Saturday, February 02, 2013
For approximately 15 years, Baptist Cardiovascular Services has conducted a low-cost, physician directed, defined diagnostic heart screening program. Through these years, Baptist Cardiovascular Services has screened approximately 40,000 people. Women comprised approximately 65 percent of this total population screened at Baptist. The risk factors most identified are hypertension, hyperlipidemia, obesity and inactivity. Participants are referred to their physician for follow-up, or a physician referral can be provided if the participant does not have a physician. Educational materials also accompany their results information.
“Since February is National Heart Month, we are using this opportunity to make people more aware of the need to catch heart disease early as well as to adopt healthy habits,” said Baptist Cardiovascular Services Executive Medical Director James Warnock, MD. “This serves as a good reminder for people to get a check-up.”
The first Saturday in February marks the kick-off to National Heart Month recognizing heart disease is the number one killer. Baptist Cardiovascular Services hosts this Saturday in an effort to get people to get their heart screens. Participants can still call to schedule a screening Monday through Friday year 'round. But, this event is a public awareness effort to get the word out to have a heart screening. Here are photos from the event:
What initially started as “Every Day, Heart Day” has been transformed into a range of low-cost screens to safeguard your heart. Screenings are still offered Monday through Friday throughout the year. All screenings are evaluated by nurses and physicians on staff at Baptist and reports are sent to the participant and the participant’s physician of choice. Insurance is not filed for these screening packages.
The Heart Basic screening is a $25 package valued at $450. This is available for adults ages 18 and over and includes: heart risk assessment, blood pressure, height and weight with BMI calculation, EKG, lipid profile, glucose and other metabolic blood work.
The $100 Heart Select package is for men age 35 and over and for women age 55 and up. The screening is valued at $1,000 and includes a CT scan, which detects calcium deposits in coronary arteries. The presence of calcium deposits correlates directly to coronary plaque and risk of coronary disease.
Dr. Warnock added, “The four important numbers you need to know to safeguard your health are cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index. They are key indicators of your risk for major illness. These screenings offer a great way to know your risks for heart disease. Take action to reduce your chances of developing heart disease and other major chronic illnesses. Talk to your doctor; so you understand what these numbers mean.”
Heart disease still remains at the top of the list as the number one killer of all Americans and also of Mississippians. The latest statistics from the Mississippi State Department of Health show approximately 7,500 Mississippians died from heart disease in 2010. The American Heart Association’s “My Life Check” assessment will help you understand what simple steps you may need to take to improve your heart health and quality of life. This is part of the “Life’s Simple 7” Campaign which focuses on seven simple steps to living your best life including smoking cessation, getting active, controlling cholesterol, eating better, managing blood pressure, losing weight and reducing blood sugar.
For more information about the low-cost heart screenings, call the Baptist Health Line at 601.948.6262 or 800.948.6262. Visit www.mbhs.org/screenings to see informaiton about all Batpist’s low cost screenings, including those for heart and stroke.
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