Legs for Life
MeritCare will be providing screenings, free of charge, for peripheral arterial disease and abdominal aortic aneurysms. The event will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at MeritCare Southpointe, 2400 32nd Ave. S., Fargo.
Appointments are required and can be made starting Wednesday, Sept. 3, by calling MeritCare, toll free, at (888) 898-9229. There are only 150 appointments available.
More about peripheral arterial disease
This common and potentially fatal disease is caused by blocked blood flow in the arteries of the legs and is an early warning sign for stroke and heart attack. The disease affects about 10 million people in the U.S., although many people don't know they have it. Those at highest risk are men and women over the age of 50 who have a family history of heart or vascular disease, smokers, have diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, or are overweight.
More about abdominal aortic aneurysm
This life-threatening condition occurs when the main artery of the body, the aorta, enlarges and acts as a ticking time bomb. If it grows large enough, there is danger it will burst - which is fatal in more than 80 percent of cases. Those at risk are men over the age of 60, smokers, or have a history of hardening of the arteries.
More about Legs for Life
This month, Legs for Life, a free nationwide screening program, will help assist identifying and educating nearly 11 million Americans at risk for these potentially disabling diseases. For more information visit legsforlife.org, or visit meritcare.com, keyword: legs for life.