Trident Medical Center & Free Screening for Peripheral Artery Disease

James Benner, MD, cardiovascular & thoracic surgeon

Trident Medical Center To Hold Free Screening For Peripheral Artery Disease (Pad)

Screening Reveals Risk for Stroke

Charleston, SC (September 5, 2017) - Nearly one in five adults age 65 and older has Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), a narrowing of the peripheral arteries to the legs, stomach, arms and head. Many are unaware they have the disease and its risk for stroke. To help individuals learn their risk for PAD and stroke Trident Medical Center is hosting a free PAD screening on Saturday, September 16 from 8:00 a.m. - noon at the hospital’s Ambulatory Care Center. The screening includes an ankle brachial index (ABI), which detects vascular disease.

Cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon Charles Roberts, MD, Palmetto Cardiovascular and Thoracic Associates, said, “The PAD screening is a very good first step for those who want to know their risk for stroke. The screening results will help them have a meaningful conversation with their doctor, especially in regards to steps they can take to reduce their risk.”

PAD is similar to coronary artery disease (CAD). Both PAD and CAD are caused by atherosclerosis that narrows and blocks arteries in various critical regions of the body. The most common symptoms of PAD involving the lower extremities are cramping, pain or tiredness in the leg or hip muscles while walking or climbing stairs.

“If your legs hurt after walking only 100 feet it may be an indication the blood flow to your legs is restricted. This could indicate you have Peripheral Artery Disease,” explained cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon James Benner, MD, Palmetto Cardiovascular and Thoracic Associates.

Risk factors for PAD include:
• Age greater than 55
• Family history of diabetes
• Pain in the legs when walking
• Family history of heart disease, peripheral artery disease or stroke
• History of smoking or currently a smoker

Screening are available by appointment only. Register by calling Trident’s Consult-A-Nurse at (843) 797-3463 or online at