Too often moms put their own heath and well-being behind the needs of their family. It’s time to make a change, Mamas, and we think February is the perfect time to stop and do something for yourself. In honor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign CVS will be giving free heart health screenings for women.

According to the American Heart Association, nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented, yet most women don’t know their personal stats, which are critical to determining their risk. Every Thursday and Friday, including Valentine’s Day, during the month of February, CVS will be offering no-cost heart health preventive screening at local MinuteClinics across the country.

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“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.

The “Know Your Numbers” heart health screenings will measure total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index to help determine if women are at an elevated risk for heart disease.

To get a free screening just download a voucher, print and bring it with you to scan at the MinuteClinic registration kiosk or you can show it using your mobile phone.

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—Shahrzad Warkentin

 

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