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Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a serious disease that afflicts 8.5 million Americans (aged ≥40 years).1 Yet 75% of adults have no awareness of PAD, with those at highest risk the least informed.2

12% OF THE ADULT POPULATION SUFFERS FROM PAD.3

If left untreated, it can seriously decrease quality of life and lead to amputation and increased cardiovascular events.

Abbott is committed to fighting PAD and raising awareness - especially amongst underserved populations.

 

PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE CAUSES AND RISK FACTORS

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a manifestation of systemic atherosclerotic disease. The majority of PAD patients are asymptomatic but when symptoms do appear, atypical leg pain - also known as intermittent claudication - is the most common. Non-healing wounds are another symptom of PAD.

Causes and risk factors include:

  • Atherosclerosis
  • Hypertension
  • High Cholesterol
  • Abdominal Obesity
  • Advanced Age
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Family History of PAD or coronary artery disease (CAD)
  • Kidney disease

Risk factors for PAD are also similar to those for CAD and most patients may be suffering from both. Diabetes and PAD are also linked.

The key to treating PAD is early detection. If any of the above risk factors sound like they might pertain to you, ask your physician for a diagnostic test. If needed your doctor can work with you to determine a treatment plan best for you.


Did you know?

A person with diabetes has 2 – 5 times higher risk for PAD4

WHO IS AT RISK FOR PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE?

Peripheral artery disease is most prevalent among the elderly, African-Americans and women1

WHY ARE SOME POPULATIONS AT HIGHER RISK

There are major discrepancies in awareness of PAD among different groups. And some groups have heightened risk factors.

Higher prevalence of PAD leads to higher amputation rates in African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans. Among Whites, African Americans and Hispanics, African Americans have the highest rate of hypertension and Hispanics have the highest rate of diabetes.5 Moreover, women - particularly African-American females - are more likely than men to experience graft failure or limb loss.2

 

 

Did you know?

African-Americans are nearly twice as likely
to suffer from PAD compared to non-hispanic whites.6

Peripheral artery disease affects more women than men2

PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE RESOURCES

Take control of your health by staying informed. Learning the basics about PAD can help with early detection - the key to treating PAD. Here are some resources to help you get started: SCAI.ORG | VASCULAR.ORG | NHLBI.NIH.GOV

PARTNER WITH ABBOTT IN THE FIGHT AGAINST PAD

Abbott is committed to providing education about PAD.
Download the “Show Us Your Feet” brochure to learn more.

 

SHOW US YOUR FEET

If you have trouble walking because of pain in your legs, it could be caused by Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) which occurs when arteries in your leg narrow, limiting blood flow. Read this brochure to learn more about the risk and what you can do to reduce it.

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PATIENT GUIDE: PERCUTANEOUS INTERVENTION FOR CORONARY ARTERY AND PERIPHERAL VASCULAR DISEASE

This guide was created to help educate patients on topics related to percutaneous intervention. It provides an overview of coronary artery disease and peripheral vascular disease, describes potential procedures (angioplasty, stent implantation, atherectomy) and gives guidance on how to prepare for procedures and what to expect in recovery.


 

References

1. AHA Statistical Update, Circulation. 2013; 127-e6-e245 A.S. Go
2. www.medscape.com - Peripheral Arterial Disease Affects More Women Than Men
3. Journal for Vascular Surgery. 2010 Performance measures for adults with Peripheral Artery Disease (Olin et al., 2010)
4. Current Opinion in Endocrinology & Diabetes 2003, 10(4) p.256-258 Assessing and Treating Peripheral Vascular Disease in Diabetes Gary W. Gibbons, MD et al.
5. www.cardiovascularcoalition.com Racial Disparities in Amputation Rates for the Treatment of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Using the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Database, 2016
6. Peripheral Artery Disease Compendium, Epidemiology of Peripheral Artery Disease. Circ. 2015 Criqui & Aboyans

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