In honor of National Heart Month in February, Ozarks Medical Center will
host a free screening event from 7 to 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 6 at OMC Heart
Care Services, 1115 Alaska Avenue, Suite 114, West Plains. The screening
includes a cholesterol panel and blood pressure check. Peripheral Arterial
Disease (PAD) screenings are also available to those at risk of the disease.
The screenings are free but appointments are required and may be scheduled
by calling OMC Education Services at 417-257-6793.
Participants in the cholesterol screening should not eat or drink for eight
hours prior in order to receive accurate results on the blood test.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection, heart disease
is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One in every four
deaths in the United States is the result of heart disease.
"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,"
said M. Faisal Khan, MD, OMC Interventional Cardiologist "Early detection
of risk factors and lifestyle changes can reduce your risk and this screening
event is the place to get information to help you embark on a healthier
PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease) Screening
PAD is a serious condition that occurs when the arteries in the legs become
narrowed or clogged with fatty deposits or plaque. PAD affects one in
every 20 Americans over the age of 50, according to the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services. Left untreated, PAD can negatively impact
a person's quality of life and can even lead to amputation of a toe,
foot or a leg.
PAD is also serious because the hardened arteries found in people with
PAD are a sign they have increased risk of hardened and narrowed arteries
to the heart and brain. PAD is treated through lifestyle changes, medication
or, if necessary, medical procedures.
Symptoms of PAD include non-healing skin wounds, leg pain at rest, and
leg or pelvic pain when walking.
The screening for PAD is an ankle brachial index or ABI, which measures
and compares the blood pressure in the arms and ankles in order to detect
poor blood flow, a sign of PAD. Not all persons are at risk for PAD. The
screenings for PAD are limited to persons with high risk. Call 417-257-6793
to learn if you qualify for a free PAD screening.
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
check 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
OMC will also host a Heart Healthy Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 17 in the
OMC Willard Hunter Classroom at Parkway Center. The breakfast is free
but a reservation is required and may be made by calling 417-257-6793.
OMC Heart Care Services, located at 1115 Alaska Avenue, Suite 114, provides
complete cardiac care to the community, including 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; Christopher Nicholas,
MD; and Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist Jim Streff.