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 655,000 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 can be printed for the user to share with their
health care provider. Those who do not have a primary care provider will
be provided information on how to schedule with a Good Samaritan provider.
“These online tools and screenings are vital to helping our patients
identify their risk for heart disease,” said Christopher Ross, Director
of Cardiology. “Our services, which consist of diagnostic testing,
specialty clinics and cardiac rehabilitation, allow us to diagnose and
treat a wide range of cardiovascular issues for patients of all ages.”
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 three opportunities for individuals to receive free lipid profile
screenings throughout the month of February. To see the dates and times,
visit Good Samaritan’s website at
The Dayson Heart Center at Good Samaritan is also raising heart health
awareness by celebrating National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week from February 14-20.
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.
“Cardiac Rehab week is a great time for us to be able to recognize
our patients that have made the choice to improve their heart health,”
said Luci Hurst, Cardiology Patient and Family Educator. “It is
also a great opportunity for us to raise awareness about our program.
This year’s cardiac rehab week slogan is ‘“Beating Strong,
Living Long”’ and we would like nothing more than to help
with this journey.”
Another way Good Samaritan is promoting heart health is by participating
in National Wear Red Day®. On Friday, February 5, Good Samaritan employees
will be wearing their red in support of raising awareness of heart disease in women.
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.