Good Samaritan to Celebrate American Heart Month

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 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 your risk.”

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 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 and soul.”

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 heart disease.

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.

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