Heart Disease Screenings

By: Shanna Tapley
By: Shanna Tapley

Heart disease is the number one killer among men and women in the United States, and unfortunately most people don't even know they have it.

A free heart and vascular screening in Thomasville hopes to identify who is at risk for heart disease before it's too late.

CPR is one way to keep a heart pumping, but the director of Archbold's Cardiovascular Center hopes the free heart and vascular screenings will raise health awareness.

Sally Bain, R.N., says, "You can quit smoking and learn to cook healthy. You can learn to walk and do safe exercise. There are so many things you can do to have control over your health that nobody can do but you."

Nurse Gwinette Alligood will take part in the screenings.

Gwinette says, "I feel like I'm making a contribution to the community instead of the community having to come to us, so we're trying to go out into the community and reach people in that way."

People of all ages are encouraged to get screened.

"They'll feel a lot better than the last generation at that age."

Bain says the screening process is painless but does consist of lots of questions to find out if you're at risk. The heart and vascular screening will be at the Thomasville Resource Center on Varnedoe Road from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


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