SOMC To Offer Peripheral Artery Disease Screening

Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Heart and Vascular Services will offer a peripheral artery disease screening from 6 to 9 p.m. September 27 and 29 in the SOMC Heart and Vascular Associates office located at 1711 27th Street, Braunlin Building, Suite 206 in Portsmouth.

The screening is open to the community and free of charge. Those with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or heart disease are encouraged to attend. If additional follow-up testing or further evaluation is needed, as a result of the screening, it will be billed accordingly.

“Each patient appointment should last approximately 15 minutes for the procedure,” Ashley Salyers, community and diabetes education coordinator at SOMC, said. “Pressure cuffs are placed around the patient’s upper arms and ankles and a small ultrasound device is used to measure the systolic pressures in their limbs.”

The test determines the blockage of the arteries and determines if there is artery damage. Those who smoke or have a family history of heart problems are invited. Space is limited and appointments are required. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 740-356-2720.