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Health & Nurturing
2016 April/May
Pg 9 - The Sunshine Express
genders. Detecting heart disease risks early is important in order to live
an active and healthy life for as long as possible. Yet the general public
remains largely unaware of PAD as indicator of heart blockages.
A recent study by University of California researchers, published in the
journal Circulation Research, found a strong link between PAD and coro-
nary artery disease and stroke. PAD occurs when fatty deposits build up in
the small arteries outside the heart, and it usually affects the arteries that
supply blood to legs and feet, according to the American Heart Association
(AHA). The condition can not only cause tissue damage in the affected
area, it could be a sign of chronic blockages throughout the arteries in a
person¡¯s body. About 8 million Americans have PAD, according to the Cen-
ters for Disease Control and Prevention.
Shockingly, the CDC says that 40 percent of people who have PAD may
have no symptoms at all, and so be unaware they have the condition. This
is why it is important to get screened. You may not have any idea that
you are at risk. Having a screening may give you a hint at what lie in your
future - in time to do something about it.
People who do have symptoms may feel muscle pain in the calves, hips
and thighs while doing any kind of exercise that involves leg muscles -
such as walking or climbing stairs, or experience cold legs, wounds that
heal poorly or slowly, and burning, tingling or numbness in the legs.
Common PAD risk factors include:
* Smoking - The AHA says people who smoke may have four times the
risk of developing PAD.
* Being overweight or obese * Diabetes * A sedentary lifestyle
* High cholesterol * High blood pressure * Family history
* Age - Approximately 12-20 percent of people older than 60 have PAD,
according to the CDC.
Because you can have PAD and experience no symptoms, many people
Get Screened
may be unaware they have it - and that
they¡¯re at greater risk for developing
heart disease. While health insurance
may cover a PAD test for people who
show symptoms of the disease, health
experts recommend anyone with certain
risk factors should be screened.
You don¡¯t need a doctor¡¯s prescription
or a trip to the doctor¡¯s office to have
the test done; Life Line Screening per-
forms affordable PAD testing in com-
munity settings throughout the country.
To find out when a screening clinic may
be scheduled in your area visit: www. or call
The heart
screening you
should do now
(BPT) Did you know
a simple test of your
legs may be able to
tell you if you have a
higher risk for heart
The test is quick,
painless and non-
invasive. A health
professional fits
pressure cuffs
around your ankles
and upper arms,
and uses a small
ultrasound device to
measure the sys-
tolic blood pressure
in your limbs. It is
simple and painless.
The disease is called
Peripheral Arterial
Disease or PAD.
Why is this impor-
Heart disease is
the leading killer of
Americans of all age
groups, races and
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