Murray-Calloway County Hospital encourages people to don their favorite red apparel and participate in a free health screening in recognition of American Heart Month.
The hospital invites the community to take part in the free screenings offered as an important part of keeping a healthy heart. People can take advantage of free screening tests like lipid and blood sugar — which requires no food or drink for the preceding 12 hours — waist circumference, body mass index and blood pressure tests.
The screenings will be 6-10 a.m. Friday in the North Tower Lobby of MCCH. In addition to screenings, people will receive education materials and information on nutrition, cardiac rehab, cardiopulmonary and the sleep disorders center. Information on the cath lab/hybrid operating room will also be available.
The screenings coincide with National Wear Red Day and the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement. The 10th annual day of recognition asks women to wear red to promote awareness for heart disease.
About 8 million women in the United States live with heart disease, but only one in six women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat. About 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease, according to the heart association.
Across the state, businesses and attractions such as Churchill Downs, Rupp Arena, the Belle of Louisville and 21C Hotel among others, will stage lighting ceremonies for the day.