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Free Cardiovascular Screenings at the Shenandoah County Fair

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the United States. Identifying and modifying risk factors, along with early detection, continue to be the best defense in the fight against this number-one killer.

This year, cardiologists and other healthcare experts with Valley Health Heart & Vascular will be offering free carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) tests at the Shenandoah County Fair on Tuesday, August, 30, beginning at 5:00 p.m. The tests will be performed inside Valley Health’s mobile Health Coach on a first come basis. Pre-registration is not required.

The CIMT test was developed to help identify those individuals at higher risk for cardiovascular disease in its earliest and most treatable stage. The noninvasive test is performed with ultrasound and measures the thickness of the inner two layers of the carotid artery. Cardiologists use the results of the test to determine the “age” of the carotid arteries, which may indicate the need for a more aggressive approach to managing all the risk factors associated with heart disease.

In addition to the free CIMT tests on August 30, Shenandoah Memorial Hospital staff will be offering free blood pressures each night, August 28 – September 3, and free skin cancer checks performed by physicians with SMH General Surgery on August 29 and again on September 3. Other nights will feature information on bone health and joint replacement with healthcare experts from Valley Health Orthopedics; blood pressures and general health information with SMH Family and Internal Medicine; maternal and child health with SMH Obstetrics and Gynecology and diabetes education with Valley Health Diabetes Management.

For more information on the CIMT test, please call 540-536-4069 or click here for a CIMT screening questionnaire which will help determine if you are a candidate for the screening