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Ask the St. Elizabeth Expert: What tests might help a woman with heart, vascular diseases?

Ask the St. Elizabeth Expert: What tests might help a woman with heart, vascular diseases? (WKRC)

FLORENCE, Ky. (WKRC) - Common heart tests that could help save a life can be found inside the St. Elizabeth Mobile Health Unit, and you can immediately find out your risk for heart and vascular problems.

“Depending on their age and their risk factors, there is something we can provide for all ages,” said Jeanie Foley, the St. Elizabeth Program Manager at the Heart and Vascular Institute.

“I run a lot and eat healthy, but I know there are some things that are gonna be beyond my control,” said Elizabeth Harvey, a patient.

The tests can tell you things you would otherwise never know.

“I do a finger stick, for which is a heart risk assessment, for cholesterol, glucose, height and weight for BMI and it's all calculated for a formula which gives you a heart risk assessment age,” said Kaleigh Courts, a medical assistant.

There is a low cost for the test. It's about $25 per test and is not covered by insurance.

But if you find something out, you can go into whatever system you need and get care.

“I do vascular screening, carotids, plaque buildup, ballooning in the abdomen, and then I also do a test where we get blood pressure of the arms and ankles, that tells us if you have peripheral arterial disease,” said Bruce Smith, a vascular technologist.

Dr. Alexander Hou says the tests are recommended if you have diabetes, heart disease, you are a smoker or you have a family history of vascular disease.

“I think that the screening will pick up a lot of diseases you are not aware of, we see a lot of our patients that are asymptomatic of disease,” said Dr. Hou.

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