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The purpose of the Heart Tracks™ program is to provide individuals with their personal risk factors profile for coronary heart disease via an online risk calculator or an in-person assessment. The in-person assessment program was developed in 2005 and includes risk factor and lifestyle screening, analysis of weight and body fat, blood pressure, ankle brachial index (ABI) and random total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, glucose and hemoglobin. The Chester County Health Department provides the blood screening component. Participants review their findings with a professionally trained counselor, and all individuals with moderate or greater risk per the National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel III guidelines are contacted by our Cardiovascular Nurse Navigator to address medical and lifestyle needs. The online risk calculator was collaboratively developed with our physician team and was launched in early 2010, but is considered an expansion of the original program to bring awareness to a wider audience. The online component assesses many of the same, but self-reported indicators, calculates a heart risk score and provides a summary of findings and recommendations. Participants can then opt in to receive a consultation with the Cardiovascular Nurse Navigator and additional online education.

In addition to these individual assessment programs, The Chester County Hospital has partnered with several local organizations to host 'acute heart attack' drills. These exercises help community members, emergency professionals and medical teams practice the process of treating people experiencing chest pain at the site of the incident, during transport to the Hospital, and ultimately through to the cardiac catheterization lab. By conducting mock scenarios, the region as a whole becomes more aware of the importance of calling 9-1-1 early and getting someone the care they need immediately.

Neither Heart Tracks component receives financing from outside organizations. Both are funded by the operating budgets of their respective departments. The public pays $15 per person for the in-person screening. This fee is then turned over to the Health Department to cover its costs.

Published: The Chester County Hospital and Health System Community Benefit Report FY2012

Last Updated: 11/27/2012