NRMC to Offer Free Cholesterol Screening


"Recently my friend's wife wasn't feeling well," said Jeffrey Bissing, DO and cardiologist at Nevada Regional Medical Center (NRMC). “She had some nausea and vomiting, a headache. She died the next day of coronary artery disease. We've got to do a better job educating, especially for women since they present differently than what we commonly attribute to heart disease."

NRMC announces it will host a free cholesterol screening on Thursday, March 7. Registration is open to the public, but appointments are limited. Elevated cholesterol levels can be an indicator of heart disease while maintaining healthy cholesterol levels can lower chances of heart disease and stroke.

According to Dr. Bissing, the two largest risk factors that can accelerate heart disease include tobacco use and diabetes. Other major risk factors include hypertension (or high blood pressure) and elevated cholesterol, followed by family history.

For men, typical symptoms of coronary artery disease or a heart attack include chest discomfort and pressure that radiates to the back, arm or neck, nausea, sweating, shortness of breath. However, for women, the symptoms can be confused with other mild illnesses.

"Women will often present with shortness of breath, abdominal pain with some nausea and fatigue," Dr. Bissing said. "That's what makes it difficult to diagnose women; these symptoms could be so many other things that coronary artery disease in women often gets missed."

Dr. Bissing recommends that someone who experiences symptoms that go away with rest, that person should visit a doctor as soon as possible to be evaluated. However, if someone is experiencing symptoms at rest, or that are worsening, that person should call 9-1-1 for an ambulance. He does not advise driving oneself, or even being driven by someone else.

Persons with risk factors for heart disease can be proactive by visiting with a cardiologist or primary care provider before they experience symptoms and discover ways to prevent heart problems. The American Heart Association recommends all adults age 20 or older should have their cholesterol (and other risk factors) checked every four to six years and work with a doctor to determine one's risk for heart disease.

To register for the free cholesterol screening online now, click here or call (417) 448-3801.

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About Nevada Regional Medical Center

Serving a six-county area since 1937, Nevada Regional Medical Center is a 71-bed acute, intensive and skilled care hospital. Nevada Regional Medical Center has earned recognition as a respected regional medical center for its comprehensive health care services, skilled and caring employees and state-of-the-art medical technology. Staff represent more than a dozen medical specialties, including family practice, women’s services, neurology, urology, psychiatry, orthopedics, wound care services, and general, vascular, thoracic and oncological surgery. Additionally, consultation clinics are held regularly by specialists in oncology, pulmonology, podiatry, ear, nose, and throat and cardiology.

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