Online assessment of heart disease

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Heart monitoring: Porter Regional Hospital, and its Center for Cardiovascular Medicine, offers a free, online assessment for a person's risk of heart disease. | Supplied photo

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Got seven minutes to spare? It could save your heart and your life.

Porter Regional Hospital now offers a quick and easy, free online heart risk assessment tool to help you determine your risk for heart disease. All you need is a personal computer and an Internet connection in order to get a snapshot of your heart health — on your own time, at your convenience.

The Porter Regional Hospital risk assessment is simple. Just log on to www.porterhealth.com/HeartAware. You will be asked to provide some basic information from a pull-down menu, such as your age and gender, ethnicity, height and weight, smoking history, exercise frequency, blood pressure, family health history, past potential heart disease symptoms, and any undiagnosed pain.

As a result, you’ll receive a personalized health profile with your individual risks and some prevention tips. You can also opt to be contacted by a nurse to ask questions and make an appointment for an in-person evaluation and testing.

The in-person, follow-up consultation will include a 15-minute verification screening, and a check of your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar levels, body mass index (BMI) and family history. If you are found to be at risk, the health-care professional performing your screening will forward these results to your primary care physician, as well as offer some recommendations for improving your health.

Heart disease is the nation’s top killer of men and women, taking the lives of 750,000 men and women across the country and, perhaps most frightening, nearly half of these heart attack victims had no prior symptoms or warning of their heart trouble. Many people are unaware that, to a large extent, heart disease can be prevented and treated.

Go to www.porterhealth.com/HeartAware today for your free and confidential screening. It could save your heart and your life.

Provided by Porter Regional Hospital