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Mercy Offers Reduced Cost Heart Health Screenings

Heart disease is the number one killer of Arkansans and we have the highest rate of stroke in the country.

Heart disease is the number one killer of Arkansans and we have the highest rate of stroke in the country.

"Nobody has the same symptoms you could literally run a marathon and still have blockage in your heart. So these are simple tests that we can do that can find this disease that really hasn't shown itself yet," Kevin Tucker, a Registered Vascular Technologist with Mercy Northwest Arkansas said.

Tucker does hundreds of vascular screenings a week.

In February, Mercy is lowering the price so more patients have the opportunity to get the life saving tests done.

It's a package deal for one hundred bucks, featuring several health screenings with an emphasis on heart health.

"You'd be amazed at how many people have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, they don't know it. While you have high cholesterol, that's doing damage."

The screening is recommended for men and women over 50, and appointments are filling up fast.

"Just because you think you're good, you don't know. You don't know really what's going on inside you until we kind of take a peek and see for sure."

And there are other ways to be proactive when it comes to your heart health.

"Even if you feel fine, there's nothing wrong with me, you should still have a primary care physician be established, have baseline studies done at relatively early age."

So no matter your status, you can steer clear of the statistics.

"It's better to have that peace of mind. When you find out that everything is OK, it's worth a little bit of anxiety you may have with not doing these tests."



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