& Queen Anne's Hospital
Health System Offering Low Cost
Cholesterol & Blood Glucose Screenings
Elizabeth H. Morris
Day take care of your heart and health by getting a blood test that
will measure your cholesterol and blood glucose levels. The cholesterol
test is a complete coronary risk profile screening that will indicate
levels of total cholesterol, good and bad cholesterol and triglycerides,
while the blood glucose test will indicate if further evaluation for
diabetes is needed.
The employees of the Chester River Health System are celebrating February
as American Heart Month by providing these low cost screenings on
Tuesday, February 12, from 7 to 10 a.m., in the Kent & Queen Anne's
Hospital's cafeteria meeting room. The employees request that participants
make a $15 donation, which is less than the cost of many insurance
co-payments. It may be made with cash, check or credit card. Proceeds
will benefit enhancements to patient care programs at the hospital.
The test requires a 12-hour fast (ONLY WATER MAY BE CONSUMED; no coffee
or tea in the morning) and test results will be sent to the patient
and the patient's primary care physician.
Appointments are required and can be scheduled by calling Betty Jo
Embert at Chester River Home Care & Hospice at (410) 778-1049,
weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Participants are asked to not use the hospital's usual central registration
process but instead go directly to the second floor room. For easy
access, drive around the back of the hospital and enter the building
via the door under the third blue canopy, across from the Dialysis
Center. Signs will be posted.
High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease but you
can help to lower your risk of a fatal or disabling heart attack or
stroke by lowering your cholesterol levels. Generally speaking, a
one-point drop in cholesterol equals a two-percent decrease in risk.
"The best way to get a respectable cholesterol level is the old-fashioned
way-through a low-fat diet, weight control and exercise. Some individuals
will not be able to lower their cholesterol levels through lifestyle
changes and may need to take prescription medications," notes
Sherrie Hill, RN, MSN, CCRN, Coordinator of Kent & Queen Anne's
Hospital's Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that can have serious complications
such as blindness, kidney disease, lower limb amputations, heart disease
and stroke. "By learning to control the factors that influence
blood sugar, individuals may avoid some of the serious complications,"
Barbara McDanolds, MA, RN, a certified diabetes educator and coordinator
of the Living with Diabetes Program, points out. "But for some
diabetics, learning to manage their diet, stress level and physical
activity will not be enough to control these factors; some will need
to take diabetes medication to minimize their chance of developing
Coronary artery disease or heart disease is still the number one killer
of both men and women in this country and in our community. And diabetics
have risk of developing heart disease is two to four times greater
that the risk of non-diabetics.
Learning your risk for these diseases may be the best Valentine you