February Heartwise Event at UT Medical Center

1. Q – What is HeartWise?

A – According to the CDC, About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that's 1 in every 4 deaths. That makes heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. People need to be wise about their cardiovascular health and HeartWise, the medical center's annual community wellness fair, gives people in the community an opportunity to have screenings and get educational information, so they will understand their risk for heart disease, vascular disease, pulmonary disease and stroke.

2. Q – What type of screenings are offered?

A – There are several screenings that are offered:
Comprehensive Cardiovascular Screening includes:
Blood pressure,
BMI (Weight / Body Mass Index)
Cholesterol and Glucose Screening to measure total, HDL and LDL cholesterol)

Carotid Artery Screening (Ultrasound evaluation of the carotid arteries that screens for buildup of fatty plaque - the leading cause of strokes)

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm screening.

Cardiac calcium scan is a specialized CT scan that detects calcium deposits in the coronary arteries (the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle). The scan measures the extent of the calcium deposits and reveals which of the coronary arteries are involved.

Spirometry is a simple, non-invasive test that is used to diagnose COPD. When you take the test, you will be asked to blow all the air out of your lungs into a mouthpiece connected to a machine known as a spirometer.

3. Q – Is there are charge for the screenings?
A – There is a cost for the for two of the screenings
Comprehensive Cardiovascular Screening - $35
Cardiac calcium scan - $99
No charge for the COPD spirometry and no charge for the educational presentations.

4. Q – When is HeartWise and do you have to register?
A – HeartWise is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9 from 7:30 am – noon at UT Medical Center. Registration for the screenings is required by calling 865-305-6970.