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Texas Health Stephenville Hosts Heart Health Screenings
02/02/2010

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Cutting the risk of a heart attack boils down to six simple actions, according to the National Institutes of Health Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Yet, each year an estimated 1.1 million Americans experience a heart attack and 460,000 of those people die from it. And many people are unaware of their risk for heart disease.

To help the community better know the risk factors for heart disease, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville will host a health fair from 7 to 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 5. For a fee, various health screenings also will be available in the Texas Health Stephenville Belknap Lobby that morning. Individuals may pay to be screened with the following tests:

  • Complete lab profile, including blood count, metabolic panel and lipid profile for $70
  • Lipid profile to test cholesterol for $25
  • Thyroid function test for $25
  • Prostate Cancer Screen $25

Texas Health Stephenville will accept checks or cash for the screenings. Credit cards will not be accepted. Fasting is required for accurate results.

Texas Health Stephenville also will be performing free screenings of people’s height, weight, blood pressure, BMI and body fat. Hospital employees will staff booths that will offer information on fitness, nutrition, diabetes and heart health. Dr. Poongodhai Ramachandran, a physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Stephenville, also will give a short presentation on steps individuals can take to protect their hearts.

“Taking preventive steps is crucial to avoiding a heart attack,” Ramachandran said. “These days many resources are available online or through a physician’s office to help decrease an individual’s risk of a heart attack. Basically, individuals should live healthy, active lifestyles and maintain a healthy diet along with working alongside their physician.”

To help lower the risk of heart attack, the institute recommends that individuals:

  • Stop smoking
  • Cut high blood pressure
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Live an active lifestyle
  • Manage diabetes

The American Heart Association says to look for these heart attack signs:

  • Chest discomfort, including uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body, such as one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating and cold sweat with clammy skin
  • Anxiety

If you suspect you or a loved one could be having a heart attack, call for emergency medical help immediately. Don't waste time trying to diagnose the symptoms or driving to the hospital. Often people affected aren't sure what's wrong and wait too long before getting help.

“Remember, with heart attacks, time is muscle,” Ramachandran said.

For more information, visit nhlbi.nih.gov/actintime.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville is a 98-bed acute care, full-service facility serving Erath and surrounding counties since 1926. The hospital's services include inpatient and outpatient surgery, women’s services, advanced diagnostic imaging, inpatient and outpatient physical therapy and wound care. Texas Health Stephenville, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized as a Nurse-Friendly Hospital and a Level IV Trauma Center. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Stephenville.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 14 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, and Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health Organization for Physicians and Texas Health Physicians Group provide a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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