Division of Cardiology holds Heart Health Screening in Anacostia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 1, 2008 Contact: Anne Banner 202-994-2261

WASHINGTON, DC – In order to raise awareness of heart disease and cardiac risk factors the GW Cheney Cardiovascular Institute and supporters will sponsor a heart health screening event with the GW Division of Cardiology on Saturday, November 1, 2008, at The Gatepost Community Center of Anacostia.

What: Cardiovascular health screening and healthy heart education. Free screenings including blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI and more.

Who: The screening are organized by The George Washington University Division of Cardiology.

Where: The Gatepost at 1300 Good Hope Road, SE, Washington, DC

When: Saturday, November 1, 2008, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Why: Too many people still do not know that heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women. Know your numbers, know your risk and learn how to lower your risk for heart disease.

Organized by The George Washington University Medical Center Division of Cardiology, this health event offers free screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, Body Mass Index, family risk assessment and consultations with heart doctors. Mini workshops will be held throughout the day for participants to learn about prevention of heart disease through diet, exercise, and nutrition as well as tips on how to handle their personal cardiac risk factors. Additionally, one of our unique partners, “DC Healthcare for You,” which provides a web-based program that helps people find inexpensive healthcare in their own neighborhood, will be onsite to assist participants in locating the follow up care they need. The event intends to screen nearly 200 people.

Sponsors of this event include: the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, The George Washington University Hospital Universal Health Services (UHS), St. Jude Medical, Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Safeway, DC Health Care for You, and The Gatepost.

About The George Washington University Medical Center

The George Washington University Medical Center is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary academic health center that has consistently provided high-quality medical care in the Washington, DC metropolitan area for 176 years. The Medical Center comprises the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the 11th oldest medical school in the country; the School of Public Health and Health Services, the only such school in the nation’s capital; GW Hospital, jointly owned and operated by a partnership between The George Washington University and a subsidiary of Universal Health Services, Inc.; and the GW Medical Faculty Associates, an independent faculty practice plan. For more information on GWUMC, visit www.gwumc.edu.

About the GW Cheney Cardiovascular Institute

The George Washington University Heart & Vascular Institute at The George Washington University was established in 2006. The Institute’s mission is to promote clinical research, education, patient care and community service with the goal of accelerating the pace of scientific discovery, reducing mortality and improving the quality of life of Americans with cardiovascular disease. To achieve these goals, the Institute seeks to provide an interdisciplinary structure to integrate basic and clinical investigators, clinicians, medical educators, health-policy experts, and community leaders. For more information, please visit: www.gwheartandvascular.org.