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IU Health urges public to take action towards prevention through Heart Cart screening

An IU Health Starke Hospital Release

In honor of American Heart Month, Indiana University Health La Porte and Starke hospitals are urging community members to listen to their hearts, educate themselves on prevention and take action towards detection.

While heart attacks occur with sudden intensity, many of the warning signs start slowly with mild pain or discomfort. Common symptoms, according to the American Heart Association, include:

  • Chest pain or discomfort lasting more than a few minutes, or that stops and starts again. Pain may feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing or fullness.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body such as one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness may also occur.

In addition, women often experience slightly different heart attack warning signs. Many women report pressure or pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen, dizziness or fainting, upper back pressure or extreme fatigue.

Anyone experiencing these symptoms should call his or her doctor right away. However, those with sudden loss of responsiveness (no response to tapping on the shoulders) or no normal breathing may be experiencing a cardiac arrest, and should call 911 immediately or visit the nearest Emergency Department.

Early detection is key to sound cardiovascular health. The Heart Cart, through the IU Health La Porte Heart & Vascular Center, offers community members of all ages a discounted screening package.

Upcoming Heart Cart visits include:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 5 at Golden LivingCenter, 1700 I St. in La Porte
  • Friday, Feb. 15 at IU Health Medical Offices at LifeWorks Business Park, 3777 N. Frontage Rd. in Michigan City
  • Thursday, Feb. 21 at IU Health La Porte Heart & Vascular Center, 901 Lincolnway in La Porte
  • Tuesday, Feb. 26 at Golden LivingCenter – Fountainview Terrace, 1900 Andrew Ave. in La Porte
  • Thursday, March 7 at IU Health Starke Hospital, 102 E. Culver Rd. in Knox
  • Friday, March 15 at IU Health Medical Offices at LifeWorks Business Park, 3777 N. Frontage Rd. in Michigan City
  • Thursday, March 21 at IU Health La Porte Heart & Vascular Center, 901 Lincolnway in La Porte

* All screenings are offered from 7:30 am to 11:30 am (Central time).

Pre-registration is required. The service is now available at an even lower cost—only $50 for tests normally costing in excess of $1,200. Participants may pay by cash, check, money order or credit card. In order to offer this service at a discount to the community, IU Health does not bill insurance for the services. Participants are responsible for payment in full.

Space is limited. For more information or to register, call 219.326.2626. The screenings are provided in part by the La Porte Hospital Foundation.

All testing is reviewed by a board certified physician. The screening tests for: abnormal heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysm, blood pressure, fasting cholesterol and glucose levels, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, poor leg circulation, stroke and weight. In addition, participants may also schedule a Vertical Auto-Profile (VAP) cholesterol screening for an additional $39. Results will be mailed to participants three to four weeks following the screening. Individuals may take the results to their doctor for follow up.

The American Heart Association recommends a baseline screening as early as age 20. Those with a family history of heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes could benefit from this screening. In addition, those who are overweight, smoke, lack exercise or lead sedimentary lifestyles are potentially at risk.

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