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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

 

The Hill: It’s time for Americans to understand Peripheral Artery Disease
September 8, 2016

September is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month, a time designated to raise awareness of health problems caused by PAD. In a way, the term “Peripheral Artery Disease” is an unfortunate misnomer – this disease impacts so much more than the periphery of a patient’s life. Peripheral artery disease causes narrowing or blockage of the… more

 

Morning Consult: Curb Limb Loss in America
September 8, 2016

For the millions of Americans living with or caring for someone suffering from a chronic illness, the concept of loss is a familiar, yet unfortunate companion. Chronic illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes can strip away mobility, independence, productivity and quality of life. Even when properly diagnosed and well managed, these serious health conditions often… more

 

The Charleston Chronicle: CardioVascular Coalition Urges Increased Awareness of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) this September
September 3, 2016

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 urging healthcare leaders, policymakers, patient advocates and other stakeholders to join them in recognizing September as Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month,… more

 

Vascular News: CardioVascular Coalition urges increased awareness of peripheral artery disease in September
September 1, 2016

The CardioVascular Coalition (CVC)—a 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 urging healthcare leaders, policymakers, patient advocates and other stakeholders to join them in recognising September as “Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month”, a time designated… more

 

CardioVascular Coalition Urges Increased Awareness of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) this September
September 1, 2016

Vascular Care leaders stress importance of PAD education and intervention to reduce limb loss in America during PAD Awareness Month  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… more

 

Letter to CMS Regarding Supplemental CMS Episode Groups Posting
August 25, 2016

Dear Acting Administrator Slavitt: The CardioVascular Coalition (CVC) is pleased to offer its comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) request for comments on the Supplemental CMS Episode Groups Posting. The CVC was established to provide policymakers and the public with a greater understanding of the value that freestanding cardiovascular centers (CVCs)… more

 

New Report Concludes Endovascular Procedures Performed in Office-Based Facilities Result in Positive Patient Outcomes
July 12, 2016

Authors examine opportunities for optimizing patient safety and outcomes through office-based peripheral vascular intervention WASHINGTON – The CardioVascular Coalition (CVC) – a leading group of community-based endovascular care providers, physicians, and manufacturers created to advance community-based solutions designed to improve awareness, prevention, and intervention of vascular disease – today said a new report published in… more

 

Treatment outcomes and lessons learned from 5134 cases of outpatient office-based endovascular procedures in a vascular surgical practice
July 4, 2016

Introduction: The office-based endovascular facility has increased in number recently due in part to expedient patient experience. This study analyzed treatment outcomes of procedures performed in our office-based endovascular suite. Methods: Treatment outcomes of 5134 consecutive procedures performed in our office-based endovascular suites from 2006 to 2013 were analyzed. Five sequential groups (group I–V) of… more

 

Endovascular Care Leaders Stress Value of Outpatient Care Settings in Treating Growing Patient Population in the U.S.
June 15, 2016

Office-based care settings provide advantages for care delivery including improved efficiencies, increased patient satisfaction and health care savings    WASHINGTON – In an article recently published in Endovascular Today, “Outpatient CLI Revascularization in the United States” a group of leading endovascular physicians and care providers outline the increasingly important role outpatient care settings have in… more

 

Endovascular Today: Outpatient CLI Revascularization in the United States
May 30, 2016

This year in the United States, approximately 160,000 to 180,000 of the estimated 18 million Americans with peripheral artery disease (PAD) will undergo amputation of a limb as a result of PAD-related complications. An unacceptable amputation rate of > 30% without any vascular evaluation persists, despite the education and attention given to critical limb ischemia… more

 

Science Daily: PAD patients on statins may have lower amputation, early death risk
May 7, 2016

People who have peripheral artery disease (PAD) and take cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins have a lower risk of amputation and early death than PAD patients who don’t take statins. And the higher the dose of statins, the lower the risks, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology |… more

 

Fierce Healthcare: AHRQ: Care disparities persist despite progress
May 3, 2016

Despite improvements in both care access and care quality, a new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) finds racial and economic disparities persist in healthcare. In the first half of the decade, white people saw no increase in percentage of people with a usual source of medical care, but the percentage increased… more

 

