How Healthy is your Heart? Find out for $40
According to the American Heart Association, each year, about 635,000 people in the U.S. have a new heart attack and about 300,000 have a repeat attack. With these statistics in mind, 69 year-old Kathleen Rehr decided to get a Baseline Cardiac Assessment at Silver Cross Hospital after reading about the screening in The Silver Cross Experience newsletter.
“I thought I should really get my heart checked to ensure I don’t have heart disease and learn if I’m at risk for having a heart attack,” said Kathleen Rehr. “I was shocked to learn that I could have a comprehensive heart evaluation for only $40. The screening is such a good value especially since I’m retired and on a fixed income.”
Kathleen’s EKG showed that her numbers were in normal range and her heart was in really good shape. “I was so pleased that my results were normal, but I was thrilled to learn that my 69 year-old heart was as healthy as a 40 year-old person,” stated the New Lenox resident.
“Since heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, area residents should take care of themselves by getting a cardiac screening,” said Mary Tonelli, R.N., cardiac nurse at Silver Cross Hospital.
“I really encourage others to take the Baseline Cardiac Screening. Not only is the thorough test affordable, Silver Cross’ staff is very professional, efficient and courteous,” said Rehr.
Take Care of Your Heart with a Cardiac Risk Assessment
If you are not sure if you are at risk for heart disease, now is the time to find out with a Baseline Cardiac Risk Assessment in the Outpatient Testing Center at Silver Cross Hospital, 1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. This screening includes measurements of total cholesterol including HDL and LDL levels, blood glucose level, triglyceride level, blood pressure and body fat; and 12-lead EKG. A 12-hour fast is required. Cost is $40. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted at time of appointment. Insurance will not be billed. Those who call (815) 300-7076 to schedule an appointment and have joined the free I Matter program will receive their membership card at the time of their screening which can be used for valuable discounts at over 100 local businesses. If you are not already an I Matter member, sign-up today!
Warning Signs of Heart Attack
Some heart attacks are sudden and intense. But most start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Here are some of the signs that can mean a heart attack is happening:
- Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath. May occur with or without chest discomfort.
- Other signs: These may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
- As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are more likely than men to have some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain.
If you or someone close to you shows signs of a heart attack, call 9-1-1 and get help right away!
Tips to Prevent a Heart Attack & Heart Disease
You can diminish all of the modifiable risk factors for a heart attack and heart disease by following these tips:
- Stop smoking
- Choose good nutrition
- Reduce high cholesterol
- Lower high blood pressure
- Be physically active every day
- Aim for a healthy weight
- Manage diabetes
- Reduce stress
- and limit alcohol.
Cardiac Services at Silver Cross
Silver Cross Hospital brings together advanced technology and the finest medical professionals to create an innovative and efficient approach to heart care. From prevention programs to aftercare, Silver Cross provides patients with everything they need to maintain a healthy heart. Cardiac patients receive expert education, diagnosis, treatment, professional consultation, and rehabilitative care. From state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheterization suites to accredited programs for Echocardiography and Cardiac Rehabilitation, Silver Cross offers a wide range of comprehensive services to expertly diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate heart disease. Click here to find a doctor on staff at Silver Cross specializing in cardiovascular disease.