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METLIFE TARGETS INDIVIDUALS AT RISK FOR HEART DISEASE

 --Medical Claims To Be Scanned To Identify Hypertension/
 High Cholesterol Cases --
 NEW YORK, May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its expanding efforts to link computerized medical claims systems to preventive health initiatives, MetLife has announced a new program aimed at reaching their HMO members with hypertension or high levels of cholesterol.
 Beginning this month, MetLife will scan the claims files of members of its affiliated heath maintenance organizations (HMOs) around the country, searching for diagnosis codes which identify individuals age 50 and over who may be at increased risk due to hypertension or high blood cholesterol.
 "These individuals will receive a letter advising them of the importance of responsibly managing risk factors that could lead to cardiovascular disease, and to follow the advice of their primary care physician to reduce these risks," said Dr. Paul Bluestein, national medical director of MetLife's managed care operations.
 Targeted individuals also will receive a new booklet entitled "Exercise and Your Heart" prepared by MetLife in cooperation with The American Heart Association and The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute." The 25-page booklet provides up-to-date information on the effects of physical activity on the heart, as well as starting and staying on an individualized exercise program.
 Dr. Bluestein noted, "Heart disease is a very common and very expensive problem. Unless the medical profession does a better job of treating potential risk, they will have a less-than-stellar record in curbing heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, the economic cost of heart disease to the U.S. in 1992 was estimated to be $108.9 billion," he added.
 Copies of Exercise and Your Heart may be obtained by writing: Ms. Stella Croker, MetLife Managed Care Services Group, 57 Greens Farms Road, Westport, CT 06880.
 Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and its affiliates insure or administer individual and group life, health, pension and property and casualty coverage for more than 45 million people around the world.
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 /CONTACT: Ann D. Gross of MetLife, 212-578-5345/


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