Free Cardiac Screenings Offered

With so many people laid off or fired these days, one of the worse consequences is some have lost their health insurance. As a result, they are foregoing routine medical care and testing they might otherwise receive to warn of potential problems.

When the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners & Nurse Midwives holds its annual convention later this month in Covington, participants will offer free advanced cardiac risk assessment screenings to the public.—-

The screenings will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon on April 22. They will be done at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center’s Exhibit Hall 2 (street level), 1 W. RiverCenter Blvd.

The event is open to anyone age 18 and older. No advance or pre-registration is required.

Procedures that will be conducted are checking vital signs like blood pressure, pulse and respiration; taking a cardiac physical; checking cholesterol levels; conducting a complete cardiac screening history; and performing EKGs for those people identified as needing one.

Anyone seeking cholesterol testing should fast for 12 hours prior to the test; drinking water or black coffee is allowed.

Once the screening is performed, results will be tallied and discussed with each participant including information on how they may be able to reduce their risk for heart disease.  Participants can take their screening information with them to share with their own health care providers if they choose.

For more information, contact Nurse Dottie Baker at 859-992-4756 or via e-mail at [email protected].

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