According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Regular check-ups and early detection of heart issues can greatly reduce the risk of developing heart disease or suffering from a heart attack.
Sanford Bismarck Medical Center in North Dakota, is offering discounted heart screenings to patients until April 15, 2023. The $25 screening aims to help identify potential heart issues in patients who may not be aware they have underlying conditions.
Heart screenings can be an important step in preventing heart disease and are recommended for individuals ages 40-75 with the following risk factors:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Smoking history
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Family history of early coronary artery disease
Sanford Bismarck Medical Center is encouraging individuals who may be at risk of heart disease or who have a family history of heart disease to take advantage of this screening. The heart screening will include a lipid panel to measure cholesterol levels, a blood pressure reading, a Framingham score and an EKG to measure the heart’s electrical activity. The Framingham score estimates the risk of developing heart disease within the next 10 years. If further testing is required, patients will be referred to a specialist for additional evaluation. The screening will take about 30 minutes and patients will receive their results within two weeks.
At Great Plains QIN, we work to help with the prevention and management of chronic diseases by supporting providers in preventing cardiovascular events, promoting tobacco cessation, improving the management of diabetes and identifying those at high risk for developing diabetes and chronic kidney disease. Healthy behaviors directly contribute to positive health outcomes. Visit our Web site to learn more.