Cardiac risk assessment available Feb. 21

Hospital’s effort aims to evaluate factors and improve heart health

In recognition of American Heart Month in February, Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers is offering its $35 Cardiac Health Risk from 6:30-9:45 a.m. on Thursday, February 21 at the Morris Hospital Ridge Road Campus, 27240 W. Saxony Dr., Channahon.

The assessment includes a total cholesterol blood test (HDL, LDL and triglycerides), fasting glucose test for diabetes, blood pressure, pulse, height and weight, abdominal girth measurements and computerized body fat analysis.

Results of the cardiac health risk assessment will be mailed to each participant’s home.

“Cholesterol, blood pressure, weight and diabetes are all risk factors for heart disease that can be controlled,” says Leigh Anne Hall, wellness manager at Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers. “Our goal in offering the Cardiac HRA is to help people in the community identify their cardiac risk factors so they can make lifestyle changes that will improve their health and reduce their chances of having a heart attack.”

The screening takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Fasting is required.

Reservations must be completed by February 18.

To schedule an appointment, call Morris Hospital at (815) 416-6089.

Morris Hospital nurse discusses heart health

Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers is offering a free program, “Life’s Simple 7 – Small Steps to Big Changes for Heart Health” from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Whitman Assembly Room 1 at the hospital, 150 W. High St., Morris.

During the program, Morris Hospital’s Cardiovascular Clinical Educator Pat Cravens, R.N., and a representative from the American Heart Association will talk about the seven steps to living a heart healthy life, with emphasis on the fact that it’s never too late to make better choices for heart health.

Register online at  www.morrishospital.org/register, or call (815) 942-2932, ext. 7832.