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Heart health system aims to combat major killer of Arkansans

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LITTLE ROCK (KATV) -- Heart disease hits people everyday around the nation and Arkansans know that all too well because our state has the fifth-highest death rate from heart disease.

The Arkansas Heart Hospital has put together a list of tests that they believe will help show current or forecast future heart issues.

The list includes blood and heart tests to evaluate the strength of a person's heart health.

"You know it doesn't really matter what kind of shape you're in, you can still, something can be wrong, and you can save yourself an emergency situation," said Connie Plack of Benton.

We watched as Plack went through the tests to get a more in-depth look at how her heart is functioning. She told us she works out five days a week, but recent chest pains made her worry, so she came in to see if it's a larger issue than expected.

"It does make me concerned about genetics, and I think that's what I kind of think mine all boils down to is just genetics," she continued.

Keep the Beat is a cardiac screening process that is made up of nine components, which come together to factor up a risk profile.

"It helps to identify people who either really need to either adopt a lifestyle change or medication change to minimize the degree or risk of having a fatal heart attack," said Dr. William A. Rollefson.

Dr. Rollefson, who is a interventional cardiologist, said new technology can't completely take the possibility of a heart attack away, but early detection of heart disease can minimize the chances of it happening by as much as half.

"My colleagues from college, med school, are all coming to see me wondering if they have heart disease because dad had a heart attack. This is what we do to detect the calcification of the arteries and assess their cardiac risk," Dr. Rollefson continued.

This entire consultation costs $99.95 and takes about an hour.

Men must be 40 years old, and women 45, with results coming at the end of the tests.

If you would like to schedule an appointment you can call the Arkansas Heart Hospital at (501) 219-7283.