Go online to assess your risk for heart disease

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Dr. Sabrina Akrami

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Obesity, diabetes and peripheral artery disease (PAD) — blockages in the arteries of the legs — are all risk factors for heart disease. In fact, research has shown a strong connection between PAD at an early age and an increased risk for heart attack and stroke.

That’s why Ingalls Health System has now expanded its online risk assessment, HeartAware, to include questions about these important risk factors.

Ingalls’ new HeartAware Cardiovascular allows people to assess their current cardiovascular health and identify those medical or lifestyle conditions that may lead to the development of the disease.

“More than 79 million Americans have cardiovascular disease and don’t even know it,” explained Sabrina Akrami, D.O., a cardiologist on staff at Ingalls. “But unlike some diseases, cardiovascular disease can largely be predicted and prevented.”

That’s where HeartAware Cardiovascular comes in. The expanded online evaluation, which takes only 10 minutes to complete, provides critical information about your personal risk factors.

If the screening shows you are at heightened risk, you don’t have to take the next steps alone. Ingalls offers a free phone consultation with a cardiovascular nurse navigator and additional free testing, including measurements of blood pressure, height, weight, waist circumference, and a fasting lipid and glucose blood test at the Ingalls location of your choice.

And for individuals at higher risk for PAD, Ingalls offers a free ankle-brachial index (ABI) test, which measures blood pressure in the ankles and compares it to that of the arms.

“This painless test is 99 percent effective in detecting PAD,” Dr. Akrami said.

Visit Ingalls website and take the online risk assessment today. By completing the screening, you could win your choice of a spa package, a Wii Fit console, a Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card, or a mountain bike — each valued at about $300.

One winner will be selected each quarter. You must be 21 or older to win. Each HealthAware assessment you complete qualifies as an entry. (Note: Only one entry will be allowed for each assessment per year.)

For more information or to take the free online risk assessment, go to www.Ingalls.org/MyHealth, and click on “HeartAware” today.

Provided by Ingalls Health System