(Napa, CA) - Queen of the Valley Medical Center will present a free seminar on a serious and prevalent condition known as peripheral artery disease (PAD) on Friday, April 8, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the hospital’s Wellness Center, 3421 Villa Lane, Napa.
Stanford University Medical Center vascular surgeon Matthew Mell, MD, will share his extensive knowledge on the causes, risk factors, symptoms and latest treatments for PAD during the seminar.
As many as 12 million people suffer from PAD, a frequent complication of diabetes. PAD occurs when extra cholesterol and other fats collect in arteries and reduce or block the flow of blood to the limbs. Individuals with clogged arteries usually have damaged blood vessels in other areas of their body, which can cause a heart attack or stroke.
Particularly at risk for PAD are people who smoke, are over the age of 70, or have diabetes, pre-diabetes, high cholesterol, or a family history of heart disease, stroke or PAD.
Most people that have PAD experience no symptoms, making screening essential. The Diabetes Wellness Program at the Queen’s Wellness Center offers weekly PAD screening clinics that provide an individual assessment, educational material and same-day results so you can know immediately whether you have this serious condition.
PAD screening is simple and painless, involving a measurement of blood pressure in the arms and legs. This type of screening has been shown to have a 90 percent direct correlation for detecting blockage.
The Queen’s Diabetes Wellness Program was recognized for it excellence by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in 2010 through their contractor, the Iowa Foundations for Medical Care. The program is also a Recognized Education Program with both the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the American Diabetes Association.
A special rate of $15 will be offered for the first 20 people who register for a PAD screening during the PAD seminar on April 8. (The regular screening price is $25.) Call the Diabetes Wellness Program at 707-252-4411, ext. 2391 to reserve your place at this presentation. You can also register, at the same time, for one of the Queen’s weekly PAD screening clinics.
About Queen of the Valley Medical Center
Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a 191-bed, acute-care facility founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. The Queen is the largest health care facility and one of the largest employers in Napa County. Services provided include: a Regional Heart Center, a Regional Orthopedic Center, a Cancer Center approved with commendations by the American College of Surgeons, a Women’s Center, maternity and infant care, inpatient and outpatient minimally invasive surgery, occupational health, and full-service emergency department, among many other specialty services. More information about Queen of the Valley Medical Center can be found at www.thequeen.org. To learn more about our Diabetes Program, please visit
Queen of the Valley Medical Center was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Its mission is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange by continually improving the health and quality of life of people in the communities we serve. For a free physician referral call 1-877-QUEEN LINE (1-877-783-3654) or visit www.thequeen.org