MAGNOLIA -- Union Hospital's Department of Community Health and Wellness and Dr. Suzanne Morgan invite the Magnolia area community to learn their "Heart Smarts."

This is a preventative heart health screening and educational presentation on Friday, March 9 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The free event will take place in the karate school next to Dr. Morgan's Sandy Valley Family Medicine office at 10029 Cleveland Ave. South in Magnolia. No appointment is needed.

"Heart disease remains the number one killer of both men and women but there is much we can do to reduce our risk," said Dr Morgan. "Knowing your 'Heart Smarts' numbers means becoming familiar with your risk factors. This is the first step in taking responsibility for your health and lowering your risk of heart disease."

Registered nurses from the Union Hospital Community Health and Wellness Department will offer free screenings including blood pressure, blood sugar and total cholesterol checks. An instant lipid panel analysis will be offered for $9 giving a more detailed cholesterol analysis of LDL (bad cholesterol), HDL (good cholesterol), and triglycerides.

All screenings are finger-stick tests with results available in five minutes. Twelve hours of fasting is recommended for most accurate results. Refreshments will be offered following the fasting.

At 11:30 a.m., Dr. Morgan will discuss the importance of the "Heart Smarts" numbers and steps you can take to lower the risk of heart disease and other chronic illness. Dr. Suzanne Morgan's Sandy Valley Family Medicine practice is part of the Union Hospital owned Union Physician Services (UPS) and she is a member of the UH medical staff.

For information about the screenings or the presentation, call the Department of Community Health and Wellness at Union Hospital at 330-602-0779.