BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Saint Joseph Baptist Church is a place of worship every day, but on Fridays it was a community heart screening center. Church member Patricia Stewart says it is important for those who do not have easy access to health care to have access to it.
âWe can’t do the whole village but we can definitely try, we wanted to make sure we had someone here to check them out,â said Stewart.
It’s no secret that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, according to the CDC, affects 1 in 4 Americans, one person dies every 36 seconds from heart disease.
To help the community get a head start on this disease, healthcare professionals are using technology, delivering results in 15 seconds with the Echo Stethoscope. The device can detect a regular heartbeat and heart murmurs.
Local cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr Antoine Keller, runs the pop-up clinic; he said early detection and intervention is important.
âOne of the most impressive things about people who develop valvular heart disease is that they don’t know they have it,â Keller said.
African Americans are at higher risk for high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes, all of which are factors in the development of heart disease. Dr Keller said economy and confidence play a role in the care received, but his team are working to change the narrative.
âBy stepping into the community and spending time with people instead of just contributing resources to solve a problem that may or may not solve the problem, we come here and we spend time with people, and we learn to them. know, and they get to know us, âKeller said.