Iron Range Campaign Promotes Heart Health

By KBJR News 1

February 22, 2013 Updated Feb 22, 2013 at 9:11 PM CDT

Hibbing, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Health officials say when it comes to preventing heart attacks and strokes, taking an aspirin a day can make a big difference.

A pilot program put on by the University of Minnesota and Hibbing health care organizations is promoting aspirin therapy, in which people take a daily aspirin to prevent blood clots from forming.

The campaign is called Partners in Prevention and is the first of its kind.

Health officials hope the program will improve heart health on the Iron Range and everywhere else in the country.

"[The program will] start getting the community to embrace healthy lifestyles and to work collaboratively to try to improve the health of the communities that we live in," said University Medical Center Mesabi Vice President, Dr. Jim Hartert.

Health officials say anyone interested in taking aspirin as part of their daily regimen should discuss it with their doctor first.

Written for the web by Jennifer Austin.