Citizens Medical Center Red Heals Heart Healthy screening event promotes heart disease awareness

In an effort to increase heart disease awareness, Citizens Medical Center will hold a Red Heals Healthy Heart screening event in its main lobby from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for men and women in the United States. Knowing the risk factors for heart disease and the lifestyle modifications that can help reduce the risk of heart attacks are key to having a healthy heart, according to a news release from Citizens Medical Center.

Citizens Medical Center professionals will provide the following assessments to screen for heart disease risk factors: blood pressure, body mass index, body composition, blood glucose, total cholesterol and peripheral artery disease (if criteria are met).

A live telemedicine demonstration with Dr. Tzu-Ching "Teddy" Wu, medical director of Mischer Neuroscience Institute at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center's Telemedicine Program, will take place at noon in the lobby. Wu will remote in to demonstrate how neurologists at MNI help diagnose and treat stroke patients at Citizens Medical Center.

Educational materials will be distributed, and professionals will answer questions on numerous heart related topics, including heart-healthy diet, smoking cessation, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, home health care and more. All testing is free for those who meet the criteria.

For more information about the Red Heals Heart Healthy screening event, call 361-572-5172.