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For Immediate Release:
January 18, 2012


Southcoast announces free vascular screenings in February


FALL RIVER, Mass. — Southcoast Hospitals Group announces free vascular screenings during the month of February. Regular vascular screenings can detect peripheral artery disease, or PAD, a potentially serious circulatory problem. The non-invasive screenings are performed by a trained nurse and take approximately 20 minutes. Patients should arrive 15 minutes prior to screening time.

The free vascular screenings are open to both men and women. Appointments are required and can be requested by calling the numbers listed below. Space is limited and appointments will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. No walk-ins will be accepted on screening days.

The screening details are as follows:

  • Greater New Bedford Community Health Center, 874 Purchase Street in New Bedford, on Wednesday, February 1. Appointments will be scheduled between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Please call 800-276-0103 to schedule an appointment.

  • Acushnet Council on Aging, 59 1/2 South Main Street in Acushnet, on Monday, February 6. Appointments will be scheduled between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Please call 508-998-0280 to schedule an appointment.

  • Brooklawn Senior Center, Brooklawn Park, 1997 Acushnet Avenue in New Bedford, on Tuesday, February 7. Appointments will be scheduled between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Please call 508-961-3100 to schedule an appointment.

  • Southcoast Center for Women's Health, 300B Faunce Corner Road in Dartmouth, on Wednesday, February 8. Appointments will be scheduled between 9 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Please call 800-276-0103 to schedule an appointment.

  • Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care, 206 Mill Road in Fairhaven, on Thursday, February 9. Appointments will be scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Please call 800-276-0103 to schedule an appointment.

  • Southcoast Health System at Rosebrook, 100 Rosebrook Way in Wareham, on Monday, February 13. Appointments will be scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Please call 800-276-0103 to schedule an appointment.

  • Southcoast Center for Women's Health, 300B Faunce Corner Road in Dartmouth, on Wednesday, February 22. Appointments will be scheduled between 9 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Please call 800-276-0103 to schedule an appointment.

  • Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care, 206 Mill Road, Fairhaven, on Thursday, February 23. Appointments will be scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Please call 800-276-0103 to schedule an appointment.

  • Southcoast Health System at Rosebrook, 100 Rosebrook Way in Wareham, on Monday, February 27. Appointments will be scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Please call 800-276-0103 to schedule an appointment.

  • Mattapoisett Council on Aging, 17 Barstow Street in Mattapoisett, on Tuesday, February 28. Appointments will be scheduled between 8 a.m. and noon. Please call 508-758-4110 to schedule an appointment.

Southcoast offers a full range of endovascular services to both diagnose and treat vascular disease. The hospitals offer the very latest technology — including minimally invasive procedures — along with the expertise of highly trained surgeons, interventional radiologists and staff nurses and technologists. St. Luke's and Charlton hospitals also have new state-of-the-art endovascular suites.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD)

According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, one in every 20 Americans over the age of 50 has PAD. It develops when arteries in your legs become clogged with plaque — fatty deposits that limit blood flow to your legs. Just like clogged arteries in the heart, clogged arteries in the legs mean you are at risk for having a heart attack or stroke.

Timely detection and treatment of PAD can improve the quality of your life; help you keep your independence and mobility; and reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, leg amputation, and even death. PAD is detected with regular vascular screenings.

In Southeastern Massachusetts the risks of developing PAD are higher due to the aging population and high incidence of people with diabetes, obesity and who smoke.

For more information on Southcoast's endovascular services call 800-276-0103 or www.southcoast.org/endovascular/.


Stephanie Poyant
Public Information Officer
Phone: 508-961-5280
Pager: 508-387-2532
Fax: 508-961-5876
poyants@southcoast.org



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Southcoast Health System is a community based health delivery system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and East Bay, Rhode Island.

It includes the three hospitals that make up Southcoast Hospitals Group — Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

Southcoast provides advanced clinical services, such as open heart surgery, angioplasty and heart rhythm services, comprehensive cancer care, neurosurgery, weight loss surgery, orthopedic surgery, advanced imaging services and is the only provider of maternity services in the region.

Southcoast is a not-for-profit charitable organization that depends on the support of the community to provide services. More information is available online at www.southcoast.org. Connect to Southcoast through social media at www.southcoast.org/connect/.





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