Free health screenings at Shenandoah fair

Valley Health will offer free cardiovascular screening at the Shenandoah County Fair this year.

Cardiologists and staff with Valley Health Heart and Vascular will offer free carotoid intima-media thickness tests beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

According to a Valley Health news release, the test is designed to help identify individuals at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease in its earliest and most treatable stages.

Carol Weare, public relations manager with Valley Health, said the test only takes about five minutes to complete. A cardiologist will take an ultrasound of the carotoid arteries in the neck and discuss the findings.

The release noted that cardiologists can also use the results to determine the age of the arteries, which may indicate the need for more aggressive approaches to managing the risk factors associated with heart disease.

The screenings will be held in the air-conditioned Health Coach van.

Valley Health will also be offering other tests at the fair.

Shenandoah Memorial Hospital staff will take blood pressures from Sunday to Sept. 3. Physicians with the hosptial’s general surgery staff will conduct free skin cancer checks on Monday and Sept. 3.

Also at the fair, information on bone health and joint replacement will be given by Valley Health Orthopedics staff; blood pressure and general health information will be given by Shenandoah Memorial Hospital’s Family and Internal Medicine; maternal and child health will be provided by Shenandoah Memorial Hospital’s Obstetrics and Gynecology; and Valley Health Diabetes Management will provide diabetes education.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com