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Creighton Mobile Unit Checks Cardiac Health

Creighton Mobile Unit Checks Cardiac Health

Imagine that you are young, physically active and watch your diet. The picture of good health, right? Not necessarily.

Enter the Creighton Community Health Center Mobile Education Screening Unit. For the past three years, the center’s unit has offered free blood-pressure, cholesterol and glucose screenings to help identify Omaha-area residents who have or are at risk of developing heart disease.

Through Aug. 15, the 35-foot-long customized unit will be open for business and seeking patients, 9 a.m.-noon on Tuesdays, outside Walgreen Drug Store, 3005 Lake St.

“In particular, we want to reach out to African-Americans who are at particular risk of developing heart disease, and people who cannot afford the tests,” said Theola Cooper, program coordinator for the Creighton Community Health Center.

Screenings take about 10 to 12 minutes to complete, and the results are available in about seven minutes.Screeners then meet with patients to discuss and explain the results. In a doctor’s office, the same tests would cost $20 to $75, she estimated.

“People need to know their risk. Often, a person can avoid suffering a heart attack or stroke just by getting one quick finger stick, Cooper said. “That’s our goal.”

The mobile unit and the Creighton Community Health Center are part of The Cardiac Center of Creighton University Medical Center. In addition to the Walgreen’s location, the mobile unit also makes appearances at health fairs and other public events.

Posted: 7/26/06

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