October 11, 2007

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


Penn Physicians Offer Free Vascular Screening
Learn if You are at Risk

PHILADELPHIA – Are you considered middle age—and do your legs hurt when you walk? If so, it may be time to get screened for a vascular condition.

Come to the University of Pennsylvania where a team of specialists from the University of Pennsylvania Health System, who treat vascular diseases such as peripheral artery disease (P.A.D.), stroke and abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), will offer free screenings for these conditions on Wednesday, October 31.

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.

Wednesday, October 31
Houston Hall—Bodek Lounger
3714 Spruce Street (University of Pennsylvania campus)
9:30 am to 4 pm

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/vascular-screening.html