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Free vascular screenings scheduled April 5 in Morehead 

King’s Daughters Medical Center, in cooperation with the Kentucky Heart Foundation, is offering a free screening to detect peripheral artery disease, PAD. The screening will begin at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 5, at Health Plus, 255 Old Viking Drive, Morehead, Ky.

KDMC cardiologist Edward Ha, M.D., will review results with participants immediately following the screening. Appointments are required and may be made by calling 1.866.HEART.KY (432-7859).

One in five Americans over age 65 suffer from PAD but only about 20 percent get the recommended treatment, according to the American Heart Association. PAD is a serious condition that, left untreated, could lead to amputation or death.  

The screening is open to persons ages 50 and older and is recommended for those who:

  • have leg pain/cramping when walking that goes away when at rest;
  • have a family history of vascular disease;
  • use or have used tobacco products;
  • have poor circulation or swelling (edema) of the legs and ankles.

Additional screening criteria apply, which allow KDMC to see those most at risk for PAD.

The vascular screening consists of:

  • fasting lipid profile – this test will give a breakdown of HDL and LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and total cholesterol
  • ankle brachial index (ABI) screening – Blood pressure measurements are taken at the ankles and arms and compared to determine whether there is decreased blood flow to the legs.
  • blood glucose – Level of sugar in the blood. Studies have shown those with diabetes are at increased risk for vascular disease.
  • electrocardiogram (EKG) – A non-invasive test to measure electrical activity in the heart by attaching electrodes to the skin.

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