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University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute to provide free Peripheral Arterial Disease screenings at UH Geauga Medical Center

Friday, September 6, 2013

September 18 screenings coincide with Peripheral Arterial Disease Awareness Month

GEAUGA COUNTY – September is Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.) Awareness Month and University Hospitals (UH) Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute is increasing awareness of the underdiagnosed disease by providing free, painless, noninvasive P.A.D. screenings at UH Geauga Medical Center from 9 – 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 18.

P.A.D. is a serious condition that occurs when blood flow through the legs and feet is restricted by the build-up of fatty deposits in the blood vessels of the legs. It can cause pain, cramping and discomfort that can make walking – and life – miserable. In extreme cases, P.A.D. can result in the loss of a leg or foot to amputation. P.A.D. also indicates a higher risk for heart attack and stroke. Because more than half of those with P.A.D. have no symptoms, screening individuals who have risk factors is very important to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment.

An estimated 8 to 12 million Americans are currently living with P.A.D., but only 2 million have been diagnosed. If you are 50 years of age or older and you are a smoker; have diabetes; or have a history of high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol, you may be at risk for Peripheral Arterial Disease. Excellent treatments are available for all forms of vascular disease at UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute facilities throughout the University Hospitals system, including at UH Geauga Medical Center.

Learn your risk by attending this free September 18 screening event at UH Geauga Medical Center, 13207 Ravenna Road in Chardon. The screenings will take place in the hospital’s first-floor Cardiology Unit. Reservations are limited and preregistration is required. To learn more, call 1-800-355-9992.

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