Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Sponsors Free Heart Month Screenings at YMCA

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Health

How can you determine if you are at risk for heart disease? February is American Heart Month and Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC) is offering free screenings to community residents to help keep them “heart healthy.” Each year, about 600,000 people in the United States die from heart disease, which is about one out of every four fatalities. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.

Locally, a 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment Report found heart disease and cancer as the leading age-adjusted causes of mortality in the PSMEMC service area. PSMEMC staff will conduct health screenings from 8 to 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 20 at the McCormick Tribune YMCA, 1834 N. Lawndale Ave., Chicago. Free screenings include blood pressure monitoring, body mass index, glucose and cholesterol. Appointments are not required. For more information, call 877-737-4636.

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