IU Health North Hospital Offering Free Pocket EKG Program in February
An IU Health North Release
INDIANAPOLIS – Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Approximately 1.2 million Americans suffer a heart attack each year. The free Pocket EKG program offered by IU Health North Hospital during the month of February can save lives, and is being offered in February in conjunction with Go Red for Women month to raise awareness about women’s heart health.
The Pocket EKG program is a free screening for adults with a complete 12-lead EKG reading and blood pressure check. The patient receives the screening at IU Health North Hospital. Afterward, the results are reviewed by a cardiologist and the patient receives a letter with the EKG results, as well as a wallet sized medical identification card that provides important emergency information such as cardiac history and your baseline EKG.
“We are happy to provide such an important service, especially during such an important month that raises overall awareness of heart health” states Toni Beymer, RN, MSN, NE-BC, Director, Cardiovascular and Critical Care Services at IU Health North Hospital. “The Pocket EKG card can assist in emergency situations and enhance proper diagnosis, as well as prevent unnecessary hospitalization.” Emergency and other admitting personnel are able to get much of the information they need by looking at the card.
The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology both recommend that all adults over the age of 40 have a baseline EKG. In addition, if you or your family has a history of heart disease, you should have a baseline EKG. Anyone is welcome to call the scheduling phone number to see if they qualify for a free evaluation. Appointments can be made by calling 317.688.3188.
To interview Toni Beymer or other cardiologists from IU Health North Hospital, please contact Libby Springer at 317.688.2765.
About IU Health North Hospital IU Health North Hospital, a part of Indiana University Health, has provided leading care to Carmel and Hamilton County residents since 2005. With dedicated pavilions for women, children and specialty surgery, and an attached medical office building, IU Health North Hospital brings together physician offices, inpatient beds and operating rooms. Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health North Hospital offers the peace of mind that comes with service and support from Riley Hospital for Children’s nationally recognized programs. All patient rooms are private, including neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, within the 700,000-square-foot, 189-patient bed facility. To learn more about IU Health North Hospital, visit iuhealth.org/north.