PAD SCREENING SAVES LEGS & LIVES
Cardiac Center of Texas will offer free screenings for peripheral artery disease, or PAD, for high-risk patients.
The screenings, which involve taking a person’s blood pressure in the legs and ankles, are painless and take about 10 minutes. They are available from 8 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at Cardiac Center of Texas; registration is required. Call 972.529.6939.
Most often found in the legs, PAD is caused by the buildup of plaque (atherosclerosis). It can cause pain, disability, organ failure and other serious consequences to lifestyle and health – even death. Atherosclerosis in the peripheral arteries is often accompanied by the same problem in the coronary arteries, which is heart disease. Also, it is strongly associated with blockages in the carotid arteries in the neck which eventually could lead to stroke. Ten million US citizens over age 40 have PAD; the majority of them are asymptomatic. That is why high-risk patients benefit from this screening.
Anyone experiencing leg cramping or pain with walking or leg pain at rest should get screened. Slow-healing wounds or sores on legs or feet also call for a screening. Those at-risk include those over 50 with diabetes, those who are obese or those who have a family history of heart disease. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, other circulatory problems, and a family history of PAD also put patients at advanced risk. Those who are African-American and Native-American also are at a higher risk.
FREE SCREENING AVAILABLE TO HIGH-RISK PATIENTS
PAD on its own threatens vital organs, risks loss of limb and life and affects productivity, lifestyle, and quality of life. Also, PAD is associated with a much higher risk of heart disease. So, it’s important to get screened if you have these risk factors:
- Cold, painful, tingling or burning legs
- Leg pain that subsides with rest, claudication
- Loss of sensation in the legs
- Poor wound healing
- Over age 65
- Established heart disease (i.e. heart attack, angioplasty, or bypass)
- Over age 50 with Type I or Type II Diabetes
- Over age 50 and a current smoker
About CARDIAC CENTER OF TEXAS
CCTX has been serving Collin County since 2003. We take pride in providing the best care and all diagnostic testing under one roof. CCTX is equipped with a state of the art 64 slice CT for Heart Scans and Coronary Angiography. We treat all aspects of cardiovascular disease including PFO, Coronary Artery Disease, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Varicose Veins, Carotid and Abdominal Aneurysm, Stroke, Deep Vein Thrombosis, and Arrhythmia. Dr. Khan is a board certified vascular specialist and peripheral doctor. Dr. M. Akram Khan has vast experience in complex coronary intervention. He also performs angioplasty to unclog leg vessels to improve blood flow in the legs. For more information about CCTx, visit http://www.cardiaccenteroftexas.com or call 972-529-6939.