Newswise — MAYWOOD, IL – On Saturday, March 5, 2022, from 8 am to noon, Loyola Medicine is hosting a free heart-health screening event for women.

"Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S.," said May Bakir, MD, FACC, medical director of the Women's Heart Health Program at Loyola. "This screening event will allow us to help women in our local community identify their risk factors and provide the guidance and education necessary to mitigate that risk."

The screenings will take place at the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine on the Loyola University Medical Center campus, located at 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood, Illinois. Interested women are invited to call 855-703-0283 to register for the event. Registration is required and the number of appointments is limited. Women of all ages are invited to register; participants do not need to qualify to sign up.

Participants will receive an overall assessment of their risk for cardiovascular disease in the next 10 years. To be able to personalize the screening per patient, participants will complete a questionnaire about their health history. Participants will have their blood pressure taken and an EKG performed at no cost. A physician will speak to participants about cholesterol, aortic aneurysms, nutrition (with a dietician) and smoking cessation tactics and benefits if needed. 

Dr. Bakir reminds everyone, "Heart disease can be preventable. Regular screenings and a healthy lifestyle are the cornerstones to keeping your heart healthy throughout your life."

To learn more about the Women's Heart Health Program at Loyola Medicine, visit




About Loyola Medicine

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a nationally ranked academic, quaternary care system based in Chicago's western suburbs. The three-hospital system includes Loyola University Medical Center, Gottlieb Memorial HospitalMacNeal Hospital, as well as convenient locations offering primary care, specialty care and immediate care services from more than 1,800 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its academic affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Established in 1961, Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with the Judd A. Weinberg Emergency Department, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research Facility at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center. MacNeal is a 374-licensed-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced medical, surgical and psychiatric services, acute rehabilitation, an inpatient skilled nursing facility and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics.

For more information, visit You can also follow Loyola Medicine on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter.


About Trinity Health

Trinity Health is one of the largest not-for-profit, Catholic health care systems in the nation. It is a family of 115,000 colleagues and nearly 26,000 physicians and clinicians caring for diverse communities across 25 states. Nationally recognized for care and experience, the Trinity Health system includes 88 hospitals, 131 continuing care locations, the second largest PACE program in the country, 125 urgent care locations and many other health and well-being services. Based in Livonia, Michigan, its annual operating revenue is $20.2 billion with $1.2 billion returned to its communities in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs.

For more information, visit or follow us on LinkedInFacebook or Twitter.