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Having A Cardiovascular Risk Assesment Can Help Prevent Heart Disease

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Kernersville, NC - We want you to join WFMY News 2 as we tackle a growing problem, especially among women.  Heart disease kills one in three women a day.  That's moms, sisters, grandmothers, your friends. The good news is that it can be prevented.

During the month of February, WFMY News 2 is encouraging women to get checked.  News 2's Tracey McCain helped make the process easier Wednesday by allowing the health educators at Kernersville Medical Center's Women's Heart Center to evaluate her risk for heart disease.

The Cardiovascular Risk Assessment is an hour long appointment.  It's about 30 minutes of clinical time and 30 minutes for counseling.  Health educators check your blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, BMI, body fat percentage and measure your waist.

They also perform an ABI test (Ankle Brachial Index) to check the blood flow in your legs. The ABI test consists of pressure cuffs placed on your arms and ankles. Health educators place gel on the area they need to listen to and use a Doppler to listen to your pulse. It's a very easy test.

At the end of the appointment you'll know your risk for heart disease and how the daily lifestyle choices that will help manage that risk.  If need be, the health educators can connect you with a Primary Care Physician or Cardiologist depending on your needs.

To see Tracey go through the tests, make sure you watch the video included in this story.  You can also contact the Women's Heart Center by calling: 336-277-1880

And if you have any further questions about heart health, you can call into a live phone bank on Wednesday, February 6th from 6 to 8am on the Good Morning Show.  Doctors from Kernersville Medical Center will be standing by ready to take your call.  We'll give you the number to call that morning.

WFMY News 2

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