Prairie Heart Institute's Dr. Holly Novak
is coming to the Shelby County Fair to raise awareness about rural residents' risk of cardiovascular disease
July 2004 --- (Springfield, IL) If you don't make a trip to this year's Shelby County Fair, you won't just miss out on the corn dogs, lemon shake-ups and spins on the Ferris wheel.You could miss a life-saving opportunity to determine your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Not many doctors spend their summer touring county fairs, but, not every doctor is as dedicated to cardiovascular disease education and prevention as Dr. Holly Novak
.Novak is the current director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention Center and founding director of the Women's Health Program at Prairie Heart Institute at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Ill.She
will conduct free health screenings at county fairs across the state as part of her
Rural Health Project.
According to Novak
, the risk of cardiovascular disease is much worse in rural counties than in the collar or metropolitan counties."The death rate in rural counties is so much higher; it is remarkable," she
The Rural Health Project aims to raise awareness and education about rural residents' high risk levels, Novak
said.Research data will also be collected at these screenings.
"Fifty percent of the American population's cholesterol is over 200," Novak
said."We are looking to see if this number is even higher in rural areas."
Rural residents are at risk for several reasons.They often have inadequate access to healthcare, a lack of healthcare providers and/or health insurance with no prevention coverage, Novak
will be present at each fair location to assist and supervise.
in the fight against cardiovascular disease and find out your risk level.