lifestyle changes, prescribe medications and educate patients about their conditions.”

There's one more risk factor exclusive to women: menopause.

"The combination of estrogen and progesterone before menopause seems to provide a protective element against heart disease in women," explains Allan Stewart, MD, Medical Director for HCA East Florida’s Miami-Dade Cardiovascular Surgery Programs. However, once a woman goes through menopause, her risk of heart attack increases significantly.

Tasya was post-menopausal when she had her heart attack. Now she knows a simple truth about her health — when in doubt, always seek medical care.

Get proactive with preventive care

Visit a MinuteClinic to learn your personal health numbers — a starting point for a discussion with your health provider on your risk for heart disease: Total cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index (BMI).

Visit cvshealth.com/GoRed to learn more.

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CVS Health to Offer No-Cost Heart Health Screenings in Support of Women's Heart Health

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Screenings available on select Thursdays in February at MinuteClinic locations nationwide

Customers can also support life-saving cardiovascular research and education with a donation at CVS Pharmacy or online

WOONSOCKET, R.I. As part of its continued support of the American Heart Association's (AHA) Go Red for Women movement during American Heart Month, CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced it will be offering no-cost "Know Your Numbers" heart health screenings at MinuteClinic, the company's retail medical clinic, on select Thursdays in February. MinuteClinic locations can be found inside select CVS Pharmacy and Target stores in 33 states and the District of Columbia.

"Nearly half of adults in the U.S. have high blood pressure, which puts people at increased risk for major health problems including heart attack and stroke," said Lisa Bisaccia, Chief Human Resources Officer, CVS Health, and national volunteer chair for Go Red for Women. "Partnering with world-class organizations like the American Heart Association builds on our enterprise-wide efforts to prevent and manage chronic conditions like heart disease."

Additionally, CVS Pharmacy customers will once again have an opportunity to give the gift of heart health by making a $1, $3 or more donation to the AHA at the register at their local CVS Pharmacy stores through February 22. The funds raised will be used for life-saving cardiovascular research and education.

"I am thrilled to partner with CVS Health and the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement this February!" said EMMY Award-Winner and New York Times best-selling author Susan Lucci, who is a national ambassador for the AHA's Go Red for Women movement and is now teaming up with CVS Health to raise awareness about women's heart health in February. "I was so lucky to have narrowly missed a heart attack in 2018 and learned that it's so important that women all over this country and world put themselves and their health at the top of their to-do list. Awareness and education save lives!"

"We know that nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented, yet most women don't know their personal health numbers that are critical to determining one's risk," said Angela Patterson, DNP, FNP-BC, NEA-BC, FAANP, Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer, CVS MinuteClinic and Vice President, CVS Health. "MinuteClinic provides an easy and convenient way to get this important health data, during February and all year long."

Consumers can visit their local MinuteClinic on February 6, 13, and 20 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.

MinuteClinic is a high-quality, convenient and affordable destination for preventive care all year long. For chronic conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, all of which can be risk factors for heart disease, MinuteClinic providers can screen, assess, treat and monitor these conditions, and educate patients about potential life style changes.

To receive a free screening, download the voucher, print a copy and bring it with you to scan at the MinuteClinic registration kiosk. Alternatively, you can use your mobile phone to show the voucher to the provider after you register at the kiosk. The voucher can be found at www.cvshealth.com/gored.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is the nation's premier health innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Whether in one of its pharmacies or through its health services and plans, CVS Health is pioneering a bold new approach to total health by making quality care more affordable, accessible, simple and seamless. CVS Health is community-based and locally focused, engaging consumers with the care they need when and where they need it. The Company has approximately 9,900 retail locations, approximately 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 102 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year and expanding specialty pharmacy services. CVS Health also serves an estimated 38 million people through traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including rapidly expanding Medicare Advantage offerings and a leading standalone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. The Company believes its innovative health care model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

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Meeting Women’s Health Care Needs

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CVS Health works vigorously to expand access to high-quality, convenient and affordable women’s health care services through our MinuteClinic, retail pharmacies in communities nationwide and online or in the palm of their hand. As part of our focus on transforming the consumer health care experience, we are committed to providing women with access to the coordinated services and care they need to manage conditions and determine what is best for their health.

Providing Convenient Access to High-Quality Women’s Care

Women, who are often key in maintaining healthy families, access the health system more frequently than men, both for themselves and on behalf of their children. In turn, this means that their own health care can take a backseat to the needs of others.

Many women may find it difficult to receive care at a convenient time and location. For example, a survey conducted by Morning Consult and sponsored by CVS Health revealed that 90 percent of women consider the convenience of location important when accessing health services, while 85 percent consider flexible and extended hours important when selecting a health care facility.Morning Consult poll conducted from October 25-26, 2018, among a national sample of 2,201 adults

Our more than 1,100 MinuteClinic locations offer a full range of essential women’s health services. These services include access to birth control, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, treatment for yeast infections and pregnancy, urinary tract and bladder infection testing. Additionally, MinuteClinic providers also help women better understand their reproductive health options and provide referrals to primary care physicians or OB/GYNs, as needed.

