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KDMC Receives ARC Grants for Mobile Cardiology Services

King’s Daughters Medical Center (KDMC) has received $191,000 in grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for mobile cardiology services for underserved areas in seven eastern Kentucky counties.

The funds will assist KDMC in purchasing cardiac testing equipment for its mobile health unit to enhance services to residents in Elliott, Floyd, Johnson, Lewis, Magoffin, Martin and Morgan counties.

These counties have been designated by the ARC as distressed counties for 2009. Most of these counties have a small number of primary care providers. Many residents of these counties drive more than 100 miles for specialty healthcare services.

“Mobile cardiology for underserved areas will help reduce the burden of heart disease in the target counties,” said Regina Stout, executive director of the Kentucky Heart Foundation (KHF). KHF is a nonprofit organization working to improve the life expectancy of people affected by cardiovascular disease. The foundation oversees cardiac research, education and prevention programs and is closely linked with the heart and vascular specialists at KDMC.

“By using mobile services, we can be in more places, cost effectively. We are excited to provide this diagnostic testing and cardiology services to our neighbors in the communities surrounding KDMC,” Stout said.

Free screenings taking place in these counties include: lipid profile, fasting glucose, ankle brachial index, blood pressure and electrocardiogram (EKG).

Diagnostic testing includes:

  • echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart)
  • ankle brachial index (blood pressure measurement at the ankle to check for signs of peripheral artery disease)
  • carotid duplex (ultrasound measuring narrowing of carotid arteries)
  • aortic ultrasound (ultrasound of the large artery that carries blood from the heart)
  • EKG (by electrodes attached to the skin, electrical activity of the heart is measured)
  • Holter monitor (a portable device that records electrical activity of the heart)
  • event monitor (a portable device that records electrical activity of the heart for a longer period of time than the holter monitor)

In addition, cardiologists and other healthcare providers from Kentucky Heart and Vascular Physicians (KHVP) and Comprehensive Heart and Vascular Associates (CHVA) will provide services in the designated counties.

The ARC is a federal-state partnership that increases job opportunities and per capita income in Appalachia to reach parity with the nation.

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