Peripheral Vascular Disease

By: Jessica Aspiras
By: Jessica Aspiras

According to the American Heart Association, peripheral vascular disease affects 12 million Americans, but 60 percent don't realize they have it. PVD is a combination of heart disease, stroke, and peripheral arterial disease. It affects the blood vessels in the body, primarily your arteries, but there are usually no symptoms.

The Great Lakes Vascular Institute at Ingham Regional Medical Center is starting a new screening program. The tests include an ultra-sound of your carotid arteries and abdominal aorta, as well as a blood pressure check of your legs. The entire process takes less than 20 minutes.

The first screening is Friday, June 16 at the Great Lakes Vascular Institute at IRMC from 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. There will be screenings held throughout the year on the third Friday of every month. There is a small nominal fee. For more information or to set up an appointment, call (517) 367-5159.


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