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Cardiology Advisor: New Guidelines Recommend Multidisciplinary Approach for Peripheral Arterial Disease
September 21, 2017

Recent guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) published in the European Heart Journal provide an updated resource with available evidence on diagnosis and management strategies for extracranial carotid and vertebral artery disease, mesenteric artery disease, multisite artery disease, and renal artery disease, among several other types of PAD. According to… more

 

Medical Xpress: Smoking number one risk factor for PAD
September 19, 2017

Smoking and diabetes are the two leading risk factors for peripheral artery disease (PAD), a narrowing of the arteries which can result in amputation, according to a study carried out at the University of Dundee and part-funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF). Diabetics who smoked were 16 times more likely to develop PAD than… more

 

CardioVascular Coalition Urges Adoption of National Strategy to Address Unnecessary Amputations During Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month
September 19, 2017

Vascular care leaders call for policies to prevent amputation without arterial testing, increase PAD awareness, support screening for at-risk populations and promote multidisciplinary care WASHINGTON – The CardioVascular Coalition (CVC), a leading group of community-based cardiovascular and endovascular care providers, physicians, and manufacturers created to advance community-based solutions designed to improve awareness, prevention, and intervention… more

 

KGWN: September is Peripheral Artery Disease Month
September 18, 2017

Peripheral Arterial Disease is a very common disease, about 18 million American’s suffer from the disease. Also known as PAD can be treated. We had Dr. Elias Kfoury on the morning show to go over a little of what PAD is, the symptoms, and how to treat the disease. PAD is a chronic circulatory condition… more

 

Huff Post: Why I Helped Create A Social Campaign Where People Take Pictures Of Their Socks
September 16, 2017

I worked in healthcare for close to a decade and I am still passionate about the great work and sacrifice people in this field are doing. September is Peripheral Artery Disease (P.A.D.) awareness month. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources, P.A.D. currently affects 8 to 12 million people in the U.S…. more

 

The Hill: We need a new strategy for tackling peripheral artery disease
September 13, 2017

It is simply unacceptable that in 2017, so many Americans undergo a non-traumatic limb amputation each year. Yet, as we recognize Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month this September, estimates suggest between 160,000 and 180,000 Americans lose one of their limbs every year — about half of which are attributable to preventable vascular diseases. This… more

 

Health Essentials: Peripheral Artery Disease: Why Do Women Have Worse Outcomes Than Men?
September 13, 2017

As a woman, you likely know that regular examinations and tests can help you and your doctor watch out for breast and cervical cancers. But there’s another common, but lesser-known, condition that requires the same diligent watchfulness, especially for women: peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD happens when plaque builds up in the blood vessels of your… more

 

Texas Public Radio: Peripheral Artery Disease Is Widely Undiagnosed
September 10, 2017

Vascular surgeons say Peripheral Artery Disease – or P.A.D. – is one of the most underdiagnosed medical conditions in America. If left untreated, it can cause major mobility problems, or it can even be fatal. In today’s TPR Lifeline, Bioscience-Medicine reporter Wendy Rigby talks to Lyssa Ochoa, MD, a vascular surgeon with Peripheral Vascular Associates… more

 

The Southeast Sun: Don’t Risk Life And Limb: Know The Signs Of Peripheral Artery Disease
September 6, 2017

Many people dismiss leg pain as a normal sign of aging. But for 8.5 million Americans, the cause of their pain can be a life- or limb-threatening condition called peripheral artery disease (PAD). Everyone, especially those at highest risk, should know the signs of PAD and know how to prevent and treat it. With new… more

 

AJMC: White in September? If It’s a Sock, It’s About Peripheral Artery Disease
September 1, 2017

Normally, when the calendar turns to September it would be time to pack away the white clothing for the season. But if you see doctors on social media wearing a single white sock this month, there’s a good reason: they are raising awareness about peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD is caused by atherosclerosis, or cholesterol… more

 

Pittsburg Business Times: Understanding the causes and risks of peripheral artery disease
August 31, 2017

