February is American Heart Month

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The American Nurses Association (ANA) provides the following information received from the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS):

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. [1] Medicare provides coverage for cardiovascular screening blood tests, ultrasound screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), and smoking and tobacco-use cessation counseling for qualified beneficiaries.

What Can You Do?
As a health care professional who provides care to seniors and others with Medicare, you can help protect the health of your Medicare patients by educating them about their risk factors and reminding them of the importance of Medicare-covered preventive services that are appropriate for them, including services related to cardiovascular health.

Please visit the Medicare Learning Network for more information on these and other Medicare fee-for-service educational products.

For more information on American Heart Month, please visit the American Heart Month website at: www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4441  

Thank you for helping CMS improve the health of patients with Medicare by joining in the effort to educate beneficiaries about the importance of taking advantage of preventive services covered by Medicare.


[1] Heart Disease, Heart Disease Facts. [online]. Atlanta, GA: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, December 21, 2009 [cited 21 January 2010]. Available from the World Wide Web: (www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm)