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Premier HeartWorks Encourages Good Heart Health, Special Offer on Screening

January 27, 2010 (Dayton, OH) – The Ohio Department of Health released a comprehensive study this week saying the state’s rate of heart disease mortality is the 14th highest nationwide. Heart disease caused 27 percent or about 29,000 of Ohio deaths in 2005.

There is a way to learn if you are at risk for heart disease. Premier HeartWorks is offering a complete cardiac risk assessment for the special price of only $89 ($10 off the regular price of $99) for registrations made now through Feb. 28.

“Heart disease nationwide and in the Dayton area is occurring among an ever-younger group of people,” said Dr. Mukul Chandra, medical director of Premier HeartWorks. “For men, the risk of having a heart attack begins to rise significantly at age 45. For women, the risk of developing heart disease starts to increase at age 55. That is why it is important to know your risk of heart disease and stroke early so that you can avoid becoming a statistic.”

Premier HeartWorks is an affordable way to learn your heart risks. A physician referral or insurance approval is not required for the screening. All tests are done in one session and typically take about one hour to complete. Dr. Chandra reviews results and recommends appropriate follow-up.

“HeartWorks screenings allow us to predict a person’s likelihood of having a heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years,” says Dr. Chandra. “If we learn through the screening a person is at risk, we can recommend further testing and suggest diet and lifestyle changes to help lower the chances of a heart attack or stroke.”

Another benefit of HeartWorks is that all of the experts needed to get a patient on track for a healthy heart are in one location where testing is done. An exercise specialist, registered dietician, cardiac nurses and a physician provide one-on-one counseling.

The HeartWorks program is located inside Miami Valley Hospital South on Wilmington Pike south of 675 in Centerville. Appointments can be scheduled by calling (937) 438-5483.