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Published on September 07, 2010

Free PVD screenings offered September 18 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Brenda Moore (831) 625-4544

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MONTEREY, Calif. — As part of the Legs for Life® national screening program, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula will provide free tests for peripheral vascular disease (PVD) on Saturday, September 18.

PVD is a common circulatory condition caused by blockage in the arteries in the legs that, if left untreated, is potentially fatal. It is often dismissed as a sign of aging or arthritis.

The free screenings are available to people who have not been previously screened or diagnosed with PVD. They must be age 50 or older and have leg pain, aching, or cramping that comes on with walking or exercise; a history of heart disease; or diabetes. The screenings are from 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on September 18. Appointments are required and space is limited. To request an appointment, please call 649-7232

Early diagnosis of PVD is key because less severe cases can often be treated with lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise. Early treatment may prevent heart attack and stroke. Although men are somewhat more likely than women to have PVD, the disease affects everyone. About 8 million people in the United States have PVD.

Legs for Life® is a national screening program founded in 1998 to improve people’s cardiovascular health.

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Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, founded in 1934 and located at 23625 Holman Highway in Monterey, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 205 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at www.chomp.org.