Save Your Legs – and Your Life! | Carson Tahoe Health

More than 10 million Americans have a heart attack in their legs. Are you one of them?

Do you often need to sit down and put your legs up because it hurts to walk?
Have you complained about how long it took a sore on your leg to heal?
Have you complained about how long it took a sore on your leg to heal?

You may have Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD). Many people suffer from PVD and don’t even know it. Assuming the leg pain is part of normal aging, they don’t report these symptoms to their doctor until the disease reaches a critical stage. Be aware of the warning signs and do something about it before it’s too late. Click here for more information about PVD.

Diagnosing PVD allows physicians to intervene before serious complications develop. Just ask Kim Circo. PVD, caused by blocked blood flow in the leg arteries, increases the risk of heart attack, stroke or life threatening abdominal aortic aneurysm.

A nationwide campaign, called Legs for Life, was started in conjunction with National Peripheral Arterial Disease Awareness Month each September. Legs for Life is a national screening program dedicated to improving the cardiovascular health of the community. “The goal of Legs for Life is education, identification and treatment of peripheral vascular disease.  All of these things can help stop the progression of a life threatening problem,” Mina Fiddyment, Health Navigator.

For more information about local screenings, call (775) 445-5168.

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