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Mountain States Mobile Health Unit to Conduct Cardiovascular Assessments Oct. 20 at Lees-McRae

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Oct. 15, 2014. On Monday, Oct. 20, from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m., the Mountain States Mobile Health Unit will be in the parking lot of Lees-McRae”s May School of Nursing and Health Sciences, located across from Chaffee Administration Building. By appointment only, the Mobile Health Unit will conduct cardiovascular assessments.

Each assessment will cost $39. Assessments typically cost $89, but the Mountain Ambulance and Healthcare Foundation and the Mountain States Foundation have generously offered to pay $50 of each charge, bringing the cost to only $39 per person.

This event was coordinated as part of Lees-McRae”s new May School of Nursing and Health Sciences community outreach initiative. Members of the community are welcome and encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. To schedule your assessment, please call 1-855-673-3376.

The five-part assessment includes a Lipids Test (total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides); glucose test; biometrics test (height, weight, waist and blood pressure measurements); cardiovascular test including carotid artery scan (ultrasound evaluation of the cartoid arteries that assesses for buildup of fatty plaque), aorta scan (ultrasound assessment for the presence of aneurysm in the abdominal aorta) and ankle brachial index measurements (assesses peripheral artery disease, also known as plaque buildup in the legs); and a sleep disorder questionnaire to determine the risk of sleep apnea.

“The new May School of Nursing and Health Sciences is committed to engaging our healthcare partners and residents in pursuing prevention and wellness,” said Dr. Laura Fero, director of nursing at Lees-McRae College.

“It is our vision to have our leadership and students facilitate these relationships and provide needed healthcare screenings to High Country residents. Our goal is to continue outreach throughout the year and build a collaborative relationship with the May School.”

According to The Mountain Star, the Mountain States Mobile Health Unit was formerly known as HeartCoach. As of January 2014, the 40-foot-long RV expanded its range of services and was renamed to officially be the Mountain States Mobile Health Industry & Community Health Assessment Unit.

To schedule your assessment, please call 1-855-673-3376.

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Lees-McRae College is a private, four-year college offering diverse baccalaureate degrees, strong athletic programs and outstanding faculty. With 950 students hailing from 31 states and more than 8 countries, Lees-McRae”s broad core curriculum is enhanced by field-specific career preparation and experiential learning with an emphasis in leadership and service. For more information, please visit www.lmc.edu or call 800-280-4562.