• 2635 North 7th Street, Grand Junction, Colorado 81501
  • 970-298-CARE (2273) / 1-800-458-3888

Learn more about peripheral artery disease September 7 & 12, 2011

August 30, 2011

• Free one-hour presentations on PAD and treatment options
• By appointment, free ankle-brachial index (ABI) screenings for PAD

September 7, 2011
Presentation: 9:00–10:00 am
Free screenings: 8:00–9:00 am and 10:00–11:00 am

September 12, 2011
PAD presentation: 8:00–9:00 am
Free screenings: 9:00–11:00 am

Registration is required for lecture and screenings. Call 298-7672.

Presented by St. Mary’s Hospital, cardiologist Marcus Howell, MD, and cardiovascular surgeon James Narrod, MD.

 

We've all heard of the plaque that can build up on arteries in the heart, but the same clogging substance can narrow blood vessels elsewhere in the body. Peripheral vascular disease (PVD), also known as peripheral arterial disease (PAD), refers to diseases of the blood vessels outside the heart and brain that restrict or block blood flow to the legs, arms, stomach or kidneys.

The most common symptom of PAD is a pain that usually goes away when you stop exercising, explains Cathy Roberts, RN, director of St. Mary's Cardiac Services. "Working muscles need more blood flow than resting muscles," she says. The cramping pain some people experience while exercising could be their muscles warning them they aren't receiving enough blood.

Some risk factors for PAD are out of our control, like aging and family history, but Roberts says there is still plenty we can do to reduce our risk:

  • Stop smoking.
  • Lose weight.
  • Manage diabetes and blood sugar levels.
  • Exercise.
  • Manage your cholesterol levels.
  • Manage your blood pressure.