MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – Heart disease, including stroke, is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. West Virginia University Hospitals-East and University Cardiovascular Associates recently introduced a new heart and stroke prevention screening program designed to identify individuals at high risk for these diseases.
The next heart and stroke screenings have been scheduled for April 25 and May 9. The testing, recommended for adults 35 and older, includes a cholesterol screening, carotid ultrasound (CIMT) and rhythm evaluation all for a fee of $50.
Family history, smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and physical inactivity are all risk factors for both heart disease and stroke. “It is well documented that the risks of both diseases can be lowered or prevented with a few simple tests,” stated Lynette Dalton, RN, director of cardiovascular services at WVUH-East and co-director of the screening program along with Dr. Philip J. O’Donnell, FACP, cardiologist with University Cardiovascular Associates.
According to Dalton, WVUH-East and University Cardiovascular Associates launched the program in February as part of National Heart Month. The intent is to offer the tests on a monthly basis throughout the year.
All testing will be performed in the cath lab at City Hospital and an appointment is necessary because of limited space. For more information or to schedule an appointment, phone 304.596.5750.