Pain and discomfort in the legs or calf muscles can be a sign of arterial blockage and identifies patients at increased potential risk for heart attack or stroke. A condition called atherosclerosis occurs when plaque builds up inside of a person’s arteries, and it is the main cause of peripheral artery disease (PAD). Early diagnosis of… more

 

Nephrology News: How kidney disease, peripheral artery disease, and amputation intersect
June 30, 2017

As the ninth leading cause of death in the United States, and a condition that affects an estimated 26 million Americans, chronic kidney disease is a growing health epidemic that creeps in silently, but can quickly manifest in deafening ways. While kidney disease is widely recognized and understood by patients, it’s equally as important to focus on… more

 

Fox 2 Now: SSM Health Medical Minute: Peripheral Artery Disease affects millions who don’t know they have it
June 15, 2017

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a narrowing of the peripheral arteries and a restriction in blood flow due to plaque buildup, most commonly in the legs, but also seen in the stomach, arms, and head. PAD in the lower extremities can cause cramping, pain or tiredness in the leg or hip muscles while walking or… more

 

The New Times: Peripheral artery disease: A very common cause for leg amputation
June 5, 2017

Peripheral artery disease is a condition in which there is narrowing of the lumen of blood vessels that supply blood to the extremities (arteries), usually to the legs. For every body part to function well, it must have constant adequate blood supply all the time and the blood supply should be able to increase accordingly… more

 

Patient Daily: American Heart Association praises CMS for approving therapy for peripheral artery disease
June 4, 2017

The American Heart Association’s CEO Nancy Brown praised the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the final decision allowing Medicare patients to receive supervised exercise therapy (SET) for symptomatic peripheral artery disease (PAD). “We are so pleased that patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) will now be able to receive supervised exercise therapy… more

 

Healio: Quality of life, function poorer for women with PAD
May 31, 2017

Women with peripheral artery disease had lower health status, including function and quality of life, compared with men, according to a study in Vascular Medicine. To determine the health status differences between men and women with new or worsening claudication, researchers conducted the PORTRAIT study, a multicenter, international prospective study, with 1,274 patients. The group… more

 

Cardiology Advisor: Reducing Amputation Risk in Diabetes With Peripheral Artery Disease
May 26, 2017

Findings reported in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism linked statin therapy with reduced risk for lower limb amputation, in-hospital cardiovascular death, and all-cause mortality in patients with diabetes and peripheral artery disease (PAD).1 Associated with an increased prevalence of PAD — a marker of systemic atherosclerosis2 — diabetes is also linked with an… more

 

Patient Daily: Calf stretching may benefit peripheral artery disease patients
May 24, 2017

The American Heart Association (AHA) shared the results of a preliminary abstract on calf stretching and leg pain in peripheral artery disease (PAD) patients that was presented at the AHA Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology | Peripheral Vascular Disease 2017 Scientific Sessions recently. The study, which was conducted with six women and seven men with… more

 

MedPage Today: Fruits, Vegetables in Diet May Lower Risk of PAD
May 18, 2017

Eating three or more servings of fruit and vegetables per day may lower the risk of developing peripheral artery disease (PAD), reported researchers. According to a cross-sectional study of more than 3.7 million people, those who reported daily intake of at least three servings of fruits and vegetables had significantly lower risk of PAD (adjusted… more

 

Morning Consult: Stand Together Against Limb Loss
April 27, 2017

Progress is not a myth. Over the past few decades — and even just the past few years — our nation’s health care system has evolved. More people than ever have access to health care and better treatments. However, one major problem continues to boil under the surface and hinder health outcomes: racial inequity. There… more

 

Standing TALL Seeks to Address Striking Limb Loss Disparities in the United States
April 26, 2017

Disproportionate amputation rates among minority groups is impetus for nationwide effort to improve policies to support limb loss preservation WASHINGTON, D.C. — There is a new national awareness campaign to overcome limb loss disparities in the United States.  The effort, Standing Together Against Limb Loss (Standing TALL) will advocate for expanded access to interventional care to… more

 

