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Albany Medical Center to Offer Free Heart Failure Screenings
   January 31, 2007

     

ALBANY, N.Y., January 31, 2007—The Heart Failure Program at Albany Medical Center will offer a series of free heart failure screenings beginning February 13. The screenings will include a blood pressure check, cholesterol test, disease counseling, and an echocardiogram if deemed medically appropriate.

 

The sessions will be held from 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 250 Delaware Ave in Delmar; 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 43 New Scotland Ave., Albany; 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Feb. 15 at 713 Troy-Schenectady Rd., Suite 305, Latham; and from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 16 at 43 New Scotland Ave., Albany.

 

Registration is required to participate. Members of the public interested in being screened can register by calling 518-262-4442.

 

Heart failure, which affects an estimated five million Americans, is a progressive weakening of the heart muscle that impacts the heart’s ability to pump blood through the body. Often, the symptoms of heart failure are mistaken for normal signs of aging—including shortness of breath, difficulty breathing when lying down, swelling in the legs, and general fatigue—and as a result, many people do not receive proper screening and diagnosis. However, with early diagnosis and treatment, many people with heart failure can still enjoy their everyday activities.

 

Albany Medical Center is northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center. It consists of Albany Medical College, Albany Medical Center Hospital and the Albany Medical Center Foundation, Inc. Additional information about Albany Medical Center can be found at www.amc.edu.

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