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ProPublica Reporting Underscores Need for Improved PAD Screening for African Americans
May 28, 2020

CVC working collaboratively with bipartisan lawmakers to advance policies to improve access to screening for at-risk populations and reduce preventable amputations WASHINGTON – The CardioVascular Coalition – a coalition of stakeholders and advocates created to improve awareness, prevention, and intervention of vascular disease including peripheral artery disease (PAD) – today stressed the importance of policies… more

 

MedPage Today: COVID Could Cost Life and Limb — Literally
May 21, 2020

Amid the escalating volume of patients with COVID-19 in hospitals, doctors recently noticed something puzzling: the typical volume of patients with symptoms of heart attack, stroke, appendicitis, and other emergent or urgent health problems were no longer seeking care as frequently. As much as we wish that Americans are no longer suffering from these serious conditions,… more

 

NBC News: Doctor on mission to stop preventable amputations in diabetic black Americans
May 20, 2020

Research shows amputations happen more frequently among black patients with diabetes in the rural Southeast, often three-to-four times the national average. Dr. Foluso Fakorede says patients are often unaware of other treatment options before undergoing surgery.   Click here to see the original story on the NBC News website.

 

ProPublica: The Black American Amputation Epidemic
May 19, 2020

IT WAS A FRIDAY EVENING in the hospital after a particularly grueling week when Dr. Foluso Fakorede, the only cardiologist in Bolivar County, Mississippi, walked into Room 336. Henry Dotstry lay on a cot, his gray curls puffed on a pillow. Fakorede smelled the circumstances — a rancid whiff, like dead mice. He asked a nurse… more

 

National Kidney Month: Vascular Care Community Stresses PAD Risks in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
March 12, 2020

Minority populations with CKD are at a much higher risk than the general population of developing peripheral artery disease (PAD) WASHINGTON – The Cardiovascular Coalition (CVC), a coalition of cardiovascular and endovascular care providers, physicians and manufacturers created to improve awareness, prevention, and intervention of vascular disease, urges increased awareness for kidney health and better… more

 

Atlanta Journal Constitution: Study: Patients with PAD could find relief by sipping cocoa beverages
February 18, 2020

A new study suggests that patients who have peripheral artery disease could see an increase in fitness if they consistently consumed cocoa beverages. The preliminary study published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation Research shows that cocoa drinks, which are rich in flavanol, consumed three times daily for six months could improve the walking performance for… more

 

CardioVascular Coalition Commends Congress for Inclusion of Peripheral Artery Disease Language in End-of-Year Appropriations Package
December 20, 2019

WASHINGTON – The CardioVascular Coalition (CVC), a consortium of physicians, care providers, advocates, and manufacturers working to improve awareness and prevention of peripheral artery disease (PAD), today commended lawmakers in Congress for including language specific to peripheral artery disease education and awareness in Congress’ year-end legislative package. The appropriations language encourages the Centers and Disease… more

 

AJMC: Understanding Diabetes Risks Can Save Your Limbs
December 4, 2019

Diabetes is a well-known term; however, it’s safe to bet most people don’t fully understand the disease, its risks, and its serious health implications.  In recognition of American Diabetes Month, it is important to acknowledge the various health risks associated with diabetes, including peripheral artery disease (PAD), which can lead to devastating health outcomes. Across… more

 

CardioVascular Coalition Releases New White Paper on Value of Peripheral Artery Disease Screening Among At-Risk Populations
December 3, 2019

CVC urges USPSTF to update PAD screening recommendations to include at-risk populations to prevent amputation, reduce healthcare costs, and eliminate racial disparities WASHINGTON – The CardioVascular Coalition (CVC), a consortium of physicians, care providers, advocates, and manufacturers working to improve awareness and prevention of peripheral artery disease (PAD), released a new white paper urging the… more

 

Leg Pain Could Spell Peripheral Artery Disease for Some
November 29, 2019

Leg pain while walking or doing other activities could be a sign of peripheral artery disease, an expert says. Peripheral artery disease (PAD) develops silently, narrowing blood vessels until a shortfall in the supply of nutrients and oxygen causes cramps and leg pain, explained Dr. Faisal Aziz, chief of vascular surgery at Penn State Health… more

 

CVC Stresses Importance of Understanding Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Risks During American Diabetes Month
November 5, 2019

Because diabetes is a primary risk factor for PAD, patient education and screening of at-risk populations is critical to reducing lower limb amputations WASHINGTON – In recognition of American Diabetes Month, which starts on November 1, the Cardiovascular Coalition (CVC), a consortium of physicians, care providers, advocates, and manufacturers working to improve awareness and prevention of… more

