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Paris Regional Medical Center will host a free dinner and seminar on Peripheral Vascular Disease on Tuesday, Sept. 24. This casual event features Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Khalid Shafiq and will run from 5:30-7 p.m. in Lewis Hall of Paris Regional Medical Center, 865 DeShong Dr.
Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD), sometimes known as Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), affects approximately 10 million people in the United States. Through this seminar, PRMC Marketing Director Carolyn Hicks hopes to educate the public about the severity of this disease.
“We are continually trying to educate the consumer on the preventative measures to take to improve their health,” Hicks said. “The signs and symptoms of diseases and options to diagnose and treat the disorders such as PVD and PAD.”
PVD is a disease located in the blood vessels outside the heart and brain. Blood supply to the internal organs, arms and legs becomes blocked. The incidence of disability is higher among smokers, diabetics and people 50 years of age and older. Risk factors include elevated blood cholesterol, obesity, smoking and diabetes; a combination of diabetes and smoking increases the severity significantly.
Approximately only half of people who live with the disease exhibit symptoms. Of those, half fail to seek medical attention. Because PVD prevents the muscles from receiving blood during exercise, symptoms commonly manifest as pain in the legs, calves, thighs or hips when walking or climbing stairs.
Those with PVD will find medical treatment most effective in preventing a worsening condition and complications. Treatments come in different forms, including lifestyle alterations, medication and surgery.
To RSVP for the event, call 903.737.3672 and leave a name, phone number and the name of the event (PVD seminar).
By Courtney McNeal, eParisExtra