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News Releases / 2007

Seven-minute test could save your life

Ventura, California, 06/12/2007

Community Memorial Hospital launches online screening for early detection of heart disease in Ventura County. Community Memorial Hospital has selected HealthAware: Heart as its cardiac outreach program, in a continuing effort to save lives in the community. HealthAware: Heart is an interactive 7 minute online personal health risk questionnaire that focuses on the prevention and early detection of the #1 silent killerheart disease.

After the health risk assessment, each participant is given an immediate personalized and confidential report that indicates their overall risk of developing cardiovascular disease, as well as ways to reduce it.

If the individual meets certain clinical criteria, they are given the opportunity to meet with a Community Memorial Hospital cardiac clinician for a free, no-cost, no-obligation consultation. This follow-up includes a 30-45 minute screening session where a painless blood test is given to check the blood sugar and cholesterol levels plus a blood pressure, weight, BMI and fat % are measured. If a person is found to be at risk, the cardiac clinician will offer recommendations on improving their health and contacting their primary care physician or cardiologist. In addition they will be followed up annually for five years

Heart disease continues to be the number one killer of American men and women. Last year 750,000 American died from heart disease and almost half had no symptoms prior to their first event, which was death. Community Memorial Hospital goal is to help prevent this from happening.

“I’m really excited about this,” Dr. Alon Steinberg said. “Community Memorial Hospital is proud to be a part of the HealthAware: Heart program, which is exclusive to our market. Our goal is to focus on the early detection and prevention of heart disease by getting everyone in the community to take the online test. Community Memorial Hospital can help people stop smoking, lower their cholesterol and blood pressure and lose weight. It is never too late to get healthy and reduce your risk for heart disease.”