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ASHLAND, Ky. – King’s Daughters Medical Center, in cooperation with the Kentucky Heart Foundation, is offering a free screening to detect peripheral artery disease, also known as PAD, beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 6 on the KDMC Mobile Health Unit at 227 Valley View Drive, Waverly, Ohio.

Appointments are required and may be made by calling 1-888-377-KDMC (5362). Results will be read by Kentucky Heart Institute cardiologist Raghu Srinivasan, M.D

PAD is a narrowing of the peripheral arteries, most commonly in the arteries of the pelvis and legs. 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 toamputation or death.

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

·      have leg pain/cramping when walking, but 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 us 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 forvascular 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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