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Free healthy heart and EKG screening April 14 in Gallipolis

King’s Daughters Medical Center is offering a free healthy heart and EKG screening beginning at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 14, on the KDMC Mobile Health Unit at Ohio Valley Physicians, 420 Silver Bridge Plaza, Gallipolis, Ohio.

The screening includes an EKG, total cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and blood oxygen levels, and is sponsored by King’s Daughters in cooperation with the Kentucky Heart Foundation. Appointments are required and may be made by calling 1.866.HEART.KY (432-7859). No fasting is required.

“People should take the time to know their numbers,” said nurse Tracy Woods of King’s Daughters Community Services, “because they can be indicators of potential heart problems, and early detection is the key.” An EKG is a test that checks for problems with the electrical activity of your heart. It is also used to check the health of the heart, especially when conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes are present.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for more than 34 percent of all deaths annually. Every 38 seconds, an American dies of cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association.

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