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Legsf or Life free screenings planned in Fargo

People with chronic leg pain, pain when walking, numbness or tingling in their legs and feet should mark their calendars to get a possibly life-saving screening on Saturday, Sept. 25, at Legs for Life 2010. Sanford Health will be providing screen...

People with chronic leg pain, pain when walking, numbness or tingling in their legs and feet should mark their calendars to get a possibly life-saving screening on Saturday, Sept. 25, at Legs for Life 2010. Sanford Health will be providing screenings, free of charge, for peripheral arterial disease and abdominal aortic aneurysms. The event will take place from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Sanford Clinic Southpointe, 2400 32nd Ave. S., Fargo.

Appointments are required and can be made by calling Sanford, toll free, at 888-898-9229. There are only a limited number of appointments available.

Peripheral arterial disease, a common and potentially fatal disease, is caused by blocked blood flow in the arteries of the legs and is an early warning sign for stroke and heart attack. The disease affects about 10 million people in the U.S., although many people don't know they have it. Those at highest risk are men and women over the age of 50 who have a family history of heart or vascular disease, smokers, have diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol or are overweight.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the main artery of the body, the aorta, enlarges and acts as a ticking time bomb. If it grows large enough, there is danger it will burst - which is fatal in more than 80 percent of cases. Those at risk are men over the age of 60, smokers, or have a history of hardening of the arteries.

This month, Legs for Life, a free nationwide screening program, will help assist identifying and educating nearly 11 million Americans at risk for these potentially disabling diseases. For more information, call 888-898-9229.

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