CAMBRIDGE -- In recognition of February as American Heart Month, join Southeastern Med in the fight against heart disease on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 7 a.m. to noon, as the medical center offers free heart health screenings for those between the ages of 35 and 64.

The screening will include a blood draw for a lab testing of blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglycerides, and an electrocardiogram (EKG) test. A registered nurse or registered dietitian will meet with each participant to discuss possible risk factors, suggest lifestyle changes, and recommend if follow-up appointments be made with the individual's primary physician. Fasting, which includes coffee and cigarettes, 10 to 12 hours prior to the testing is required.

"Knowing your numbers and what your heart is telling you, including your cholesterol and blood pressure, is an important part of keeping your heart healthy," said Michelle Igleheart, director of Wellness Resources and Registered Dietitian at Southeastern Med. "It can help you and your doctor know your risks and mark the progress you're making toward a healthier you."

Those who have participated in a free heart health event at Southeastern Med within the last two years are not eligible. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 740-435-2900.