Trident offers PAD screenings in September

      NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Trident Health is offering free Peripheral Arterial Disease screenings in September.

      The screenings will take place between 8 a.m. and noon on Saturday, Sept. 7 at Trident Medical Center's Ambulatory Care Center in North Charleston.{}

      PAD affect 8 million Americans and is the most common peripheral vascular disease, the hospital reports. Untreated, the disease can lead to complications in the toes, feet and legs.

      Trident officials say people who are over age 55, are smokers, have a family history of diabetes, strokes or PAD are at risk.

      "A simple screening exam, called an ABI (ankle-brachial index), can accurately detect PAD in most cases," said Allison Walters, AVP Cardiovascular Services at Trident Health. "This test takes only a few minutes and is completely painless - we call it "noninvasive testing" because it requires no injections or other invasive procedures."

      To register for the free screening, call 843-797-3463.