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Thursday, January 30, 2014 - Fighting Heart Disease: Screenings Offered in February

Fighting Heart Disease: Screenings Offered in February
National Wear Red Day on Feb. 7 raises awareness of the disease

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death for men and women in America.

As part of American Heart Month in February, Munson Medical Center reminds northern Michigan residents that Friday, Feb. 7, is National Wear Red Day as designated by the American Heart Association. People are encouraged to wear red to raise awareness about the fight against heart disease.

Although heart disease is sometimes thought of as a “man’s disease,” nearly the same number of women and men die each year of heart disease in the U.S. Half of the men and two-thirds of the women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms of the disease.

During the weeks of Feb. 10 and Feb. 17, the hospital is offering Heart to Heart Screenings for both women and men at Munson Community Health Center. Participants need to set up an appointment and will receive one-on-one screening, assessment, and education. Tests include blood pressure, body mass index, blood sugar and cholesterol, stress and depression levels, nutrition review, smoking and alcohol assessments, and a review of family medical history.

Participants will leave with a personalized action plan, including risk factor reduction materials and steps for improving heart health. Cost is $55. Grants are available through a two-question approval process. To make an appointment, call (231) 935-8561.

Munson Community Health Center is located at 550 Munson Ave. in Traverse City.