Heart disease is the second leading cause of death for Alaskans, and the leading cause of death in the southern Kenai Peninsula area. South Peninsula Hospital is proud to offer free education and $99 heart screenings during February heart health month to help you prevent it.
The public is invited to a free forum on Thursday, February 19 @ 6:00 pm at the Islands & Ocean Visitor Center. Speaking will be Dr. George Rhyneer, visiting cardiologist, and Doug Duncan, Pharmacy Director at South Peninsula Hospital. The topic is “Gambling with Your Heart”… how to increase your odds for staying heart healthy. Topics explored will be heart medication dos and don’ts, recognizing and responding to early signs of stroke, and preventive cardiac care. Healthy refreshments will be provided.
The first, a Cardiac Scoring CT scan, is a non-invasive, 15 minute imaging procedure which scores calcium buildup in the arteries. The procedure should be considered for individuals who may be at a high risk for developing heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, the risk factors for heart disease include: Men over 45 years of age and women over 55 years of age, tobacco use, family history, high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, inactive lifestyle, overweight and diabetes. If one or more of these factors apply to you, please talk to your clinician about considering this test. A physician referral, appointment and prepayment are required. Contact the Imaging Department at 235-0363 for additional information.
The second screening, a Heart Health Blood Test, screens for cholesterol, cardiac risk, anemia and diabetes. No appointment or referral is necessary, but registration and pre-payment are required. Contact the Laboratory for more information at 235-0338.
Visit our Wellness and Education page for current heart health information.