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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

St. Francis Health host free screenings for artery disease Aug. 25

INDIANAPOLIS – Poor circulation the legs may cause pain when walking or standing and could be a sign of peripheral artery disease (PAD) – a condition that puts people at high risk for heart disease and stroke.
Franciscan St. Francis Health is again participating in Legs for Life, a free screening program for PAD. The screening will be 7:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 25, at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis, 8111 S. Emerson Ave.
To qualify for the free screening, participants must be 50 or older, not currently under the care of a cardiologist or vascular surgeon and must not have attended a screening during the past four years unless their symptoms or general health have changed.
Symptoms of PAD 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
Registration is required. The screening takes about 15 minutes and includes a personal consultation with a physician or health care professional. To make an appointment, call 782-4422, or toll-free at 877-888-1777.