Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) will offer its next Take it to Heart Program on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 25 at scheduled times. The Comprehensive Cardiovascular program includes a free cardiac risk assessment and information to help you prevent future heart problems.
“By knowing your risk, you can take steps to avoid heart disease,” said Stephen Rohn, MD, cardiologist.
Take it to Heart is a two-part program. The first part consists of an educational seminar in the Brown Auditorium at HMC, presented by Dr. Rohn. His presentation includes education on causes, risk and genetic factors, diet, exercise, symptoms, treatments and medications.
The second part, held at Hamilton Diagnostics Center, is a cardiac risk assessment including blood pressure, calcium scoring (CT scan), lab work (total cholesterol and HDL), height, weight and a series of questions.
The information collected during the assessment is calculated into a formula that provides the participant with a risk percentage of developing heart disease in the next 10 years. Recommendations for follow up will be based on the outcome of the assessment.
This program is free and open to anyone who is not currently being treated by a cardiologist, has not had stents put in, and has at least two of the following risk factors: Family history of heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, history of smoking and being overweight.
To register or for more information, call 706-272-6114. Space is limited.
Increased risk for heart disease
• Family history of heart disease
• High blood cholesterol
• High blood pressure
• Physical inactivity
• Poor response to stress
• Drinking too much alcohol
Photo: Stephen Rohn, MD