Release Date: 10/04/2018Kent Hospital will host a free screening for Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kent Hospital’s Ambulatory Services Pavilion in Warwick, RI.
PAD is a common circulatory problem that develops when plaque builds up within the arteries and reduces blood flow to the arms and legs. The disease affects one in every 20 Americans over the age of 50, and symptoms can include: pain when walking; cramping in hips, thighs, or calf muscles; sores on your toes or feet that will not heal; or leg numbness.
Those at risk for developing PAD typically smoke or have smoked cigarettes; have diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol; are obese or engage in limited physical activity; and/or have a family history of cardiovascular disease or stroke.
“Peripheral Arterial Disease is often considered a warning sign as other arteries, including those in the heart and brain, may also be blocked. This increases the risk of a heart attack or stroke,” explains Guy Lancellotti, MD, vascular surgeon, Kent Hospital’s chief of surgery, and a member of Care New England Medical Group. “An accurate diagnosis is the first step in reducing that risk.”
Also participating in the screenings is Garima Dosi, MD, a vascular surgeon with Care New England Medical Group, who is affiliated with Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Drs. Dosi and Lancellotti see patients in the Ambulatory Services Pavilion at Kent Hospital.
Treatment of PAD is different for each individual and may include lifestyle modifications like smoking cessation, diet, or exercise; medication management; and in some cases surgery.
During the event attendees will:
• Be screened for PAD by a Kent Hospital vascular technologist.
• Have a one-on-one conversation with Dr. Lancellotti or Dr. Dosi about their symptoms and screening results.
• Receive guidance on next steps.
PAD screening is done through calculating the ankle-brachial index (ABI). ABI is a non-invasive, painless test that compares the blood pressure in the ankle with the blood pressure in the arm and provides insight on how well blood is flowing to the limbs and if artery blockages are present.
To conduct an ABI, a qualified technologist from Kent Hospital’s vascular program will place blood pressure cuffs around an attendee’s arm and ankle and then listen with a Doppler for the sound of the artery, noting blood pressure, and determine the ankle to brachial index. This will be done in a private area.
After screening attendees will have the opportunity to meet with Drs. Lancellotti or Dosi to discuss what their ABI results mean, and if needed, schedule a follow-up appointment.“For my patients who have been diagnosed and then treated for PAD, the number one symptom that is improved is walking distance,” said Dr. Dosi. “Before knowing they had PAD, errands like going to the grocery store or walking around the mall couldn’t be done without pausing to sit and rest. Now they’re doing their daily activities without stopping.”
Registration is not required. Parking is free and attendees are encouraged to park near Kent Hospital’s main entrance for convenient access to the Ambulatory Services Pavilion.
About Kent Hospital
Kent Hospital, a Care New England Hospital, is a 359-bed, acute care hospital. It is Rhode Island’s second largest hospital, serving approximately 300,000 residents of central Rhode Island.
A teaching affiliate of The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kent offers programs in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and an Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship. Kent’s redesigned Emergency Department (ED) sees approximately 70,000 patients a year and ranks Kent’s ED volume among the top 10-percent nationally. It was the first hospital in the state to eliminate the practice of ambulance diversion.