Posted on February 5, 2019 by admin
In honor of American Heart Month, CVS Health is offering free heart health screening any Thursday during the month of February at local CVS MinuteClinics. People can visit a local MinuteClinic for a free screening on February 7, 14, 21, or 28, 2019.
Individuals receiving screenings will learn the five key personal health numbers that can help determine risk for heart disease: total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index.
There is a MinuteClinic located at 22 Depot Hill Rd., Southbury.
According to the American Heart Association, nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented. Yet most people, especially women, don’t know their personal health numbers that are critical to determining their risk. Knowing your risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke is critical to improving community health.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common heart attack symptom in women is some type of pain, pressure or discomfort in the chest. However, those symptoms are not always severe or even the most prominent in women. Sometimes, women have a heart attack without chest pain.
Women are more likely than men to have heart attack symptoms unrelated to chest pain, such as:
- Neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Pain in one or both arms
- Nausea or vomiting
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
- Unusual fatigue
Women’s symptoms may occur more often when women are resting, or even when they’re asleep. Mental stress also may trigger heart attack symptoms in women.
CVS Health also announced they have extended their 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.
For more information, or to find another location, please go to: https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic