(SAVANNAH, GA) In recognition of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month, for the second year in a row, the Savannah Surgery Center offered free screenings for those who may be at risk for the disease. The screenings took place at the Savannah Surgery Center, located at 5105 Paulsen St. Suite C-140.
The symptoms of PAD include leg pain, burning or aching in the calves or a wound in the foot or leg that won’t heal. This condition affects 8-12 million Americans and can cause leg tiredness, cramping and pain when walking. PAD also raises the risk of heart attack, stroke, leg amputation and death.
People who smoke or have diabetes have the greatest risk of developing PAD due to reduced blood flow. Other risk factors include obesity; high blood pressure (140/90 millimeters of mercury or higher); high cholesterol (total blood cholesterol over 240 milligrams per deciliter, or 6.2 millimoles per liter); increasing age, especially after reaching 50 years of age; a family history of peripheral artery disease, heart disease or stroke; and high levels of homocysteine.
Dr. Lee Yates, founder of Savannah Surgery Center commented that, “Peripheral arterial disease or PAD is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to the limbs. When someone develops the disease, the extremities, usually the legs, don’t receive enough blood flow to keep up with demand. The PAD screening is a quick, easy and non-invasive procedure called the ankle-brachial index (ABI) test.” The ABI test measures blood pressure at the ankle and in the arm while a person is at rest.
Although PAD is serious, it’s treatable. Common management methods include medications that lower cholesterol or prevent blood clots; diabetes management; lifestyle change, such as quitting smoking; exercise programs and regular follow-up care. Surgery also may be necessary to minimize the risk for heart attack or stroke.
To find out more information on Savannah Surgery Center and PAD, contact Lynn Anderson at 912.354.8331 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MORE INFORMATION ON THE SAVANNAH SURGERY CENTER
A member of the Georgia Vascular Society and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Lee Yates founded Savannah Surgery Center. The practice specializes in Vascular Surgery and is affiliated with St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital where Dr. Yates is the Medical Director of Vascular Surgery. Dr. Yates and his partner, Dr. Chris Busken have office hours Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 5102 Paulsen St Bldg 2, Savannah, GA. For more information, please call the center at 354-8331.