If you are one of the 8 million Americans with peripheral artery disease then you are also one of the millions at increased risk of having heart attack and stroke. Here is more about a partnership between the Avera Heart Hospital and clinics all over the state to help test for PAD.
X-Ray technician Chad Groen at Orthopaedic Consultants in Sioux Falls is screening for peripheral arterial disease in Becky Johnson. PAD represents blockages in the blood vessels primarily in the legs. BioMedix developed this machine called PADnet to check blood flow in the legs.
One of the symptoms people often describe when they unknowingly have PAD is pain in their legs when they walk. It's not the kind of pain that wakes you up in the night you';ll feel it when you are moving and it's often alleviated with rest. It's also usually a sign of coronary disease... So specialists say don't take your leg pain lightly get it checked.
Dr. Travis Venner at Orthopaedic Consultants specializes in diabetic patients who often have blood flow problems in their legs and feet. He says, "This machine helps us because we don't have to send them out. It's simple, non-invasive vascular exam that we can do here. It's pain free and involves 3 blood pressure cuffs around the leg. It's a quick answer to find out if you have horrible circulation problem."
The Avera Heart Hospital bought a bout a dozen of these PADnet machines for clinics to have on-site all over the region with the option for those clinics to buy or rent them at a discounted price. The results of each test are sent over the Internet to the Avera Heart Hospital to be read by a vascular specialist.
Vascular Specialist Dr. Michael Bacharach with North Central Heart says, "This is an important step by the Heart Hospital to help provide these devices for these rural clinics to try and improve the level of testing and objective evaluation that's available to our patients in rural areas."
The Avera Heart Hospital is helping put this high tech screening tool in rural places so patients have both the accessibility of it and the expertise of specialists in Sioux Falls. When you think about it,if you have leg pain, there really is no good reason not to get "cuffed".
The test sites are:
Orthopaedic Consultants and Alvine Foot & Ankle in Sioux Falls
Olson Medical Clinic in Vermillion, SD
Avera St. Benedict Health Center in Parkston, SD
St. Michael's Hospital in Tyndall, SD
Mitchell Clinic in Mitchell, SD
Bowdle Healthcare Center in Bowdle, SD
Faulkton Area Medical Center in Faulkton, SD
Pipestone County Medical Center in Pipestone, MN
Sioux Center Community Hospital in Sioux Center, IA
Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, IA
Wagner Community Memorial Hospital Avera in Wagner, SD
Adding on the following sites in January:
Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake, IA
St. Mary's Healthcare Center in Pierre, SD
Community Care Clinic in Gettysburg, SD
Coteau des Prairies Hospital in Sisseton, SD
Huron Clinic in Huron, SD
For the test sites that are hospitals, patients can see their regular physician at the clinics in these towns and the doctor can order the test at the hospital.