WVU Medicine, HVI host free peripheral artery disease screening

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center and the WVU Heart & Vascular Institute in Martinsburg will be hosting a free peripheral artery disease (PAD) screening event in September.

PAD screenings will be available on Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. on the first floor of the Dorothy McCormack Center on the Berkeley Medical Center campus. The screening process, which involves taking blood pressure in the legs and ankles, is painless and takes about 10 minutes.

WVU Medicine physicians performing the free screenings include Omar Nadra, M.D., vascular surgeon; Vivek Padha, M.D., interventional radiologist; and Ajay Virmani, M.D., interventional cardiologist.

PAD is a common condition caused by the buildup of plaque in the arteries which reduces blood flow. It most commonly occurs in the legs and affects nearly 10 million people age 40 and over in the United States.

Symptoms include leg or foot pain when walking, heaviness or cramping in leg muscles, sores or wounds on legs or feet, and numbness or tingling in the legs or feet. Risk factors include smoking, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, diabetes, and a family history of PAD.

PAD can threaten vital organs, risk loss of limb and affect productivity, lifestyle, and quality of life. It is also associated with a much higher risk of heart disease. Anyone with risk factors is encouraged to get screened.

For more information or to register for the free PAD screening, call 304-596-2109. Registration is required and the deadline to register is Sept. 14.

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