Innovative heart testing comes to Columbus

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Just on the heels of Valentine's Day, the Columbus Regional Healthcare System is looking out for your heart in a new way. The new program puts the Columbus Regional Healthcare System in the national spotlight, and they in turn, are putting the spotlight on your heart by taking cholesterol diagnosis of patients to a whole new level.

When it comes to patients and heart health, Columbus Regional comes out on top with their new form of cholesterol testing.

The Senior Physician for the Center of Diabetes and Metabolism, Dr. Steven Leichter said, "There are new guidelines that came out a while ago emphasizing the need to look at other cholesterol fractions in addition to LDL. This program is to try and make Columbus, Georgia the first in the Unites States for both community and health professionals to start pushing to these other cholesterol fractions."

The city-wide program will operate in advanced testing and management of cholesterol.

"Limiting it to one physician is limiting the outreach so we want to educate all the physicians so they can offer the same types of testing the specialists offer their patients," explained the Executive Director for the Columbus Research Foundation, Royce Ann Adkins.

That's why the education process will start with doctors and spread to potential patients throughout the community.

Dr. Leichter told News Leader Nine, "This program is designed to get providers and consumers to start to worry about something different in addition to LDL and that's the reason for the title of the program, "KNOW your non-HDL count."

"We're trying to educate people, physicians, community, everything so we can have a healthier community here in Columbus, Georgia," added Adkins.

Several of the local healthcare centers have teamed up to bring more education to the public about this new cholesterol testing, and they are spreading the word in the form of community programs.

They will be held March 15th, 22nd, 29th and April 5th from 7 p.m. To 8 p.m. At the Medical Center Conference Center located at 710 Center Street in Columbus. The programs are all free of charge.

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