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PCMH celebrates American Heart Month

Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 3:17 pm

In an ongoing effort to raise public awareness about heart disease, Pike County Memorial Hospital (PCMH) and the American Heart Association remind everyone that February is American Heart Month.  The designation is used to highlight building healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

PCMH will be hosting a Heart Healthy Health Fair on Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 7 to 11 a.m. This event is open to the public, and participants can receive free screenings for high blood pressure, glucose, body fat and body mass index. For a reduced fee, cardiac risk profiles including triglycerides, HDL, LDL and glucose will be available, as well as PSA’s, flu shots, and pneumonia shots.

“Pike County Memorial Hospital cares about the people in our community,” said Lorraine Harness, PCMH administrator. “We want to raise awareness about heart disease in Pike County so that more people can take steps to prevent it.”

Cardiovascular diseases, including stroke, are the leading cause of death in Missouri. According to the most recent statewide data, cardiovascular diseases caused 14,237 deaths (32.4 percent). Heart disease is largely preventable so PCMH strives to educate the public on how to lower risks for developing heart disease and provide valuable screenings.