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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 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 or lightheadedness.

“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. M. Faisal Khan, 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 1

Community Education Dinner at Willard Hunter Classroom

6-7 p.m., OMC Parkway Center, West Plains.

The speaker is Dr. A. K. George, Cardiologist discussing heart care. The dinner is free, but reservations are required. Call 417-257-6793.

February 2

Wear Red Day-Free Apple

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 8

Free Heart Risk Screening & Heart Healthy Breakfast

7-9 a.m., Mountain Grove Senior Center

A free Heart Health Screening will take place. The screening includes a lipid panel, glucose, A1C, and blood pressure check. Fasting is required for testing. OMC Dietician will be on-hand with heart healthy recipes and samples. 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 417-926-6563 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 & Presentation by Dr. Archana Sinha

February 9

Free Heart Risk Screening & Heart Healthy Breakfast

6:30-10:00 a.m., OMC Heart Care Services, 1115 Alaska Ave., West Plains.

A free Heart Health Screening that includes a lipid panel, glucose, A1C, blood pressure check, and a Vein Screening. Fasting is required for testing. OMC Dietician will be on-hand with heart healthy recipes and samples. 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 10

Women With Heart Luncheon

A fundraising luncheon for OMC Heart Care Services. Tickets are $50 each. The guest speaker is Sharon Alexander. The event is held at the South Campus of the First Baptist Church in West Plains. Social Hour and Silent Auction 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Luncheon 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. Call 417-256-4725 for tickets or more information.

February 15

Free Heart Risk Screening & Heart Healthy Breakfast

7-9 a.m., Mountain View Senior Center

A free Heart Health Screening will take place. The screening includes a lipid panel, glucose, A1C, and blood pressure check. Fasting is required for testing. OMC Dietician will be on-hand with heart healthy recipes and samples. 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 417-934-2273 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 & Presentation by Dr. Archana Sinha

February 17

Free Community Heart Saver Course

8 a.m. to noon, OMC Parkway Center, West Plains

A free community Heart Saver course taught by joint effort of Ozarks Medical Center, South Howell County Ambulance and Air Evac will be offered. 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 19-23

Free Heart Risk 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

• Thayer Medical Clinic: 417-264-7136

• West Plains Primary Care: 417-257-5911

• Winona Medical Clinic: 573-325-4237

February 22

Love Your Heart Breakfast & Heart Health Screenings

7-9 a.m., Fun & Friends Senior Center, 100 Chestnut St., Thayer

A free Heart Health Screening will take place. The screening includes a lipid panel, glucose, A1C, and blood pressure check. Fasting is required for testing. OMC Dietician will be on-hand with heart healthy recipes and samples. 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 417-257-6793 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 & presentation by Dr. Faisal Khan

February 23

OMC and Community Blood Center of the Ozarks Blood Drive

12-6 p.m., OMC Parkway Center.

Walk in, call 1-800-280-5337, or visit https://www.cbco.org/donate-blood/to make an appointment.

February 27

Free Heart Risk Screening & Heart Healthy Breakfast

7-9 a.m., Willow Springs Senior Center

A free Heart Health Screening will take place. The screening includes a lipid panel, glucose, A1C, and blood pressure check. Fasting is required for testing. OMC Dietician will be on-hand with heart healthy recipes and samples. 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 417-257-6793 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 & Presentation by Heart Care Services provider

February 27 (5:30 p.m.):

Couch to 5K Information Session

5:30-6:00 p.m., Willard Hunter Classroom, OMC Parkway Center, West Plains.

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 coworkers 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 or 5K). 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.

“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 A.K. George, MD, OMC 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; Cardiologists A.K. George, MD, and Archana Sinha, MD; Cardiothoracic Surgeon William “Andy” McGee, MD; and Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist Jim Streff.

West Plains Mayor Jack Pahlmann signs 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: Heather Myers, RN; Debbie Kinder, RN; Leann Mask, Clinic Tech; Susan Thompson, LPN; Samantha Vanhooser, Office Assistant; Catherine Walters, Office Assistant; Dr. A.K. George, Cardiologist; Pahlmann; Jim Streff, ACNS; Devon Emerson, Director Cardiopulmonary Services; Tracy Litchfield, RN; Kathy Stone, LPN; Leni Barnett, Cardiodiagnostic Tech; and Bonnie Wallace, Office Assistant.

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