Hospital offers health screening for hunters


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A hospital in the area is offering hunters a free health screening this week.

On Oct. 22, members of Metro Health Hospital’s heart and vascular and trauma services teams will provide various screenings to determine risk for heart attacks and other cardiac issues.

The screening will be held from 7:30-11:30 a.m. in Metro Health Hospital’s main lobby in Wyoming, at 5900 Byron Center Ave. SW.

Space is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register, call (616) 252-5963 or go online here.

While the screening is designed for deer hunters, Metro Health said hunters of all kinds are welcome — including those hunting “good deals at the mall.”

The screening will include a number of tests: an EKG to determine cardiac risk; cholesterol test; body mass index; blood pressure screen; and a glucose test, which requires an eight-hour fast in advance.

“It’s important to check up on your health before heading after that buck,” said Dr. Matthew Sevensma, of Metro Heart and Vascular. “Walking miles to your tree stand, climbing, tracking if necessary and then hauling back that perfect deer can really stress your body if you are unaccustomed to the exertion.”

Sevensma said hunters don’t need to be in “peak physical condition,” but they do need to be sure their bodies can handle the level of activity required from deer hunting.

Additional tips from Sevensma:

  • 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, chest pressure or pain and/or pain that radiates to your shoulders, arm, jaw or back

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