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New Screening Designed To Reduce Strokes, Heart Disease

August 11, 2008

Madison, WI – There's a new health service opening up in Wisconsin that could help women reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke. Luke Rollins with the American Heart Association in Wisconsin says the WISEWOMAN program will serve more than three thousand people a year.

"This is geared towards under-insured women, ages 40 to 64. They will be screened for heart disease and stroke. There will also be the risk factor assessment, counseling, education, referral, and follow-up appointments as necessary."

Wisconsin was awarded more than three million dollars by the Centers for Disease Control to run the program over the next five years.

Rollins says heart disease and stroke are the first and third leading causes of death in women nationwide. He says the program, in operation in 20 states, is a proven lifesaver.

"This particular program will do assessments of what we like to call 'know your numbers' – cholesterol, blood pressure, lipids panel, LDL versus HDL. It will examine risk factors such as tobacco use and nutrition and physical activity. Hopefully with an assessment of a woman's health they will be able to help educate and provide guidance as to how they can better their lives."

Rollins says the goal is to provide Wisconsin women a better means of preventing often deadly and disabling diseases.

Deborah Smith/Steve Powers, Public News Service - WI