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Free vascular screenings Aug. 18 in Sandy Hook

  

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. Thursday, Aug. 18 on the KDMC Mobile Health Unit at the Rocky Adkins Senior Citizen Center, Main Street, Sandy Hook, Ky.

 

Appointments are required and may be made by calling 1.866.HEART.KY (432-7859). Results will be read by Kentucky Heart Institute vascular/endovascular surgeon Brandon Law, M.D.

 

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 KHI to see those most at risk for PAD.

 

The vascular screening consists of:

·      total cholesterol – No fasting required.

·      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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