 

Fierce Healthcare: Too many minorities are experiencing unnecessary leg amputations
October 31, 2019

Across the U.S., the drug overdose epidemic took the lives of more than 70,000 Americans last year and remains a highly visible killer. Meanwhile, infectious diseases such as measles, which was declared eradicated from the U.S. in 2000, are on the rise again—reaching a 27-year high in 2019. These epidemics rightly receive a lot of attention from policymakers and the media, but there’s another… more

 

CardioVascular Coalition Commends Lawmakers Leadership in Launching Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Caucus during September Awareness Month
September 3, 2019

Vascular care leaders stress importance of PAD education and intervention to reduce limb loss in America by asking lawmakers to join Congressional PAD Caucus WASHINGTON – Today marks the start of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month and this September the CardioVascular Coalition (CVC), a leading group of providers, physicians, and manufacturers, commends lawmakers Donald M…. more

 

Health Essentials: Exercising With Peripheral Artery Disease
August 21, 2019

If you have peripheral artery disease (PAD), you know all about the pain that can come from just a short walk. PAD occurs when plaque builds up inside your arteries. Over time, plaque hardens and results in severely restricted blood flow within your legs, causing pain when you walk. But numerous studies have shown that a form… more

 

Mass Device: Study shows few amputations following treatment with Cardiovascular Systems’ PAD system
August 19, 2019

A  study of peripheral vascular interventions in patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) has demonstrated “high freedom” from major amputation at three years, according to study sponsor Cardiovascular Systems. The Liberty 360° study enrolled more than 1,200 patients at 51 sites across the U.S. It followed patients across the spectrum of symptomatic PAD, and included 100… more

 

Renal & Urology News: AKI On the Rise With Endovascular Therapy for Critical Limb Ischemia
August 19, 2019

Acute kidney injury (AKI) is increasing in incidence among patients undergoing endovascular therapy for critical limb ischemia (CLI), with chronic kidney disease and heart failure the strongest risk factors for AKI, investigators concluded. An analysis of data from the National Inpatient Sample (NIS) database showed that the AKI rate of patients undergoing endovascular therapy for… more

 

McKnight’s: Invasive limb procedures can be avoided in people with poor blood flow and related ulcers
August 13, 2019

Accurate noninvasive limb perfusion assessment is vital for prompt diagnosis and prevention of unnecessary invasive procedures for patients with inadequate blood flow and related ulcers. That’s according to a recent American Heart Association scientific statement. Thorough evaluation of limb perfusion includes the ankle-brachial index, toe-brachial index and other perfusion technologies. Telemedicine technology also may provide… more

 

New Haven Register: Could achy legs be sign of peripheral artery disease?
August 12, 2019

Peripheral artery disease affected between eight and 12 million people in the United States. While the majority of people with the disease don’t even know they have it, they have the same five-year mortality rate as people with breast and colorectal cancer. Click here to see the full article on the New Haven Register website. 

 

Science Daily: Evaluating blood flow is key to early diagnosis and treatment for people with critical limb ischemia
August 12, 2019

Non-invasive techniques and devices for assessing blood flow and other diagnostic considerations for people with critical limb ischemia are addressed in a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association, published in the Association’s flagship journal Circulation. The statement provides perspective on the strengths and limitations of current imaging techniques, including the ankle-brachial index, toe brachial… more

 

Healio: AHA: ‘Thorough evaluation of limb perfusion’ critical in CLI
August 12, 2019

The American Heart Association released a scientific statement outlining the options for perfusion assessment in patients with critical limb ischemia. “A thorough evaluation of limb perfusion is important in the diagnosis of CLI because it can not only enable timely diagnosis, but also reduce unnecessary invasive procedures in patients with adequate blood flow or among… more

 

Healio: Statin use promotes limb salvage, survival after PAD procedures
August 11, 2019

Among patients with peripheral artery disease who underwent a surgical or endovascular intervention, statin use after the procedure was associated with better odds of survival and limb salvage, researchers reported. “Statin use independently and significantly improved overall survival and limb salvage in patients with PAD after intervention,” Gaurav M. Parmar, MD, MPH, from the division of vascular… more

 

UPI: Smoking can affect leg arteries for decades after people quit
August 6, 2019

Cigarette smokers have a sharply higher risk of peripheral artery disease, or PAD — and even if they quit, that added risk can last for decades, a new study warns. PAD narrows arteries in the leg, leading to reduced blood flow that causes pain, poor wound healing and other symptoms. Click here to see the… more

 

