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"PEACE of Heart" Campaign Comes to Metro Washington to Help Fight Heart Disease Epidemic among Minorities : Hallmark of Campaign's Health Screening Events Is Personalized Follow-Up
Date:9/25/2008

Congress Heights Center have been tested for bad cholesterol levels over the past 12 months. PEACE of Heart aims to change this disheartening statistic."

This weekend's screenings in Washington and Maryland are being held in conjunction with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Annual Legislative Conference and championed by Representative Danny K. Davis (D-IL).

"Every year, we lose far too many family members and loved ones to cardiovascular disease and stroke. We know that preventive screenings can save lives. It is important that each of us join the battle to combat heart disease in our families and our communities," said Representative Davis.

Screenings will be held Sept. 26 at Unity Health Center Congress Heights (SE Washington) and Suitland Health and Wellness Center (Suitland, Md.) from 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

On Saturday Sept. 27, a screening will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Summary data from screenings in Atlanta and Chicago show that 43 percent of participants are overweight or obese and about 20 percent have high blood pressure. PEACE of Heart will also screen people in Miami, New Orleans and New York.

"The PEACE of Heart screening at Unity Health Center Congress Heights gives people living in our community the chance to find out if they are at risk for heart disease. The tests are simple, quick, and can save someone's life," said Vincent A. Keane, president and CEO at Unity Health Center. "We also will use the screening as an opportunity to let people know that we are here for all their health needs. Everyone should have a 'medical home' and our clinic is able to meet that need."

The campaign also includes outreach to approximately 20,000 physicians in the six screening cities to encourage the use of clinical evidence in detecting, treating and preventing heart-related health issues.
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