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Heart Screening Added in March

Hospital news | Friday, March 8, 2019

Cuero Regional Hospital is offering a heart calcification screening at a reduced price on March 28, adding this date in March due to demand. Specific appointments can be made for Thursday, March 28 between the hours of 7 a.m. and noon by calling 361-275-0170.

The quick screening measures the amount of calcium in the heart arteries and a lipid profile (lab work) will also be completed to determine total cholesterol levels. This information is predictive of coronary heart disease, and with the help of a physician’s plan, can reduce the risk of heart attack.

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions.

“With the help of physicians and staff at Cuero Regional Hospital and our clinics, we can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices, address their risk factors and reduce their risk of heart disease. We had an overwhelming response to the reduced screening offer in February, and due to requests received, we wanted to extend it to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to know their numbers,” said Lynn Falcone, CEO of Cuero Health.

The cost is $165 (pre-pay at time of service; no insurance companies, Medicaid or Medicare will be billed). Screenings are available to anyone in the public who would like to participate (not recommended for those with pace makers or who have had bypass surgeries). A physician’s order is not necessary to schedule, and these screenings are intended for both men and women age 40 years and older, although anyone at least 18 years of age can participate.

Participants should not have any caffeine eight hours prior to the heart screen and should fast for 12 hours prior to lipid profile (lab work). To schedule an appointment, call 361-275-0170. This special screening offer will expire on March 29, 2019.