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Learn your risk of heart disease at NCH Heart Awareness Month Events

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Northwest Community Healthcare

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (January 16, 2013) -- Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) is hosting four events in conjunction with Heart Awareness Month in February that will help residents increase their knowledge of their risk for heart disease. Because some heart conditions don't have symptoms, cardiac risk assessment is important to be able to detect problems early and take preventive measures to lower risk.

Three "Know Your Numbers" cardiac screening events will take place on February 2nd, February 9th and February 16th, giving community members opportunities to assess their risk factors. For $20, attendees will take home their cholesterol, glucose, BMI (body mass index) and blood pressure numbers.

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The events run from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. On February 2nd the screenings will take place at the NCH Buffalo Grove Immediate Care Center, 15 S. McHenry Road; on February 9th at the Mt. Prospect Immediate Care Center, 199 W. Rand Road; and on February 16th at the Schaumburg Immediate Care Center, 519 S. Roselle Road. For accurate blood test results, the screening requires fasting for 12 hours in advance.

The fourth event, "Know Your Numbers, Know Your Risk," is scheduled on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Northwest Community Hospital's auditorium, 800 W. Central Road in Arlington Heights. The event kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with NCH Wellness Instructor Bobbie Adams leading a free chair yoga class, which provides a safe, gentle way to improve core strength, endurance and flexibility. Beginning at 9 a.m., interventional cardiologist Dr. Stephen Zaacks will discuss the latest in heart health and help attendees understand the meaning behind the cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure numbers.

Space is limited, so registration is required for all of the NCH heart events by calling 847.618.4YOU (4968) or signing up online at nch.org/heart.

About Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH)

Serving Chicago's northwest suburbs since 1959, NCH is a comprehensive, patient-centered system of care that serves more than 350,000 outpatients each year, as well as nearly 30,000 inpatients treated annually at the 496-bed acute care hospital in Arlington Heights. The award-winning hospital holds the prestigious Magnet designation for nursing excellence, is designated as a Primary Stroke Center earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval in 2011, and was awarded the Leapfrog Group's designation as one of the nation's Top Hospitals based on quality and safety criteria. NCH has four Immediate Care locations in the northwest suburbs and operates a FastCare Clinic in Palatine. NCH has a medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians, which includes the board-certified primary care doctors and specialists of the NCH Medical Group. For more information or to find a doctor on the NCH Medical staff, visit www.nch.org.

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