BELPRE, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE: 02/11/2020
Memorial Health Systems held their annual heart screenings event to promote national heart month.
Over 60 patients registered and attended to listen to vendors give them information about the cardiovascular services they offer.
Blood pressure checks were also offered for free to patients.
Electrocardiograms were also offered to patients who wanted a heart check, and doctors say they can reveal a lot about maintaining a healthy heart.
"It's technically very simple," said Dr. Motaz Moussa, an Interventional Cardiologist for MHS. "We just put some stickers on the chest and from that we can actually detect a lot of problems. So, one of them is when people have arrhythmia's, which means that they have irregular heart rhythms, problems with that. It also tells us when people have heart problems in terms of old heart attacks."
ORIGINAL STORY: 02/10/2020
In honor of February being National Heart Month, Memorial Health Systems is putting on an event for patients to come learn about their cardiology and vascular services.
The event will take place on the Belpre campus of Memorial Health Systems at 803 Farson Street.
Electrocardiograms (EKGs) and blood pressure screenings will be available, and vendors will be set up to provide patients with information about the services they offer.
Something new coming to Memorial Health Systems will be the start of them offering open heart surgeries to patients in the Mid-Ohio Valley.
Health officials say that taking care of the community is the first priority, and making these surgeries available certainly help.
"We really want to focus on the community as a whole," said Ashley Nutter, Director of Cardiac Services for Memorial Health Systems. "We can provide the services to comprehensively take care of these cardiac patients, and open heart surgery was the one piece that we were missing. So, to keep our community staying home for their care, that was the piece that we really wanted to focus on and bring to the Valley."
The screenings begin on Tuesday evening, February 11, at 5 p.m. and will go until 7 p.m.