February is American Heart Month

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February is American Heart Month

Cardiovascular disease (hypertension, coronary heart disease, heart failure, and stroke) is the leading cause of mortality and hospitalizations in the U.S.

Medicare began covering cardiovascular disease screening blood tests in 2005, for the purpose of early detection of cardiovascular disease in individuals without apparent signs or symptoms of cardiovascular disease.

Medicare also provides coverage of Intensive Behavioral Therapy (IBT) for cardiovascular disease.  This annual face-to-face visit helps beneficiaries and their health care providers to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Medicare recommends that all eligible beneficiaries take advantage of the Medicare coverage of these cardiovascular disease services.

Risk Factors

Risk factors for developing cardiovascular disease include the following:

  • Being overweight
  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Diabetes
  • Cigarette smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Family history of myocardial infarction
  • Older age