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Cholesterol screenings: the importance of knowing your numbers

It may not be as easy as 1-2-3. but monitoring cholesterol numbers doesn't have to be difficult.

When it comes to monitoring cholesterol levels, it is not always as simple as one ,two, three.

However, Mercy Medical Center is hoping to help by holdnig a workshop on the importance of cholesterol screenings.

"These are screenings that show us numbers that you have no ideas if those numbers are high," says Shannon Patton, RN and community health education coordinator at Mercy Medical Center. "We want patients to know what those numbers are, know your numbers, and be able to know how to get those treated."

This workshop will be held on Saturday, February 10th at the Sioux City Convention Center, and the first fifty people who register will receive a free cholesterol screening.

"A cholesterol panel is going to tell you the amount of cholesterol that's in your blood. So if your cholesterol levels or your triglyceride levels are high, that puts you at higher risk for having hardening of the arteries or more of the chance of your arteries being blocked, so then we put ourselves at higher risk for things like stroke and heart attack," says Patton.

In addition to those screenings, the workshop will also feature blood sugar tests, blood pressure checks, and CPR demonstrations, with many of those demonstrations conducted live on stage.

"Being able to provide these free screenings to people is a wonderful opportunity," says Patton. "There's a lot of people who, for whatever reason, don't get that done, so we want to be able to continue to provide those free screenings to people when we can."

To register for the workshop, contact Shannon Patton at 712-279-2989.

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