Healio: Hospital lower-extremity amputation volume linked to major amputation, mortality in patients with CLI
April 19, 2017

Among patients with critical limb ischemia, those in hospitals with a high volume of amputation procedures had elevated rates of major amputation and mortality, but those in hospitals with a high volume of revascularization procedures had better outcomes, according to new findings. “We believe that unless it is otherwise contraindicated, these data support consideration for… more

 

WQAD 8: A better leg stent for clogged arteries
April 14, 2017

One in every 20 Americans over the age of 50 experiences peripheral artery disease, clogged arteries, usually in the legs, which can cause extreme pain and increase the risk for heart attack and stroke. Now, with a new approach to leg stents, some patients not only walk again, they can run. 73-year old Ellen Bergami… more

 

News Medical: Peripheral arteries may be useful for assessing heart disease risk, study finds
April 13, 2017

Atherosclerosis, commonly known as hardening of the arteries, has long been seen as a strong indicator of coronary artery disease, as compared to the traditional risk factors of race, age, gender and metabolic profile. Unlike other diseases that affect many people, atherosclerosis currently has no simple way to diagnose or monitor response to treatment. Now,… more

 

Healio: Statin use reduces risk for lower-limb amputation in type 2 diabetes, PAD
April 12, 2017

In adults with type 2 diabetes and peripheral artery disease, statin use was associated with a 25% lower rate of lower-extremity amputations and a 22% risk reduction in cardiovascular mortality when compared with no statin use, according to findings from a population-based study. “Although there is evidence supporting its beneficial effects on functional reserve and… more

 

Bel Marra Health: Peripheral artery disease (PAD): An ambulatory risk to millions
March 28, 2017

Every morning when we get out of bed, we walk to the bathroom, walk to the kitchen for a cup of coffee and breakfast, and eventually, we walk out the door to start our day. The ability to walk one place to another is an integral part of everyone’s day, yet approximately 8.5 million Americans—20… more

 

U.S. News Health: Leg Pain When Walking: Talk to Your Doctor
March 24, 2017

Millions of Americans have a condition called peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is caused by hardening of the arteries in the legs and feet. About 8.5 million Americans have PAD, including up to 20 percent of people over age 60, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The lack of blood flow… more

 

News-Medical: Penn State researchers receive NIH grant to improve lives of people with peripheral arterial disease
March 16, 2017

A $9.7 million National Institutes of Health project grant to Penn State College of Medicine aims to improve the lives of millions of people living with peripheral arterial disease (PAD). A multidisciplinary team of researchers led by Dr. Lawrence Sinoway, director of Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute, will study blood pressure increases in patients… more

 

Healio: Technological Advances Changing Treatment of PAD, CLI
March 15, 2017

There is renewed interest from industry, payers and all specialists in advancing the care of patients with peripheral artery disease and critical limb ischemia. The current state and future of endovascular therapies for PAD are rapidly advancing and multidisciplinary collaboration is key for the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of CLI. A Decade of Advances Significant… more

 

WNDU: Drug-coated stents help treat peripheral artery disease
March 14, 2017

One in every 20 Americans over the age of 50 experiences peripheral artery disease, or clogged arteries, and it’s usually in the legs. That can cause extreme pain and increase the risk for heart attack and stroke. Now, with a new approach to leg stents, some patients not only walk again, they can even run. Seventy-three-year-old Ellen… more

 

Medscape: Retinopathy Signals Future PAD, Critical Limb Ischemia Risk
March 14, 2017

Having retinopathy predicted an increased risk of developing peripheral artery disease (PAD), especially the severe form of the disease, critical limb ischemia, in a new study[1]. Specifically, participants in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study who had retinopathy had a 2.26-fold higher risk of developing PAD and a 3.41-fold higher risk of developing critical limb ischemia… more

 

Medscape: Dark View Taken of Critical Limb Ischemia CMS Readmission Goals
March 9, 2017

A new registry-based study suggests nearly one in every four patients with critical limb ischemia (CLI) has an unplanned hospital readmission within 30 days, with that number climbing to almost one in every two patients by 6 months[1]. Several independent predictors of future readmission were identified, including greater length of stay (LOS) during index admission… more

