Bill Harris, MD, PMC Interventional Cardiologist

PMC offers free screenings this month

Carol Casebolt

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Heart and Vascular Institute celebrates February as American Heart Month.


PMC Interventional Cardiologist Bill Harris, MD, said, “February is American Heart Month and we always take this opportunity to inform our community of the impact of cardiovascular disease (CVD). It is now the number one cause of death worldwide. It kills more women than any other cause, far exceeding breast cancer.”


CVD is the nation’s number one killer of both men and women, but steps can be taken to reduce risks and improve outcomes.


The American Heart Association is constantly conducting research and raising awareness to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans.


Dr. Harris said, “We have a very clear understanding of many of the causes of CVD. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, cigarette smoking, obesity and lack of exercise can all be prevented, modified and controlled.”


During American Heart Month, PMC is providing free screenings every Friday from 3pm – 7pm in the May Tower Atrium on the second floor.


Staff from the PMC Heart and Vascular Institute will be checking blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and body mass index (BMI) and free educational information will be available with a focus on nutrition, sleep, exercise and smoking cessation.


PMC will also have free gifts for those who take time to get screened.


Dr. Harris said, “A true gift of love would be an assessment of CVD risk factors and your lifestyle. Give yourself good health and life.”


For more information about heart health, contact the PMC Heart and Vascular Institute at 606-218-2201.




Source: American Heart Association