Grosse Pointe Hospital Offers Low-Cost Heart Screening


Beaumont Hospitals' "7 for $70" heart and vascular wellness screening is now offered at Beaumont, Grosse Pointe. The program helps people determine the presence or potential risk of heart and vascular disease and recommends a course of action to maintain or improve health.

Beaumont also offers the low-cost screening at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak; Beaumont Hospital, Troy; and at the Beaumont Medical Center in St. Clair Shores.

The Heart and Vascular Screening offers screening tests including blood pressure, body mass index, blood cholesterol and glucose measurements, a 12-lead electrocardiogram, carotid artery ultrasound, abdominal aortic aneurysm ultrasound and peripheral artery disease screening to evaluate disease risk.

All diagnostic screening studies are read by board-certified Beaumont physicians. Patients receive the screening results and a follow-up letter. A copy of the test results may also be sent to a primary care physician upon request.

"Offering this program at the Grosse Pointe hospital makes it convenient for people in our community to make one trip; be screened in one department and take just one hour of their time to help evaluate the risk of heart and vascular disease," says Marie Boyle Reinman, director of Cardiovascular Services at Beaumont, Grosse Pointe. "I was one of the first patients. I owe it to my family to take care of myself."

The $70 cost of the wellness screening is not covered by health insurance. Those interested in scheduling an appointment for the tests can call the Beaumont Appointment Center toll-free at 800-328-8542.

Gift certificates are also available. For details or for more information, call Beaumont's Heart and Vascular Wellness Screening program at 248-898-4490.

More than 79 million Americans have some form of heart or vascular disease and more than one in three deaths are attributed to it. Most cardiovascular disease occurs when atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, causes a buildup of plaque in blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients to the tissues of the body.

Risk factors for heart and vascular disease include: high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, obesity, inactive lifestyle, family history of disease, previous procedures related to cardiovascular disease and a history of heart attack or stroke.