Good Samaritan is dedicating the month of February to your heart. Heart
health is an important aspect of a person’s overall well-being and
should be a top priority. According to the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC), heart disease kills about 647,000 people in the
United States each year; amounting to one in every four deaths in this
country. It is also the leading cause of death in men and women. Knowing
your risk for heart disease is the first step in keeping your heart healthy.
That is why Good Samaritan is providing free screenings and heart health
information throughout the month of February.
A new online tool was recently introduced on the hospital’s website.
Visitors who visit gshvin.org/heart can choose to take the free online
Heart Health Assessment. The short assessment will display various questions
asking for a person’s health information to determine their heart
disease risk and the age of their heart. The results are shown to the
person taking the assessment and there is an option to send the results
to Good Samaritan’s Dayson Heart Center for an appointment.
Good Samaritan will be offering free stroke screenings on Tuesday, February
18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Utilizing a scorecard, an individual’s
risk for stroke is formulated by the results of different tests. These
tests include: blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), lipid profile, carotid
artery screening, atrial fibrillation and glucose screening. Educators
and registered nurses will also be providing valuable information and
hand-outs on different ways to decrease your risk of stroke.
“Good Samaritan is excited to once again offer the free stroke screenings,”
said Debra Hardwick, Community Health Coordinator. “According to
the Center for Disease Control (CDC), stroke kills nearly 150,000 of the
860,000 Americans who die of cardiovascular disease each year. Heart month
is a good time to find out your stroke risk and learn how you can lower
Appointments are required for the screenings. Those interested in making
an appointment can call Community Health at 812-885-8753.
Vascular screenings are also available to the community at the Dayson Heart
Center. Vascular disease is a serious condition that affects the circulation
of blood flow within the arteries and veins. If not treated, vascular
disease can lead to serious health issues such as amputation, stroke,
aneurysm, or even death. These three screenings can be purchased together
for only $69, or separately for $23 each. The screenings include a carotid
artery ultrasound, abdominal aortic aneurysm screening, and a peripheral
artery disease screening. To make an appointment or learn more information,
patients are encouraged to call the Dayson Heart Center at 812-885-3243.
In addition to these screenings, the Community Health Department is also
offering multiple free lipid profile screenings throughout the month of
February. To see the dates and times, visit Good Samaritan’s website
at www.gshvin.org and click on the events calendar.
The Dayson Heart Center at Good Samaritan is also raising heart health
awareness by celebrating National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week from February 9-15.
Cardiac rehabilitation aides in the reduction of potentially devastating
effects of heart disease and improves the quality of life for patients
and their families. Cardiac Rehabilitation Week, initiated by the American
Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), coincides
with both Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month in an effort
to draw greater national attention to heart health. This year’s
theme, “New Start, Better Heart,” speaks to the journey toward
better heart health by starting to take care of your heart today.
“Many people think of cardiac rehab as just an exercise program.
Although exercise is very important, there are other key factors that
play important roles on your road to recovery,” said Hilary Cecil,
MS, Cardiac Rehab Exercise Specialist. According to Cecil, cardiac rehab
has three equally important parts; Exercise Counseling and Training, Education
for Heart Healthy Living, and Counseling to Reduce Stress.
“You don't need to face heart disease alone. Cardiac rehab is
a team effort and together we can help you take charge of the choices,
lifestyle changes and habits that affect your heart”, added Luci
Hurst, Cardiology Patient and Family Educator. “There is a camaraderie
that our patients develop by attending rehab with the same group of people
each week. It is a great opportunity to meet with other patients that
are going through the same thing. Cardiac Rehab is good for the heart
Another way Good Samaritan is promoting heart health is by participating
in National Wear Red Day®. On Friday, February 7, Good Samaritan employees
will be wearing their red in support of raising awareness of women and
The American Heart Association created National Wear Red Day in 2004 with
a mission to dismiss myths and raise awareness of heart disease and stroke
as the number one killer of women. To support heart health in women locally,
Good Samaritan employees are encouraged to wear red. Photos of employees
will be shared on the hospital Facebook and Instagram pages throughout
the day. Community members are also welcome to wear red and share their
photos on social media using the hashtag #WearRedandGive.