MinnPost: U of M initiative brings awareness of peripheral artery disease to Greater Minnesota
April 27, 2016

On Thursday, older adults in Fergus Falls will be receiving free screening for peripheral artery disease (PAD) at the Lake Region Healthcare’s Community Health Expo. The screening is part of a three-year initiative by the University of Minnesota School of Nursing to build awareness and increase screening and treatment for the disease in Greater Minnesota…. more

 

Morning Consult: National Minority Health Month: End Racial Disparities in Limb Loss
April 22, 2016

It’s often said that serious illnesses don’t discriminate. Health crises are the great equalizer – striking men, women, the elderly and even children with terrifying unpredictability. Yet, some of the most life-threatening and life changing health conditions are anything but random. Far from it – they disproportionately affect certain communities and populations often times despite… more

 

New York Times Well Blog: Millions With Leg Pain Have Peripheral Artery Disease
April 11, 2016

More than eight million older Americans have a condition that can cause leg pain when they walk even short distances. Yet half of those who have the condition don’t know it and consequently don’t get treated for it, putting themselves at risk for a heart attack, stroke or worse. The condition, called peripheral artery disease,… more

 

Business Standard: Age, gender linked to peripheral vascular disease risk
April 4, 2016

A person’s age and gender can affect the prevalence of certain types of peripheral vascular diseases (PVD), which can lead to heart attack, stroke and even amputation of the limbs. PVD is a circulation disorder that affects blood vessels outside of the heart and brain, particularly the veins and arteries that supply blood to the… more

 

CardioVascular Coalition Convenes Educational Briefing on Peripheral Artery Disease and Highlights Impact on Minority Populations
March 24, 2016

Leading experts call for increased access to advanced interventional care to prevent amputations and reduce healthcare costs  Washington, DC – The CardioVascular Coalition (CVC) today hosted a Capitol Hill briefing bringing together leading physicians and policy experts to discuss Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) in America and the need for policy solutions that support access to… more

 

Endovascular Therapy for Critical Limb Ischemia Better Than Surgery on Several Counts
March 21, 2016

Patients with critical limb ischemia (CLI) have better immediate outcomes with endovascular therapy than open surgery, an observational study suggests. Compared with those who had surgery, endovascular patients were less likely to die, spent fewer days in the hospital, and had care that was less expensive overall. “That’s a big deal to us,” said senior… more

 

US News: Poor Leg Circulation Hits Women With Kidney Disease Earlier Than Men
February 23, 2016

Compared to men, women under the age of 70 who have kidney disease are at higher odds for peripheral arterial disease (PAD), an often disabling impairment of blood flow in the legs. That’s the finding from a new study of almost 3,200 people with chronic kidney disease. Researchers led by Dr. Grace Wang, of the… more

 

CQ Roll Call: Budget Proposes More than $470 Billion in Savings
February 9, 2016

The final budget blueprint from President Barack Obama proposes ways to shave more than $470 billion over a decade from Medicare spending, slowing the pace of growth for expenses for the federal program for the elderly and disabled. If Congress were to approve the cuts, the estimated annual cost of the Medicare program would still… more

 

Inside Health Policy: NRHA Says Rural Hospital Closures On The Rise, Pushes Legislation
February 5, 2016

A National Rural Health Association-backed report found that more than 650 rural hospitals are at risk of closing, and both the association and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) are pushing bills with new hospital classification systems to reverse the trend of rural hospital closures. The pace of rural hospital closures is increasing, NRHA Vice President of… more

 

Fierce Healthcare Finance: CMS proposes changes to ACO structure under Medicare Shared Savings Program
February 1, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a variety of changes to the payments to providers who participate in accountable care organizations (ACOs) under the Medicare Share Savings Program. Among the biggest developments, CMS plans to use regional rather than national spending trends when updating performance benchmarks, it will also take into… more

 

Health Essentials: How to Treat Your Peripheral Artery Disease
January 22, 2016

Your options for treating peripheral artery disease (PAD)are expanding. That’s good news – if we only knew which ones were best. First, some background on PAD PAD is when plaque builds up in arteries that carry blood to your legs. Plaque buildup can restrict your circulation. If it becomes severe, you may develop wounds in… more

 

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