Our hearts are always working, even when we're at rest. That's why board-certified cardiologist Dr. Zubair Khan, FACC, with Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach, encourages patients to check their heart health periodically.
"Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women in America," Khan said. "Screenings are important because they may provide early warning signs of heart disease."
Khan encourages area residents to attend the Cardiovascular Screening at Lake Regional Hospital, scheduled 7:30-10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Free pulmonary function tests, body mass index and blood pressure screenings will be offered in the hospital's third floor conference rooms. Complete cholesterol panels and blood glucose tests also will be available for $5. In addition, participants may have electrocardiograms performed for $15.
"EKGs are important because they measure how well the heart is functioning," Khan said. "They also may indicate whether the heart has sustained previous damage, such as a mild heart attack."
Nearly one third of all heart attacks are "silent." Although patients may feel something is wrong, they may not realize they have suffered a heart attack until the damage is revealed in an EKG.
"If an individual has suffered a mild heart attack, they are more likely to experience another one and sustain more damage to the heart muscle," Khan said.
Both men and women should begin screening for heart disease no later than age 45. However, individuals who have a family history of heart disease or stroke should begin screenings at age 35 or younger.
"Blood cholesterol tests are especially important for individuals with a family history of heart disease," Khan said. "I tell patients "the earlier the better' when it comes to checking for warning signs."
Registration is not required for the cardiovascular screening. Fasting is required 12-14 hours in advance of the cholesterol panels. Water and prescribed medications may be consumed.
For more information, call 573-348-8222 or visit lakeregional.com/events. To learn more about cardiovascular services available at Lake Regional, visit lakeregional.com/HeartCare.