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October 25, 2007

CONTACT: Nan Myers
(215) 349-5964
nan.myers@uphs.upenn.edu


Media Advisory:
Penn Physicians Offer Free Vascular Screening

WHAT:

As they age, people don’t necessarily realize that the leg fatigue or pain that they experience when they walk may be a sign of coronary artery disease.

Join residents of the greater Philadelphia community as they participate in a screening for vascular diseases like peripheral artery disease (P.A.D.), stroke and abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA). The screenings will provide great interviews with people who are being screened as well as visuals of the screenings.

WHERE & WHEN:

University of Pennsylvania
Houston Hall - Bodek Lounge
3417 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Wednesday, October 31, 2007
9:30 am – 4 pm

P.A.D. is often described as poor circulation in the legs. It is a serious condition that is often ignored but can more than double one’s risk of heart attack or stroke.

AAA occurs when a weak area of the abdominal aorta--the largest artery in the body which carries blood away from the heart--expands or bulges then bursts. A ruptured aneurysm can cause severe internal bleeding,

People who are most at-risk include: those older than age 50, smoke or have smoked and have diabetes. Appointments are necessary as space is limited. Participants, who have registered in advance, will also be screened for stroke risk.

To schedule an appointment, please call 215-615-4135.

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PENN Medicine is a $3.5 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Penn's School of Medicine is currently ranked #3 in the nation in U.S.News & World Report's survey of top research-oriented medical schools; and, according to most recent data from the National Institutes of Health, received over $379 million in NIH research funds in the 2006 fiscal year. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three hospitals — its flagship hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, rated one of the nation’s “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S.News & World Report; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center — a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty satellite facilities; and home care and hospice.


This release is available online at
http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/news/News_Releases/oct07/free-screenings.html