Prevention and Education
University Hospital’s Heart & Vascular Institute is here if you need life-saving cardiovascular care, but University is more than just urgent care – we’re here to help reduce your chances of ever developing heart and vascular disease. University also offers a number of educational opportunities designed for our community.
Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Center
University’s Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Center is designed to identify clients with traditional and non-traditional risk factors for heart attack and stroke. Risk factors are screened to detect the presence of disease. By using ultrasound screening as well as advanced genetic and metabolic testing, we can assess for actual disease and future risk. Screening exams, genetic testing and advanced lipid testing help clinicians create individualized treatment and lifestyle goals. For more information, call the center at 706-774-5548.
Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Classes: The class explains the causes of heart and vascular disease as well as early warning signs. There will be information about changes people can implement today to prevent heart attack and stroke. The program offers vascular diagnostic exams as well as advanced metabolic and genetic lab work to develop a plan to prevent disease. Call 706-774-5548 for more information or to register or log on to www.universityhealth.org/fm/events to see more.
Women’s Wellness on Wheels: University Hospital’s new mobile unit offers women convenient screenings for both breast cancer and heart disease, conditions that kill more than 350,000 U.S. women annually, as well as the education people need to put them on the path to wellness.
By learning about the risks for heart disease and checking your heart health, you may help prevent heart disease or even reverse heart disease if it is present.
What to expect
- Carotid Screening: Individuals who have no signs or symptoms of carotid artery disease undergo a painless ultrasound imaging of the carotid arteries in the neck.
- Blood Pressure: Normal blood pressure is lower than 120/80; high blood pressure is 130/80 or higher.
- Waist Circumference/Body Mass Index: These screenings measure whether a person is overweight or obese – one of the leading risk factors for heart disease and/or diabetes.
- AFib Screening: Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of heart arrhythmia and increases a person’s risk for stroke.
- Hemoglobin A1C: This blood test for Type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes measures your average blood glucose, or blood sugar, level over the past three months.
Appointments are required and are scheduled at 20-minute intervals.
Call 706-774-5548 for information or to make an appointment.