ASHLAND, Ky. –
King’s Daughters Medical Center is offering a free healthy heart and EKG screening
beginning at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14,S on the KDMC Auxiliary Mobile Health
Unit at the Jackson YMCA, 594 E. Main St.
The screenings are being offered as part of the YMCA’s “Hug Your Heart Day.” Appointments are not
required. Screening results will be read by Kentucky Heart Institute cardiologist
Sriharsha Velury, M.D.
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 not required; participants will be
screened on a first-come, first-served basis. No fasting is not required.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S.,
accounting for more than 34 percent of all deaths annually. Every 38 seconds,
an American dies of cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart
Early detection is key to reducing
the impact of heart disease, said Tracy Woods of King’s Daughters Community
Relations department. “When it comes to heart disease, knowledge is power,” she
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.
To be eligible, participants must be at least 50 years of
age and not participated in a KDMC heart/vascular screening in the past 12
months. Additional screening criteria may apply, which allow us to see those at
greatest risk for heart disease.
KDMC is a locally controlled, not-for-profit, 465-bed
regional referral center, offering comprehensive cardiac, vascular, medical,
surgical, maternity, pediatric, rehabilitative, psychiatric, cancer,
neurological, pain care, wound care and home care services. For additional
information, visit us online at kdmc.com or call 1-888-377-KDMC (5362).
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