Cardiovascular/Heart Disease PreventionIt's important to watch for heart disease symptoms and discuss any concerns with your doctor. Often however, some cardiovascular disease has little or no symptoms (i.e.: high blood pressure). Heart disease can sometimes be found early with regular visits to your doctor; before it worsens and/ or escalates to a heart attack, angina, stroke, or heart failure. The following resources are here to help you understand screenings that are recommended for you and when, and to help you understand the benefits, and any risks, of regular cardiac screening.
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Offering Guidelines and Recommendations as well as advice on what you can do to prevent heart disease
Are You Worried About the Cost of Treating Your Cardiovascular Disease?Remember, under the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (PPACA) some common screenings are covered at no cost to insured patients. Contact your health insurer to verify benefits. The following are the guidelines under PPACA:
- Blood Pressure screening for all adults
- Cholesterol screening for adults of certain ages or at higher risk
- Diet counseling for adults at higher risk for chronic disease
- Obesity screening and counseling for all adults
- Tobacco Use screening for all adults and cessation interventions for tobacco users
- Blood Pressure screening for children
- Lipid (Dyslipidemia) screening for children at higher risk
- Height, Weight and Body Mass Index measurements for children
- Medical History for all children throughout development
- Life Line Screening is coming to your community to provide affordable, reliable health screenings for our consumers because of the high incidence of diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and other health issues.
- Give a Heart Screening to Someone You Love, offered by S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, is a coronary calcium scan in a non-invasive exam which obtains information about the location and extent of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries. A coronary calcium scan is not covered by most insurance plans but they offer two pricing options and gift certificates for a thoughtful gift.
- The Larry King Cardiac Foundation (The LKCF) provides funding for life-saving treatment for individuals who, due to limited means and no insurance, would otherwise be unable to receive the treatment and care they so desperately need. The Foundation works in conjunction with hospitals throughout the nation to ensure that such patients receive proper medical attention. Doctors performing these surgeries do so at no charge. Hospitals are compensated only for the materials used.
- Heart Support of America provides individual assistance and grants to help cardiac patients and their families who are financially in need with living expenses, medications, and nutritional items. The grants provide indigent patients with items such as medications on discharge, transportation, food vouchers and cardiac equipment for rehab clinics as well as equipment needed to do actual cardiac procedures.
- National Underinsured Resource Directory is intended to help underinsured individuals and families locate valuable resources and seek alternative coverage options or methods for better reimbursement.
- NeedyMeds makes information about medication assistance programs available to low-income patients and their advocates at no cost; linking you to programs such as Patient Assistance Programs, Disease-Based Assistance, Free and Low- Clinics, government programs and other types of assistance programs.
- The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need for free or nearly free.
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