Saving the leg can prolong your life!
On May 11th 2019 at Cvjetni trg in Zagreb a successful public health event called „Step Up for Life” was held, organized by HEVI, the City of Zagreb, Teaching Institute for Public Health „dr. Andrija Štampar” and other partners (The Ministry of Defence, the Healthy Arteries Campaign, Media instruments, MESI, Croatian Society of Radiology, Croatian Society for Vascular Surgery and the Croatian Cardiac Society). The main goal of the event was to communicate directly with the public and point out peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and critical limb ischemia (CLI) as the main cause of amputation. The most important thing we wanted to share with the public is that there is a simple, painless and affordable test for early diagnosis of PAB and CLI – the ankle-brachial index (ABI) measurement.
During the event, between 12AM and 3PM, members of HEVI and medical students from the Medical faculty of Zagreb provided the Zagreb public with the opportunity to have their ankle-brachial indexes (ABI) measured free of charge, and provided answers to all their questions along with guidelines for proper treatment.
Over 100 people had their ABI measured on site and over 250 more interested citizens were advised to have their ABI measured at their health care provider. During ABI measurements, 10 people were presenting with PAD or CLI, and were advised to visit their doctor immediately. The public health event was covered by media, with publications by the Croatian National Television (HRT) and Nova TV aired in the primary informational program. Segments were also aired on Radio Sljeme and Laganini FM, and the event was covered by a number of internet portals.
HEVI board members also participated in live programs on HRT4 and Radio Sljeme before and following the event at Cvjetni trg.
A facebook page was also created for the event.
Due to the worrying epidemiologic data on PAD, CLI and leg amputation, the „Step Up for Life“ campaign has been identified as a permanent concern which requires constant focus.