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Published:  September 18, 2012

St. Luke’s Hospital at The Vintage is Offering FREE Peripheral Arterial Disease Screenings

St. Luke’s Hospital at The Vintage will conduct free screenings for peripheral arterial disease September 25th - 27th in conjunction with P.A.D. Awareness Month.

Approximately 9 million Americans have P.A.D., a common and dangerous vascular disease that can lead to heart attack, stroke, amputation and death. P.A.D. occurs when arteries in the legs become narrowed or clogged with fatty deposits, reducing blood flow to the legs.  This can result in leg muscle pain when walking, disability, amputation, and poor quality of life.  Blocked arteries found in people with P.A.D. can be a red flag that other arteries, including those in the heart and brain, may also be blocked – increasing the risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Everyone over age 50 is at risk for P.A.D.  Risk increases if a person:
•    Smokes, or used to smoke
•    Has diabetes
•    Has high blood pressure
•    Has abnormal blood cholesterol
•    Is African American
•    Has a personal history of coronary heart disease or stroke

In many, P.A.D. is a silent disease, causing no recognizable symptoms. People with P.A.D. may have one or more of the following symptoms:
•    “Claudication” – fatigue, heaviness, tiredness or cramping in the leg muscles that occurs during activity such as walking and goes away with rest.
•    Foot or toe pain at rest that often disturbs sleep
•    Skin wounds or ulcers on the feet or toes that are slow to heal.

The screening test for P.A.D. is called the ankle-brachial index, a painless, non-invasive test that compares the blood pressure in the ankles with the blood pressure in the arms. The test takes less than 10 minutes and can help you be aware of this silent disease. 

To learn more about this screening test or to schedule an appointment, call 832-534-5160.

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