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 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


Morning Consult: Reduce American Amputations by Enacting Comprehensive Solutions to PAD
September 26, 2018

In the 21st-century world, we have technologies that allow us to treat and cure life-threatening disease, yet we have not stopped the scourge of non-traumatic amputations that impact tens of thousands of Americans every year. Non-traumatic amputations are often unnecessarily the result of peripheral artery disease, a limb-threatening circulatory condition that data show affected nearly… more


CardioVascular Coalition Urges Congress to Support Limb Loss Prevention Initiatives During Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month
September 20, 2018

PAD community emphasizes importance of protecting access to revascularization services to reduce amputations in Medicare patients Washington, DC– Citing the pressing need to prevent unnecessary limb amputation in Medicare patients, the CardioVascular Coalition (CVC), a leading group of providers, physicians, and manufacturers, urged Congress to act to protect access to vital revascularization services during Peripheral… more


The Hill: Congress must act to protect vulnerable population from unnecessary limb loss
September 12, 2018

Most Americans consider limb amputation to be the result of a traumatic and non-avoidable event. But for the 18 million citizens who develop Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), the possibility of a preventable limb amputation is a stark reality. During my years of practice, I have seen many patients present with PAD – the hardening of… more


New PAD Task Force Joins Lawmakers in Calling for Policies to Reduce Amputations for Patients with Peripheral Artery Disease
September 6, 2018

PAD Task Force urges lawmakers to support establishment of intragovernmental workgroup on amputation reduction and oppose proposed Medicare cuts to PAD treatments WASHINGTON– Members of the newly formed PAD Task Force – including the Association of Black Cardiologists, CardioVascular Coalition, Preventative Cardiovascular Nurse Association and Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions– today commended Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-3) and… more


Health Leaders Media: Strategies to Close the Racial Disparity in PAD Care
August 14, 2018

Addressing the racial disparity in peripheral artery disease care can include data-driven performance improvement efforts and targeting high-risk patients for treatment at high-quality hospitals. Significant racial disparities exist in the treatment of peripheral artery disease (PAD), and low-performing regions of the country should launch care improvement initiatives to help close the gaps, researchers say. The… more


WebMD: Fewer Dialysis Patients Facing Leg Amputations
July 31, 2018

Losing a leg is one of the most traumatic consequences of advanced kidney disease, but the risk of amputations has dropped significantly since 2000, a new study finds. Between 2000 and 2014, amputations among U.S. patients with end-stage kidney disease who were receiving dialysis were cut by 51 percent. Despite the decrease, however, almost half… more


News Medical: New data shows that simple blood test accurately diagnoses Peripheral Artery Disease
July 25, 2018

Prevencio, Inc., announces the publication of data that demonstrates a simple new blood test accurately diagnoses significant Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), a circulatory problem in which plaque-narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to a patient’s limbs and kidneys. If left untreated, PAD can lead to clogged arteries and increase the risk of a major cardiac event… more


NewsMax: Symptoms of Peripheral Artery Disease
July 17, 2018

The classic symptom of peripheral artery disease (PAD) is pain in the legs upon exertion, such as walking, which is relieved by rest. It can also present as an ache, cramp, or burning sensation that occurs intermittently during periods of activity — and therefore is known as intermittent claudication. As symptoms progress, they may also… more


Fox 8: Vein Health: Peripheral Artery Disease
July 16, 2018

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a narrowing of arteries outside of the heart and brain, in the stomach, arms and most commonly the legs. Similar to coronary artery disease (CAD), PAD is caused by atherosclerosis, when plaque builds up in the wall of the artery. Plaque build-up can grow large enough to significantly reduce blood… more


Medscape: USPSTF Stays Neutral on Global ABI Testing in Asymptomatic PAD
July 12, 2018

There is still not enough evidence to recommend for or against using the ankle-brachial index (ABI) test to screen for peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in adults without symptoms, such as claudication in the lower leg, a US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) report concludes. In a statement and evidence summary published July 10 in JAMA,… more


AJMC: Asymptomatic Adults Do Not Need Peripheral Artery Disease Screening, USPSTF Says
July 10, 2018

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) decided that current evidence is insufficient to recommend screening for peripheral artery disease  (PAD) and cardiovascular risk with the ankle-brachial index (ABI) in asymptomatic adults. In this report, published in JAMA, the USPSTF updated its 2013 recommendations, this time expanding the review to include patients with diabetes and interventions… more


WWLTV: More Patients Saved From Amputation After Seeing Dr. Craig Walker
June 14, 2018

Retired Louisiana history professor, Dr. Paul Leslie, will soon play golf again. But not long ago, he was told his leg needed to be amputated.


WWLTV: Dr. Craig Walker Saves Healthcare Industry Veteran from Double Amputation
March 16, 2018

As a successful healthcare executive, Fred Goad of Brentwood, Tennessee had access to the best healthcare resources around the country. However, after countless visits and treatment methods, the circulation condition in his legs worsened, and he was told by multiple physicians that amputation was his only option. At 76 years old, Fred reluctantly started planning… more


KVIA: Life with Peripheral Artery Disease
February 25, 2018

Lucas Williams said he felt he was a normal, healthy guy. “I was a 43-year-old, who I thought was in pretty good shape,” Williams said. That all changed on October 5, 2017. “I woke up that morning, did my usual routine. I was getting ready to take my girls to school, when all of a… more


Reuters: Limb amputation rates for blocked arteries vary by race and setting
February 15, 2018

Patients with severe blockages in leg arteries can sometimes be treated with surgery to reroute blood flow; otherwise they require amputation – which black patients are more likely than whites to get, according to a study of New York State data. The racial disparities were greatest at hospitals with high volumes of surgery and among… more


Healio: Women with PAD may respond differently to DCB treatment
February 13, 2018

Conflicting data demonstrating worse outcomes in women after receiving drug-coated balloons raise questions about whether women with peripheral artery disease respond differently to the treatment than men, an expert said at the 2018 International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy (ISET). In general, women with PAD present differently than men, according to Maureen Kohi, MD, chief of… more


Morning Consult: Let’s Make Unnecessary Amputations a Thing of the Past
February 13, 2018

Did you know that more than 185,000 Americans – enough to fill 2 1/2 football stadiums – lose a limb each year due to amputation? Did you also know that half of those amputations are the result of completely preventable vascular diseases like peripheral artery disease? Even though we’re well into the 21st century, tens of… more


Cardiovascular Care Community Applauds Lawmakers for Urging Administration to Make Unnecessary Amputations a Thing of the Past
February 8, 2018

Bipartisan group of lawmakers call for a national strategy to reduce non-traumatic amputations to zero Washington – The CardioVascular Coalition (CVC) today applauded 32 members of the U.S. House of Representatives for urging the Department of Health and Human Services and the Veterans Health Administration to adopt a national strategy to reduce non-traumatic amputations through… more


AJMC: “Sprint to Zero“: A Strategy to Address High Rates of Nontraumatic Amputations in Minority Communities
December 12, 2017

By Jeffrey Carr, MD, FACC, FSCAI CMS can take steps to raise awareness, including a specific quality measure, to ensure that testing occurs prior to nontraumatic amputation. EVERY DAY, APPROXIMATELY 500 Americans lose a limb and join millions of others who will struggle with a lifetime of high medical bills, disability, and significant barriers to participating in their… more



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