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Free healthy heart screening is March 5 in South Point

SOUTH POINT — King’s Daughters Medical Center is offering free healthy heart with EKG screenings beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 5 on the KDMC Mobile Health Unit at Sunrise First Church of the Nazarene, 1531 County Road 17, South Point.

The screening, which includes a screening EKG, total cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and blood oxygen levels, is sponsored by King’s Daughters in cooperation with the Kentucky Heart Foundation.

Appointments are required and may be made by calling 1-888-377-KDMC (5362). Fasting is not required. A King’s Daughters cardiologist will review screening results.

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.

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).