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Saint Agnes to use grant to target African-American women with heart disease

Saint Agnes Hospital will work with local churches to screen for heart disease, using a $244,455 grant from The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation.

The hospital announced Thursday that it had received the award.

The screening program will focus on African-American women, who have the highest risk for developing heart disease, the hospital said.

Those found to have heart disease or risk for it will get access to educational programs, lifestyle coaches and exercise classes. The hospital will follow patients over time and measure improvements in health.

Heart screenings will include a health risk assessment, electrocardiogram and biometrics as well as testing for blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar.

Cardiac nurses will provide a tailored consultation of each participant and suggest changes in diet, exercise and lifestyle. 

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