LEWISTON – The Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute will offer cardiovascular risk assessments on a monthly basis at four Wal-Mart Supercenter locations.

The institute’s wellness van will visit Wal-Mart Supercenters in Augusta, Oxford, Windham and Mexico, offering a health assessment that will provide participants with information about their risks for developing heart disease. After answering a series of questions regarding their health, family background and lifestyle habits, screening participants will be presented with a report outlining their specific risk factors for developing heart disease. The assessment service will include free screenings for blood pressure and osteoporosis. Cholesterol testing will also be available for a small fee. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming the lives of nearly 1 million Americans every year.

Many people are unaware that, to a large extent, the disease is both modifiable and preventable. Individuals who understand their personal risk profile can better take control of their health and guard against cardiovascular disease.

The wellness van will visit the following locations:

Wal-Mart Supercenter, 201 Civic Center Drive, Augusta, first Tuesday of each month.

Wal-Mart Supercenter, Route 26, Oxford, first Wednesday of every month.

Wal-Mart Supercenter, 30 Landing Road, Windham, second Wednesday of each month.

Wal-Mart Supercenter, 258 River Road, Mexico, fourth Wednesday of each month.

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