UPMC, American Heart Association Team Up For Free Heart Screenings

by: Jessica Fera Updated:

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PITTSBURGH,None - Heart disease is the no. 1 killer of women in this country. Fortunately, in most cases, it’s preventable.

A screening check can be an important step in uncovering a problem early, when there’s a good chance to treat it effectively.

UPMC is a proud sponsor of the American Heart Association’s 2011 Go Red For Women campaign and is urging women to have a free screening at convenient locations and times throughout the region.

Screenings include blood pressure, BMI (body mass index, risk assessment and an “ask the doctor” section.

The first in a series of free cardiac risk screenings was held Saturday at Ross Park Mall and dozens of area residents took advantage of the event.

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In addition, the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women is searching for women for its 2011-12 campaign efforts, which may include national network TV programming, PSAs, website content, brochures, magazine features and more. This year the focus is for women to make it their mission to fight heart disease. The AHA is asking women to give five women they care about the power to save their lives.

Join the American Heart Association and UPMC for free cardiac risk screenings and share your story of how you are making it your mission to fight heart disease.

For more information about upcoming cardiac risk screenings go to upmc.com/heartscreenings.

For more about Go Red visit heart.org/pittsburghpa.