Health Day: Smoking Creates Long-Lasting Risk for Clogged Leg Arteries
August 5, 2019

Cigarette smokers have a sharply higher risk of peripheral artery disease (PAD) — and even if they quit, that added risk can last for decades, a new study warns. PAD narrows arteries in the leg, leading to reduced blood flow that causes pain, poor wound healing and other symptoms. Click here to see the full… more

 

Renal & Urology News: CKD Predicts Worse Outcomes in Peripheral Artery Disease
July 29, 2019

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) in patients with symptomatic peripheral artery disease (PAD) increases their risk of cardiovascular events, new study findings suggest. In a study of 13,483 patients with symptomatic PAD, patients with CKD had a higher rate of a composite end point of cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction, or ischemic stroke than those without CKD… more

 

Vascular Disease Management: Study Quantifies Smoking’s Strong Link to Peripheral Artery Disease
July 25, 2019

A new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that cigarette smoking boosts the risk of peripheral artery disease, and this elevated risk can persist up to 30 years after smoking cessation. The study also found that the link between smoking and peripheral artery disease was even stronger… more

 

Medscape: In Smokers, Peripheral Artery Disease Risk Climbs Faster Than CHD, Stroke Risks
July 24, 2019

Smoking is well known as a risk factor for clinical vascular disease, notably coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke, but its effect on peripheral vascular disease (PAD) may be underappreciated, say researchers based on their look at the community-based ARIC longitudinal study cohort. Click here to see the full article on the Medscape website. 

 

Medical Xpress: Genetic characteristics of peripheral artery disease
July 22, 2019

Peripheral artery disease (PAD)—a narrowing of the arteries serving the legs and feet —affects as many as 12 million Americans and 200 million people worldwide. It is a manifestation of clogged arteries, but until now, scientists lacked information about why some people with the disease presented with problems with their legs, some with their heart… more

 

MedPage Today: Smoking-Related PAD Risk Lingers Even After Quitting
July 22, 2019

Cigarette smoking is a greater risk factor for peripheral artery disease (PAD) than for coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke, and that risk persists far longer than for the other atherosclerotic diseases after smoking cessation, researchers reported. Current smokers in the prospective cohort study with a ≥35 pack-year cigarette history had more than double the… more

 

MedPage Today: Small Vessels Hold Big Clue to PAD Limb Amputation Risk
July 8, 2019

Retinopathy and other microvascular diseases are linked to a substantial risk of adverse limb events in peripheral artery disease (PAD), a study found. The incidence of amputation was 0.23 per 1,000 person-years among people who had neither microvascular disease nor PAD in the Veterans Aging Cohort Study. Click here to see the full article on… more

 

Morning Call: Troubling trend: diabetes amputations are up after years of decline
July 6, 2019

Frank Houseal knew how dangerous diabetes can be. Both of his parents had it. His mother died at 52 of a heart attack. His father had a stroke at 47 and had lost both legs to amputation by the time he died at 65. Click here to see the full article on the Morning Call… more

 

The Morning Call: Troubling trend: diabetes amputations are up after years of decline
July 6, 2019

The genetic cards were stacked against Houseal, a big man with a big, outgoing personality. He weighed 120 pounds in first grade. He’d put on another hundred by the time he left high school and then more as the stresses of adult life piled up. As a young, 6-foot-2 man, he felt “invincible.” As an… more

 

AL.com: People of color are most at risk for amputations. Time to close the gap.
June 3, 2019

By Dr. Ralph Redd | Practicing vascular surgeon at Montgomery Vascular Surgery As an African American doctor in Montgomery, I am dedicated to closing gaps in healthcare by making sure our communities are healthy, happy, and thriving. The yawning gap between health outcomes for whites and health outcomes for people of different racial and ethnic… more

 

Corsicana Daily Sun: May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month
May 14, 2019

According to the American Heart Association, nearly half of American adults are living with high blood pressure, also called hypertension, yet many are unaware that they have it. In kids and teens, elevated blood pressure is becoming increasingly common, which may lead to health problems later in life. During May’s National High Blood Pressure Education… more

 

Kaiser Health News: Further Steps To Guard Against ‘Shameful’ Amputations
May 6, 2019

Thank you for drawing much-needed attention to disparities in unnecessary limb amputations for communities of color (“Diabetic Amputations A ‘Shameful Metric’ Of Inadequate Care,” May 1). While I applaud your article’s focus on diabetes, understanding related diseases like peripheral artery disease (PAD) is just as important. As a limb salvage specialist in the Mississippi Delta,… more

 

District News Report: Assemblymember Gray Commemorates Limb Loss Awareness Month at the State Capitol
April 27, 2019

