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OMC to host free PAD, heart health screening event Feb. 6

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 lifestyle."

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.

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