 

Healio: Increased awareness of CLI necessary
March 8, 2017

Increased awareness of peripheral artery disease and critical limb ischemia is essential to ensuring better management of the disease, according to a speaker at the International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy. “In the United States right now, undiagnosed and poorly managed PAD, as well as a lack of recognition and aggressive treatment of its risk factors… more

 

KSWO: MedWatch – Peripheral Arterial Disease
March 2, 2017

Peripheral Arterial Disease, or PAD, is blockage of the arteries to the legs, arms, and head. It can be deadly, and doctors say 1 in 5 people will develop it. PAD is similar to coronary artery disease and is most commonly found in the legs. Many people mistake the symptoms of PAD for something else. “The… more

 

Times Free Press: Ask a Doctor: What is peripheral artery disease?
February 21, 2017

Q: What is peripheral artery disease? A: Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a process where plaque — fatty deposits — builds up in the arteries carrying blood to the body. In most cases, the disease affects arteries in a person’s legs. However, it can also affect the arteries carrying blood to your heart, brain, arms, kidneys… more

 

Argus Leader: Leg pain that goes away with rest could be peripheral arterial disease
February 20, 2017

Mr. D, a diabetic patient of mine, came into the clinic with exercise-induced leg pain which would go away if he stopped a minute, but lately it’s been coming on while walking less than a block. He said, “Now the pain is meaner and lasts longer after I stop.” The diagnosis of Mr. D’s condition… more

 

Knowridge Science Report: Are you at risk for peripheral artery disease?
February 12, 2017

Marked by decreased blood flow in the legs due to narrowing — or even complete blockage — of arteries, peripheral artery disease (PAD) affects more than 8 million people in the United States. Such blockage is caused by a buildup of plaque and fatty deposits, which puts patients (even asymptomatic ones) at a heightened risk… more

 

In Recognition of Native American Heritage Month, Vascular Care Leaders Urge Native Americans to Understand Risks for PAD and Limb Amputations
November 30, 2016

Data show Native Americans twice as likely to receive amputation than Caucasian counterparts WASHINGTON – The CardioVascular Coalition (CVC), a leading group of community-based cardiovascular and endovascular care providers, physicians, and manufacturers created to advance community-based solutions designed to improve awareness, prevention, and intervention of vascular disease, is calling attention to the racial disparities in… more

 

Morning Consult: Stopping Limb Loss Starts with Understanding Diabetes and PAD
November 21, 2016

Often referred to as the “silent killer,” diabetes is a disease that is notorious for surprising its victims. With very few noticeable symptoms at first, it can unknowingly build and build into a devastating crescendo of life-threatening problems that become anything but silent. According to the American Diabetes Association, an estimated 30 million Americans are living with… more

 

Understand the Connection Between Diabetes and Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) During American Diabetes Month
November 14, 2016

Americans living with diabetes are at an increased risk for developing PAD, which disproportionately affects minority and underserved communities WASHINGTON – The CardioVascular Coalition (CVC), a leading group of community-based cardiovascular and endovascular care providers, physicians, and manufacturers created to advance community-based solutions designed to improve awareness, prevention, and intervention of vascular disease, is highlighting… more

 

Midland Daily News: September Is PAD Awareness Month
September 25, 2016

Aching, cramping, burning in the legs, calves, toes and feet or the presence of non-healing wounds – these are the symptoms of inadequate blood circulation otherwise known as peripheral artery disease (PAD). September is PAD Awareness Month. Raising awareness is vital because PAD is a common condition that affects upwards of 10 million Americans and… more

 

Senior Selections: September is Peripheral Arterial Disease Awareness Month
September 23, 2016

September is Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Awareness Month. PAD — commonly referred to as ‘poor circulation’ — is when fatty deposits in the arteries outside the heart (often in the legs) cause blockage or narrowing, resulting in reduced blood flow to the legs and feet. An estimated 8 million people in the U.S. are affected… more

 

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