Earlier this week, I presented ACR 56 on the Assembly Floor, which recognizes the month of April as Limb Loss Awareness Month. The resolution recognizes the more than 2 million individuals in the U.S. living with limb loss, and limb difference. Diabetes, peripheral artery disease and trauma are leading causes of limb loss, and they… more

 

CNN: Black, Latino patients much more likely than whites to undergo amputations related to diabetes
April 26, 2019

On his regular rounds at the University of Southern California’s Keck Hospital, Dr. David Armstrong lives a brutal injustice of American health care. Each week, dozens of patients with diabetes come to him with deep wounds, severe infections and poor circulation — debilitating complications of a disease that has spiraled out of control. He works… more

 

CardioVascular Coalition Urges Policymakers to Create Intragovernmental Workgroup on Amputation Reduction to Improve PAD Care for Minority Populations
April 18, 2019

The call for improved access to early detection and diagnostic screenings for peripheral artery disease in underserved areas underscored during National Minority Health Month WASHINGTON – This National Minority Health Month, the Cardiovascular Coalition (CVC), a consortium of physicians, care providers, advocates, and manufacturers working to improve awareness, prevention and treatment of peripheral artery disease… more

 

The Hill: Congress: Adopt solutions to end minority health disparities
April 18, 2019

As a physician on the frontlines of an overlooked epidemic, I’ve seen countless patients who have had no choice but to have their limbs surgically amputated because they didn’t have access to the clinical interventions that could have saved their legs. No, I don’t work in a developing country. I’m a doctor in the Mississippi… more

 

Vascular Care Leaders Underscore PAD Risks for Americans Living with Kidney Disease on World Kidney Day
March 14, 2019

Americans with CKD are at a higher risk than the general population of developing PAD WASHINGTON – The CardioVascular Coalition (CVC), a coalition of cardiovascular and endovascular care providers, physicians, and manufacturers created to improve awareness, prevention, and intervention of vascular disease, is urging increased understanding for kidney health and related health conditions, including Peripheral… more

 

US News: Smoking Puts Blacks at High Risk of Serious Artery Disease: Study
January 28, 2019

Smoking increases black Americans’ risk of peripheral artery disease (PAD), a new study warns. PAD — a narrowing of arteries that provide blood to the arms, legs, brain and other organs such as the kidneys — can lead to stroke, kidney failure, erectile dysfunction, pain in the legs when walking and loss of limbs. Click… more

 

MedPage Today: Smoking is Strong PAD Risk Factor in African Americans
January 24, 2019

African Americans who smoke are at substantially increased risk for developing peripheral artery disease (PAD), with a dose-dependent association with subclinical disease, a Jackson Heart Study analysis showed. After adjustment for covariates, current smokers had increased risk of ankle‐brachial index <1 (OR 2.2, 95% CI, 1.5-3.3), as well as increased risk of abdominal aortic (OR… more

 

CardioVascular Coalition Commends CMS for Appropriate Updates to Final Physician Fee Schedule Rule
December 5, 2018

PAD advocacy community, bipartisan lawmakers urged CMS to work with stakeholders to properly value revascularization services WASHINGTON– The Cardiovascular Coalition (CVC), a coalition of physicians, care providers, advocates, and manufacturers dedicated to finding solutions designed to improve awareness and prevention of peripheral artery disease (PAD), commends the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for… more

 

American Journal of Managed Care: Increasing Awareness this National Diabetes Month Can Save Limbs and Lives
November 29, 2018

With the holiday season fast approaching, most Americans are looking forward to feasting with family and friends and taking a much-needed break from work. However, for over 30 million Americans living with diabetes and 84.1 million living with prediabetes, the consumption of unhealthy food and long periods of inactivity during the holiday season can make… more

 

MedPage Today: Healthcare is Justice for Underserved Communities
November 3, 2018

– Foluso Fakorede, MD, on tackling the epidemic of PAD among minorities In 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., observed: “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.” Addressing the Medical Committee for Human Rights, he understood that the failure to adequately prevent and treat diseases in minority… more

 

CardioVascular Coalition Commends Bipartisan Lawmakers for Warning Against Proposed Cuts to Revascularization Services
October 19, 2018

CVC supports bipartisan group of lawmakers for signing letter to CMS opposing the proposed 30% cut in the CY 2019 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule  WASHINGTON– The Cardiovascular Coalition (CVC), a consortium of physicians, care providers, advocates, and manufacturers working to improve awareness and prevention of peripheral artery disease (PAD), today praised a bipartisan group… more

 

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