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Free Heart Health Screening and Educational Event

Medical Professionals Offer Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Cholesterol, and Body Fat Screenings

November 3, 2013

In keeping with its tradition as a leader in heart and vascular disease prevention and intervention, the Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute, through the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease is working with the Sister to Sister Foundation to sponsor the Association of Black Cardiologists’ (ABC) cardiovascular health screening and education project.


ABC's "Spirit of the Heart-Baltimore"
Morning Breakfast Forum: Heart Disease in African-Americans
All Day Health Screening: Free blood pressure, cholestertol, blood glucose, and BMI

WhenSunday, November 3, 2013 from 8:45am to 2:00pm


Empowerment Temple AME Church
4217 Primrose Ave
Baltimore, MD 21215
WhoOpen to congregants and the general public

This event is part of ABC’s “Spirit of the Heart - Baltimore" initiative; a call-to-action centered on the prevention and treatment of heart disease with a particular emphasis on high-risk populations.  The initiative provides a unique opportunity to educate, empower and mobilize members of the community around the issues of cardiovascular health and access to care.  

The two-part event will consist of a morning breakfast forum, with discussion groups in the afternoon and health screenings throughout the day. At the breakfast forum, cardiovascular experts from John Hopkins Medicine will address the topics of heart disease among African Americans, nutrition, healthy lifestyle, exercise, and a detailed look at the “journey of the heart attack patient.” The forum will be led by Roger Blumenthal, MD, FACC, FAHA, Director of Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease and Marlene Williams, MD, Director of the Adult Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

During the afternoon portion, ABC medical professionals will provide free blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, and BMI screenings. Dominique Ashen, PhD, CRNP, coordinator of outreach programs and clinical outpatient activities at the Ciccarone Center, will lead a group discussion explaining the results to the church members, estimating their 10-year risk of future cardiovascular disease and helping the individuals set goals to modify their risk factors. The overall goal will be to empower the church members to take positive steps to improve their health and quality of life.