appeared in Feb. 5, 2010 special section
Hospital Programs Focus on Prevention of Heart Disease
by Amanda CookOnly eight states have worse rates than Missouri forinstances of heart disease, according to data from the NewAmerica Foundation. Here’s a sampling of what areahospitals and universities are doing to try to address theproblem.
SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY
’s Division of Cardiology has designed twoprograms to help potential patients reduce their likelihoodof developing cardiovascular disease. Health screeningsaimed at busy professionals and the LIVEWell program areintended to highlight risks and offer advice on living ahealthier lifestyle.“A lot of effort is spent trying to treat coronary and heartdisease after it’s already taking place; the ideal systemprevents the heart attack from ever happening,” said Dr.Michael Lim, interim director of the Division of Cardiologyat Saint Louis University.One-hour screenings are offered by SLU
’s cardiologypractice every Wednesday. The screenings include athorough assessment, a printout of the results, and afollow-up consultation with a health care professional. The cost is $45, and theprogram screened more than 100 people last fall. The LIVEWell cardiovascular risk-reduction program is a 12-week educationalsession that provides information about how risk factors affect health, as well astools and encouragement to make lifestyle changes. The next LIVEWell programbegins on February 10 and costs $250 per person.“We take an education-based approach that looks at everything from eating rightand exercise to family history. I think a lot of people in our region can benefit fromthis. It wouldn’t bother me at all if I had fewer patients,” Dr. Lim said.
ST. JOHN’S MERCY MEDICAL CENTER
The PULSE and FIT Club programs offered by St. John’s Mercy Medical Center areunique in that they focus solely on the cardiac and vascular health of women.