Challenge encourages knowledge of heart health awareness and prevention of heart disease
Bon Secours challenges all Richmond residents to take the Heart Check Challenge, the first step toward heart health through self-awareness, education, prevention and early diagnosis. Taking the Heart Check Challenge can be done by taking a free online HeartAware assessment at http://rvaheart.com and https://bonsecours.com/richmond or by scheduling a discounted heart scan for $99 during February. To schedule a heart scan, call 1-800-691-4327.
A heart scan is a quick and noninvasive medical test also known as a calcium scan, which provides images of the heart that enable physicians to detect and measure calcium-based plaque in the arteries.
“The best way to beat heart disease is through prevention and education. I want all of RVA to take the Heart Check Challenge and become knowledgeable on where they stand when it comes to their heart health,” said Roberta Bogaev, M.D., FACC, FACP. “Many people who die from a heart attack have no previous symptoms. Knowing the condition of your heart might just save your life or the life of a loved one, so take the Heart Check Challenge today.”
According to the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death both in the world and in the United States, killing over 375,000 Americans per year. Because of these alarming statistics, the AHA designated every February as American Heart Month to raise awareness about heart disease and how people can prevent it.
Bon Secours aligned its goals for a healthier Richmond around February and Heart Month to challenge Richmond to take the first step toward a healthier lifestyle and ultimately a healthier heart.
“This is the second year of the Heart Check Challenge. We had nearly 8,000 Richmond residents join the effort last year and we would like to surpass that number this year because every person who completes the challenge has taken one step towards a healthier heart,” said Dr. Bogaev. “What many people do not know is that heart disease does not have to be permanent, and that there are numerous ways in which
you can halt its progression.”