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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. 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.

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