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OMC to host Heart Healthy Breakfast Feb. 17

Learn more about how to prevent heart disease and enjoy a free heart healthy breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at Ozarks Medical Center Parkway Center. OMC is hosting the breakfast as part of its efforts to support heart health during American Heart Month in February.

The event is free of charge but reservations are required and can be made by calling 417-257-6793 by 9 a.m. Feb. 16.

The breakfast will include a presentation by OMC Interventional Cardiologist M. Faisal Khan, MD. The presentation will cover information on the prevalence of heart disease, risk factors, and steps you can take to prevent heart disease.

"Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States," Dr. Khan said. "American Heart Month is an excellent time to make an important decision to do everything you can to reduce your risk factors for heart disease and embark on a more healthful lifestyle."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States each year. Heart disease alone costs the United States $108.9 billion each year in health care services, medications and lost productivity.

OMC Heart Care Services, located at 1115 Alaska Avenue, Suite 114, provides complete cardiac care to the community, including open heart surgery, a 24/7 Cardiac Catheterization Lab, diagnostic testing, and Cardiac Rehabilitation program. OMC's team of cardiology experts includes Interventional Cardiologists Kevin Crowe, MD, and M. Faisal Khan, MD; Invasive Cardiologist A.K. George, MD; Cardiac Surgeons William "Andy" McGee, MD, and Christopher Nicholas, MD; and Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist Jim Streff.

As part of American Heart Month OMC will host a free heart health screening from 7 to 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 6 at OMC Heart Care Services. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 417-257-6793. The screening includes a cholesterol panel and blood pressure check. Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) screenings are also available to those at risk.

To serve adults who do not live in West Plains or cannot attend the Feb. 6 screening, individuals may receive a free cholesterol panel and blood pressure screening during the last week of February at OMC Rural Health Clinics, Feb. 23-27. Contact the clinic of your choice for an appointment.

OMC Rural Health Clinic locations include:

  • Alton Medical Clinic: 417-778-7227
  • Gainesville Medical Clinic: 417-679-4613
  • Mammoth Spring Medical Clinic: 870-625-3228
  • Mountain Grove Medical Complex: 417-926-6563
  • McVicker Family Healthcare, Mountain View: 417-934-2273
  • Shannon County Medical Clinic, Winona: 573-325-4237
  • Thayer Medical Clinic: 417-264-7136

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