KDMC to offer heart screenings

By Portia Williams

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King’s Daughters Medical Center (KDMC) will offering free healthy heart with EKG screenings on Friday, Aug. 21, at 9 a.m. in the offices of KDMS Cardiology, 2nd floor, KDMC Center Ohio, located at 2001 Scioto Trail in Portsmouth.

According to Erin Bounds, media relations for KDMC in Ashland, Ky., the important assessments, such as a screening of EKG, total cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and blood oxygen level. The screening event is sponsored by King’s Daughters in cooperation with the Kentucky Heart Foundation. Cardiologist Sri Velury, M.D., will review screening results.

Appointments are required and may be made by calling 1-888-377-KDMC (5362). Fasting is not required.

KDMC staff warn that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for more than 34 percent of all deaths annually. An American dies of cardiovascular disease every 38 seconds, according to the American Heart Association.

An EKG is a test that checks for problems with the electrical activity of your heart. It also is used to check the health of the heart, especially when conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes are present.

The screening is recommended for persons age 50 and older, as well as those younger than 50 with risk factors, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Additional screening criteria may apply, which allow us to see those at greatest risk for heart disease.

For additional information, visit KDMC online at kdmc.com or call 1-888-377-KDMC (5362).

Reach Portia Williams at 740-353-3101, ext. 1929, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.

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