Over the next few months, Baton Rouge General will host several heart health education and screening opportunities designed to help people better understand their health and what they can do to reduce their risk of heart disease.

“The sooner we know our personal risk factors for heart disease, the sooner we can begin making necessary changes to prevent or reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes,” said Dr. Andrew Olinde, chief medical officer at Baton Rouge General. “These events will reassure some people that they are on the right track, and for others, they will serve as a much-needed warning sign to take steps toward better health.”

Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for both men and women in Louisiana and across the country, accounting for one in four deaths in adults.

On Saturday, March 3, the public is invited to attend the Love Your Heart screening event at BRG’s Bluebonnet campus, 8585 Picardy Ave. The $15 event begins at 7 a.m. and will offer screenings for cholesterol, glucose (blood sugar), blood pressure as well as heart risk assessment, EKG (based on individual risk), height, weight, BMI and body fat calculations.

Screenings will be provided by Baton Rouge General, Baton Rouge General Physicians, Baton Rouge Cardiology Center and Cardiovascular Institute of the South. Registration is at brgeneral.org.

Other lunch-and-learn sessions scheduled are:

  •  March 14: Heart Disease and High Cholesterol — Dr. Steven Kelley, Baton Rouge Cardiology Center
  • April 11: 10 Habits of Heart-Healthy People — Dr. Garland Green, Cardiovascular Institute of the South
  • May 24: Know Your Numbers – Dr. Evens Rodney, Baton Rouge Cardiology Center

The event is free, but attendees are encouraged to reserve their spot at brgeneral.org.