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Leg Pain Could Be Sign of Serious Health Condition

It's easy to dismiss troublesome leg pain as a part of the aging process, or even arthritis. But pain that occurs in your leg muscles, not in the joints like arthritis, shouldn't be ignored. This pain could actually be the sign of a condition called peripheral vascular disease (PVD), sometimes referred to as peripheral arterial disease.

PVD is a common blood-vessel disease that is linked to stroke and heart attack. It usually occurs because leg arteries have become narrowed or clogged and are restricting proper blood flow. Arteries typically narrow because of a buildup of fatty deposits.

On Wednesday, November 5, Vascular Surgeon Frank Sharp, M.D. will host an interactive seminar designed to help individuals learn about the risks and symptoms of PVD, and understand the treatment options. The free program will take place at 9:30 a.m. at Ocean Medical Center in Conference Room A.

According to Dr. Sharp., who is board certified in Vascular Surgery and the Chief of Surgery at Ocean Medical Center, "Early diagnosis is essential to minimize one's risk for future complications including stroke, heart attack, and limb loss," he says.

As the medical director of the Jersey Coast Vascular Institute in Brick, Dr. Sharp stresses the importance of recognizing the symptoms of PVD and urges those who experience such symptoms to see their physician immediately. Symptoms include:
.pain, cramping, or fatigue in the legs or hips while walking that subsides after a few minutes of rest
.foot sores that won't heal
.aching in the foot while at rest
.a leg or foot that feels colder than the rest of the body

Participants who attend the program will learn more about these symptoms, personal risk factors, and tests available to detect PVD. Dr. Sharp will also share the breakthrough technologies and the skilled capability of the team at Ocean Medical Center and the Jersey Coast Vascular Institute. "Individuals should be aware of PVD and the comprehensive medical, surgical, endovascular and minimally invasive treatment options for this and other vascular conditions," says Dr. Sharp.

In most cases, PVD can be managed with lifestyle changes or drug therapy. In advanced cases, surgical and endovascular procedures can help open or bypass blocked arteries.

The program will be held at Ocean Medical Center, located at 425 Jack Martin Boulevard, Brick, NJ 08724. Registration is requested by calling 1-800-DOCTORS.

Ocean Medical Center, a member of the Meridian Health family, is a 281-bed non-profit community hospital located in Brick New Jersey, providing health care programs and services in all major medical disciplines, including maternity; oncology; orthopedics and rehabilitation; general, neurological, thoracic, and vascular surgery; cardiology; dialysis; and emergency and critical care services. The Medical Center features Magnet award winning nurses and is a proud affiliate of University of Pennsylvania Cancer Network. Ocean Medical Center also operates the state's first Satellite Emergency Department in Point Pleasant, called the Ocean Care Center. For more information, call the Meridian Health Line at 1-800-560-9990 or log on to our web site at www.OceanMedicalCenter.com.