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National recognition: Dr. Ahmed elected as fellow of AHA

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — On February 10, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Neurologist and Stroke Center Medical Director Dr. Naveed Ahmed was elected as a fellow of the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA) Stroke Council. “I am extremely humbled to be recognized by a world renowned organization such as the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association,” said Dr. Ahmed. “As a stroke neurologist, it is an honor to work for Pikeville Medical Center, and an administration who is so supportive of our Stroke Center. It is because of Mr. [Walter E. ] May’s continued guidance and vision that PMC is able to provide quality stroke care to the people of eastern Kentucky and the tri-state region. ” “This fellowship is such a huge honor for Dr. Ahmed and the hospital’s stroke center,” said PMC Stroke Center Coordinator Stephanie Turner. “The more on this story...  

Know Risks for heart disease

PIKEVILLE — During National Heart Health Awareness Month, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) encourages everyone to understand the risk factors that lead to coronary heart disease and heart attack. People are born with certain risk factors that cannot be changed such as heredity (including race) and male sex (gender). Increasing age is another uncontrollable risk factor. Risk factors that can be modified or controlled include tobacco smoke, high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity and overweight, diabetes mellitus, and physical inactivity. “Patients should be proactive and live a healthy life,” said PMC Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist Dr. Michael Antimisiaris. “Sitting still can kill you. Risks of coronary disease double in sedentary people. ” Other factors that can contribute to heart disease include stress, alcohol, diet and nutrition. Dr. Antimisiaris said, “Our region is facing serious consequences due more on this story...  

PMC puts patients first during winter storm

PIKEVILLE — It has been many years since eastern Kentucky has seen a winter storm like Octavia that hit the area on February 16.   Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) kept its doors open. In preparation for the storm, PMC officials  made sure the hospital was fully stocked with supplies, food and water. Vice President and Assistant to the CEO/President Cheryl Hickman said, “The hospital made sure it had all of the essentials.   We checked the emergency power to make sure it was operating correctly in case of a power outage to ensure heat and electricity at all times. ” Maintenance crews worked diligently to ensure patients, families and visitors were safe walking and parking at PMC.   The ambulance bay was cleared, parking lots were scraped and sidewalks were shoveled. Director of more on this story...  

Dr. Harris says to understand warning signs

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) encourages everyone to learn the signs of a heart attack. Some heart attacks are sudden and intense, but most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected are not sure what is wrong and wait too long before getting help. PMC Cardiologist Dr. Denzil Harris said, “With a heart attack, more heart muscle dies with every minute that goes by. ” Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.   Other symptoms include shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort and even breaking more on this story...  

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