NOTE: The Peripheral Arterial Disease program scheduled for February 5 at 6:30 p.m. has been cancelled. Please contact the library at 330-832-9831 if you have any questions.
Do you have pain in your legs when we walk or climb stairs? If so you may be experiencing Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.). On Tuesday, February 5, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., the Massillon Public Library invites the public to attend a free program, “Peripheral Arterial Disease,” with guest speaker, Dr. Matthew Todd Miller, M.D. , who is on staff at Aultman Hospital, Mercy Medical Center and Union Hospital, and is board certified in General Surgery and Vascular Surgery.
According to the National Institutes of Health, about one in every twenty Americans over the age of 50 has P.A.D., and the risk continues to rise as they get older. Many people who have P.A.D. don't have any signs or symptoms, while others do. Older age, combined with other risk factors, such as smoking or diabetes, also puts you at higher risk for this disease.
P.A.D. is a disease in which plaque builds up in the arteries that carry blood to your head, organs and limbs. Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, fibrous tissue and other substances in the blood. Over time, this plaque can harden and narrow the arteries. This limits the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your organs and other parts of your body. P.A.D. usually affects the arteries in the legs, but it also can affect the arteries that carry blood from your heart to your head, arms, kidneys, and stomach. This program will focuses on P.A.D. that affects blood flow to the legs.
An Ohio native, Dr. Miller graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from The Ohio State University in Columbus. He received his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Miller believes in the principle of tailoring care to fit the needs of the individual patient. Depending on patient age, preferences and associated medical problems, many approaches are usually available. Dr. Miller provides comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for diseases and disorders of the arteries and veins, with the exception of the heart.
Registration is required for this free program. Call the library at 330-832-9831, ext. 312 for more information or to register.
The Massillon Public Library is located at 208 Lincoln Way E. The Second Street entrance is handicap accessible.