Updated: October 20, 2012 6:17AM
Heart Attack Risk: Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women. Factors that put anyone at an increased risk for heart attack include diabetes, smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, family history and advancing age. Symptoms can be subtle, so knowing your risk is important, according to an Ingalls Family Care Center spokesman. A battery of tests, which include a lipid profile, blood glucose level and measurements of body mass index and waist circumference, can be taken at one of Ingalls’ three community locations: 19550 Governors Highway, Flossmoor; 6701 W. 159th St., Tinley Park; 1600 Torrence Ave., Calumet City. An Ingalls nurse navigator will discuss your results and make a plan to minimize your future risks for heart disease. Information: (800) 221-2199.
Diabetes Support Group: The Silver Cross Diabetes Center offers a free support group for people coping with diabetes meets at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Silver Cross Diabetes Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (815) 300-7781.
Flu Shots: Flu shots will be offered 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Hometown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9773, 9092 S. Main St., Hometown. Information: (708) 945-8434 after 5 p.m.
Blood Pressure Check: Silver Cross Hospital will perform free walk-in blood pressure checks 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Will County Farm Bureau, 100 Manhattan Road, Joliet.
Bipolar Disease: Silver Cross Hospital will host a free bipolar disease support group for people and their families coping with bipolar disease at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.
Prostate Screenings: Silver Cross Hospital in partnership with Advanced Urology Associates will offer free prostate screenings for men Sept. 25 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Appointments: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.
Atrial Fibrillation: A cardiac electrophysiologists from Advocate Christ Medical Center’s Heart and Vascular Institute will talk about atrial fibrillation, its risk factors, treatment options and how to prevent stroke at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Oak Lawn Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave. People who attend also will be able to take advantage of free screenings, including a blood pressure check, electrocardiogram, pulse oximetry and a stroke risk assessment. Another lecture will be 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at Advocate Christ Outpatient Center, 12350 S. Harlem Ave., Palos Heights. Information: (800) 323-8622.
Health Fair: The inaugural “Fit For Fall” health fair will be 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 20 at St. James Manor and Villas, 1251 E. Richton Road, Crete. The program includes free blood pressure screenings, information on how the Veterans Affairs Aid and Attendance Benefit can pay for long-term care, safety tips, volunteer opportunities, refreshments and a panel discussion entitled, “Hoarding: A Medical Stance.”
Virtual Dementia: The Orland Park Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours will focus on a virtual dementia experience. The program is 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Autumn Leaves of Orland Park, 8021 W. 151st St. Reservations: (708) 349-2972.
Senior Breakfast Club: Area seniors can attend a free presentation at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 21 at the Oak View Community Center, 4625 W. 110th St., Oak Lawn. The program is part of a bi-monthly series of free talks by the Senior Advocate Department. Registration: (800) 323-8622, code 1S17.
Scoliosis Screening: A spine surgeon will offer free scoliosis screenings 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays at Silver Cross Health Center, 12701 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen. Registration: (877) 694-7722.
Knee and Hip Pain Seminar: A doctor will discuss solutions for knee or hip pain at a free seminar at 6 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center, 8125 W. 171st St., Tinley Park. Reservations: (800) 221-2199.
Medicare Program: Silver Cross Hospital and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois will host a free program to answer questions about Medicare Advantage Part C. Educational sessions will be at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (800) 382-4548.
Breast Cancer Support Group: The American Cancer Society and Silver Cross Hospital will offer “I Can Cope,” an educational program for women facing breast cancer 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health Library, 1870 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.IMatter.silvercross.org.
Control Diabetes: A doctor is presenting a diabetes education program at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Advocate Christ Outpatient Center, 1206 E. 9th St., Lockport. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1D21.
Wellness Wednesday: Orland Township is hosting Wellness Wednesday 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 26 in the Orland Township Activity Center, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. Residents can have their blood pressure and blood sugar checked. A basic cholesterol screening is offered for $5 and the test requires a 9 to 12 hour fast. Free hearing screenings are also available with an appointment. Appointment: (708) 403-4222. Additionally, biophotonic scanning to determine the presence of skin carotenoid antioxidants is available for $20. Information: www.orlandtwp.org.
Bariatric Support Group: Silver Cross Hospital in partnership with BMI Surgery hosts a free bariatric support group for people who have undergone weight loss surgery. The next meeting will be a clothing exchange at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.
Joint Pain: Palos Community Hospital is sponsoring a free presentation featuring the advancements of joint replacement surgery, including minimally invasive surgery and navigation-assisted technology. The program is at 6 p.m. Sept. 26 at Palos Health and Fitness Center, 15430 West Ave., Orland Park. Registration: (708) 226-2300.
Shoulder Injuries: An orthopedic surgeon will discuss shoulder injuries at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Acorn Public Library, 15624 Central Ave., Oak Forest. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1G14.
Women’s Day: A morning designed just for women ready to break their routine will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 29 at Palos Health and Fitness Center, 15430 West Ave., Orland Park. Participants can take advantage of several health screenings, interactive fitness demonstrations and break-out sessions focused on improving health. Cost is $15. Registration: (708) 226-2300.
Calcium Artery Scoring: Silver Cross Hospital offers a test using a high-speed CT scanner that can measure calcium deposits in the coronary arteries to determine risk of having a heart attack. Calcium artery scoring is for men 45 and older and women 55 and older who smoke, have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or a family history of premature coronary artery disease. Cost is $200. Information: (815) 300-7076.
Cardiac Risk Assessment: In honor of national cholesterol awareness month, Silver Cross is giving a complimentary sample box of dark chocolates from Dan’s Homemade Candies with a $40 baseline cardiac risk assessment. People must call (815) 300-7076 before Sept. 30 and mention “chocolate” when scheduling an appointment at one of three locations: Silver Cross Hospital, 1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox; Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, 1870 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox; or Silver Cross Health Center, 12701 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen.
Blood Pressure Check: Silver Cross offers free walk-in blood pressure checks 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily at the Silver Cross Health Center, 12701 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen. Information: (708) 364-6337.