Peripheral Vascular Disease Screening in 5 Minutes or Less
It’s no fun to think about an insidious disease that could dramatically diminish your quality of life. Peripheral vascular disease, sometimes referred to as peripheral artery disease, is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your limbs. PAD is also likely to point to a more widespread accumulation of fatty deposits in your arteries (atherosclerosis). PVD can also reduce blood flow to your heart, brain and legs. Clearly, the complications of PVD can be dramatic and life-altering. A new screening questionnaire can expose your risk in less than 5 minutes. A clinician can also administer a simple Ankle-Brachial Index screening by taking the blood pressures of all four extremities to learn one’s risk number. The questionnaire number plus the ABI number tell your story.
Am I at Risk?
Common risk factors include:
- Age 50-plus
- Overweight (Obesity)
- High cholesterol
- History of cerebrovascular disease or stroke
- Heart disease
- Family history of high cholesterol or blood pressure
- High blood pressure
- Kidney disease
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Poor diet
- Drug and alcohol abuse
Hope in Early Diagnosis and Intervention
The good news is that confronting your risks lets you take a proactive path toward making changes in diet, exercise and medications. Avoid the worst-case risks of heart attacks and amputations.
Schedule a Free Screening
Centric Health of Bakersfield has taken a proactive posture by providing free screenings for PVD at 2901 Sillect Ave., Unit 201 on Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. Schedule a screening online by going to PVDProgramcom or calling 661.371.2798. It’s that easy to take the next step in learning how to alter your lifestyle.