SUBLETTE COUNTY – The Emergency Medical Services departments in Pinedale and Marbleton are the sole providers of emergency medical services for Sublette County where Emergency Medical Technicians responded to 1,310 calls in 2017.
Sublette County EMTs work in a fast-paced rural environment but will slow it down for two days in February to provide free 12-lead EKG heart recordings for local residents to have a copy on file with their provider. The primary purpose of a 12-lead EKG test, a noninvasive routine examination of the electrical activity of the heart, is to screen patients for underlying heart conditions.
The recording is shared with physicians to help detect irregularities in the heart. The most common reasons for recording an EKG are to aid diagnosis of chest pain, to know more about a patient's heart rhythm, to examine the heart with a murmur and to examine the heart in those who have high blood pressure.
“It is a simple diagnostic test that causes no pain and has no side effects, the screening will take about 5 minutes and you will not feel any discomfort at all,” said Dr. Brendan Fitzsimmons, Medical Director of the Marbleton-Big Piney Medical Clinic. “The first safety net is to share your EKG recording with your primary provider. An abnormal reading does not always mean there is something wrong, and further investigations are necessary. If your doctor thinks you may have heart disease or a heart related problem, they may refer you to a cardiologist.”
Fifth annual EKG clinics will take place Thursday, Feb. 8, from 12 to 6 p.m. at the Marbleton Medical Clinic EMS Building and then on Thursday, Feb. 15, from 12 to 6 p.m. at the Pinedale Medical Clinic EMS Building.
To schedule your appointment, call (307) 367-2315 or for further details or email Sue Briggs-Stanfill at [email protected]