Paducah GregGreene_178x30057-year-old Greg Greene, assistant manager at Banks Market, saved by Zoll LifeVest, a temporary defibrillator, in 2013.PADUCACH, Ky. (2/6/14) — During Heart Month, the nationally-recognized heart program at Baptist Health Paducah offers screenings and educational events to help you realize risk factors and recognize warning signs of heart disease, the nation’s leading killer.

Certain lifestyles – obesity and smoking – are known risk factors, but sometimes heart disease occurs in people you’d least expect.

Take Greg Greene, an assistant manager at Banks Market in Paducah. Last fall, an illness left the 57-year-old with a weakened heart that put him at risk of cardiac arrest.

Baptist cardiologist Sanjay Bose, MD, prescribed a Zoll LifeVest, a temporary defibrillator.

Six weeks later, the vest saved Greene's life when he collapsed. “I passed out and it shocked me back to life,” Greene said. “First thing I knew, the LifeVest was telling me to call 911.”

An ambulance rushed Greene to Baptist Health Paducah, where he received a permanent defibrillator and a pacemaker to keep his heart in rhythm.

Dr. Bose said many patients have benefited some similar treatment and technology.

Since offering the region’s first open-heart surgery in 1985, Baptist has been committed to offering the latest and most innovative heart care, which has been recognized nationally, including recent awards:

  • One of 197 hospitals recognized among the nation’s best heart hospitals by the American College of Cardiology with the Get with the Guidelines Platinum Performance Award.
  • One of nine hospitals in Kentucky to be named a Top Performer by the Joint Commission on four key quality measures, including heart attack and heart failure.
  • Accredited for the third consecutive cycle by the Society of Chest Pain Centers as a Cycle IV Chest Pain Center with percutaneous coronary intervention, meaning it has demonstrated expertise in assessing, diagnosing and treating acute heart problems.

“Meeting high national standards in heart attack care assures the community they can get the very best expert heart care here, close to home,” said Bill Brown, Baptist Health Paducah president.

This month, you can meet Baptist heart experts at several events to learn more:

Feb. 14 - McCracken-Tilghman basketball game

  • Baptist Health Paducah will sponsor the girls’ and boys’ basketball games when McCracken County hosts Paducah Tilghman on Friday, Feb. 14.
  • In the lobby, Emergency department nurses will offer education and free blood pressure checks; and visitors can register for a $100 gift card.
  • At halftime of the boys’ game, to emphasize the importance of active lifestyles for heart health, two of the hospital’s Project Fit America schools, Concord and Lone Oak elementary schools, will demonstrate their fitness activities.
  • The girls play at 6 p.m., followed by the boys at 7:30.
  • Phone the school at 270.538.4300 for ticket information. 

Feb. 17 – WPSD Health Fair at Kentucky Oaks Mall

  • Baptist staff will provide blood pressure screenings and Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) education at the WPSD Local6 Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at Kentucky Oaks Mall.
  • Outreach director Patrick Withrow, MD, will discuss heart disease in the mall center at 3:30 p.m. 

Feb. 22 – Heart Health Fair

  • Baptist Health Paducah will offer free screenings during a Heart Health Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 22, in the atrium of Doctors Office Building 2.
  • Baptist staff will provide free blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol screenings. Fasting and advance registration are not required. Physicians and other providers will be available to answer questions. 

Feb. 25 – Brunch Bunch

  • Cardiologist Kenneth Ford, MD, and cardiothoracic surgeon Nicholas Lopez, MD, will speak on valve disease and treatment at the hospital’s quarterly free Brunch Bunch program from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the Heart Center auditorium.
  • Call (270) 575-2797 to register.
  • In addition, Baptist Health Paducah offers a free, five-minute heart risk assessment at and a 24-hour Chest Pain & Stroke Hotline staffed by local nurses at (800) 575-1911.

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