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Metro Health Will Host Free Hunters Screening

As West Michigan hunters head back to the woods, Metro Health Hospital will host a free Hunters Screening on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Metro Heart and Vascular and trauma services team members will be on hand for the session, which runs 7:30-11:30 a.m. in the main lobby of the hospital at 5900 Byron Center Ave. SW. Various screens will be done to determine risk for heart attacks and other cardiac issues.

“Hunting is a lot more than just sitting in a tree stand, so it’s important to check up on your health before heading after that buck,” Dr. Matthew Sevensma said. “Walking miles to your tree stand and then hauling back that perfect deer can really stress your body if you are unaccustomed to the exertion.

“While you don’t need to be in peak physical condition, you will want to be sure your body can handle the level of activity necessary to keep you safe while you are out in the field.”

Sevensma advised:

  • Avoid hunting alone
  • Let a friend or relative know where you are hunting and when you expect to be back
  • Bring a cell phone in case of emergencies
  • Practice tree stand safety
  • Know the symptoms of a heart attack: shortness of breath, cold sweats and chest pressure or pain

Space is limited and registration is required for the screening, which will include a number of tests, including:

  • An EKG to determine cardiac risk
  • Cholesterol test
  • Body mass index
  • Blood pressure screen
  • Glucose test, which requires an eight-hour fast in advance

For more information or to register, call 616.252.5963 or visit https://metrohealth.net/huntersscreen/. Additional information on hunter safety is available at www.michigan.gov/dnr.

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