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Morris Hospital hosting programs and screenings for heart month

MORRIS – Morris Hospital invites the community to participate in educational opportunities and early detection screenings during February in recognition of American Heart Month.

A free, prediabetes class will be offered from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday in Education Room 1 at Morris Hospital, 150 W. High St. in Morris.

Led by a diabetes educator, the class will focus on healthy eating, physical activity and lifestyle behaviors that help prevent or delay the development of diabetes.

Everyone is welcome to attend the class, as more than one in every three Americans has prediabetes, which places an individual at increased risk of developing heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Registration is not required for the prediabetes class. For information, call 815-705-7367.

From 6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 22, Morris Hospital cardiologist Dr. Athar Saeed will present a free program on heart attack prevention in Whitman Assembly 1 at the hospital.

Saeed will explain who is at risk for having a heart attack, ways to lower heart attack risk, warning signs, and appropriate action to take in the event of a suspected heart attack.

Registration for the heart attack prevention program is available online at or by calling 815-705-7832.

A number of health screenings will be offered at Morris Hospital every Wednesday during February by appointment. The $35 Heart Healthy Screening is a blood test that checks total cholesterol, LDL and HDL cholesterol, triglycerides and glucose for type 2 diabetes.

In addition, three artery screenings are available for $40 each using ultrasound technology. The peripheral artery screening checks for blockages in the arm and leg arteries, the carotid artery screening checks for blockages or narrowing of the carotid arteries in the neck that can mean increased risk for stroke, and the abdominal aortic aneurysm screening checks the abdominal aorta at the center of the chest and abdomen.

A discounted price of $100 is offered to anyone who wants to have all three artery screenings.

To schedule an appointment for the health screenings at Morris Hospital, call 815-416-6089.

The same screenings are also available at the Morris Hospital Yorkville Campus every weekday by appointment by calling 630-553-8200.

There’s also an easy way to detect heart disease, stroke and peripheral artery disease risk through Morris Hospital’s free, online health risk assessments.

The free assessments can be completed from any computer or mobile device with internet access. Upon completion of the assessment, participants receive instant results along with a comprehensive, eight-page report that provides education on reducing heart disease risk factors.

To take the online health risk assessments, visit

Morris Hospital also is offering a free magnet that lists the heart attack warning signs. To request a magnet, visit

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