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The National Retail Federation says 47 percent of people brave the crowds and ramp up their stress levels by starting their holiday shopping in stores Thanksgiving weekend. That happens to be the same percentage of people with a risk factor for heart disease – high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking are all significant risk factors. Peninsula Regional Medical Center would like to encourage everyone to consider giving themselves or someone they love the gift of good health. Best of all, it’s a free gift.

The Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute offers a free heart disease check for people not under the care of a cardiologist. The screening includes a fasting lipid profile (total cholesterol, HDL, risk ratio and glucose), ankle/brachial index, resting 12-lead EKG, body fat/body mass index; blood pressure and pulse oximetry testing and more. Because of the blood testing, a 12-hour fast is required beforehand. Appointments are available every Thursday at PRMC, and in Ocean Pines on January 9, 2020. Call 410-543-7026 to schedule your free Heart Smart Screening appointment.

There are also free vascular screenings available for both men and women. Twelve to 20 percent of Americans older than 65 have peripheral arterial disease, but only one-third show symptoms; many people mistake the symptoms of PAD for something else. People over 55 who are at higher risk for vascular disease should be screened to detect these vascular problems before they develop into something much more serious.

Those with risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, heart disease or family history of vascular disease; and people who have a symptom such as leg pain or numbness in the leg or foot, may be eligible for a free screening at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. If you are 55 or older, please call the Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute at 410-543-7123 to find out if you qualify for the free vascular screenings and to reserve a date and time.