Wear red for heart health on Feb. 6
February is American Heart Month
West Plains Mayor Jack Pahlmann has joined with Ozarks Medical Center Heart
Care Services to promote awareness of heart health by declaring Friday,
Feb. 6 Wear Red Day. This is a national event that encourages people to
wear red to recognize the beginning of American Heart Month, celebrated
each February. On this day, individuals wearing red may visit the OMC
Cafeteria and receive a free apple.
Director of Cardiovascular Services Tim Kimball said American Heart Month
is a great opportunity to reach out to our community and alert individuals
to their personal risk factors for heart disease.
"Heart disease is one of the Nation's most costly and widespread
health problems, but it is also among the most preventable," he said.
"By joining together we can raise awareness locally about heart disease
and help lead people on the path to prevention."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection, about 600,000
people die of heart disease in the United States each year or one in every
four deaths. Kimball said taking good care of your heart means controlling
your risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, high
blood cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, physical inactivity, and being overweight.
He also encourages individuals to know the signs and symptoms of heart attack.
Symptoms include chest discomfort, discomfort in other areas of the upper
body including one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach, and shortness
of breath. Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea
"Listen to your heart. It may be trying to tell you something. Receiving
prompt medical attention is crucial if you are suffering from a heart
attack. If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, dial 911.
The longer you wait, the greater your chances are of having irreversible
heart damage or potentially not surviving your heart attack. When you
use 911, you receive quick assessment and care as soon as emergency medical
responders arrive. OMC is alerted so our specialized cardiac team is ready
to continue your care as soon as you come through our doors," Kimball
added. "At OMC, we are proud to offer a full line of cardiology care
including round-the-clock interventional cardiology for patients suffering
from a heart attack."
In recognition of Heart Month, OMC will host a number of community events.
A free Heart Health Screening will take place from 7 to 11 a.m. Feb. 6
at OMC Heart Care Services, 1115 Alaska Avenue, Suite 114. 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 event is free but appointments are required by calling OMC Education
Services at 417-257-6793.
A free Heart Healthy Breakfast will be held 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.
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 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.