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Piedmont Physicians offers free blood pressure screenings, BMI analysis Saturday

Piedmont Heart Institute Physicians have teamed up with Us Against Arthero, to bring the Artery Explorer experience to its office at 20 Francis Way, Suite 101 in Sharpsburg. In addition to this unique educational experience, visitors will have a chance to tour the facility, meet the cardiologists, have their blood pressure checked and learn their body mass index (BMI) for free on site. The event is Saturday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

As part of Us Against Arthero, the Artery Explorer is touring the country to increase awareness of atherosclerosis—the dangerous buildup of plaque in the arteries. This incredible virtual experience allows viewers to surf through arteries on a journey deep inside the body. The movie demonstrates how risk factors like high levels of bad cholesterol, smoking and high blood pressure can contribute to the buildup of plaque in arteries.

Coronary heart disease and stroke kill more Americans every year than all cancers combined. Atherosclerosis, or athero for short, is often the leading cause. It is the progressive buildup of plaque in the arteries linked to about one in four deaths in the United States each year.

All are encouraged to stop by for their free blood pressure check and body mass index (BMI) analysis. Artery Explorer will be available for viewing throughout the day in addition to face painting for children. Refreshments will be served.

For more information call 770-716-2008 ext. 1606 or visit www.athero.com

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