CVS Caremark Encourages Heart Healthy Behavior During American Heart Month

Tue Feb 5, 2013 10:00am EST

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Reminds patients to get preventative screenings, adhere to medication regimens
WOONSOCKET, R.I., Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In recognition of American Heart
Month this February, CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS) reminds patients that health
screenings and adherence to medication regimens play an important role in the
prevention of heart disease. When combined with healthy lifestyle choices,
scheduling regular check-ups and taking prescribed medication in accordance with
doctor's orders can significantly reduce the likelihood of adverse health
conditions associated with heart disease.  

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"Knowing your cholesterol and blood pressure levels and understanding the impact
that certain factors, such as smoking and obesity, have on your likelihood to
develop heart disease can be life-saving information," said Troyen Brennan, MD,
MPH, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of CVS Caremark.  "The
more educated a patient is about his or her own risk factors, the more he or she
will be able to work with a physician or pharmacist around intervention
strategies that can further reduce the harmful onset of heart disease."  

Throughout the month of February, CVS/pharmacy will offer special savings and
offers on heart-healthy products such as aspirin, vitamins and blood pressure
monitors.  Many CVS locations will also feature a "Heart Health Center" display
to make products including CVS Brand aspirin, fish oil supplements and blood
pressure monitors easy for customers to find. In addition, the CVS/pharmacy
ExtraCare Advantage for Diabetes program is offering its members special deals
on CVS Brand aspirin and Nature Made Full Strength Mini Vitamins. Visit  for details.

MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics inside select CVS/pharmacy locations are
staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants and offer an array of
preventative services including high blood pressure evaluations and high
cholesterol monitoring. Clinics are open seven days a week with no appointment
needed. MinuteClinic health practitioners are also able to share information
with a patient's primary care physician to ensure continuity of care.  

"Once a patient is undergoing treatment for heart disease or conditions
associated with heart disease, helping them on the path to better health means
adhering to physician-prescribed regimens that maintain heart health," said
Brennan. "This can mean keeping up with good diet and exercise habits, but it
can also mean continuing to adhere to prescribed medications. Medication
adherence is an often overlooked - but critical - component in treating and
preventing heart disease. Patients need to implement medication regimens that
ensure they are taking medications at the right times and on a regular basis to
prevent the onset of heart disease."

In an effort to promote greater medication adherence, CVS Caremark offers
services aimed at helping patients adhere to medication regimens. Through
Pharmacy Advisor, a condition-based program that alerts pharmacists when
patients are not adherent to their medication regimens or have a gap in care,
pharmacists are able to identify instances or patterns in non-adherence and
communicate with patients and their physician in real time. The company also
offers the convenience of Maintenance Choice to pharmacy benefit management
patients, allowing them to fill 90-day supplies of maintenance medications
either through the mail or at one of its 7,400 CVS/pharmacy stores at the same
lower copay.

About CVS Caremark
CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS) is dedicated to helping people on their path to better
health as the largest integrated pharmacy company in  the United States. Through
the company's more than 7,400 CVS/pharmacy stores; its leading pharmacy benefit
manager serving more than 60 million plan members; and its retail health clinic
system, the largest in the nation with more than 600 MinuteClinic locations, it
is a market leader in mail order, retail and specialty pharmacy, retail clinics,
and Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans.  As a pharmacy innovation company
with an unmatched breadth of capabilities, CVS Caremark continually strives to
improve health and lower costs by developing new approaches such as its unique
Pharmacy Advisor program that helps people with chronic diseases such as
diabetes obtain and stay on their medications.  Find more information about how
CVS Caremark is reinventing pharmacy for better health at

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