LEWISTON — “Oh My Aching Legs” will be the subject of two Central Maine Medical Center Accenting Your Health presentations set for September. Vascular surgeon Michael Ricci, M.D., will discuss the signs, symptoms and treatment of peripheral arterial disease of the legs, a condition that can be quite painful.

The program will be presented at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, and 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in the first-floor conference room in the Young Wing, near the main entrance to CMMC at 60 High St. There is no cost for attending the presentation.

PAD is caused by a narrowing of the arteries, usually resulting from a gradual buildup of plaque within the arteries (atherosclerosis). As the arteries become narrowed, blood flow is reduced. PAD affects about 8 million people in the United States. Treatment options for PAD may include surgery.

Ricci recently joined Central Maine Cardiovascular Surgery in Lewiston. Prior to joining the greater Lewiston-Auburn medical community, he practiced at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt.

Ricci has extensive experience as a practicing surgeon and surgical educator. He started Vermont’s first vascular lab and initiated the endovascular repair of aortic aneurysms in the region.

He is certified by the American Board of Surgery, with added qualifications in critical care and vascular surgery. He is also certified as an advanced trauma life support instructor.

Those interested in attending either of the programs are urged to register in advance by calling 795-8448, emailing [email protected] or registering online at www.cmmc.org. Interpreter services are available upon advance request.

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