Hendrick Medical Center will conduct its annual “A Day to Take Heart” event on Tuesday to raise awareness for heart health.
February is National Heart Month, and the local hospital will offer screenings and educational information and services free to the public to encourage people to take care of their heart.
“This is one of the community services we provide because we want people to understand the risk of heart disease,” said Lynne Bruton, public relations coordinator for Hendrick. “We usually see several hundred people every year.”
Some of the screenings to be offered at the event will include blood pressure, body mass index, carotid artery, cholesterol and diabetes measurements. Additionally, the first 100 people to attend will receive free electrocardiograms, which will check heart rhythms.
Bruton said several registered nurses and educators will be available there to answer any questions about risks and concerns. A cardiologist will provide a special presentation at 6 p.m. called “Risk and Romance,” which will educate on the symptoms of heart disease in women and how to reduce the risks.
The event will take place in the Shelton Building of the medical center, located at 2000 Pine St, from 4-8 p.m.