Aspirus Heart Care offering Free PAD Screening

September is National Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Month

To help create awareness of an often-unknown cardiovascular condition, Aspirus Heart Care is offering a free screening to detect peripheral artery disease (PAD) for community members who are most at risk for the disease.


According to the National Institutes of Health, one in 20 people over the age of 50 have PAD, with some people experiencing symptoms and some having no symptoms at all.


The condition is caused by plaque buildup in blood vessels and arteries that reduces the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the legs and feet, causing aches, pains, and mobility issues. If left untreated, it can increase the risk of serious complications such as heart attack, stroke, or limb loss.


Screening appointments are limited. To find out if you qualify for a free screening call 800-847-4707.


If you meet at least three of the following criteria, you are encouraged to call.

  • Must be over the age of 50.
  • Pain in feet, calves, or thighs when you walk or exercise, which is relieved by rest.
  • Weakness, numbness or tingling in your leg and calf muscles.
  • Smoking history.
  • Slow to heal wounds on feet or toes.
  • Toes or feet that are discolored, cold, or pale.
  • Previously diagnosed with high cholesterol, diabetes, or heart disease.
  • Have not been previously diagnosed with PAD.


The free PAD screenings will be taking place:

  • Wednesday, September 6th - Aspirus Wausau Hospital
  • Saturday, September 16th - Aspirus Ironwood Hospital
  • Wednesday, September 27th - Aspirus Stevens Point Hospital


Screening for PAD is a simple, noninvasive pain-free test that measures blood flow in the arteries using ultrasound imaging. Testing takes approximately 15 minutes.


For more information about peripheral artery disease and the free screening, visit or call 800-847-4707.