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					FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                                                                         News
                                                               MEDIA CONTACT: Stephanie Poyant
July 27, 2011                                                            Public Information Officer
                                                                        Southcoast Health System
                                                                            Office: 508-961-5280
                                                                               Cell: 774-634-1460
                                                                               Fax: 508-961-5876
                                                                            Pager: 508-387-2532
                                                                          poyants@southcoast.org
                                                                www.southcoast.org/news/releases/




Southcoast announces free vascular screenings
Regular vascular screenings can detect PAD, a potentially serious circulatory problem

        NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Southcoast Hospitals Group announces free vascular
screenings through September 1.
        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:
       The North End Senior Center, 101 President Ave., #11, Fall River on Thursday, July 28.
        Appointments will be scheduled between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Please call 508- 324-2711 to
        schedule an appointment.

       The Truesdale Clinic, 1030 President Ave., Fall River, on Friday, August 5.
        Appointments will be scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Please call 800-276-0103
        to schedule an appointment.

       The Freetown Council on Aging, 227 Chace Road, East Freetown, on Monday, August 8.
        Appointments will be scheduled between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Please call 508-763-9557 to
        schedule an appointment.
       The Caroline Senior Center, 26 Caroline Street, New Bedford, on Thursday, August 11.
        Appointments will be scheduled between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Please call 508-991-6301 to
        schedule an appointment.

       The New Bedford Hotel, 725 Pleasant Street, New Bedford, on Tuesday, August 16.
        Appointments will be scheduled between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Please call 508-991-6301to
        schedule an appointment.

       The Wareham Council on Aging, 48 Marion Road, Wareham on Thursday, August 18.
        Appointments will be scheduled between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Please call 508-291-3130 to
        schedule an appointment.

       The South Main Street Senior Center, 114 South Main Street, Fall River, on Monday,
        August 22. Appointments will be scheduled between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Please call 508-
        324-2715 to schedule an appointment.

       The Truesdale Clinic, 1030 President Ave., Fall River, on Thursday, September 1.
        Appointments will be scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Please call 800-276-0103
        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/.
About Southcoast Health System & Southcoast Hospitals Group


        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 and 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.
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