Ashland, Ky. – 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 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at the Betsy
Layne Senior Citizens Center, 219 Pike Floyd Hollow, Betsy Layne, Ky.
Appointments are required and may
be made by calling 1.866.HEART.KY
(432-7859). Results will be read by vascular/endovascular surgeon Brandon Law,
M.D., of Tri-State Vascular Specialists.
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
have poor circulation
or swelling (edema) of the legs and ankles.
Additional screening criteria
apply, which allow us to see those most at risk for PAD.
The vascular screening consists
fasting lipid profile
– This test will give a breakdown of HDL and LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and
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.
The Kentucky Heart Foundation is a nonprofit organization
working to improve the life expectancy of people affected by cardiovascular
disease. The foundation oversees cardiac research, education and prevention
programs and is closely linked with heart and vascular specialists at King’s
Daughters Medical Center.
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