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February is Heart Month

February is Heart Month

Ozarks Medical Center announces events for the community

In honor of American Heart Month in February, Ozarks Medical Center is offering several free educational events and heart health screenings. West Plains Mayor Jack Pahlmann signed a proclamation declaring February as Heart Month.

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.

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 or lightheadedness.

"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," according to Tim Kimball, Director of Surgical, Heart, and Lung Care Services. "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.

February 5: Wear Red Day

West Plains Mayor Jack Pahlmann has joined with Ozarks Medical Center Heart Care Services to promote awareness of heart health by declaring Friday, Feb. 5 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.

February 12: Free heart risk screening

A free Heart Health Screening will take place from 6:30 to 10 a.m. Feb. 12 at OMC Heart Care Services, 1115 Alaska Avenue, Suite 114. The screening includes a cholesterol panel and blood pressure check. The event is free but appointments are required by calling OMC Education Services at 417-257-6793.

February 12: Free community Heart Saver course

A free community Heart Saver course will be offered from 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 12 at OMC Parkway Center. This course teaches CPR for the lay person. Please call the OMC Education Services at 417-257-6793 to enroll. Limited space is available.

February 13: Women With Heart Fundraising Luncheon

A fund-raising luncheon for OMC Heart Care Services hosted by Women With Heart, a giving circle of Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Tickets are $50 each. The guest speaker is Jim Streff from OMC Heart Care Services. Call 417-256-4725 for tickets or more information.

February 16: Free community education dinner

A free community education dinner from 6 to 7 p.m. at OMC Parkway Center. Dr. Kevin Crowe, Interventional Cardiologist at OMC Heart Care Services will speak on heart care case studies. The dinner is free, but reservations are required. Call 417-257-6793.

February 16: Free heart risk screening at rural clinics

Individuals may receive a free heart health screening including a cholesterol panel and blood pressure check from an OMC rural health clinic. Contact one of the clinics listed below 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

“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 a free screening event is the place to get information to help you embark on a healthier lifestyle.”

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.

Photo Caption: West Plains Mayor Jack Pahlmann signs a proclamation declaring February as Heart Month. Present for the signing are several staff members of Ozarks Medical Center Heart Care Services. Pictured left to right: Sam VanHooser, Office Assistant; Devon Emerson, Clinic Supervisor; Tim Kimball, Clinic Director; Dr. Faisal Khan, Cardiologist and Leni Barnett, Clinic Tech. Back row: Judi Blackwell, LPN; Cathy Walters, Office Assistant; Debbie Kinder, RN; Bonnie Wallace, Office Assistant; and Madonna Tackitt, RN.

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