The following is a press release from Forrest General Hospital.
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Pine Belt residents have an opportunity to receive a free screening for Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) on September 8 and 9 at Forrest General Hospital.
Early detection is the key! If you are over age 60 or over age 50 with risk factors such as smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, you can qualify for this screening. Dare to C.A.R.E. is a comprehensive cardiovascular disease early detection and education program that is offered to qualifying men and women in the Pine Belt.
The screening includes a non-invasive ultrasound of the carotid arteries in the neck, the aorta in the abdomen and an evaluation of leg circulation. The first day in the two-day event includes a talk by a local physician presented at 6 p.m. in Forrest General’s Elm and Hickory rooms located inside Forrester’s Cafeteria. Following the talk, those participants who qualify will schedule an appointment that evening for their screenings to be performed beginning at 1 p.m. the next day.
Space is limited, so register now for the event by calling FGH OnCall at 1-800-844-4445.
About Cardiovascular Disease:
Cardiovascular disease is a systemic disease that affects the heart and arteries in the body. It is called coronary artery disease (CAD) when the heart is involved and peripheral arterial disease (PAD) when it involves the other arteries in the body such as the arms, legs, kidneys, intestines and the brain. Risk factors for vascular disease include a family history of vascular disease, age, gender, race, and several risk factors that can be controlled, including high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol, obesity, lack of exercise and diabetes.
For more information about Forrest General and its Heart and Vascular Services, call FGH OnCall at 1-800-844-4445 or visit forrestgeneral.com.