Free Test Charts Risk for Heart Disease
Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute Offers Risk Assessment, Clinician Consultation
SACRAMENTO, Calif., December 29, 2008 - The Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute, which serves heart patients throughout Northern California, launched a Heart Health Risk Assessment tool on the Internet along with a free half-hour consultation with a clinician for those who are at risk of heart disease.
The assessment tool and clinician consultation are free to everyone with any or even no insurance. To take the 10-minute, Web-based assessment, go to www.sutterheart.org and click on the button to the right labeled “Heart Health Risk Assessment.” Through a series of questions, it will assess your current cardiovascular health status and identify those medical or lifestyle conditions that may lead to development of the disease. After the assessment, if respondents are at risk for heart disease, they can fill out a form for a 30-minute, in-person clinician consultation.
“Our mission is to improve the heart health of everyone in the Sacramento region and throughout Northern California,” said Dr. David Roberts, Medical Director of the Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute. “Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and many people are unaware that, to a large extent, the disease is both modifiable and preventable. We hope everyone will take advantage of this risk assessment and consultation, and will take action to improve the health of their heart and their entire vascular system.”
The consultation with a registered dietitian includes cholesterol, body mass index, blood pressure and other tests, and individuals will leave with individualized information on how to reduce their risk of heart disease and whether they need follow-up visits with their physician or a cardiologist. The consultations are held in the offices of the Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute at 5301 F St., Sacramento.
The Heart Health Risk Assessment and Consultation isn’t the only program sponsored by the Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute in order to improve the heart health of men and women throughout Northern California. The Institute also sponsors two American Heart Association programs: The Go Red for Women movement promotes awareness for women's battle against heart disease, and Start! is a heart-healthy initiative that encourages walking as an on-the-job form of exercise.
For those without access to the Internet, the Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute can fill in your assessment information by phone. The Institute’s phone numbers are (916) 733-1777 and, toll-free, 1-877-50HEART.
About Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento
Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, is affiliated with Sutter Health, a not-for-profit, community based health system located throughout Northern California. For more information on Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, visit www.suttermedicalcenter.org.
About Sutter Health
Serving patients and their families in more than 100 Northern California cities and towns, Sutter Health doctors, hospitals and other health care service providers join resources and share expertise to advance health care quality and access. The Sutter Medical Network includes many of California’s top-performing, highest quality physician organizations as measured annually by the Integrated Healthcare Organization. Sutter-affiliated hospitals are regional leaders in cardiac care, women’s and children’s services, cancer care, orthopedics and advanced patient safety technology. For more information about the not-for-profit Sutter Health family, please visit www.sutterhealth.org.
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