Senior Citizen's Guide to Cleveland 2013 Vol. 1 - page 34

Say You Saw It in the Senior Citizen’s Guide to Cleveland
plans, including most of those offered by Anthem, in-
clude gym memberships with senior-specific activities
at no extra cost.
Stop smoking.
Smoking injures blood vessels,
speeds up hardening of the arteries and increases the
risk of heart disease and stroke, according to the CDC.
People who smoke can take advantage of smoking
cessation programs offered through Medicare to help
them quit.
Take medication.
More than half of those with hy-
pertension lack control of it. Anti-hypertension drugs
can help, including diuretics, beta blockers, angioten-
sin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, angiotensin
II receptor blockers (ARBs), calcium channel blockers
and others. However, it may take time to find the right
drug, or combination of drugs, and dosage. Medicare
Part D covers many anti-hypertension drugs, depend-
ing on the plan. MA members should check their for-
mulary for details.
Getting on the right medication, remembering to
take it regularly, and adapting to new diet and ex-
ercise routines can be challenging. But the benefits
of getting high blood pressure under control are well
worth it.
By Dr. Barry Malinowski, Medical Director, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue
Shield in Ohio. This information is intended for educational purposes
only and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Please consult
your health care provider for advice about treatments that may affect
your health. The benefit information provided is a brief summary, not a
complete description of benefits. For more information, contact the plan.
Benefits, formulary and/or co-payments/co-insurance may change on
Jan. 1 of each year. Limitations, co-payments, and restrictions may apply.
A health plan with a Medicare contract.
A stand-alone prescription drug plan with a Medicare contract
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