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Friday, July 17, 2009

St. Francis-Indianapolis offers free screenings for vascular disease, Aug. 29

INDIANAPOLIS -- If you have pain or poor circulation in your legs, you may have peripheral vascular disease (PVD).

With PVD, the vessels that carry blood to the arms and legs become narrowed or clogged, sometimes causing pain. Many times, however, a person will experience no serious symptoms but still have PVD. It is common that adults with PVD either have or are at risk for heart disease.

Knowing that you have PVD brings you one step closer to benefiting from one or more current treatments.

That’s why St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers is offering Legs for Life, a free screening program Saturday, Aug. 29, at its Indianapolis campus at 8111 S. Emerson Ave.

Symptoms of PVD include:
· Leg or hip pain when walking but stops when resting
· Numbness, tingling or weakness in legs
· Burning or aching pain in feet or toes when resting
· Sore on leg or foot that won’t heal
· Cold legs or feet
· Color change in skin of legs or feet
· Loss of hair on legs

To qualify for the free screening you must be 50 or older; not currently be under the care of a cardiologist or vascular surgeon; and have not attended a St. Francis Legs for Life screening in the past unless your symptoms have changed.

Registration is required. To make an appointment, call 317-782-4422, or toll-free at 877-888-1777.