Regular readers know what a big fan I am of Costco. So, at first glance my going there today and walking out without buying anything may seem bizarre. However, I didn’t go to shop. They had a wonderful promotion on – Free Healthy Heart Screening. It ran from 10:00 AM to 2:00PM. No appointment needed.
Their brochure said, “Cardiovascular diseases rank as America’s #1 killer, claiming the lives of 40.6 % of more than 2.3 million people.
“* 60.8 million Americans have some form of Cardiovascular disease.
“* On average, someone in the U.S. suffers from a stroke every 53 seconds. That means about 600,000 people have a new or recurrent stroke each year.
“* You can reduce your risk. ”
They also offered a consultation with the pharmacist after your screening.
Because I didn’t want to fast, I had the truncated screening – Total Cholesterol & HDL Cholesterol. If you fasted, you could get a full lipid panel, TC, HDL, LDL, Triglycerides TC/HDL ratio.
Here are my results: Blood Pressure: 119/58; Total Cholesterol: 173; HDL 78. My Total Cholesterol/HDL ratio is 2.2 which, like the rest of my numbers is Low Risk.
I guess there was some marketing in here somewhere. All companies do it. But, it seems that we customers had a definite benefit and Costco only a possible indirect benefit in increased sales of medication. Certainly, on balance, the community benefited from this. It certainly boosted my goodwill.
For the record, the World Health Organization says the following about Cardiovascular diseases: “Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are a group of disorders of the heart and blood vessels and they include:
*coronary heart disease – disease of the blood vessels supplying the heart muscle;
*cerebrovascular disease – disease of the blood vessels supplying the brain;
*peripheral arterial disease – disease of blood vessels supplying the arms and legs;
*rheumatic heart disease – damage to the heart muscle and heart valves from rheumatic fever, caused by streptococcal bacteria;
*congenital heart disease – malformations of heart structure existing at birth;
*deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism – blood clots in the leg veins, which can dislodge and move to the heart and lungs.
I try to get this kind of information about my system about every six months. I recommend you do the same. These are the kind of diseases that it pays to be out in front of.