For Immediate Release
Contact: Teresa Luepke (312) 558-1770
Are You at Risk for Potentially Deadly Cardiovascular Diseases? A Free “Legs For Life” Screening Will Help You Find Out
free 877-357-2847. Legs For Life At-A-Glance Consumers can locate nearby screening sites and request free PVD and AAA brochures by visiting www.legsforlife.org or calling toll- 10 million Americans have PVD, putting them at increased risk of heart attack, stroke and life-threatening aneurysms. Tens of thousands of people are expected to be screened for PVD at free Legs For Life screenings in 300+ U.S. hospitals across the nation. Each year, one out of four people screened was found to be at risk. AAA, sometimes called a “silent killer” because there are no warning symptoms, accounts for approximately 15,000 deaths in the U.S. every year. FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 19 – More than 10 million Americans are having a “heart attack” in their legs – peripheral vascular disease (PVD) – and yet many of them don’t know it. A nationwide campaign called “Legs For Life®” strives to motivate Americans to prevent, detect and treat this and other potentially deadly cardiovascular diseases. PVD, a potentially fatal disease that is common in individuals over age 50, is caused by blocked blood flow to the arteries of the legs. PVD automatically puts people at increased risk of heart attack, stroke and life-threatening abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). Though symptoms are not always present, PVD can cause pain or swelling, difficulty walking, numbness and skin discoloration. Simple, non- invasive blood pressure tests let people know if they are at risk. “Early detection of PVD is essential. If the arteries in your legs are clogged, others arteries are likely clogged, too” says Peter T. Beatty, M.D., the National Chairman of the Legs For Life Program. “Diabetics, smokers and people with high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels are at increased risk.” Tens of thousands of Americans will be screened for PVD Sept. 22 – 28 as part of Legs For Life® National PVD Screening Week, a free, nationwide program to identify people at risk for PVD. Legs For Life is implemented by multidisciplinary teams of vascular specialists (interventional radiologists, cardiologists and vascular surgeons), all of whom donate their time to the screening effort. Screenings will be held in more than 300 U.S. hospitals, making Legs For Life the longest running and most successful screening program of its kind.
PVD - An Early Warning Sign of Other Disorders
Many individuals who are at risk for PVD are also at risk for heart attack, stroke and abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA or Triple A). Most Legs For Life screening sites also will provide information about AAA, and nearly half are planning to screen for this deadly disease in addition to PVD.