Franciscan Health Community Education and area healthcare providers are teaming together to provide a free Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) screening from 8 a.m. to noon. on Friday, Nov. 9.
The screenings will take place at the Franciscan Education Center located at 1501 Hartford Street, Lafayette. Guests should use the entrance on the lower ramp to the Education Center off of 16th Street. Parking is available in the garage on Tippecanoe Street. Handicap parking is available on the lower ramp and behind the main entrance.
PAD is a clogging of arteries in the leg that can be life-threatening if left untreated. An estimated 12 million Americans have PAD, increasing their risk of death from heart attack and stroke by two to six times. PAD can decrease blood flow to the legs and feet, resulting in muscle fatigue and pain when walking and can lead to amputation, disability and diminished quality of life.
PAD develops slowly over many years and the chance of having PAD increases as you get older; people over age 50 are at highest risk for PAD, but the risk is increased among people who: smoke or previously smoked; have diabetes; have high blood pressure; have abnormal blood cholesterol levels; are of African American ethnicity; and have had heart disease, a heart attack or a stroke.
The method to screen for PAD involves an ankle-brachial index (ABI). This is a common test used to screen for PAD. It compares the blood pressure in your ankle with the blood pressure in your arm using a regular blood pressure cuff and a special ultrasound device to evaluate blood pressure and flow.
Other screenings offered include blood pressure, oxygen saturation and cholesterol.
This screening is free, but registration is limited and required. To register, please call at (765) 449-5133.