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Free Screenings at Brazosport Regional to Fight Heart Attack, Stroke, and Amputation

3/25/2014


Brazosport Regional Health System is kicking off the year with free peripheral arterial disease (PAD) screenings to prevent heart attack, stroke, and amputation. There will be six screenings in 2014, with the first being held on February 27 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM in the classrooms at Brazosport Regional Health System.

PAD is a vascular disease that occurs when the arteries that carry the blood to the arms and legs become blocked, interfering with the normal flow of blood. Affecting an estimated 8 million Americans, PAD is a red flag for several life-threatening diseases including heart attack, stroke, and amputation. The disease becomes more common as one gets older, and by age 65, about 12-20 percent of the population has it.

The most common symptom of PAD is called claudication, which is leg pain that occurs when walking or exercising and disappears when the person stops the activity. Other symptoms of PAD include: numbness, tingling or weakness in the leg, burning or aching pain in the feet or toes while resting, or developing a sore on the leg or foot that does not heal. You should get tested for PAD if you are over the age of 50, overweight, addicted to tobacco or if you have diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure. Other risk factors include having an inactive lifestyle or having a family history of vascular disease such as PAD, aneurysm, heart attack or stroke.

During the PAD screening, an ankle brachial index (ABI) test is used to detect PAD. This quick, simple and painless test compares the blood pressure in the legs to the blood pressure in the arms to determine how well the blood is flowing and if there is a need for additional tests. Dr. Sasi Yallampalli, a new interventional radiologist at BRHS, will review each patient’s results after the screening.

Please call 979-285-1822 to reserve your spot for a free screening on February 27. A prescreening process will occur before completion of registration. 

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