January 23rd, 2007

In observance of American Heart Month in February, Great River Medical Center is offering a health fair, educational programs and reduced-fee lipid profiles with glucose.

The profile measures total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, LDL/HDL ratio and triglycerides. The glucose test indicates risk for diabetes. Results will be mailed within two weeks. The cost is $20. Fasting for eight to 12 hours is required for accurate test results. Participants may drink water or black coffee and take medications as scheduled.

Lipid profiles will be available from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 14, in the lobby of Mercy Plaza, 1225 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington. They also will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon Monday, Feb. 19, at the Klein Center, 2910 Madison, Ave., Burlington. Appointments are not required.

These programs are scheduled Wednesday, Feb. 14:
• 9 to 9:45 a.m.—Questions and Answers about Heart Health. Interventional cardiologist Abdullah Alwahdani, M.D, will answer attendees’ heart-related questions.
• 10 to 10:45 a.m.—The Use of Medications to Treat and Manage Heart Disease. Physician assistant Rich Koffend, P.A.-C., will review current medications available for the treatment of heart conditions.

Both presentations will take place in the Blackhawk Room, which is located on the lower level of Mercy Plaza. Refreshments will be available. Please call (319) 768-4070, to register for the program only.

These educational displays will be in the Mercy Plaza lobby Feb. 14:
• Blood pressure checks
• Cardiac rehabilitation
• Diabetes
• Great Club
• Great River Heart and Vascular Center
• Great River Medical Center Library
• Great River Sleep Disorder Center
• Great River Wound and Hyperbaric Clinic
• Heritage Medical Equipment and Supplies
• Nutrition
• Smoking cessation
• Wellness and exercise

For more information, please call Great River Medical Center’s Corporate Education Department at (319) 768-4070.