CVS Health also launched a MinuteClinic University Health program, aimed at addressing the health care gap when young adults leave home for school. Our MinuteClinic locations in certain geographic areas near universities and campuses offer additional services for sexual health, women’s health and well-being screenings.

Increasing Patient Access to Birth Control

Ensuring accessible and affordable medications, including birth control, is a priority at CVS Health. For example, CVS Pharmacy patients can pick up prescriptions ordered through the CVS app on their phone, online, in person at CVS retail pharmacies, or they can have their medications delivered through our home delivery program. Additionally, CVS Caremark Members can receive their prescriptions through our mail order pharmacy, and throughout our network of 68,000 retail and mail order pharmacies.

We also work with public health advocates across the country to ensure that women can be obtain a birth control prescription from their local pharmacist. Pharmacists are currently allowed to prescribe oral birth control medications through Prescriptive Authority and Collaborative Practice Agreements in 13 states and the District of Columbia – covering 2,464 CVS Pharmacy locations. And we will be able to do so in 14 more states by the end of the year.

Affordable Access in the Community

Through community partnerships and philanthropies, we are able to address some of the health challenges women face locally. The CVS Health Foundation has partnered with a variety of groups who are on the front lines of improving access to women’s health services.

For example, we’ve established a multi-year partnership with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) with grants awarded to free and charitable clinics to increase access to care, improve health outcomes and lower overall health care costs. Today, 58 percent of NAFC patients are women – and they rely on 1,400 clinics nationwide for services including breast and cervical cancer screening, maternal and infant health and much more.https://www.nafcclinics.org/sites/default/files/NAFC%202019%20Infographic.pdf Since launching the partnership, the CVS Health Foundation has delivered a total of more than $4.5 million in funding to free and charitable clinics across the country.

Addressing Women’s Heart Health

Cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer among women and accounts for one-third of deaths annually.https://www.heart.org/-/media/data-import/downloadables/heart-disease-and-stroke-statistics-2018---at-a-glance-ucm_498848.pdf To address the widespread impact of this disease, we help women understand their risk for heart disease and empower them to take the next best action for their health. Throughout February 2019, we provided preventive heart health screenings at no cost in which women learned their 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.

Additionally, our support of the American Health Association Go Red for Women campaign, includes a new three-year, $15 million commitment to life-saving cardiovascular research and education.

For more information about CVS Health’s efforts to improve care across the nation, visit our News & Insights page and the CVS Health Impact Dashboard. To stay informed about the latest updates and innovations from CVS Health, register for content alerts and our Leaders in Care newsletter.

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Celebrating the achievements of women in medicine on National Women Physicians Day

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At Aetna, we’re proud to recognize each of our female Medical Directors on National Women Physicians Day. Together, they make up 49 percent of our company’s total Medical Directors. We’re sharing their stories, accomplishments and advice for the next generation of women physicians.

Thank you to our colleagues Lela Mayers, Joanne Armstrong, Amy Khan, Juliet Nevins and Deborah Johnson-Rothe for representing our female Medical Directors.

National Women Physicians Day was first observed in 2016. It commemorates the birthday of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to earn a medical degree in America. The day serves as a reminder for all physicians, both men and women, to foster a diverse and inclusive workforce.

In 1847, the all-male student body of Geneva Medical College in New York unanimously voted to admit Blackwell as a medical student. The vote was a practical joke; this was a time in U.S. history before the first women’s rights gathering. In fact, the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote, wouldn’t be ratified for another 73 years.

Blackwell went on to graduate first in her class in 1849. She trained around the world, trailblazing modern medicine fundamentals, such as preventative care and personal hygiene.

Gender equality in medicine has come a long way; for the first time, more women are enrolled in U.S. medical schools than men“More Women Than Men Enrolled in U.S. Medical Schools in 2017.” AAMCNews, 18 Dec. 2017, news.aamc.org/press-releases/article/applicant-enrollment-2017/. Women account for over one-third of all practicing physicians and continue to dominate certain specialties, including pediatrics, family medicine and psychiatry. Despite these strides, disparities still exist and some stem from the earliest stages of social development.

To demonstrate how a gender bias may still be engrained, try out the riddle below:

“A father and his son are in a car crash. The son is rushed to the hospital. Just as he’s about to undergo surgery, his surgeon says, ‘I can’t operate on this boy – he is my son!’ Explain.”

If you’re feeling stumped, you’re not alone. A Boston University studyBarlow, Rich. “BU Research: A Riddle Reveals Depth of Gender Bias | BU Today | Boston University.” BU Today, 16 Jan. 2014 found that nearly 85 percent of respondents failed to identify the right answer – the surgeon was in fact the boy’s mother.

