Free healthy heart screenings during National Heart Month


— In observance of the National Heart Month in February, physical therapists from Burs and Garrett Physical Therapy Associates located at 2530 N Charles Street in Baltimore City, will offer free healthy heart screenings and will provide education on the importance of physical activity to decrease the chances of heart disease.

Handouts to help integrate exercise in our busy life will be issued. In-clinic screenings will be held on Friday, February 9, from 12 noon to 2 p.m.; Monday, February 19, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Monday, February 26, from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m..

Businesses interested in having physical therapists come to their location, can call the clinic to arrange on site screenings.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds. Each minute, more than one person in the United States dies from a heart disease-related event. High blood pressure, obesity, physical inactivity are key risk factors for heart disease. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has urged providers to participate in prevention programs in the effort to control heart disease.

According to Vernise L. Burs PT, CSCI (owner) and Francesca Raponi PT (associate) of Burs & Garrett Physical Therapy, “Inactivity, waist measurements greater than 30 inches for women and 40 inches for men and poor dietary consumption elevates an individual’s risk for stroke, heart attack and diabetes. Physical therapists address these risk factors through movement, exercise, education and an individualized approach encouraging clients to become an ‘active participant in their own recovery.’”

The free Healthy Heart Screening will consist of Blood pressure, BMI and SpO2 which measures the level of oxygen in your blood. Additionally information regarding Heart Healthy Food choices and Physical Activity Levels will be discussed.

Burs & Garrett Physical Therapy provides traditional physical therapy,

orthopedic physical therapy, pelvic floor/incontinence services and general rehabilitation services for all conditions. Our evidence based treatment procedures/techniques delivers quality outcomes.