A Lifesaving LuncheonWhen 50-year-old Sherry Wilkerson attended the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® luncheon last February, she never imagined that the event would force her to re-evaluate her health.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle always remained a top priority in Sherry’s life, so when other attendees began testing their blood pressure
at the luncheon, she did not feel particularly compelled to do so.
“My friends were having their blood drawn and their blood pressure taken, so I went along with them,” says Sherry. “I always had really low blood pressure, so I was surprised to learn that my blood pressure was actually very high.”
After the luncheon, Sherry scheduled an appointment with her primary care physician and learned that she was at risk for stroke.
“I was immediately put on blood pressure medicine, and I have been monitored ever since,” says Sherry. “I am so thankful I attended the luncheon that day.”
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth offered luncheon attendees screenings for high cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose levels, body mass index and more. Biometric results were available within eight minutes.
“Our luncheons aim to screen, educate and motivate,” says Paulette Golden, R.N., M.S., manager of Community Health and Faith Community Nursing at Texas Health Fort Worth. “If you have questions or concerns regarding your results, we provide on-site guidance from a registered nurse, dietitian or diabetes educator.”
Take care of yourself! For screenings available at Texas Health hospitals, visit TexasHealth.org/Screening.