Carolinas Medical Center-Union will hold free screenings for peripheral vascular disease, Friday, Feb. 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Outpatient Treatment Pavilion on the CMC-Union campus, located at 600 Hospital Drive in Monroe.
Peripheral vascular disease is a blockage of the arteries supplying blood to the legs and often causes pain, difficulty walking, numbness, and skin discoloration. CMC Union officials estimate 10 million people in the United States suffer from PVD, with most unaware of the condition, which can also lead to a potential heart attack or stroke.
“It is extremely important to identify PVD early, so it can be treated before serious problems occur,” Steven Dence, director of Cardiology Services at CMC-Union, said. “Treatment for PVD can range from lifestyle changes, including diet modifications and exercise, to medication or minimally invasive procedures such as angioplasty and surgery. When PVD is advanced, it can result in amputation of part of a foot or leg, and even death, in extreme cases,” Dence said.
Risk factors for PVD include being over age 50, smoking, diabetes, being overweight, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or having a family history of heart or vascular disease or stroke.
The PVD screening involves filling out a brief lifestyle questionnaire and taking a 10-20 minute exam. Physicians will be on site to provide further evaluation to patients who screen positive for vascular disease. In addition to PVD screenings, CMC-Union will offer bone density, blood sugar, blood pressure, carotid plaque and diabetic foot screenings. Screenings are free to the public and no appointment is required.