Longview Regional Medical Center will offer free screenings for peripheral artery disease from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in the Longview Mall, 3500 McCann Road.
Peripheral artery disease is a common disease caused by a buildup of fatty deposits in the blood vessels of the legs. The pain is often described as cramping or aching in the calf, thigh or buttocks that comes on with walking and is relieved by rest. The discomfort is caused by decreased blood supply to the leg muscles during physical activity.
The following are risk factors for peripheral artery disease: diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking or a past history of smoking, and being age 65 or older.