By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Residents of southern Brooklyn will be able to undergo testing to see if they are in danger of suffering heart attacks or strokes, thanks to two lawmakers who are teaming up to sponsor free health screenings in the district office they share.
State Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southern Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) are partnering with the company Heartscan Services Inc. to offer free heart and stroke screenings at their district office at 7408 Fifth Ave. on Aug. 27, Sept. 5, and Sept. 10. The screenings will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“We all know that heart disease and strokes are deadly and can cause great hardships. Early detection and regular screenings can and will save lives. I urge my constituents to take the time and make sure to get screened at this free event,” Golden said.
“The best way to fight stroke and heart problems is to stop them before they start,” said Malliotakis. “Early detection is the most effective preventive measure, and these events offer a great opportunity to take a proactive approach to healthy living,” she said.
Among the free screenings to be offered is an echocardiogram - a test that uses sound waves to create a moving picture of the heart. The test shows the function, size, shape and movement of the heart muscle and valves. The screening will also include a carotid ultrasound, which detects blockages or narrowing of the carotid artery. If the artery is blocked, it can increase the risk of a stroke.
Another test, called a thyroid ultrasound, identifies and monitors the growth of nodules that could be cancerous.
The screenings take approximately 30 minutes and the results are read by a board-certified cardiologist. Results are strictly confidential. The tests are free, but an appointment is necessary. For more information, call Golden’s office at 718-238-6044 or Malliotakis at 718-987-0197.
“We are always looking for ways to bring free services to our constituents,” Malliotkais told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle on Tuesday. “Also, Bay Ridge has a large population of senior citizens on fixed incomes. They might have a hard time going to the doctor. This is a free service for them. Anyone can come. It’s free and open to the public. All you have to do is register,” she said.
State Sen. Marty Golden announced on Wednesday that the health screenings scheduled for Aug. 27 are all booked up. No more reservations are being accepted for that date. Golden said the two September dates are still open.