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Cholesterol Awareness: Keeping Your Heart Happy with Medicare

A healthy heart is a happy heart! It’s important to be aware of our heart health, especially for those 65 years and older. Cholesterol plays a big role in heart health. And with the support of Medicare, you have access to resources to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels. In this article, we’ll explain what cholesterol is and its impact on the heart. And how Medicare assists with cholesterol-related health concerns.

Understanding Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a type of fat in our bodies. It’s necessary for functions like building cells and producing hormones. But too much cholesterol can be harmful. Especially when it builds up in the arteries. Build up leads to a condition called atherosclerosis or "hardening of the arteries."

These two types of cholesterol are important to understand.

  1. LDL (Low-Density Lipoprotein) Cholesterol: Often referred to as "bad" cholesterol. High levels of LDL cholesterol can lead to the buildup of plaque in the arteries. This can restrict blood flow to the heart. And can result in various heart-related issues like chest pain (angina), heart attack, and stroke.
  2. HDL (High-Density Lipoprotein) Cholesterol: Known as "good" cholesterol. HDL helps remove excess cholesterol from the bloodstream. And it reduces the risk of heart disease.

Why is Cholesterol Important?

It becomes important to pay attention to cholesterol levels as we age. You can lower the risk of heart disease by understanding your cholesterol numbers. And managing those levels effectively.

Medicare Coverage for Cholesterol Management

Medicare offers coverage for many preventive services. And includes those related to cholesterol management. A person on Medicare has access to the below services.

  1. Cholesterol Screenings: Medicare Part B covers cholesterol screenings every five years. This provides a baseline of your cholesterol levels. Regular screenings help find any issues. And allows you and your doctor to take action to manage it.
  2. Dietary Counseling: Under certain conditions, Medicare Part B covers medical nutrition therapy. This helps with dietary changes that can positively impact cholesterol levels. A qualified health care professional provides counseling tailored to specific needs.
  3. Prescription Medications: Medicare Part D, prescription drug coverage, helps with the cost of prescribed cholesterol-lowering medications.. It's important to take medications as advised to effectively manage cholesterol levels.

Cholesterol awareness helps prioritize heart health. Understanding cholesterol and its impact on the heart enables people to make informed decisions about their lifestyle choices.

You can enjoy a happy and healthy heart by adopting heart-healthy habits. Use Medicare benefits wisely. Pay attention to your cholesterol levels. And take positive steps towards a heart-healthy lifestyle!

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