Metro Health to Offer Free Screenings for Peripheral Artery Disease
Metro Health Hospital will offer free screenings for peripheral artery disease, or PAD, on Saturday, April 16.
The screenings, which involve taking a person’s blood pressure in the arms and ankles, are painless and take about 30 minutes. They are available from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Metro Health Hospital; space is limited and registration is required. Call 616.242.4880 or visit metrohealth.net/pad to register.
PAD screenings can help high-risk patients learn about the disease early enough so they can make lifestyle changes to help their circulatory system. The goal is to detect issues early enough in patients to reduce the risk of amputation.
Anyone experiencing leg cramping or pain with walking or leg pain at rest should get screened. Slow-healing wounds or sores on legs or feet also call for a screening. Those at-risk include those over 50 with diabetes, those who are obese or those who have a family history of heart disease. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, other circulatory problems and a family history of PAD also put patients at advanced risk. Those who are African-American and Native-American also are at a higher risk.
Donations to the Metro Health Hospital Foundation are funding the screenings.