Discounted heart screenings offered to public in La Porte, Marshall, Starke counties in 2014

2013-12-20T22:05:00Z Discounted heart screenings offered to public in La Porte, Marshall, Starke counties in 2014Contributed by Laura Gould Community Outreach Coordinator Marketing Indiana University Health La Porte & Starke hospitals nwitimes.com

LAPORTE | As the New Year quickly approaches, Indiana University Health urges area residents to take action toward prevention through discounted cardiovascular screenings for adults and students in La Porte, Marshall and Starke counties in the coming months.

Upcoming Heart Cart visits include:

• Thursday, Jan. 9 from 7:30 am to 11:30 am (Central time) at IU Health Medical Offices at LifeWorks Business Park, 3777 N. Frontage Rd., Ste. 500, in Michigan City

• Thursday, Jan. 23 from 7:30 am to 11:30 am (Central time) at the IU Health La Porte Heart & Vascular Center, 901 Lincolnway, Ste. 103, in La Porte

• Thursday, Jan. 30 from 7:30 am to 11:30 am (Central time) at IU Health Starke Hospital, 102 E. Culver Rd., first floor conference room, in Knox

• Thursday, Feb. 6 from 7:30 am to 11:30 am (Central time) at IU Health Medical Offices at LifeWorks Business Park, 3777 N. Frontage Rd., Ste. 500, in Michigan City

• Thursday, Feb. 20 from 7:30 am to 11:30 am (Central time) at the IU Health La Porte Heart & Vascular Center, 901 Lincolnway, Ste. 103, in La Porte

• Thursday, Feb. 27 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm (Eastern time) at IU Health Primary Care at LifePlex, 2855 Miller Dr., Ste. 117, in Plymouth

• Thursday, March 13 from 7:30 am to 11:30 am (Central time) at IU Health Medical Offices at LifeWorks Business Park, 3777 N. Frontage Rd., Ste. 500, in Michigan City

• Thursday, March 20 from 7:30 am to 11:30 am (Central time) at the IU Health La Porte Heart & Vascular Center, 901 Lincolnway, Ste. 103, in La Porte

• Thursday, March 27 from 7:30 am to 11:30 am (Central time) at IU Health Starke Hospital, 102 E. Culver Rd., first floor conference room, in Knox

Pre-registration is required. The service is now available at an even lower cost—only $50 for tests normally costing in excess of $1,200. Participants may pay by cash, check, money order or credit card. In order to offer this service at a discount to the community, IU Health does not bill insurance for the services. Participants are responsible for payment in full.

Space is limited. For more information or to register, call 219.326.2626 or toll-free 800.235.6204, ext. 2626. The screenings are provided in part by the La Porte Hospital Foundation.

All testing is reviewed by a board certified physician. The screening tests for: abnormal heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysm, blood pressure, fasting cholesterol and glucose levels, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, poor leg circulation, stroke and weight. In addition, participants may also schedule a Vertical Auto-Profile (VAP) cholesterol screening for an additional $39. Results will be mailed to participants three to four weeks following the screening. Individuals may take the results to their doctor for follow up.

The American Heart Association recommends a baseline screening as early as age 20. Those with a family history of heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes could benefit from this screening. In addition, those who are overweight, smoke, lack exercise or lead sedimentary lifestyles are potentially at risk.

In addition, the “Heart Cart for High Schools” program offers similar screenings, in partnership with The Foundation, at a discounted rate of $50. Students ages 15 to 18 will be screened for cholesterol, blood sugar, electrocardiogram and limited echocardiogram. The specialized echocardiogram test, which takes about 15 minutes, helps identify any possible structural abnormalities within the cardiovascular system that may lead to premature cardiac arrest. “Heart Cart for High Schools” screenings take place on most Wednesday mornings. For more information or to schedule, call 219.326.2626 or toll-free at 800.235.6204, ext. 2626.

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