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Cardiovascular screening
 appointments available

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Department of Health will offer a cardiovascular screening from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Woodstock Public Library, 414 W. Judd St.

It’s in honor of September’s designation as National Cholesterol Education Month.

The screening requires a 12-hour fast and includes total cholesterol, HDL and LDL cholesterol, fasting blood glucose, triglycerides, blood pressure and cardiovascular education.

Blood cholesterol level has a lot to do with the chances of getting heart disease.

High cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes are major risk factors for heart disease.

Certain lifestyles, such as being a smoker, being overweight and lack of exercise, also can put people at a higher risk for developing heart disease. Everyone can take steps to lower their risk of heart disease and heart attack by addressing these risk factors.

The cost is $35.

For an appointment, call the health department at 815-334-4536.

For information on cardiovascular disease and its risk factors, visit the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/what_you_can_do.htm.

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