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For release: August 9, 2013

Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014,
Kelly Ward-Smith 330.344.1681,

Free heart and vascular screenings open to the community
Akron General is committed to keeping you healthy

Cardiovascular disease is everyone’s No. 1 health risk. In fact, statistics show that cardiovascular disease is America's leading health problem, and the leading cause of death. Approximately 84 million people in this country suffer from some form of cardiovascular disease, causing about 2,200 deaths a day, averaging one death every 40 seconds, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). Almost one out of every three deaths results from cardiovascular disease, according to the AHA.

Heart conditions can affect everyone, regardless of age, gender or physical fitness. Many people don’t realize that their family history might be putting them at risk or that their blood pressure is too high. Through heart screenings and timely intervention, serious problems can often be avoided

Akron General’s Heart and Vascular Center will present a free community cardiovascular screening on Saturday, September 21 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Akron General Medical Center, Heart & Vascular Center, 400 Wabash Avenue, Akron. The screenings are for those without health insurance or who are underinsured. The goal is to help identify and educate individuals at high risk for heart disease, atrial fibrillation (Afib), stroke, peripheral vascular disease (PVD) and abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) and develop ways to increase health and prevent illness. 20-30 minute appointments are necessary. Please note that an eight-hour fasting is necessary for AAA screening. Please call 330-344-2462 to make an appointment for this life-saving screening. Parking will be provided across the street from the Heart & Vascular Center at the Akron General Ambulatory Care Center. Visit for videos, health calculators and quizzes related to heart health.

About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit health care organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of the people and communities it serves. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 532-registered-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area’s largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates, the largest and most comprehensive provider of home healthcare services in Ohio; and Akron General Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the fifth best hospital in Ohio. In 2013, the American Nurses Association bestowed the prestigious “Magnet” status on the more that 1,000 nurses from Akron General Medical Center, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute and the Health System’s Health & Wellness Centers. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit

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