VOLUSIA & FLAGLER COUNTIES, Fla., October 23, 2013 – During September, the Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties offered free screenings to help determine an individual’s risk of Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD).
Collectively, the hospitals screened nearly 150 individuals and nearly 30 percent had borderline or abnormal results, meaning these patients potentially had PVD.
In the United States, more than eight million Americans suffer from PVD which is the hardening of the arteries – also known as "atherosclerosis" – in the limbs, often the legs. One in 20 Americans over the age of 50 has PVD, and many of those with PVD do not experience symptoms. PVD can reduce mobility and increase the risk for heart attack and stroke, and if left untreated, PVD can be fatal.
PVD is a serious disease that is on the rise among midlife and older Americans and is caused by the same risk factors that lead to heart disease. It is a common and treatable disease. However, PVD is still largely unknown, often unrecognized, and falsely regarded by many as an inevitable consequence of aging. People who are at risk for PVD include anyone over the age of 50, especially African Americans; those who smoke or have smoked; and those who have diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, or a personal or family history of vascular disease, heart attack, or stroke.
About Florida Hospital Volusia/Flagler
Florida Hospital Volusia/Flagler is a member of the Adventist Health System, the nation’s largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider with a mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ. Founded in 1973, Adventist Health System has grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation, with 44 hospitals within ten states, 79,000 employees, 7,700 licensed beds, and 4.5 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.
With five hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties, Florida Hospital is the largest hospital system in the area, with 788 beds, 4,900 employees, and 650,000 patients every year. In 2012, Florida Hospital Volusia/Flagler collectively contributed more than $110 million in benefits to the underprivileged, the community’s overall health and wellness and spiritual needs, and capital improvements.
Throughout September, Florida Hospital Volusia/Flagler offered free vascular disease screenings. Here, Florida Hospital DeLand respiratory therapists Tom Menzel and Ashley Taylor perform the vascular screening on Deltona resident Jess Helwig.