September 21, 2009
Hospital hosts ‘Beautiful, Healthy Legs for Life’ free program
Glendale Heights – Leg pain that goes away with rest and unsightly varicose veins may seem like minor nuisances, but when these conditions go ignored, they may become major health concerns.
From 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, interventional radiologist Dr. Athanasios Vlahos will present “Beautiful, Healthy Legs for Life,” a free discussion of the symptoms and treatment of peripheral vascular disease (PVD) and varicose veins.
In addition, Vlahos will screen people’s legs for PVD by conducting an ankle-brachial index test to gauge their blood flow in the lower extremities.
“Peripheral vascular disease is a lot more common than we had once thought, especially in adults over age 60,” Vlahos said. “PVD is part of the same disease process as coronary artery disease, except this is caused by hardening of the arteries in the legs. Symptoms can range from leg pain while walking to ulcers. About 500,000 cases a year can cause serious ulcers.”
Varicose veins often are genetic and can strike individuals in their early 20s and later. They are caused by inadequate valves that fail to provide proper blood circulation, allowing blood to pool in the veins. The condition manifests itself from spider veins to bulging veins that can cause leg swelling and ulcers.
Vlahos invites anyone who may suspect a leg problem or have a friend or relative with either of these conditions to attend.
“We’re hoping to catch people in the early phases of the disease so we can treat them and perhaps have a better outcome,” Vlahos said. “Even if people aren’t at risk for leg problems, they might still be curious.”
For more information or to reserve a seat, call (630) 856-7525.