Free Heart Screenings Under Obamacare

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  • A red heart and a stethoscopeIf you have any concerns about your heart-health and Obamacare, there’s no need to worry. The good news is that under the Affordable Care Act, most health plans will offer you access to free tests for conditions that lead to heart disease. You’ll also likely have free preventive services to help you focus on making your everyday habits heart-healthy, too.

    Free Heart Disease Tests

    With most health insurance plans, you can receive free tests for these conditions without having to pay a copay, coinsurance, or even a deductible — but the tests are used to help find conditions early, before you have symptoms.

    1. High blood pressure. You have to have your blood pressure checked to know if it’s high. You can’t always feel high blood pressure.

    2. High cholesterol. With a small sample of your blood, your doctor can check your good cholesterol called HDL and your bad cholesterol, called LDL.

    3. Obesity. Being overweight increases your chance for having high blood pressure and diabetes — and both of those raise your risk for heart disease. After your doctor checks your weight, he or she can direct you to free preventive services.

    Free Preventive Care Services for Your Heart

    Having your blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight checked routinely is the first part of preventive heart care. You can also use free services from your health plan to improve habits that affect your chances of getting heart disease.

    Talk with your doctor about whether you need a daily aspirin. Taking a low-dose aspirin each day can help prevent a second heart attack and cut your risk of stroke.

    Nutrition counseling. What you eat affects your risk of heart disease. Free counseling can help you choose heart-healthy foods more often.

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