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For Immediate Release:
April 27, 2012


Southcoast announces free vascular screenings in May


FALL RIVER, Mass. — Southcoast Hospitals Group announces free vascular screenings during the month of May.

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:

  • Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care, 206 Mill Road in Fairhaven, on Thursday, May 3. Appointments will be scheduled between noon and 4 p.m. Please call 800-276-0103 to schedule an appointment.

  • Truesdale Clinic, 263 Stanley Street, Fall River, on Friday, May 4. 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, May 7. Appointments will be scheduled between noon and 4 p.m. Please call 800-276-0103 to schedule an appointment.

  • North End Senior Center, 101 President Avenue in Fall River, on Tuesday, May 8. Appointments will be scheduled between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Please call 508-324-2711 to schedule and appointment.

  • Rochester Council on Aging, 67 Dexter Lane in Rochester on Tuesday, May 15. Appointments will be scheduled between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Please call 508-763-8723 to schedule an appointment.

  • Southcoast Center for WomenÕs Health, 300B Faunce Corner Road in Dartmouth, on Wednesday, May 16. Appointments will be scheduled between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Please call 800-276-0103 to schedule an appointment.

  • Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care, 206 Mill Road in Fairhaven, on Thursday, May 17. Appointments will be scheduled between noon 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, May 21. Appointments will be scheduled between noon and 4 p.m. Please call 800-276-0103 to schedule an appointment.

  • Freetown Council on Aging, 227 Chace Road in Freetown, on Thursday, May 24. Appointments will be scheduled between 11a.m. and3 p.m. Please call 508-763-9557 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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