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Metro Health Hospital Holds Free PAD Screening on March 22

Posted: March 10, 2014

Metro Health Hospital will offer free screenings for peripheral artery disease on Saturday, March 22.

PAD screenings take approximately 30 minutes and involve taking a person’s blood pressure in the arms and ankles. The screenings are available 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Metro Health Hospital. Registration is required. Call 616.242.4880 to register.

PAD can be a devastating diagnosis and can result in limb amputation. Screenings can help detect the disease in high-risk patients early enough to allow them to make necessary lifestyle and diet changes to improve their circulatory system. The goal of screening patients is to decrease the need for amputation.

Patients should seek a PAD screening if they are experiencing leg pain when walking that ceases once they stop moving. Another indicator of PAD is having wounds or open sores that have difficulty healing. Patients at high risk include those who are obese, have diabetes, heart disease or other circulatory issues. Smokers are also at a higher risk, as are African Americans and Native Americans.

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