Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Burlington County is hosting its annual peripheral arterial disease, or PAD, free screening event on Saturday, Sept. 26.
The screenings will be held in person and are by appointment only, at the hospital campus in Browns Mills.
The PAD screenings include the ankle-brachial index, a painless, noninvasive test that compares the blood pressure in the ankles with the blood pressure in the arms, which can indicate if a person has PAD. If needed, additional noninvasive testing might be performed.
“PAD is a devastating disease that is often undiagnosed,” Richard Kovach, the division director for interventional cardiology and the medical director of the adult cardiac catheterization laboratory, said in a release.
“It’s vitally important for those at risk to get screened for PAD,” he said, “This screening event increases awareness of PAD and improves our community’s vascular health.”
Peripheral arterial disease affects approximately 17 million Americans. It occurs when arteries in the legs become clogged with fatty cholesterol deposits, reducing blood flow to the legs. Typical symptoms — which occur in only about a third of patients with PAD — include leg muscle pain and cramping when walking.
One third of patients will have atypical symptoms, such as a feeling of heaviness or easily fatigued, while another third of patients, particularly diabetics, will have no symptoms at all. PAD patients are at a higher risk of amputation, as well as heart attacks, strokes, and death.
PAD can be treated with lifestyle changes, medication, and non-surgical procedures. Early diagnosis and proper treatment are important to living with PAD.
Anyone with the following risks is urged to register for a screening: smoking (present and former), diabetes, high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, African-American ethnicity, previous heart disease, heart attack, stroke or family history.
The event will be held at Deborah Heart and Lung Center, 200 Trenton Road, Browns Mills, on Sept. 26 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information or to register for a screening, call 609-621-2080, option #2, or visit www.demanddeborah.org.
All screenings are done by appointment and all state and CDC safety guidelines will be followed, including universal mask wearing, social distancing, and questionnaires and temperatures on arrival.
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