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


Morning Consult: Policy Reforms Needed to Address Most Traumatic Impacts of Diabetes
December 1, 2017

According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 30 million Americans today are living with diabetes. With a new diagnosis every 21 seconds, it’s a disease that’s forcing growing numbers of Americans to contend with a variety of significant health challenges. Uncontrolled, it can rob patients of their vision, kidneys and even their lives. In 2014, diabetes… more


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




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