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Monday, July 15, 2013

Indianapolis hospital offers free artery disease screenings Aug. 24

INDIANAPOLIS – If you have poor circulation in your legs, causing pain when you walk or stand, it could be a sign of peripheral artery disease (PAD), a condition that puts you at high risk for heart disease and stroke.

To assess your risk for PAD, sign up for the free Legs for Life screening offered by Franciscan St. Francis Health from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Indianapolis hospital campus, 8111 S. Emerson Ave.

With PAD, the vessels that carry blood to the arms and legs become narrowed or clogged, interfering with the normal flow of blood, sometimes causing pain. Often, however, a person may experience no serious symptoms but still have peripheral artery disease. Signs 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

The screening is noninvasive. A health care professional checks the blood pressure in your arms and ankles and compares them to see if there is a significant difference between them.

To qualify for the free screening, participants must be 50 or older and have one or more of the following symptoms or risk factors:

·         Trouble walking that involves cramping or tiredness in the leg muscles with walking or exercising, which is relieved by resting
  • A family history of vascular disease, such as PAD, aneurysm, heart attack or stroke
  • Have or have had high blood pressure, heart disease, or other vascular disease
  • Have ever smoked or currently smoke

To make an appointment at the Legs for Life screening, call (317) 782-4422, or toll free at 877-888-1777.