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SEATTLE - (April 11, 2008) - Health-care providers of the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Clinic at Virginia Mason will provide free heart health screenings to employees of King County and SAFECO participating in the April 16 Start! Walking Day events, coordinated by the American Heart Association.

Virginia Mason will also provide free pedometers at its booth at the Pike Place Market from noon to 1 p.m. following the Start! Walking Day rally at the King County Office Building.

The comprehensive heart screenings include a finger-stick for cholesterol, blood sugar and triglycerides, blood pressure reading, health risk assessment questionnaire, and a comprehensive clinical review by a heart disease prevention specialist from Virginia Mason. As a result, participants receive a comprehensive, individualized risk reduction plan. The process takes about 20 minutes.

Other interested participants may contact the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Clinic at Virginia Mason at (206) 341-1112 for other free community heart health screening opportunities or to schedule a clinic consultation.

The Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Clinic is a unique program at Virginia Mason whose mission is to reduce or eliminate the risk of heart attack and stroke in individuals. A team of specialists including a cardiologist, nurse practitioner, registered nurses, pharmacists and a dietitian are certified to assess and manage risk of heart attack and stroke. The team’s expertise is in assisting individuals in managing cholesterol and cholesterol medications and in assisting with lifestyle changes to reduce risk.

Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health care system that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 400 physicians with a 336-bed acute care hospital in Seattle. In addition, Virginia Mason has a network of clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area, and manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and Adult Day Health program for people living with HIV and AIDS. Virginia Mason also has an internationally recognized research center, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason.

Alisha Mark
(206) 341-1509

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