In honor of American Heart Month in February, Ozarks Medical Center is offering free heart health screenings at its rural health clinics during the last week of February, 24 through 28. The screening includes a cholesterol panel and blood pressure check.
Participants in the cholesterol screening should not eat or drink for eight hours prior in order to receive accurate results on the blood test. The screenings are free but appointments are required and may be made by contacting the clinic. Individuals do not need to be a patient of the clinic to participate.
OMC rural health clinic locations include:
Mammoth Spring Medical Clinic: 870-625-3228
Salem 1st Care, Salem, Arkansas: 870-895-1911
Thayer Medical Clinic: 417-264-7136
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.
“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 this screening event is the place to get information to help you embark on a healthier lifestyle.”
In addition to the rural health clinic screenings, a free event will be held at OMC Heart Care Services in West Plains from 7 to 11 a.m. Feb. 14 and will include a free cholesterol panel and blood pressure screen as well as peripheral arterial disease, PAD, check. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 417-257-6793. The screenings for PAD are limited to persons with high risk. Risk for PAD will be assessed when making a screening appointment.
OMC will also host a Heart Health Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 12 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.

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