September is Peripheral Arterial Disease Awareness Month
PVA would like to invite you to schedule your FREE leg screening throughout the month of September 2018. Call to schedule your FREE screening at 210.237.4247.
What is Peripheral Arterial Disease?
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a serious disease that is under diagnosed and under treated. Many people believe that pain in the legs or lower extremities is just another sign of aging, not realizing that it may be a warning sign for PAD. Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) happens when arteries in the legs become restricted or clogged with fatty deposits. This reduces blood flow to the legs resulting in leg muscle pain when walking, disability, amputation, and a poor quality of life. Blocked arteries found in people with PAD can be a red flag that other arteries may also be blocked – increasing the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Do I need a P.A.D screening?
If you are older than 50 years old, experiencing leg pain and have more than one of the following mentioned risk factors, talk to your doctor about PAD:
- Smoke (current or former)
- High Blood Pressure
- Personal/Family History of Heart Attack or Stroke
- High Cholesterol
Peripheral Arterial Disease affects nearly 10 million Americans yet many know little about it. This is why awareness and educating Americans about this disease is so essential. September is Peripheral Artery Disease Awareness Month so it is a time to draw attention to understanding risk factors for PAD, importance of getting diagnosed, and getting treated sooner than later to make a difference.
For more information about PAD or PAD Awareness Month, please visit our Facebook page. All throughout the month of September 2018 we will be doing Free Leg Screenings to help prevent PAD. We hope that this free screening event will inspire San Antonians to prioritize their health and learn more about this disease, often known as a “silent killer”.
To learn more about Peripheral Vascular Associates or to schedule an appointment, visit our Request Appointment page or call (210) 237-4247.