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St. Mary Mercy Hosts Free "Peripheral Arterial Disease" Seminar
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St. Mary Mercy Hospital will host a free educational seminar about Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.). The presentation will be held 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12 in the North Auditorium of St. Mary Mercy Livonia, 36475 Five Mile Rd., Livonia, MI 48154. The program is open to the Diabetes Support Group and the public. Speaker John Iljas, DO, Chair, Department of Surgery, St. Mary Mercy, will discuss early detection, treatment and how to reduce your risk for heart attack and stroke.

Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.) occurs when plaque narrows or clogs the arteries in your legs, reducing blood flow throughout your legs and feet. Painful cramping in the lower body after an activity and having sores on legs and feet that are slow to heal are common symptoms of P.A.D. Many times P.A.D. is a precursor to heart attack and stroke, as the arteries in your heart may be narrowed from plaque as well.

Diabetes is one of the top five risk factors for P.A.D. Diabetes is a chronic, widespread condition characterized by high blood sugar in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, the hormone needed to transport glucose (sugar) from the blood into the cells of the body for energy. It is estimated that nearly 26 million people in the United States have diabetes, including an estimated 7 million who remain undiagnosed.

Visitors who come to the event should park at the North Entrance. Registration is not required. For more information about the event, please call 734-655-8961.