More than 20 million Americans suffer from a condition called peripheral artery disease, also known as PAD. This is a common circulatory problem, in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to the limbs, leading to potential blockages in the legs.
September is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month. Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS) urges our communities to learn more about this dangerous disease—the risk factors, the symptoms, and the treatment options—in order to save limbs and lives. Studies show that approximately 60% of the amputation procedures performed in the United States could be prevented. With proper diagnosis and treatment, most patients can manage the symptoms of PAD and avoid amputation or heart attacks.
As a part of raising awareness for PAD month, CIS is hosting screening events and lobby displays at the following locations on these select dates and times:
-Sept. 19 at CIS Meridian, 4909 Great River Drive from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
-Sept. 25 at CIS Zachary, 6550 Main Street, Suite 1000 from 5-7 p.m.
-Sept. 26 at CIS Opelousas, 1233 Wayne Gilmore Circle, Suite 450 from 1-5 p.m.
-Sept. 26 at CIS Lafayette, 2730 Ambassador Caffery Parkway from 8 a.m.- noon
-Sept. 26 at CIS Crowley, 1325 Wright Avenue, Suite K from 3-5 p.m.
-Sept. 27 at CIS Thibodaux, 1320 Martin Luther King Drive from 3-5 p.m.
Registration is encouraged for these screenings. To sign up, visit https://www.cardio.com/event-calendar.
Symptoms of PAD to look for in the legs include pain or cramping after activity, numbness, coldness, sores or ulcers that won’t heal, discoloration, hair loss, shiny skin, or a weak pulse. The risk for developing PAD increases with age and is highest for those over 50 years old. Smoking increases the chance of developing PAD three to five times. Other common risk factors include diabetes, high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, and a family history of vascular disease, heart attack, or stroke.
“The most severe manifestation of this disease is critical limb ischemia which is the leading cause of major amputations throughout the world,” explained Dr. Craig Walker, founder, president and medical director of Cardiovascular Institute of the South. “Amputation is more expensive, and is associated with more pain, disability, and a higher death rate than interventional therapy.”
To schedule an appointment with a CIS cardiologist, call the CIS clinic nearest you. To learn more about peripheral artery disease, visit cardio.com/peripheral-artery-disease.