Schneck celebrates “Heart Health Month”

Schneck Medical Center is celebrating “Heart Health Month.”

Stephanie L. Furlow, the spokesperson for the Seymour hospital, explains that cardiovascular diseases, including stroke, are our nation’s number one killer, with one in every three deaths being from heart disease and stroke. She says that equals 2,200 deaths per day.

Furlow says that high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, tobacco use, and secondhand smoke, among others, are all risk factors associated with heart disease. She adds that a healthy diet and lifestyle are the best means to fight heart disease.

Furlow adds that early detection and treatment of heart disease is important. In the spirit of “Heart Health Month,” she says that Schneck is offering the Cardiac Calcium CT Scan for only $59 through February. Furlow adds that the cost of this test is not covered by insurance.

Furlow notes that the scan is a painless, safe test that can help determine whether you are at risk for a heart attack. The procedure, which she says does not require a physician referral, evaluates and measures the calcium build-up in your coronary arteries. Overtime, progression of plaque build-up can narrow the arteries or even close off blood flow to the heart.

To schedule your Cardiac Calcium CT Scan, call Schneck at (812) 522-0433.