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Worried about your heart health? Head to Basalt

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT ” Roaring Fork Valley residents wondering about their risk of heart disease or a heart attack may want to take advantage of a special clinic being held next month at After-Hours Medical Care in Basalt.

On April 4, the center will offer a heart-health assessment to help determine an individual’s risk for heart attack in the next 10 years. Included in the assessment are blood tests for lipids (cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL, direct LDL) and blood sugar, a blood pressure check, body mass index assessment and a “risk profile” questionnaire.

Among the warning signs for heart trouble, according to a statement from Aspen Valley Hospital, are being overweight, experiencing blood pressure that is even a little on the high side according to the latest and more stringent guidelines, smoking even a little bit, fasting blood sugar levels on the rise, and cholesterol levels that are a little higher than a doctor might like them to be.

And, stated an AVH spokeswoman, men are at higher risk of heart attack than women simply because of their gender.

“At just $12, this is really an affordable way to obtain some very important information about your body and your future,” said Ginny Dyche, Aspen Valley Hospital director of community relations. AVH operates the After-Hours clinic.

The clinic is scheduled from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., at 234 Cody Lane. Participants must fast for 12 hours prior to the test, with the exception of water, and payment must be by cash or check.

For more information, call 544-1296.


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