Louisiana Heart Center in Covington is one of several medical facilities in the country to participate in a study of an early heart attack detection system called the AngelMed Guardian System.

The system tracks significant changes in the heart’s electrical signal, according to a news release from the Covington heart center.

The object is to reduce the time it takes for a patient to get care in the earliest stages of a heart attack.

The AngelMed Guardian System is made by Angel Medical Systems of Shrewsbury, N.J. The monitoring system includes an implantable device about the size of a standard pacemaker and an external device that transmits measurements.

Dr. Bruce Iteld is the principal investigator at the Louisiana Health Center.

To participate in what’s called the ALERTS Pivotal Study, patients must meet various inclusion criteria. For more information, call Brandy Ocman, at the Louisiana Heart Center, at (985) 871-4155, ext. 304.

Families offers help with online library

People now have the option of going online to check out resource materials from the lending library of Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge

After checking out the material online, the requested publications will be shipped directly to the person’s home, and a confirmation email will be sent with a reminder of the date the material is due back to the library.

Funding for the online lending library, at http://www.fhfgbr.org, is provided by the Louisiana Department of Education.

Families Helping Families, located at 778 Chevelle Drive, is a resource for families with children with disabilities. For more information on its services, call (225) 216-7474.

Cancer center marks 40,000 screenings

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, which marks its 40th year of operation this year, also notes that since 2002, when a collaborative screening program began, it’s screened 40,000 people for cancer in southeast Louisiana.

The center partners with local hospitals and other health- care organizations to provide free screenings for colorectal, skin, prostate, oral and breast cancer, it said in a recent news release.

Partners across Mary Bird Perkins’ 18-parish service area include Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Woman’s Hospital, St. Tammany Parish Hospital, Terrebonne General Medical Center, St. Elizabeth Hospital, YWCA EncorePlus, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and others.