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Retired Woman Thrilled to Learn Her Heart is as healthy as a 40-year-old after Cardiac Screening at Silver Cross Hospital

According to the American Heart Association, each year, about 635,000 people in the U.S. have a new heart attack and about 300,000 have a repeat attack. With these statistics in mind, 69 year-old Kathleen Rehr decided to get a Baseline Cardiac Assessment at Silver Cross Hospital after reading about the screening in The Silver Cross Experience newsletter.

Photo Caption: Silver Cross Hospital Cardiovascular Technician Sherrye Woods administers an exam as part of a cardiac baseline screening to New Lenox resident Kathleen Rehr.

“I thought I should really get my heart checked to ensure I don’t have heart disease and learn if I’m at risk for having a heart attack,” said Kathleen Rehr.  “I was shocked to learn that I could have a comprehensive heart evaluation for only $40. The screening is such a good value especially since I’m retired and on a fixed income.”

Rehr’s EKG showed that her numbers were in normal range and her heart was in really good shape. “I was so pleased that my results were normal, but I was thrilled to learn that my 69 year-old heart was as healthy as a 40 year-old person,” stated the New Lenox resident.

“Since heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, area residents should take care of themselves by getting a cardiac screening,” said Mary Tonelli, R.N., cardiac nurse at Silver Cross Hospital.

“I really encourage others to take the Baseline Cardiac Screening. Not only is the thorough test affordable, Silver Cross’ staff is very professional, efficient and courteous,” said Rehr.

Take Care of Your Heart with a Cardiac Risk Assessment

If you are not sure if you are at risk for heart disease, now is the time to find out with a Baseline Cardiac Risk Assessment in the Outpatient Testing Center at Silver Cross Hospital, 1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. This screening includes measurements of total cholesterol including HDL and LDL levels, blood glucose level, triglyceride level, blood pressure and body fat; and 12-lead EKG. A 12-hour fast is required. Cost is $40. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted at time of appointment. Insurance will not be billed. Those who call (815) 300-7076 to schedule an appointment and have joined the free I Matter program will also receive their membership card at the time of their screening which can be used for valuable discounts at over 100 local businesses. If you are not already an I Matter member, sign-up today at IMatter.silvercross.org. 

If you or someone close to you shows signs of a heart attack, call 9-1-1 and get help right away!

Fortunately, there are ways to lower your risks for heart disease thru these simple steps:

  • Exercise

According to the American Heart Association, having high blood pressure is one of the major risk factors. By exercising 20 to 30 minutes several days a week can lower your blood pressure and prevent heart disease. 

  • Prevent and Control High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol

Prevention and treatments for high blood pressure and cholesterol includes eating a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol and high in fiber, keeping a healthy weight, and getting regular exercise. 

  • Control Blood Sugar and Diabetes

Diabetes significantly increases your risk for heart disease. Maintaining a normal blood sugar most of the time can help reduce that risk. 

  • Stop Smoking

Smoking increases your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. People who smoke are four times more likely to develop coronary heart disease than nonsmokers. The good news is, no matter how long or how much you’ve smoked, if you quit, your risk for heart disease decreases soon after. 

  • Maintain a Healthy Weight

People who have excess body fat-especially at the waist-are more likely to develop heart disease even if there are no other risk factors. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy and lean protein can help you lose weight. Avoiding trans fat and limiting saturated fat can directly reduce heart disease risks. 

  • De-Stress

Putting yourself on your “to do” list and finding ways to defuse stress will help slow your breathing and heart rate as you lower your blood pressure. 

Warning Signs of Heart Attack

Some heart attacks are sudden and intense. But most start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort.

Here are some of the signs that can mean a heart attack is happening:

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath. May occur with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs: These may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  • As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are more likely than men to have some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain

 

Cardiac Services at Silver Cross

Silver Cross Hospital brings together advanced technology and the finest medical professionals to create an innovative and efficient approach to heart care.  From prevention programs to aftercare, Silver Cross provides patients with everything they need to maintain a healthy heart.  Cardiac patients receive expert education, diagnosistreatment, professional consultation, and rehabilitative care. From state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheterization suites to accredited programs for Echocardiography and Cardiac Rehab, Silver Cross offers a wide range of comprehensive services to expertly diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate heart disease. For a referral to a cardiologist on staff at Silver Cross, click here. 

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