University Hospital continues to
focus on hearts, even after Valentine's Day. On Saturday, free heart screenings
were offered for the first 200 people, a way to celebrate February's American
FOX54 talked to people about what motivates
them to take care of their heart.
Carolyn Washington is one of many who showed
up for the free heart screening, an event she never misses.
"I want to stay on top of my
health, said Washington. "You find out sometimes you got something that you
didn't know you had."
People were screened for abnormalities
in their blood pressure, glucose, plaque in their arteries, and many others
that can cause a heart attack or stroke.
"The Heart and Stroke Prevention Center
looks at all of these red flags, [the center] does advance testing, genetic
testing," said Erica Cline, University Hospital Communications Coordinator.
Genetics is one of the top risk factors.
Washington is an identical twin, sharing the same gene pool as her sister. But when
Washington's sister was tested, it revealed some unsettling news.
"They found a little small cyst on
her [thyroid] but it's nothing serious."
However Washington was serious about
getting tested herself because anyone can be at risk.
"No one is immune, you know we have
found some of the most healthy looking people have some of the most problems
and you know you look on the outside is not necessarily what it is on the
inside," said Cline.
The free screenings were offered to men
and woman of all ages, an incentive that is already making a difference in the
community to keep people healthy.
"Even today we found somebody who
had enough plaque in their arteries that he went to the hospital," said
"If you don't have insurance, I
think it's a good way to come out and check on your body and keep a check on your
body when something like this is going on," said Washington.
With or without insurance, Cline said a
screening can save your life.
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