Monday, April 23, 2012

Providence Hospital to offer free heart testing

Midland Heart and Vascular, a physician practice of Providence Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., and Saint John Hospital, Leavenworth, Kan., is offering free heart testing at Providence Medical Center, 8929 Parallel Parkway, on Tuesday, May 22. 

The screenings will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Cardiac Rehab area and can be scheduled by calling 800-281-7777.

The screenings will include body mass index, blood pressure, echocardiogram and an EKG (electrocardiogram). These tests will give patients a good baseline for understanding their heart health and may identify certain types of heart disease.

“Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States,” says Phil Regas, Midland’s executive director. “Having free screenings will give patients an opportunity to assess their hearts in ways they may not have thought they needed and provide them with potentially life-improving information.”

Technicians, as well as a Midland physician, will be on site to administer the tests. Patients will also receive materials to more fully educate them on risks, symptoms and treatment for heart disease.

The physicians who care for Providence and Saint John patients include board-certified cardiologists Maria Javaid, M.D., Donald McSweyn, M.D., Venkat R. Pasnoori, M.D, and Julian Nunez, M.D.

The doctors see patients in the Providence and Saint John Emergency Services departments, as well as those on the hospital’s medical/surgical and intensive care units.

They also can expedite treatment for patients experiencing a life-threatening type of heart attack called a STEMI, getting them to the closest Accredited Chest Pain Center (which is Providence) for immediate care.