September is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month! PAD is a chronic circulatory condition, which if left untreated can result in unnecessary limb amputations. PAD affects approximately 18 million US citizens, and 160,000 to 180,000 of those patients are estimated to undergo limb amputation this year.
This year’s theme is “Saving Limbs, Saving Lives.” By increasing PAD awareness nationally, the CVC hopes to improve access to PAD screening and treatments, which is shown to improve quality of life, reduce care costs and prevent limb loss.
Tools and Resources
During September, we encourage members of the vascular care community including physicians, clinicians and patient advocates to use the tools below to spread the word about PAD Awareness month among their colleagues, patients and friends. Together, we can increase understanding of vascular disease to improve the health of many Americans.
- PAD Fact Sheet
- PAD Awareness Month Flyer
- Sample Letter to the Editor
- Sample Press Release
- Sample Social Media Posts
- Sample Letter to Lawmaker
- PAD Awareness Month Logo
- Full PAD Awareness Month Toolkit
Share your story!
Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with PAD or a related vascular disease? Did you receive appropriate treatment to improve your quality of life and prevent limb loss? If you are willing to share your story to illustrate the importance of PAD education and awareness, please complete the contact form below.