September 10, 2010
Know Your Risk for Peripheral Arterial
have PAD when the arteries in their legs become narrowed or clogged with fatty
deposits or plaque. The buildup of plaque causes the arteries to harden and
narrow, which is called atherosclerosis. When leg arteries are hardened and
clogged, blood flow to the legs and feet is reduced. Some people call this poor
circulation. Take a moment to answer these PAD
- Do you have high blood
- Do you have diabetes?
- Do you have high or abnormal blood cholesterol
- Have you had heart disease, heart attack, stroke or
- Do you have a family history (parent, sister or brother)
of PAD, heart attack, stroke, or TIA?
- Do you have aching, cramping or pain in your legs when
you walk or exercise that goes away when you
- Do you smoke, or used to
- Do you have any ulcers or sores on your feet or legs that
are slow in healing?
- Are you African
If you answered yes to any of these risk
factors we invite you to a FREE
PAD screening at Parrish Medical Center. The Ankle-Brachial
Index (ABI) test takes 20–30 minutes, and you are only required to remove shoes
Parrish Medical Center (PMC) at 321-268-6150 and make an appointment for a FREE PAD
screening. They are performed at PMC on Wednesdays and Thursdays every half hour
from 1:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Sometimes, people ignore their leg pain and
think it is just a sign they are getting older. As a result, many people with
PAD do not know they have it and do not get treatment. It is important to
discuss any leg or thigh pain you may be having with your health care provider
since it may be a warning sign of a serious disease such as PAD. Finding and
treating PAD early can help keep your legs healthy, lower your risk for heart
attack or stroke, and save your life and