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Protect Your Heart: Get Free Tests & Prevention

Who Can Get Free Preventive Care?

Most health insurance companies must cover these services. The exceptions are grandfathered plans, which are health plans that existed before March 2010 that have not made significant changes to their benefits.

Check your health plan's summary of benefits to see if you can get free preventive care services. If you are not sure, call your insurance company. If you are enrolled in a health plan through work, ask your employer's human resources department.

Why It's Worth It to Get These Services

Heart disease refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type in the United States is coronary artery disease, which is also called coronary heart disease. This condition happens when the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle become hardened and narrowed due to the buildup of plaque.  It can cause a heart attack, severe chest pain, heart failure, and irregular heartbeat.

In the U.S., coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than 400,000 Americans die from the disease each year.

Taking the steps to be checked and working to make lifestyle changes can help keep you from getting heart disease.

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