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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Review your own heart health in just a few minutes

Published in Heart & Vascular, For the Health of It Author: Amy Schneider, RN, BSN

Heart Failure Specialist 
CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center

My Life Check

Take the American Heart Association’s online tool now. After answering a few questions, you can understand your current heart health and identify steps to help you improve your quality of life.

Complete My Life Check Now

Participating in National Wear Red Day. Attending a local heart month event. Or learning CPR. There is a lot you can do to educate yourself and show support during Heart Month.

But February also is an opportunity to check and monitor how your own heart is doing. Fortunately, the American Heart Association has an online tool that allows you to do so in just a few minutes.

The My Life Check is a tool that asks you a series of questions that allows you to measure how you are doing for each of Life’s Simple 7. These are:

  • Managing your blood pressure
  • Controlling cholesterol
  • Reducing your blood sugar
  • Getting active
  • Eating better
  • Losing weight
  • Quitting smoking

As part of this questionnaire, you will be asked questions about your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels. If you know this information, you can enter it to get a better idea where you stand in these categories. But even if you don't know this information, you can still complete the survey. 

Once you complete it, My Life Check will help you identify what areas of Life’s Simple 7 you are doing well in and also may identify some areas where you could use some assistance.

If the questionnaire identifies a possible problem, it will suggest that you follow up with a health care professional. If you need to make an appointment with your CentraCare provider, you can contact them for more assistance using MyChart.

If you don’t have a primary care provider, you can view our online list of those who are currently accepting new patients.

Heart Disease Factsheart and stethoscope

  • In America, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.
  • It’s estimated that heart disease is responsible for one in every four deaths in this country.
  • Forty-seven percent of cardiac deaths occur outside of a hospital, suggesting that many lives could be saved if people learned the warning signs of a heart attack and knew to call 9-1-1 when someone was showing these symptoms. Someone could be having a heart attack if he or she has:
    • Chest pain or discomfort
    • Upper body pain or discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw or upper stomach
    • Shortness of breath
    • Nausea, lightheadedness or cold sweats