HELENA – Despite the snow and cold, some 200 people turned out for free blood screenings this week offered by Saint Peter’s Health.

The screenings are part of the hospital’s “Heart of The Matter” event, marking national Heart Health Month.

The screenings include a blood pressure check and a blood sample for cholesterol, fasting blood sugar, along with a lipid profile to determine risk for heart disease.

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SPH officials say knowing these numbers can help us know what lifestyle changes that need to be made to increase heart health.

“There is a lot of confusion based around your fasting blood sugar and your cholesterol numbers and your blood pressure numbers,” says SPH Wellness & Outreach Manager Jaime Larese.

“So it’s really important that rather than sitting in an appointment to hear that, you can come to a community event, understand those numbers and take that education throughout your life when you continue to get those blood screens.”

Blood screening results will be handed out next Tuesday evening, the 20th, at 5:30 at the S-P-H Education Room during “Heart of The Matter” presentations from a physician, cardiologist and dietitian.

Find out more here.