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The Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute at Peninsula Regional Medical Center will be sponsoring free vascular screenings for people 55 or older on Thursday, January 9, 2013. All screenings will be performed by Peninsula Regional medical professionals in the Medical Center’s Vascular Lab between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Fourteen 30-minute screening sessions are available on a first-come basis. Appointments are required. The free screenings will include testing for carotid artery blockage, peripheral artery disease and also abdominal aortic aneurysm. The screening will be offered to individuals who exhibit at least three prominent risk factors or one symptom. Risk factors for vascular disease include smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, heart disease and a family history of vascular disease. Symptoms include leg pain when walking, numbness in the leg or foot, stroke-like symptoms (numbness, weakness, dizziness and difficulties with speech or vision), a family history of aneurysm and unexplained abdominal or back pain. Those currently under a physician’s care for vascular or arterial health issues and those who have participated in this screening in the past are not eligible to participate. If you are 55 or older, please call the Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute at 410-543-7123 to find out if you qualify for the free vascular screenings and to reserve a date and time. Those who are unable to register for an appointment on this screening date may inquire about future screenings, which will be held the second Thursday of every other month at the Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.