Hearts Worth Saving Screenings
Hearts Worth Saving screening program benefits first responders
Research shows that working in fast-paced, high-stress and life-threatening surroundings, like first
responders do, can place a strain on the heart and exacerbate underlying health conditions. In an
effort to identify these underlying conditions, Flagstaff Medical Center and the Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona have partnered with the Shadows Foundation to develop the Hearts Worth Saving screening program. The program provides advanced screenings that can detect heart conditions that may not show up during annual health and fitness tests. The sophisticated tests take place at the Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff.
The Shadows Foundation is a local nonprofit that provides financial assistance to those affected by life-threatening diseases. It provides the administrative oversight for Hearts Worth Saving as well as pays for charges not covered by insurance so first responders do not have to pay anything for the life-saving tests.
More than 60 first responders from Summit and Flagstaff fire departments; Guardian Medical Transport; Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Public Safety were among the first to take part in the screenings. Additional screenings are scheduled throughout 2013 in the Flagstaff area with plans underway to roll the program out to first responders in the Verde Valley area.
“The screenings revealed I needed to make some changes before I had a heart attack,” Matt said. “I have changed my diet, I am controlling my high cholesterol and I exercise more often. And, I will never miss an annual check-up with my doctor, no matter how good I feel.” If you are a first responder and want to learn more about the Hearts Worth Saving screening program or would like to make an appointment, contact the Shadows Foundation at 928-522-2701 or visit ShadowsFoundation.com.
“Most of us get so busy taking care of others we neglect to take care of ourselves. The Hearts Worth Saving program showed me I need to take better care of myself.”
Detention Officer Matt Figeroa, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office