Texas Health Allen Offers Free Peripheral Arterial Disease Screenings|
ALLEN, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen will be offering Legs For Life, a free screening program for people at risk for peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Anyone who experiences pain, numbness, tingling, coldness or ulcers and sores that don’t heal should be screened for PAD.
According to the American Heart Association, PAD is a common yet serious condition that is an indicator for heart attack or stroke. The Society of Interventional Radiology estimates that PAD affects 8 to 10 million Americans and can lead to greater risk for heart attack, stroke and loss of limbs.
Legs for Life will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 20 and 21, in conference room one at Texas Health Allen, located at 1105 North Central Expressway. The screening is free, but an appointment is required. ake an appointment by calling 972-747-6179.
“PAD can easily go undiagnosed, so screenings like Legs For Life are very important for our community,” said Dr. Adrian Moger, an interventional radiologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Allen. “People with PAD are at a higher risk for other types of heart disease, like coronary artery disease and atherosclerosis. The good news is that PAD is a treatable condition, especially with early intervention and education.”
The American Heart Association lists PAD as a circulatory problem that limits blood flow in the limbs as a result of fatty deposit build up in the arteries. Over time, these build ups lead to a lack of fresh oxygen from being delivered to the head, heart and other organs. The most common risk factors for developing PAD include being a smoker, diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
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