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Spirit of Women
Forrest General Spirit of Women, American College of Cardiology to Offer Free Heart Health Screenings on Feb. 16
Forrest General’s Spirit of Women program is partnering with The American College of Cardiology’s CardioSmart initiative, a program that encourages patients to play an active role in their own heart health, to offer free cardiovascular health screenings on Feb. 16 as part of a National Heart Health Awareness Day taking place at major health care institutions across the country. This screening will coincide with Spirit of Women’s Day of Dance, the hospital’s largest annual health screening event, which focuses on the benefits of dance for heart health.

With the CardioSmart screening, members of the community will have access to body mass index measurements, glucose (non-fasting) testing, cholesterol tests, blood pressure tests and waist circumference measurements. Cardiologists and cardiology nurses will also be on hand to answer questions and patients will have access to CardioSmart educational materials that offer tips for living a heart healthy lifestyle.

“Day of Dance is a wonderful opportunity for Pine Belt community members to learn more about heart health and get a good picture of their health through free screenings,” said Thad Waites, M.D., Hattiesburg Clinic cardiologist and Chairman of the ACC Board of Governors. “We are pleased to be able to partner with the American College of Cardiology to add even more heart health benefits to the already lengthy list of screenings offered at the event.”

Multiple hospitals nationwide will offer similar screenings in mid-February as part of CardioSmart’s American Heart Month initiative to raise awareness of preventative measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of heart disease—the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.

“To reduce their risk of heart disease, people need to learn what the risk factors are, know their individual numbers associated with those risks and know how to improve those numbers if needed,” said CardioSmart Chief Medical Expert JoAnne M. Foody, MD, FACC. “Lifestyle changes, like eating healthy and being active, that are implemented today can make a measurable difference in a person’s risk for heart disease in the future.”

For more information on CardioSmart, visit

The mission of the American College of Cardiology is to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health. The College is a 40,000-member medical society comprised of physicians, surgeons, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists and practice managers. The College is a leader in the formulation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The ACC provides professional education, operates national registries to measure and improve quality of care, disseminates cardiovascular research, and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more information, visit

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