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Free Talk on Peripheral Artery Disease Offered during American Heart Month

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Free Talk on Peripheral Artery Disease Offered during American Heart Month

If you smoke or have diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and/or leg pain or discomfort when you walk, you could be at risk for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). If left untreated, PAD can lead to gangrene, heart attack and stroke.

Join Cardiologist Jorge Castellanos, MD, FACC, of North Oaks Physician Group for a free talk on PAD’s symptoms, diagnosis and treatment on Wed., Feb. 25. The seminar will be held from 6-7 p.m. in the E. Brent Dufreche Conference Center in Hammond in observance of American Heart Month. Reserve your seat by registering online at or by calling North Oaks Corporate Communications at (985) 230-6647.

Dr. Castellanos will fully explain PAD risk factors, warning signs and symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

American Heart Month is observed each February to highlight the prevention and treatment of heart disease. According to the American Heart Associationand American Stroke Association, heart disease is the #1 killer and stroke the #4 killer in Louisiana. Overall, Louisiana has the 5th highest death rate from cardiovascular diseases in the country, and young people are not immune. Nationwide, more and more young people are being affected by heart disease with diabetes and childhood obesity on the rise.

The E. Brent Dufreche Conference Center is located within North Oaks Diagnostic Center on the North Oaks Medical Center campus in Hammond at 15837 Paul Vega, MD, Drive.

To learn more about Dr. Castellanos, visit the North Oaks Cardiology page.