Free PVD screenings can save your life
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Brenda Moore (831) 625-4544
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MONTEREY, Calif. — Free screenings to detect potentially fatal peripheral vascular disease (PVD) will be offered by Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula on Saturday, September 8.
The tests are part of the national Legs for Life® screening program to detect PVD, a common circulatory condition caused by blockage in the arteries in the legs that 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. Saturday, September 8 at Community Hospital. 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.
ABOUT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 207 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, Peninsula Wellness Center, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at http://www.chomp.org/