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Monday, October 7, 2013

3 Reasons Why Obamacare Is Good For Your Heart

Obamacare Good For Heart Condition

Heart disease and heart failure is 20 times higher in African Americans under the age of 50 than in whites, according to a study by the New England Journal of Medicine. About 75 percent of African Americans who develop heart failure have high blood pressure by the time they are 40 years old. High blood pressure is a huge risk factor for heart failure, along with obesity, high cholesterol and kidney disease.

The problem with high blood pressure is that you don't always know when it's high. There may be no symptoms at all. So, it is extremely important to be tested regularly in order to prevent these conditions from leading to heart disease or failure. And the new Affordable Health Care program, Obamacare, is going to help many do just that.

Under the new Obamacare health reform, testing will be FREE in three important areas.

#1 - High blood pressure - knowing that your blood pressure is high is important so you can take steps to keep it under control. In some patients, daily low-dose aspirin may be all they need.

#2 - High cholesterol - there are two types of cholesterol. The key is to keep the good cholesterol (HDL) high and the bad cholesterol (LDL) low. Having this tested will help you do that.

#3 - Obesity - increases your risk for high blood pressure that can increase your risk for heart disease as well as diabetes. Under Obamacare, you can have this checked for free and keep your weight within a safe level.

All health insurance companies must include these health services in their benefit plans. So, don't wait until you are ill. Take advantage of these free preventative health care services now. They can save your life.
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