DAYTON — Peripheral artery disease (PAD) – caused by blocked arteries outside the heart due to plaque buildup – affects an estimated 10 million Americans. Screening for the disease is painless, and thanks to Dayton Heart Center, is free to the public.
Dayton Heart Center will offer a free PAD screening Tuesday, Sept. 22, from 4 to 6 p.m. at its north Dayton office, located at 1530 Needmore Road, Suite 300.
According to the American Heart Association, the most common symptom of PAD is discomfort in a person’s calf muscle when walking, but which goes away when at rest. Other symptoms of severe PAD include slow-to-heal foot or toe wounds, gangrene and decreased leg temperature. PAD screening takes about 10 minutes and includes ultrasound imaging. No physician referral is necessary.
People who are most susceptible to developing PAD are over the age of 50, smoke cigarettes, have diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Those who would like to be screened for the disease simply have to register by calling 1-866-608-3463.