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Published on January 02, 2014

On the Road for Better Heart Health

University of Iowa Health Alliance Announces Mobile Testing

The University of Iowa Health Alliance (UIHA) announced today its member organizations are joining together to provide mobile heart screenings across Iowa and western Illinois beginning January 2014. UIHA is partnering with HealthFair to provide affordable heart screenings to detect heart disease and stroke risk. Locally, in Cedar Rapids and Marion, Mercy Medical Center is sponsoring the screenings.

HealthFair is a national leader in mobile health testing and is the only such service accredited by The Joint Commission, a national performance standards organization. Consumers and local employer groups will have easy access to ultrasound, EKG, and other tests used to detect cardiovascular disease. By hopping on the health bus, individuals can receive six tests for $179 in just one hour. The tests are valued at $2,300.

"The mobile screenings will allow us to reach out to the communities we serve, bringing the power of information to patients who want to be proactive about their health. The screenings will complement the work of our physicians," said Dan Kueter, executive director, University of Iowa Health Alliance. "One of our goals is to discover cardiovascular abnormalities in people who otherwise are healthy before a more serious health issue develops."

UIHA includes Mercy-Cedar Rapids, Genesis Health System, Mercy Health Network (including hospitals affiliated with Catholic Health Initiatives and CHE Trinity Health, Livonia, Mich.), and University of Iowa Health Care. This alliance of four entities includes more than 50 hospitals and 160 clinics across Iowa with key locations in Des Moines, Davenport, Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Sioux City, Dubuque and Mason City.

The six tests include an echocardiogram, 12-lead electrocardiogram, hardening of the arteries test, carotid artery (stroke) ultrasound, peripheral arterial disease test and abdominal aortic aneurysm ultrasound.

There will also be a "Know Your Numbers'' risk assessment available that predicts a five-year risk for stroke, diabetes, heart disease, lung cancer and more. The risk assessment is an additional $99.

All results will be read by board-certified physicians.

Any abnormal results will reported to the person who was screened and they can choose to have the results shared with a UIHA member hospital.  A care coordinator will reach out to persons with an abnormal result and will encourage them to follow up with a physician.

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