To bring more awareness to cardiovascular diseases, Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center is sponsoring a combination PAD, AAA, and stroke screening on Wednesday, May 29 and Thursday, May 30 at Memorial Cardiovascular Services located at 440 Scott Rolen Drive in Jasper. These screenings allow individuals with certain risk factors the opportunity to assess their health status.
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is the narrowing or blockage of the vessels that carry blood to your organs and limbs. Nearly 20 percent of those affected by PAD will experience a heart attack, stroke or hospitalization. Symptoms of PAD include painful cramping in the hip, thigh or calf muscles during activity. Risk factors include being over the age of 50 and having high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol, or being a smoker. During the screening, participants have their blood pressure readings taken in the arms and ankles.