SMAC blood test sponsored by town Health Department

| 11 Sep 2012 | 08:04

    — Worried that you may have high cholesterol, but aren’t sure? Wondering if you may be at risk for developing diabetes or cardiovascular disease, but don’t know how to find out?
    In an effort to help residents maintain good health, the West Milford Health Department will hold a SMAC Blood Screening on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the town hall meeting room.
    Pre-registration is required.
    High levels of LDL cholesterol can put you at risk for coronary artery disease. This disease is a disease of the blood vessels in the heart that can cause heart attacks. Low-density-lipoproteins(LDL), known as “bad” cholesterol, builds up and clogs your arteries, while high-density lipoproteins (HDL) is “good” cholesterol and removes LDL from the bloodstream. It is possible for you to have some control over your cholesterol levels through diet and exercise, sometimes even medication. However, if you don’t know your numbers, you can’t help your heart.
    SMAC blood screening is a comprehensive blood test that provides a complete heart health profile while measuring the levels of multiple elements found within the blood including: cholesterol (LDL and HDL ratios), white and red blood cells, glucose, triglycerides, iron, etc. This screening is instrumental in detecting various diseases in their early stages. Test results serve as an early predictor of coronary artery disease and other diseases such as diabetes, anemia and much more. The SMAC blood test is an excellent opportunity for residents to learn more about their health status along with an annual physical done by your private medical doctor.
    There is a fee of $20 for this service that must be paid at the time of registration. A 12-hour fast is required for the most accurate results. Appointments are required and can be made on the registration dates.
    For more information, call the West Milford Health Department at 973-728-2725.