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 has 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
“OMC is one of only nine hospitals in the state of Missouri with
an accredited Chest Pain Center. If a person exhibits symptoms of chest
pain, 911 should be called. Early intervention improves outcomes, which
is why we have the saying ‘Time lost is muscle lost’ when
it comes to heart attack,” said Dr. Kevin Crowe, Interventional
Cardiologist at OMC.
“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 Devon Emerson, Director of Cardiopulmonary 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 2: Free Community Education Dinner
A free community education dinner from 6 to 7 p.m. at OMC Parkway Center.
Dr. Faisal Khan, Interventional Cardiologist at OMC Heart Care Services
will speak on heart care and venous ablation. The dinner is free, but
reservations are required. Call 417-257-6793.
February 3: 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. 3 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 10: Free Heart Health Screening ~ West Plains
A free Heart Health Screening will take place from 6:30 to 10 a.m. February
10 at OMC Heart Care Services, 1115 Alaska Avenue, Suite 114. The screening
includes a lipid panel, glucose, A1C, blood pressure check, and a Vein
Screening. Fasting is required for testing. The event is free and no appointment
is necessary except for the Vein Screening (for Venous Insufficiency).
Additional low cost labs also are available for a minimal fee. Questions
or to reserve a time for the Vein Screening, please call OMC Education
Services at 417-257-6793.
February 11: Women With Heart Fundraising Luncheon
A fundraising 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 Ann Gibson. Call 417-256-4725 for tickets
or more information.
February 16: Couch to 5K Information Session
It’s time to get moving! Learn more about the Couch to 5K program
at 5:30 p.m. at the Willard Hunter Classroom in OMC Parkway Center. Join
OMC employees leading evening workout sessions or workout on your own
with the Couch to 5K phone app. The Couch to 5K program is free, but registration
is required in a Fun Run event (1.5 mile walk, 5K or 10K). All Couch to
5K participants will receive a free t-shirt in addition to the Fun Run
t-shirt. Workout sessions will begin the week of February 27. At the end
of the 8-week program, you will be ready for your Fun Run event! For more
information, call 417-257-6737.
February 18: Free Community Heart Saver Course
A free community Heart Saver course taught by joint effort of Ozarks Medical
Center, South Howell County Ambulance and Air Evac will be offered from
8 a.m. to 12 noon February 18 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 20-24: Free Heart Health Screening at Rural Clinics
Individuals may receive a free heart health screening including a lipid
panel, glucose, A1C, and blood pressure check from an OMC rural health
clinic. Additional low cost labs also are available for a minimal fee.
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
- Mountain View Medical Clinic: 417-934-2273
- Winona Medical Clinic: 573-325-4237
- Thayer Medical Clinic: 417-264-7136
February 22: Love Your Heart Breakfast & Heart Health Screenings ~ Thayer
A free Heart Health Screening will take place from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. February
22 at the Fun and Friends Senior Center, 100 Chestnut Street, Thayer.
The screening includes a lipid panel, glucose, A1C, blood pressure check,
and a Vein Screening. Fasting is required for testing. Additional low
cost labs also are available for a minimal fee. The event is free and
no appointment is necessary. A breakfast bar will be available. Questions,
please call 417-264-7136 for more information.
- 7:00-8:00 a.m. ~ Lipid Panel, Glucose and A1C, and Blood Pressure Check
- 8:00-9:00 a.m. ~ Breakfast Bar
- 9:00-10:00 a.m. ~ Vein Screening
“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; Cardiothoracic Surgeon William “Andy” McGee,
MD; and Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist Jim Streff.
Present for the signing are several staff members of Ozarks Medical Center
Heart Care Services. Pictured left to right: Devon Emerson, Cardiopulmonary
Director; Samantha Vanhooser, Office Assistant; Catherine Walters, Office
Assistant; Pahlmann; Susan Thompson, LPN; Debbie Kinder, RN; Dr. Kevin
Crowe; and Madonna Tackitt, RN.