AGH Offers Potentially Lifesaving Cardiovascular Screening
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States in both men and women. In addition to regular provider visits, the best way to stop cardiovascular disease is to know your risk factors. Throughout the year, Allegan General Hospital’s Cardiac Services department is offering the community free heart screenings. Cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, weight, and waist measurement will all be checked during the screening. The first of six screenings is Thursday, April 18, from 8 a.m. to noon.
“The number one way for people to stop cardiovascular disease is prevention,” says Fred Hicks, Cardiac & Respiratory Services Coordinator at Allegan General Hospital. “We encourage both men and women to take advantage of this free screening to understand what their risks are. Many risk factors are controllable and only you have the power to positively impact them. Our goal is to share these risk factors and help individuals learn what they can do to prevent a heart attack. We want our community to be both heart healthy and heart smart.”
During the screening, cardiac services staff will review results and answer any questions participants may have. For the most accurate results, fasting is recommended. The screenings will be located at Allegan Professional Building, Suite 250 (551 Linn Street, Allegan – this building is connected to the hospital).
Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Individuals interested in taking advantage of the screening are asked to call AGH’s Community Events Line at (269) 686-4231 to schedule an appointment. Additional heart screening dates can be found at allegangeneral.org.