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Heart Smart

Take this to heart: Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Missouri, claiming thousands of lives every year. You can take a proactive role in helping prevent heart disease from affecting you or those you love. By taking just a few simple steps you can significantly reduce your risk of developing heart disease. These steps are avoid tobacco or, if you use tobacco, quit; be active; eat a heart-healthy diet; maintain a healthy weight; keep your blood pressure, total cholesterol and blood sugar at healthy levels; and manage stress.

Peripheral Artery Disease Screening (Free)

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a serious circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to limbs, usually the legs. This causes symptoms such as leg pain when walking.

PAD is also a potential sign of a more widespread accumulation of fatty deposits in the arteries called atherosclerosis. This condition may reduce blood flow to the heart and brain, as well as legs. PAD affects more than 18 million people in the U.S., most over the age of 50. While serious, this disease is treatable.

The screening test is done on bare hands and feet, looking for pulses in each extremity. It will take approximately 30 minutes and you will leave with the test results and recommendation for follow-up, if needed, in your hands. Check out all upcoming dates for PAD screenings.

*Note: this test method does not apply to people with atrial fibrillation or an irregular heartbeat.

Vascular Screening

Tests available:

  • Stroke/carotid artery test. Ultrasound of the carotid arteries visualizing the buildup of fatty plaque, the No. 1 cause of stroke
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm test. Ultrasound testing for enlargement of the abdominal aorta
  • Peripheral artery disease test. Testing for blockages in the legs

The cost for all three screenings is $110 or $50 for an individual screening. Osteoporosis screening is available for an additional $30. A limited number of vascular screenings are available. Please call 800.800.5123 to register.


  • Heart attack symptoms can vary between women and men.
  • Research has proved that participants in cardiac rehab programs have a 25% reduction in risk of recurrent heart attack and a 20% to 30% reduction in all cause mortality rates. Find out more about Southeast Cardiac Rehab.
  • In 2017, an estimated 14% (34.3 million) U.S. adults were considered cigarette smokers.
  • Find out what your risk for heart disease is by completing a HealthRisk Assessment.
  • Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in our region.
  • If you're a one-pack-a-day smoker in Missouri, you inhale about $1,598 a year.
  • Did you know your heart beats more than 36 million times a year?
  • Take care of your gums. Brush and floss to help reduce your risk of heart disease.
  • Smoking is the No. 1 preventable cause of heart disease.
  • Dance, dance, dance! Dancing raises your heart rate and gets your lungs pumping.
  • Did you know heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women?
  • Find out what happens when you've put out your last cigarette!
  • Nuts! Almonds, walnuts, pecans and other tree nuts are loaded with heart healthy fats, protein and fiber, and can help reduce your risk of heart disease. Just don't go too nuts. Enjoy in moderation.
  • Southeast Hospital introduced open heart surgery to downstate Missouri in 1984.
  • LOL! And not just on Facebook posts. Research suggests laughing lowers stress hormones and raises levels of HDL, your "good" cholesterol.
  • Dark chocolate in moderation is sweetness for you and your heart and can help lower blood pressure.
  • Busy hands, happy hands. Engaging in activities like knitting, working jigsaw puzzles or scrapbooking can help take the bite out of stressful days.
  • Spouses and partners of smokers have a high risk of heart disease. Call 573.331.6369 or email to set up a time to talk with a tobacco cessation coach about creating a plan to help you quit.