CVS offering free heart health screenings on Valentine’s Day

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CVS offering free heart health screenings on Valentine’s Day
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CVS really knows how to say ‘I love you’ on Valentine’s Day!

The pharmacy chain is offering free ‘Know Your Numbers’ heart health screenings on Feb. 14 at more than 1,100 locations nationwide.

Just visit your local MinuteClinic from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Valentine’s Day and you’ll receive a free heart health preventative screening.

You’ll learn about the role that total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index play in your risk of heart disease, and what you can do to lessen the likelihood of having a heart attack.

This is a first come, first serve offer.

Click here to find a MinuteClinic near you.

Read more: Report: CVS to shutter 70 locations in 2017

Is it heart attack or heart burn?

Heart disease is the number one killer in America. It claims 614,348 lives a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Too often a heart attack is confused with the symptoms of heart burn. Do you know the difference?

What you need to know about heart attack

  • You’ll experience discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • You’ll notice pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort is common.
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness has been reported.
  • As soon as symptoms start, chew a full-strength uncoated aspirin and take with water. This will help prevent blood clotting and accompanying damage.

What you need to know about heartburn

  • ‘Heartburn’ is something of a misnomer. It’s caused by stomach acid rising up into your esophagus and has nothing to do with your heart.
  • If you belch and the symptoms go away, the discomfort you feel is likely related to your esophagus — not your heart.
  • Heartburn can cause chest pain that radiates to your neck, throat, or jaw.

Read more: Doing this 4 times a week drastically reduces heart disease

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