January 17, 2019

Free PAD Screenings at Southwest General Hospital on February 15

Title: Free PAD Screenings at Southwest General Hospital on February 15

Summary: Southwest General Hospital will offer free PAD (peripheral artery disease) screenings to the community on Friday, February 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: San Antonio, TX


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, San Antonio’s Southside has one of the highest rates of amputation in Texas and the United States. Many of these amputations are a direct result of peripheral artery disease (PAD).


As the only hospital in southwest San Antonio, Southwest General Hospital is taking a stand against PAD. On Friday, February 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the hospital will offer free PAD screenings for the community. These screenings are completely painless and non-invasive and may have the ability to save lives.


What Is PAD?

Peripheral artery disease is a condition in which plaque builds up within the blood vessels of the lower limbs, reducing blood flow and depriving tissues of sufficient oxygen. This can cause leg pain, especially when walking, though many patients with PAD experience no symptoms at all.


If left untreated, PAD can cause chronic pain, slow- or non-healing foot/toe wounds, gangrene, and other symptoms. PAD can be associated with increased risk for heart attack, stroke, and coronary artery disease.


Who Should Get Screened?

Southwest General Hospital invites all members of the community to get screened for PAD. Individuals with one or more PAD risk factors are especially encouraged to seek screening. Disease risk factors include being a smoker, being obese, being physically inactive, or having one of the following conditions: diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease.


What Happens During a Screening?

Providers at Southwest General Hospital use an ankle brachial index (ABI) test to screen for PAD. In this test, which takes just a few minutes to complete, blood pressure cuffs are placed around the arms and the ankles. The two blood pressure numbers are recorded and used to produce an ankle brachial index. ABI results are immediately shared with patients, who may then schedule follow-up appointments with their own primary care providers, as needed. 


“PAD screenings save lives,” says Craig Desmond, CEO, Southwest General Hospital. “And it is our privilege to offer this free screening service to the Greater San Antonio community in honor of American Heart Month.”


Event Details



Friday, February 15

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.



Southwest General Hospital

Classroom A



Regina Delgado

Director of Business and Physician Operations

Director of Marketing and Public Relations