Five Numbers Predict Heart Disease Risk

“Do you know your numbers?” This is the question CVS Health is asking during February’s American Heart Month.

Five personal health numbers can help patients determine their risk for heart disease: total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index. The tests to determine these numbers are simple, and the results provide patients with the information they need to take steps toward improving their health, especially their cardiovascular health.

Convenient Access to Screenings

To make it easy and convenient for patients to know their numbers, our more than 1,100 MinuteClinic locations offer comprehensive health screenings year-round. And as part of CVS Health's new, three-year sponsorship of the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement, both men and women were offered free "Know Your Numbers" heart screenings at locations nationwide on February 14, Valentine's Day.

"Cardiovascular diseases kill nearly one in three women in the U.S. each year," said Angela Patterson, DNP, FNP-BC, NEA-BC, and Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer at MinuteClinic. "During the screenings, patients will receive vital information about their health and will be counseled on ways to reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke. Most importantly, our providers will be arming them with the tools they need to take charge of their health."

Go Red For Women

The free “Know Your Numbers” heart screenings were inspired by our sponsorship of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement, a national campaign to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke in women and to empower women to take charge of their heart health. As part of our support for Go Red For Women, we have pledged to raise a minimum of $10 million over the next three years to support life-saving cardiovascular research and education.

Through February 25, 2017, CVS Pharmacy customers can support Go Red For Women by making a $1, $3 or larger donation at the register at 7,900 CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide or online at www.cvs.com/content/gored