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Morris Hospital offers PAD screening May 22

Testing available in Morris, Channahon

Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 3:55 p.m. CDT

Morris Hospital is offering a Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) screening from 7 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 22 at the hospital and from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 23, at the Morris Hospital Ridge Road Campus, 27240 W. Saxony Dr., Channahon. Cost of the screening is $40.

PAD is a narrowing or blockage of the peripheral arteries, mostly commonly the arteries that carry blood from the heart to the legs. The disease can have devastating consequences if left untreated.

One of the most common symptoms of PAD is claudication – leg pain that happens during physical activity and is relieved with rest. The pain is most commonly felt in the calf, thigh, hip or buttocks and occurs because the blockage prevents the legs from receiving the proper blood flow. It most commonly affects men and women over the age of 60.

Along with pain, additional signs of PAD include hair loss on the legs or feet, smooth shiny skin below the knee, skin that is cool to the touch especially if accompanied with pain while walking, decreased or absent pulses in the feet, non-healing ulcers or sores on the legs or feel, a pale bluish or reddish discoloration of the toes or feet, foot or toe pain that disturbs sleep, or cold feet. 

The screening at Morris Hospital involves use of an ultrasound to check blood pressure in the legs compared to blood pressure in the arms. It takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and is especially recommended for individuals who smoke, have high blood pressure, diabetes, an inactive lifestyle, or a personal or family history of heart attack or stroke, as well as those who experience any of the symptoms of PAD.

To make a reservation, call Morris Hospital at (815) 416-6089.

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