HeartAware Tool Identifies Potential Risks of Heart Disease
According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, heart disease is the number one cause of death in Wisconsin, and stroke is the number three cause of death. Both of these cardiovascular diseases can be prevented. One of the ways that Affinity Health System is targeting this important issue is to provide HeartAware, a free risk-assessment tool that assesses and identifies potential risks of heart disease.
“This free assessment tool is an excellent resource for community members concerned about their risk for heart disease due to family history or other risk factors associated with heart disease,” said Jody Andropolis, RN, clinic manager, St. Elizabeth Hospital Heart, Lung & Vascular Center. “Individuals who are identified as high-risk are eligible for a free lipid panel as well as a free visit with a nurse practitioner to further assess their risk factors.”
Daniel E. Neufelder, president and CEO of Affinity Health System, spearheaded the project in 2007. The 10-minute online test will tell you how many risk factors you have. If you have two or more risk factors, you are eligible to receive a free screening by a cardiac clinician at the Affinity Heart & Lung Centers. You will also receive heart healthy tips for prevention and wellness.
Since the program began in 2007, there have been 2,478 hits to the HeartAware questionnaire, 490 deemed at risk, and 317 patients who accepted the offer and have taken advantage of the opportunity to come in for a screening.