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CVS/pharmacy Taking Health to Heart in February
Date:2/4/2009

is important for patients to educate themselves on heart disease prevention and treatment," said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., M.P.H., Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for CVS Caremark. "We encourage our patients to speak to their pharmacist about medication therapies, prescription or over the counter, that they are taking related to their heart health, and to visit one of our in-store MinuteClinic locations for a health screening."

CVS/pharmacy offers the following tips to help prevent or manage heart disease:

  • Aspirin can reduce your risk of a heart attack by as much as 32% and reduce the risk of a second attack by 20%.
  • Get your blood pressure and your cholesterol levels checked regularly.
  • Diabetes can increase your risk of heart disease; if you are diabetic know your type to determine what medications or lifestyle changes are needed to manage the disease.
  • Lose weight if you are overweight; quit if you are a smoker.
  • Manage stress by getting enough sleep, setting limits and consulting medical professionals if necessary.

CVS.com, CVS/pharmacy's online pharmacy, has also launched a Heart Health Month web site at www.cvs.com/hearthealth. The site features excerpts from the Your Smart Guide to a Healthy Heart booklet and special product offers.

About CVS/pharmacy

CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), is America's largest retail pharmacy with more than 6,800 CVS/pharmacy and Longs Drugs stores. CVS/pharmacy is committed to improving the lives of those we serve by making innovative and high-quality health and pharmacy services safe, affordable and easy to access, both in it
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