In America, the number of deaths related to heart disease and stroke has declined since 1999, reports the American Heart Association, despite these remaining in the top three leading causes of death in the country. Furthermore, coronary heart disease and stroke can result in an even greater number of disabilities in survivors, along with a drastic reduction of the quality of life for many Americans who suffer them.
While the statistics are moving in the right direction, it’s clear that there’s still much work to be done to reduce those numbers further. As such, it’s important for Medicare beneficiaries to understand that preventive measures can be taken to help combat the potential for heart disease and stroke.
You should always talk with your doctor about your risks for these illnesses and understand that Medicare offers cardiovascular screening blood tests that can be used in the early detection of cardiovascular disease.
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