High Blood Pressure and Medicare Health Care Coverage Options

Medicare High Blood Pressure

Make sure you get your blood pressure tested at your Medicare Annual Wellness Visit

Having your blood pressure checked is covered in your initial Welcome to Medicare preventive visit. It is also covered – at no cost to you – in your annual Medicare wellness visits.

Given our fast-paced lifestyles of today, along with greasy fast food and other not-so-healthy eating habits, more and more people are being diagnosed with high blood pressure. In fact, it has been estimated that approximately one in three adults in the U.S. have this condition.

There are a number of factors that can lead to high blood pressure, such as smoking, eating foods that are high in sodium, becoming overweight, and / or not exercising enough. And, while having high blood pressure in and of itself does not usually have outward symptoms or signs, it can lead to other, much more serious health issues, such as kidney failure, heart disease, or stroke.

If you have not checked your blood pressure numbers lately, it is a good idea to do so sooner rather than later, as this can help you to ward off your chances of contracting more serious health conditions.

Even though high blood pressure can be reduced by taking certain medications, there are other things that you can do to help with alleviating it. These can include eating a more healthy diet, as well as taking part in regular exercise. For instance, even just taking a short walk around the block on a daily basis can help to bring your blood pressure down into a healthier range.

Hypertension, Stroke, and Medicare Coverage

One of the common risk factors that oftentimes goes hand in hand with high blood pressure is the increased possibility of having a stroke. Each year, more than 500,000 people in the United States who are over the age of 65 suffer a stroke.

But the good news is, just as you can with treating a high blood pressure condition, there are various lifestyle changes that can be beneficial for reducing the likelihood of having a stroke. Just some of these preventive services include:

  • Nutrition therapy services
  • Obesity screening and counseling
  • Behavioral therapy for cardiovascular disease
  • Cardiovascular disease screening
  • Blood testing for high cholesterol
  • Smoking and tobacco use cessation counseling

These services are typically covered by Medicare – and in most instances, there are no out-of-pocket charges to you.
Likewise, if you are currently recovering from a stroke, Medicare will provide coverage to help in paying for certain services and medical equipment that can assist you with your rehabilitation.

Need More Information on What Medicare Will and Won’t Cover?

If you’re in need of more details on what Medicare will and will not cover with regard to preventive care – or if you have already been diagnosed with heart disease, stroke, or another serious condition – you can find a plethora of information directly on the Medicare website. It can also be helpful to discuss your health care options with a professional who specializes in Medicare plans.

Sources

1. Have You Checked Your Pressure? May 1, 2018. The Medicare Blog. https://blog.medicare.gov/

2. Stroke Recovery – Medicare Can Help. May 7, 2018. The Medicare Blog. https://blog.medicare.gov/