Healthy Heart Project: Free heart screenings at St. John Providence

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in America. How important is it to get screened? Half of all patients who die from heart disease didn't even known they were at risk. 

That's why FOX 2 partners with St. John Providence Health System for the Healthy Heart Project to give you free screenings.

Dr. Shukri David said the majority of people think they're healthy. In fact, a man named Michael came to the screening last year at the prodding of his wife. He's lucky he did.

"Michael had a very tight blockage in one of his main arteries. Had this gone on, he could have had a sudden cardiac death," Dr. David said.

He went on. He said most patients don't even know they have heart disease before it takes their life.

"Half of all patients who die from heart disease or sudden cardiac death have no symptoms," he said. 

That's why they're doing the screening for blood pressure, heart disease and more. It could save your life.

Free Screenings and Tests Include: 

Electrocardiogram (EKG) Get a real time look at your heart with an EKG -- it's an electrical recording of the heart used in the investigation of heart disease.

Blood pressure to check for hypertension, one of the first signs of a cardiovascular problem.

Body mass index, which is a measurement used to determine obesity, a leading contributor to cardiovascular problems.

Plus, a blood glucose test (no fasting required), heart risk assessment test and expert advice on nutrition, fitness, quitting smoking and stress management.

On-the-Spot Results 

A physician will review your test results with you on site, and you'll have a personal consultation with a registered nurse to discuss your risk factors. Plus, you'll get recommendations for improving your heart health. There will also be an "expo" area with exhibits about heart-related topics including diet, exercise, diabetes and stress reduction. 

It's a whole heart check-up, all brought to you by St. John Providence Health System and FOX 2.

Registration Details 

The event is open from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Registration for the free screenings ends at 10:00 a.m. Parking is free, and the event is free.
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