Heart disease is the number one cause of death in theUnited States. Approximately 1.2 million Americans suffer a heart attack each year. The free Pocket EKG program offered by IU Health North Hospital during the month of February can save lives, and is being offered in February in conjunction with Go Red for Women month to raise awareness about women’s heart health.
The Pocket EKG program is a free screening for adults with a complete 12-lead EKG reading and blood pressure check. The patient receives the screening at IU Health North Hospital. Afterward, the results are reviewed by a cardiologist and the patient receives a letter with the EKG results, as well as a wallet sized medical identification card that provides important emergency information such as cardiac history and your baseline EKG.
“We are happy to provide such an important service, especially during such an important month that raises overall awareness of heart health” states Toni Beymer, RN, MSN, NE-BC, Director, Cardiovascular and Critical Care Services at IU Health North Hospital. “The Pocket EKG card can assist in emergency situations and enhance proper diagnosis, as well as prevent unnecessary hospitalization.” Emergency and other admitting personnel are able to get much of the information they need by looking at the card.
The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology both recommend that all adults over the age of 40 have a baseline EKG. In addition, if you or your family has a history of heart disease, you should have a baseline EKG. Anyone is welcome to call the scheduling phone number to see if they qualify for a free evaluation. Appointments can be made by calling 317.688.3188.