Feb 03, 2017

Go red and fight heart disease in women

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With Valentine’s day coming up, you’ll be seeing red everywhere. One place to look for it is in your closet. Wearing red on February 3rd, National Wear Red day, helps to raise awareness of the fight against heart disease and stroke – the cause of 1 in 3 deaths among women each year. Fortunately, many heart attacks and strokes can be prevented, and Medicare’s here to help.

Medicare covers a cardiovascular disease screening at no cost to you every 5 years. The screening includes tests to help detect heart disease early and measures cholesterol, blood fat (lipids), and triglyceride levels. If you and your doctor discover that you’re at risk for a heart attack or stroke, there are steps you can take to help prevent these conditions. You might be able to make lifestyle changes (like changing your diet and increasing your activity level or exercising more often) to lower your cholesterol and stay healthy.

Don’t forget to wear red on February 3rd to show your support.