Amedisys® Urges Americans to Take Ownership of Heart Health

  Amedisys® Urges Americans to Take Ownership of Heart Health

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BATON ROUGE, La. -- February 15, 2013

In recognition of National Heart Health Month, Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED)
urges Americans to know their heart health numbers and offers downloadable
tools on its website that includes questions to ask your doctor about your
blood pressure; a video and flyer with heart healthy tips; and a blog
discussing the link between women and cardiovascular disease.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the
leading cause of death among men and women in America. In fact, cardiovascular
conditions are one of the most common reasons Amedisys patients require home
health care. Experts agree that people interested in reducing their risk for
cardiovascular disease can do so by first understanding their heart health
numbers. The three key numbers you need to know are blood pressure,
cholesterol levels and waist size.

Blood pressure consists of two numbers. Your systolic pressure measures the
pressure of blood against artery walls when the heart pumps blood out during a
heartbeat, while the diastolic pressure measures the same pressure between
heartbeats, when the heart is relaxed and fills with blood.

  *Normal blood pressure is below 120/80
  *Pre-hypertension is 120 to 139 (systolic) and/or 80 to 89 (diastolic)
  *Hypertension – also known as high blood pressure -- is 140 or higher
    (systolic) and 90 or higher (diastolic) on three or more separate

The three different cholesterol numbers that are important to know are HDL,
LDL, and triglycerides. These numbers combine to give a "lipid profile" score,
but the three individual scores are most important.

  *Total cholesterol of 200 mg/dL or lower
  *HDL ("good" cholesterol) of50 mg/dL or higher, for women, or 40 mg/dL or
    higher, for men
  *Optimal LDL is 100 or lower
  *Triglycerides of less than 150 mg/dL

Waist size is also an important number to know because it can predict heart
disease risk. If your waist size is equal to ormore than35 inches in women
and equal to ormore than40 inches inmen, it increases your risk of
cardiovascular disease, diabetes, metabolic problems, high blood pressure and
abnormal cholesterol.

Book an appointment with your doctor to learn your numbers, risks and steps
you can take to ensure your heart health. If any of your numbers is higher
than desired, discuss a plan of action to keep them under control.

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About Amedisys

Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED) is a leading health care at home company
delivering personalized home health and hospice care to more than 360,000
patients each year. Amedisys is focused on delivering the care that is best
for our patients, whether that is home-based recovery and rehabilitation after
an operation or injury, care focused on empowering them to manage a chronic
disease, palliative care for those with a terminal illness, or hospice care at
the end of life. The Company's state-of-the-art advanced chronic care
management programs and leading-edge technology enables it to deliver quality
care based upon the latest evidence-based best practices. Amedisys is a
recognized innovator, being one of the first in the industry to equip its
clinicians with point-of-care laptop technology and referring physicians with
an internet portal that enables real-time coordination of patient care
seamlessly. Amedisys also has the industry's first-ever nationwide Care
Transitions program, designed to reduce unnecessary hospital readmissions
through patient and caregiver health coaching and care coordination, which
starts in the hospital and continues throughout completion of the patient's
home health plan of care. For more information about the Company, please


Amedisys, Inc.
Kendra Kimmons, 225-299-3720
Marketing & Communications
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