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For Immediate Release — July 17, 2007

 

Free Screenings for Peripheral Arterial Disease to
Take Place in Colorado

The Vascular Disease Foundation (VDF) has announced that it will be conducting two free screenings for peripheral arterial disease (PAD) this August. The first will be held on Wednesday, August 29 at the Cook Park Recreation Center, 7100 Cherry Creek Drive in Denver, and the second will be held on Thursday, August 30 at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave, Colorado Springs.

Both events will take place starting at 9am beginning with a medical presentation from a local vascular expert. ABI screenings will take place between 9:45am-12:30pm. The ankle brachial index (ABI) test is a simple, non-invasive test that checks the blood pressure at the ankles and in the arms to see if blood flow has been constricted.

PAD occurs when arteries, particularly in the lower legs, become clogged with fatty deposits that limit blood flow. Just like clogged arteries in the heart, having clogged arteries in the legs increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. Those at risk for PAD include people over 50, particularly African Americans, those who smoke or have a history of smoking, those with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or those with a personal or family history of other vascular diseases, such as heart attack, or stroke.

More than 8 million men and women—one in 20 adults—have peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a largely unrecognized condition which puts them at risk for heart attack and stroke. The symptoms of PAD, such as fatigue, heaviness, pain and cramping in the leg muscles when walking that go away with rest, are often mistaken for signs of aging and ignored. More often, the disease is silent, causing no noticeable symptoms.

In addition to the symptoms that occur when walking, people with severe PAD can experience pain in the feet or legs that disturbs sleep. However, most people with PAD do not experience leg pain or any other noticeable symptoms.

Please join us for these essential screenings. They are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and there will be a free raffle for prizes from the Outback Steakhouse. For more information, please call 303.989.0500 or 888.VDF.4INFO or visit www.vdf.org

These events are sponsored in part by the Ford Motor Company Fund, Outback Steakhouse and Colorado Springs Senior Center.

The Colorado-based Vascular Disease Foundation is the only national organization with the sole purpose of educating the public about vascular diseases. It is the most trusted source of credible, scientific and non-biased information on vascular diseases. For more information, call 888.VDF.4INFO (888.833.4463).

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