Free Heart Screenings Under Obamacare

A red heart and a stethoscopeIf you have any concerns about your heart-health and Obamacare, there’s no need to worry. The good news is that under the Affordable Care Act, most health plans will offer you access to free tests for conditions that lead to heart disease. You’ll also likely have free preventive services to help you focus on making your everyday habits heart-healthy, too.

Free Heart Disease Tests

With most health insurance plans, you can receive free tests for these conditions without having to pay a copay, coinsurance, or even a deductible — but the tests are used to help find conditions early, before you have symptoms.

1. High blood pressure. You have to have your blood pressure checked to know if it’s high. You can’t always feel high blood pressure.

2. High cholesterol. With a small sample of your blood, your doctor can check your good cholesterol called HDL and your bad cholesterol, called LDL.

3. Obesity. Being overweight increases your chance for having high blood pressure and diabetes — and both of those raise your risk for heart disease. After your doctor checks your weight, he or she can direct you to free preventive services.