September 15th, 2009

Great River Medical Center will offer a free peripheral arterial disease screening from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, in the Grayhound Room, lower level, Eastman Plaza, 1223 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington, next to the medical center.

PAD is a form of atherosclerosis, the hardening and narrowing of arteries caused by gradual buildup of fatty deposits and other substances. The most common form affects the legs. Many people with the disease have no symptoms or mistake their symptoms for something else. Symptoms of severe PAD include:

A marked decrease in the temperature of your lower leg or foot particularly compared to the other leg or to the rest of your body

  • Foot or toe wounds that won't heal or heal very slowly
  • Gangrene
  • Leg pain that doesn't go away when you stop exercising

Risk factors for PAD are:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Smoking

Participants must remove their shoes and socks for the screening, which takes about 15 minutes.  Appointments are required. Please call Great River Medical Center Corporate Education, (319) 768-4070.