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April 29 – Free Vascular Screenings

April 8th, 2010

 King’s Daughters Medical Center will be offering free screening to detect peripheral arterial disease on April 29 at Dr. Lon Lafferty’s office.  Appointment will be required.  See KDMC press release below:

 Appointment Required

Call 1.888.377.KDMC (5362)

Free Vascular Screenings scheduled April 29 in Inez, Ky.

One in five Americans over age 65 suffer from peripheral arterial disease (PAD), but only about 20 percent get the recommended treatment, according to the American Heart Association. PAD is a serious condition that, left untreated, could lead to amputation or death.

King’s Daughters Medical Center, in cooperation with the Kentucky Heart Foundation (KHF), is offering a free screening to detect PAD. The screening will begin at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, April 29, on the KDMC Mobile Health Unit at Dr. Lon Lafferty’s office, Route 40 East Blacklog, Inez, Ky.

KDMC physician assistant James Dalton will review results with participants immediately following the screening. Appointments are required and may be made by calling 1.888.377.KDMC (5362).

The screening is open to persons over the age of 50 and is recommended for those who:

  • have leg pain when walking that goes away when at rest;
  • have a family history of vascular disease;
  • use or have used tobacco products;
  • have poor circulation or swelling (edema) of the legs and ankles.

Additional screening criteria apply, which allow KDMC to see those most at risk for PAD.

The vascular screening consists of:

  • Fasting lipid profile – This test will give a breakdown of HDL and LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and total cholesterol
  • Ankle brachial index (ABI) screening – Blood pressures measurements are taken at the ankles and arms and compared to determine whether there is decreased blood flow to the legs
  • Blood glucose – Level of sugar in the blood. Studies have shown those with diabetes are at increased risk for vascular disease.
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG) – A non-invasive test to measure electrical activity to the heart by attaching electrodes to the skin

KHF is a nonprofit organization working to improve the life expectancy of people affected by cardiovascular disease. The foundation oversees cardiac research, education and prevention programs and is closely linked with the heart and vascular specialists at KDMC.