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CVS Health Offering No Cost Heart Health Screenings This Valentine's Day In Support of Women's Heart Health

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Screenings available every Thursday in February, including Valentine's Day, at MinuteClinic locations nationwide

Company also extends its support of the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women with new $15 million commitment to life-saving cardiovascular research and education

WOONSOCKET, R.I., Feb. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its ongoing commitment to building healthier communities, CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced it will be offering no cost "Know Your Numbers" heart health screenings at MinuteClinic, the company's retail medical clinic, every Thursday in February, including Valentine's Day. MinuteClinic locations can be found inside select CVS Pharmacy and Target stores in 33 states and the District of Columbia.

The company also announced it 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 will have an opportunity to give the gift of heart health by making a donation at the register at their local CVS Pharmacy stores through February 23.

According to the American Heart Association, nearly 80 percent 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," said Jennifer Mieres, M.D., an American Heart Association's Go Red for Women medical expert.

Consumers can visit their local MinuteClinic on February 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. MinuteClinic is a high-quality, convenient and affordable destination for preventive care all year long, with 1 in 2 Americans living within 10 miles of a MinuteClinic.

"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," said Lisa Bisaccia, Chief Human Resources Officer, CVS Health, and national volunteer chair for Go Red for Women. "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."

To receive a free screening, download the voucher, print a copy and bring it with you to scan at the MinuteClinic registration kiosk. Alternatively, you can use your mobile phone to show the voucher to the provider after you register at the kiosk.

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 at www.cvshealth.com/GoRed through February 23. Additionally, 3M is proud to support the 2019 American Heart Association's Life is Why We Give Campaign by donating $100,000.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is the nation's premier health innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Whether in one of its pharmacies or through its health services and plans, CVS Health is pioneering a bold new approach to total health by making quality care more affordable, accessible, simple and seamless. CVS Health is community-based and locally focused, engaging consumers with the care they need when and where they need it. The Company has more than 9,800 retail locations, approximately 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with approximately 93 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. CVS Health also serves an estimated 39 million people through traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including a rapidly expanding Medicare Advantage offering. This innovative health care model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

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Improving Heart Health among Women

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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.

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CVS Health Offering No Cost "Know Your Numbers" Heart Health Screenings As Part of Its National Support of American Heart Association's Go Red For Women Movement

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Screenings to be offered at no-cost to patients every Wednesday in February, including Valentine's Day, at MinuteClinic locations nationwide

Customers can also support life-saving cardiovascular research and education with a donation at CVS Pharmacy or online

WOONSOCKET, R.I., Feb. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its continued support of the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement, CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today extended its commitment to women's health by offering no cost "Know Your Numbers" heart health screenings at MinuteClinic, the company's retail medical clinic, every Wednesday in February.

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.

As a leading health care company committed to addressing complex chronic conditions like heart disease, CVS Health is also creating an opportunity for customers to give the gift of heart health by making a donation to life-saving cardiovascular research and education at the register at CVS Pharmacy stores through February 17.

"Cardiovascular diseases kill nearly one in three women each year and their effects have touched many of our colleagues and customers," said Lisa Bisaccia, Chief Human Resources Officer, CVS Health, and incoming national volunteer chair for Go Red For Women. "By supporting Go Red For Women, we are creating an easy way for people to take the steps they need to prevent heart disease and to show their support for family, friends and neighbors who are affected."

Customers can visit their local MinuteClinic on February 7, 14, 21, and 28 and receive a heart health preventive screening at no-cost 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. MinuteClinic is a convenient and affordable destination for preventive care all year long, with 1 in 2 Americans living within 10 miles of a MinuteClinic.

"Knowing your numbers is more important than ever, following recently updated guidelines from the American Heart Association that indicate nearly half of Americans are at risk for major health problems as a result of high blood pressure," said Angela Patterson, DNP, FNP-BC, NEA-BC, and Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer at MinuteClinic.

"Knowing the numbers that may indicate risk not only allows someone to assess risk for heart disease and stroke, but it can determine what actions, if any, are needed to manage your risk," Patterson added.

The screenings at MinuteClinic are sponsored by Bayer Aspirin, in recognition of CVS Health's support of Go Red For Women. For a list of MinuteClinic locations, visit www.minuteclinic.com/locations.

In 2017, CVS Health announced a broad-based commitment to Go Red For Women, a national movement to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke in women and to empower women to take control of their health. As part of that commitment, the company pledged to raise a minimum of $10 million through 2019 to support life-saving cardiovascular research and education.

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 at www.cvshealth.com/GoRed through February 17. Additionally, for every pack of Extra Gum sold at CVS Pharmacy this February, CVS Pharmacy will donate $1 to Go Red For Women up to $100,000. Every dollar raised helps fund lifesaving research and awareness that adds more time to women's lives.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

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