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Heart Report Card Screens Cardiovascular Health

Heart Report Card Screens Cardiovascular Health
“The Heart Report Card is a screening service offered for the community,” says Michelle Bierig, system director, Noninvasive Cardiovascular Services.

Students in school work diligently to get an “A” on their academic report card. Another report card—the Heart Report Card—assesses information that indicates overall heart health. The report includes information on possible problems, including high blood pressure and enlargement of the main abdominal artery; echocardiogram results (measures heart and valve function) and electrocardiogram results (heart rate and rhythm).

“The Heart Report Card is a screening service offered for the community,” says Michelle Bierig, system director, Noninvasive Cardiovascular Services. “It helps detect blockages in the neck vessels and problems with the heart for physicians to better treat patients. It also gives patients a tangible report to better understand their heart and vascular condition.” ).

“Patients receive the information after they have undergone a cardiac and vascular screening. “The screening does not take the place of a diagnostic evaluation but does provide information on heart and artery abnormalities,” Michelle says. “We hope that patients will be empowered and know more about their health—including the opportunity to see photos of their heart and arteries—and will be more likely to follow through with their care and to comply with their physician’s orders.” ).

“The three-page report lists results and informs patients whether or not they fall into the normal range for particular components of the test. For example, a normal heart rate is 60-100 beats per minute. A patient who has 70 beats per minute knows immediately that his or her heart rate is within the normal range. ).

“Each screening exam is performed by staff holding a national credential and the Heart Report Card is interpreted by a board certified cardiologist with specialty credentials in heart and vascular testing. “We want patients to share this information with their physician,” Michelle says. ).

“Patients who do not have a primary care physician can receive a referral to a qualified physician who can help them monitor their health and seek further treatment from a specialist, if necessary.” ).

The Heart Report Card is another tool for patients to maintain a healthy lifestyle and address any cardiac problems that need attention. “The more each patient knows and understands his or her health, the better we can work together as a team,” Michelle says. “We want to make access to test results as easy as possible.” ).

Did You Know?

The screenings are a service purchased through Lee Memorial Health System. Physician orders and insurance authorizations are not required to get a heart screening. Call 239-343-5292 to schedule a screening.


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