Monday, February 13, 2012

FREE Heart Health Screenings in Feb. -- Register Today!

February is National Health Month and there are numerous FREE heart health classes and FREE heart health testing around Denver. Some events require registration, and will fill early, so read the list below carefully.

 Think that heart disease is only for oldsters? Wrong. Many heart conditions are genetic or congenital, and if caught early can they can be managed. If your family has a history of heart issues, you could benefit from a bit of testing and education.
  • All Walgreens are offering FREE blood pressure testing throughout February. More than 76 million U.S. adults have high blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association. High blood pressure is a contributor to heart disease, one of the nation’s leading causes of death each year. Walgreens is offering free testing to encourage more people to “know their numbers.” Tests are not done for diagnostic or treatment purposes, and individuals are advised to share their test results with their primary care physician. 
  • You can learn about cholesterol basics FREE at 4PM on Tuesday Feb. 14 at the South Denver Cardiology center,  1000 Southpark Drive, Littleton. This class explores the basics of cholesterol and how to manage cholesterol with medication and natural alternatives. Learn about options, side effects and what the numbers mean. You must register at 303.74.HEART (4-3278) or online here.
  • On Feb. 21 the Medical Center of Aurora is hosting FREE community screenings.These screenings will include stations for: Lipid Panel/Glucose Blood Draw, Ask a Pharmacist, Ask a Nutritionist, Heart Disease Risk Assessment and more. Find out more here. Appointments are required for the blood draws. Space is limited! Please call 303-873-0630 to make an appointment and to find out if you qualify for the lipid panel/glucose blood draw. 
  • Know Your Heart: Getting to the Heart of the Matter is a FREE class offered by Porter Hospital  at 12:30PM on Thursday, Feb. 23. Learn how to identify your risk factors for heart disease, the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, early diagnosis and other heart related information. Sponsored by Porter Adventist Hospital and Park Place.Light refreshments served. Class is at Park Place, 111 Emerson St., Denver. You must register at 303-777-6877. 
  • Less than 5% of sudden cardiac arrest victim survive because most people who witness the arrest do not know how to perform CPR. It could be your mother, your son, your co-worker, your best friend, or your neighbor. Join Centura Health, Exempla Healthcare, Great-West Life, and the American Heart Association at this event and learn this important life-saving skill! Saturday, March 24, 9AM-4PM at East High School, (Colfax Ave. & University). Trainings will occur every hour throughout the day.
  • The first training begins at 9AM The last training begins at 3PM. To Register click here or call 303-369-5433! Please note: Attendees will not be certified. This is a basic friends and family training.

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