Columbia St. Mary’s Germantown Clinic will conduct a free screening for peripheral vascular disease (PVD) on Thursday, March 4, from 9 a.m. to noon. The screenings will be done at the Germantown Clinic, N112 W15415 Mequon Road, in Germantown.
The screenings are geared to people age 50 and older who have leg pain when they are active, have not been screened for PVD in the past year, and are not currently under the care of a physician for vascular disease. The screening will include a questionnaire, and an ankle-brachial index measurement (a painless test that looks at blood flow in the legs), and a brief consultation with a vascular surgeon.
The screenings are limited to 25 people, and appointments are required. Interested participants may call 414-963-WELL (9355) to schedule an appointment.
PVD is an indication of systemic atherosclerosis or “hardening of the arteries. PVD has a high association with heart disease. An ankle-brachial index measurement is often the first test to detect PVD. PVD affects one in 20 people over the age of 50, and the risk increases with age. It’s estimated that more than 5 million people have symptomatic PVD, but half of them are undiagnosed. About two-thirds of people with PVD do not have any symptoms.