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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 23, 2003

UI Health Specialists Report Vascular Screening Results

A recent University of Iowa Health Care complimentary public health screening identified 22 people at risk for peripheral vascular disease (PVD), a progressive and debilitating disease affecting 8 million Americans.

Specialists at UI Hospitals and Clinics volunteered their time to conduct cholesterol checks and ultrasound examinations that can detect life-threatening aneurysms in the abdomen and blood flow problems in the legs. The screenings took place on Saturday, Sept. 27.

PVD is caused by decreased blood flow in the arteries of the legs and often leads to pain, difficulty walking, infections or sores on the feet that are slow to heal, coldness, tingling or numbness in the feet or legs, hair loss and skin discoloration. PVD is strongly associated with a high risk for a heart attack or stroke. PVD should be regarded as an early warning sign of the possible presence of potentially serious disorder.

Jafar Golzarian, M.D., UI professor (clinical) of radiology and an interventional radiologist, coordinated and led the screening.

"We screened 175 people this year, compared to 144 in 2002," Golzarian said. "The sooner PVD is detected, the better the chance of managing the disease. We feel this screening is a valuable public health service."

The screening showed that 22 patients had a moderate or high risk for PVD and required a referral to their primary care physicians for further evaluation. More information about PVD is available online at http://www.legsforlife.org.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at http://www.uihealthcare.com.

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CONTACT(S): Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu.