Hill Country Memorial Wellness Center will offer a two-part cardiac risk assessment screening in February, National Heart Month, and one local expert said results could offer a warning sign to seek greater control of one’s heart health.
“If there are any indicators your heart is under stress,” Wellness Center Nurse Lou Dieter, RN, said, “we can either recommend a specific diet and/or an exercise program. There are some real ways to manage your heart health, and we’re prepared to screen for dangers and empower people by teaching them about appropriate lifestyle changes.”
Ms. Dieter said there are two parts to the screening. Part one will be a lipid profile (blood test) on Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 7 to 9 a.m. (12-hour fasting required). Part two, the actual screening and risk assessment is set for Feb. 12 and 26 from 1 to 3 p.m.
The assessment portion of the screening will include blood pressure, heart rate and rhythm, total cholesterol, HDL and LDL ratio, glucose, triglycerides, a single-lead EKG test and a three-minute step test. Cost will be $45 and includes a one-on-one discussion with a registered nurse who will talk with you about your results and make recommendations.
Appointments are required for both parts of the cardiac risk screening. Call 997-1355 to schedule a time slot.
“High blood pressure usually doesn’t have any warning signs but can be dangerous,” Ms. Dieter said. “A screening like this can save lives.”