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Mobile, Ala. (January 31, 2006)
Contact: Cristin Etheredge, (251) 461-1509

University of South Alabama Physicians Group Offers Free Screenings for Deadly Vascular Diseases

University of South Alabama Physicians Group will offer free screenings during February as part of the Legs for Life project, a national screening initiative for vascular disease. The Physician’s Group will offer free screenings for PAD at the following locations:
• Via Solutions in Colonial Mall, Feb. 15 10 a.m. – noon

• Senior Citizens Services Center, 1717 Dauphin St., Feb. 8 10 a.m. – noon

• USA Knollwood Physician’s Group, Feb. 23 noon – 2 p.m.

• USA Medical Center Radiology, Monday through Friday 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. throughout Feb.
Vascular diseases are the leading cause of death in the United States. One of the common warning signs is leg pain caused by peripheral arterial or vascular disease (PAD or PVD), a sign of arteriosclerosis (clogged blood vessels) in the leg. Arteriosclerosis also is the primary cause of heart attacks, which ranks as the number one cause of death in the United States. PAD and PVD are also associated with stroke, the third leading cause of death, and abdominal aortic aneurysm, another common, life-threatening condition.
The screenings will involve completing a survey and having blood pressure readings taken from the arms and legs. Appointments for Legs for Life screenings are encouraged. To schedule a screening, call 471-7996. Appointments will be given on a first come, first serve basis.
PAD affects about 10 million people in the United States. However, many people are unaware they have the disease. In its early stages, there may be no symptoms. A classic symptom is where people experience pain in the legs, while walking that eases when they are at rest. Other symptoms may include swelling or numbness in the legs, or skin discoloration. Some studies suggest that women may not experience symptoms as early as men, which may puts them at greater risk for complications associated with later stages of vascular disease.
Those at highest risk include individuals 50 or older who have a family history of cardiovascular disease and / or have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or are smokers. People who are overweight and / or lead an inactive lifestyle are also at increased risk.
Legs for Life is a program started by the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR), the national professional society of interventional radiologists, physicians who specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments of using imaging guidance. Legs for Life screenings are led by SIR members, and conducted with multidisciplinary teams of health professionals. Screenings are supported by the American Diabetes Association, the American Radiological Nurses Association, the Council on Cardiovascular Radiology and Intervention of the American Heart Association and the Society for Vascular Nursing.


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