February 01, 2023 – In recognition of American Heart Month, Beckley ARH Cardiology Associates will offer a Healthy Heart Fair February 10 and 24 at the Beckley ARH Medical Mall.
The two-day event will feature free services including EKGs, lipid panels, blood pressure checks and stroke assessments.
Additionally, representatives from Best Ambulance Service will provide free glucose checks.
Results for all screenings will be available immediately and members of the ARH cardiology team will be on-site if needed.
“We just want to raise awareness in the community about the risk of heart disease and hopefully help people to either ease their minds that they’re OK, or to help them see a physician, if needed,” said Natalie Sargent, Clinic Head Nurse for Beckley ARH Hospital.
Sargent said the heart fair, which took a pause from 2020-2022 due to Covid-19 concerns, is important in that it removes barriers to healthcare.
“Some people may have a hindrance in seeking healthcare because of the expense or just not having the ability to get it done all in one place,” she explains. “We’re offering it free of charge, all at once to remove those barriers.”
In addition to the screenings, participants will also receive tips for healthy eating and living and smoking cessation.
There are no age, health or financial requirements for the walk-in only event, as Sargent says the only goal is to promote heart health in one of the nation’s unhealthiest regions.
“We’re (West Virginia) first highest in the nation in the prevalence of heart attack and coronary artery disease and the seventh in the prevalence of stroke,” she says. “So, it’s important for us to offer help and information.”
The Beckley ARH Cardiology Associates Healthy Heart Fair will take place February 10 and 24 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fasting is recommended for best results.
The Beckley ARH Medical Mall is located at 1256 North Eisenhower Dr. in the Cranberry Creek Shopping Center close to Sam’s Club.
For more information, call 304-254-2656.
Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH), is a not-for-profit health system operating 14 hospitals in Barbourville, Hazard, Harlan, Hyden, Martin, McDowell, Middlesboro, Paintsville, Prestonsburg, West Liberty, Whitesburg, and South Williamson in Kentucky and Beckley and Hinton in West Virginia, as well as multi-specialty physician practices, home health agencies, home medical equipment stores and retail pharmacies. ARH employs more than 6,500 people with an annual payroll and benefits of $330 million generated into our local economies. ARH also has a network of more than 600 active and courtesy medical staff members. ARH is the largest provider of care and the single largest employer in southeastern Kentucky and the third-largest private employer in southern West Virginia.