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Older Americans Need to Be Careful about Possible Plaque Buildup in the Legs


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AS BABY-BOOMERS REACH THEIR 60'S, IT BECOMES MORE AND MORE IMPORTANT NOT TO IGNORE ACHES AND PAINS THAT DEVELOP IN THE LEGS--AS THEY COULD BE SIGNS OF SOMETHING MORE SERIOUS THAN OLD-AGE.  "PERIPHERAL ARTERIAL DISEASE"--OR "P-A-D"--DEVELOPS WHEN ARTERIES IN THE LEGS BECOME CLOGGED WITH PLAQUE.  LIKE CLOGGED ARTERIES IN THE HEART, CLOGGED ARTERIES IN THE LEGS MEAN THAT YOU ARE AT FUTURE RISK FOR A HEART-ATTACK OR STROKE.  ACCORDING TO INTERVENTIONAL-RADIOLOGIST, DOCTOR KEITH STERLING, EARLY DETECTION IS ESSENTIAL...

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"EARLY DETECTION AND MANAGEMENT OF 'PERIPHERAL ARTERIAL DISEASE'--OR 'P-A-D'--CAN PREVENT THE PROGRESSION OF THE DISEASE--WHICH CAN OFTEN LEAD TO PAINFUL WALKING, GANGRENE, AMPUTATION, HEART-ATTACK, OR STROKE.
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DURING "NATIONAL 'P-A-D' AWARENESS MONTH", IN SEPTEMBER, PEOPLE OVER 50 WHO ALSO ARE SMOKERS, HAVE DIABETES, OR ARE OVERWEIGHT ARE ENCOURAGED TO LEARN THEIR "A-B-I" NUMBER--IN ORDER TO SAVE THEIR LEGS, AND THEIR LIFE.  THROUGHOUT THE MONTH, INTERVENTIONAL-RADIOLOGISTS ARE OFFERING DIAGNOSTIC "A-B-I" TESTS, NATIONWIDE--THROUGH THEIR "LEGS FOR LIFE" PROGRAM.  DURING AN "A-B-I" TEST, THE BLOOD-PRESSURE IN YOUR ARM IS COMPARED TO THE PRESSURE IN YOUR LEG--IN ORDER TO DETERMINE IF YOU HAVE "P-A-D".  TO LEARN MORE, VISIT "LEGS-FOR-LIFE"-DOT-ORG.



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