Trinity recognized in top 20 HeartAware programs nationwide for heart disease outreach efforts

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Trinity Regional Health System has been ranked by Byrne Healthcare in the top 20 HeartAware programs in the nation for both number of hits and number of those who completed the online heart disease risk assessment test. Trinity began offering HeartAware through its Website in February 2006.

HeartAware has been in existence nationwide since 2002 and is actively being used in major communities, including cities such as San Francisco, New York, Cincinnati, Little Rock, Lexington, Ann Arbor and Chicago.  

“HeartAware has been a wonderful tool to help Quad-City area residents understand their risk of heart disease,” said Dan Saskowski, Trinity’s HeartAware program administrator.  “If you catch risk factors early on, you can take steps now to manage your disease before it becomes a full-blown health crisis in the future.”

After completing the online assessment, each participant is given an immediate, personalized score that indicates their overall risk of developing cardiovascular disease as well as ways to reduce that risk.  All information is confidential.

If the individual’s scores meet certain clinical criteria, they then are eligible for a free 30-minute consultation with a nurse who checks blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar levels, family health history and body mass index score.  If a person is found to be at risk, the nurse will give the patient a report to give to their primary care physician to further follow their condition. 

In addition to the heart disease assessment, Trinity’s site also includes separate online questionnaires for diabetes and sleep disorders.  To take any of the tests, go to www.trinityhealthaware.com.