Preventive Services for Cardiovascular Disease
Few things are more important than Preventive Services when it comes to maintaining your health.
Regular checkups and diagnostic procedures are the key to detecting many health concerns in their earliest stages, when the prognosis and chances for a full recovery are best. Especially when it comes to such a serious condition as heart disease, the earlier you know what you’re up against, the better.
Dealing with a problem early usually means you have several viable options to choose from and an excellent chance of success. Early detection is likely to help your pocketbook as well. Not only can preventive care save your life, it can save you thousands of dollars.
Because heart disease is the number one killer of Americans over 65, nearly every senior can be considered to be at some risk. Your risk is increased if you have diabetes or high blood pressure. Genetic factors play a role in determining your risk for heart disease, but healthy lifestyle choices and preventive care can also play a role in decreasing your chance of developing heart disease.
Everyone with Medicare is eligible for cardiovascular screenings to check cholesterol and other blood fat levels every five years. Medicare-covered screenings include a Total cholesterol test, a Cholesterol test for high density lipoproteins, and a Triglycerides test.
To be covered by Medicare, Cardiovascular screening blood tests must be ordered by the physician or qualified non-physician practitioner treating the person for early detection of cardiovascular disease. The tests should be ordered as a lipid panel, but may be ordered separately. Under Original Medicare you will pay nothing for these tests if your doctor accepts assignment.
Other cardiovascular screening blood tests do not qualify for coverage under Medicare.
Just as cardiovascular screenings and healthy lifestyle choices can go a long way toward keeping your heart strong and healthy, Medicare can go a long way toward providing the preventive care you need to maintain your good health—if you have the experience and knowledge to take advantage of it.
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