SYLACAUGA, Ala. – A frigid Friday night transformed into a beautiful Saturday morning perfect for running for a great cause.
Coosa Valley Medical Center held its 10th annual Heart and Sole 5K benefiting its Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation facility.
Hundreds turned out for the cause and ran the race to assist CVMC raise awareness for heart health during Heart Month and Saturday’s Heart Day. Maybe even more important than the run, the free heart screenings offered on site to the public. In 2019, CVMC began to offer the free heart screenings, and the impact has already been seen in the community.
“Last year we came across three people through the screenings that needed follow-up care. To me, if there’s just one person we find through the screenings that we can help prevent heart issues, we’ve done our job at Coosa Valley Medical Center,” said Vanessa Green. Green is the Chief Business Development Officer at CVMC, a top ten hospital in the state of Alabama. Green said many variables were checked on site such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels and more.
After heart screens, the CVMC respond quickly to patients. Green said within 7-10 days those screened will hear the CVMC clinical team with results.
As far as the 5K goes, the overall winner was 15-year-old Caden Mock. He finished the 3.1 mile race in just under 23 minutes.