Heart Health by the numbers

HANCOCK – February is American Heart Month, and Portage Health is helping patients focus on the heart this month by hosting Heart Health by the Numbers. The program helps introduce people to the serious issues of heart disease by offering free screenings and a presentation by a board-certified cardiologist.

“It’s amazing what small things you can do in your life to help you live with a healthier heart,” said Angela Luskin, community health coordinator at Portage Health. “We want everyone to be empowered to make improvements in their life, and this program will provide the information people need to get started.”

It starts with free screenings, including cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, blood glucose and much more. These will be done at Portage Health’s main campus in Hancock.

While the screenings are free, an appointment is required. Call Angela Luskin at (906) 483-1153 to reserve a time slot.

“In past years all the slots have been filled very quickly,” said Luskin. “If you want to make sure you get these screenings, I’d call right away.”

On Wednesday, Feb. 20 Portage Health and Dr. Thomas LeGalley, founder of Upper Michigan Cardiovascular Associates, will host a presentation at the Houghton High School auditorium.

“Dr. LeGalley is highly respected by his peers,” Luskin said. “This presentation will be packed with information everyone should know about their heart health.”

Prior to the presentation, results from the screenings will be made available. Those who did the screenings are asked to arrive around 5 p.m. to receive their results. The presentation is open to anyone interested.

Learn more about heart health and the Heart Health by the Numbers program at portagehealth.org/hhbn.