Bellin Health clinics to offer free heart screenings

02/09/2012

Bellin Health will offer the public free heart health screenings at three of its area clinics.

The Green Bay-based health system will hold free heart health screenings at its:
• Suring clinic: 8-10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 16 at 307 Manor Drive
• Bonduel clinic: 8-10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 401 W. Mill St.
• Pulaski clinic: 8-10 a.m., Thursday, March 1 at 331 W. Green Bay St.
 
The screenings include total cholesterol and glucose tests, a blood pressure check and body mass index tests. Results will be available 10 minutes after the assessments.
 
“This free and public event offers a great opportunity for patients to come in and be evaluated and learn the healthiness of their heart,” said Shelli Meyer, the nurse practitioner who will conduct the Suring heart screenings. “It’s part of our health system’s overall effort to actively seek opportunities to help improve the overall health and wellness of our local communities.”
 
Appointments are required. Participants are encouraged to fast for 10 hours before their appointment for more accurate results.
 
Morning medication and water are allowed.
 
Heart diseases are the leading cause of death in the United States. They kill roughly 600,000 people each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
“Lowering cholesterol and high blood pressure helps reduce the risk of death from heart disease, experiencing a nonfatal heart attack, and needing bypass surgery or angioplasty,” Meyer said. “Among people without heart disease, studies show lowering high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure lessens the risk of ever developing the disease.”
 
For more information or for scheduling, please call (888) 758-7373 or (920) 445-7373.