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PAD Treatment Options

PAD Treatment Options More than 20 million Americans have peripheral artery disease (PAD).1 However, while so many Americans are affected by PAD, too few are receiving treatment. PAD is a complex disease. Early detection and getting treatment could help stop the disease from getting worse – and potentially save a…

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Why You Should Keep Doctor Appointments during COVID-19

Why You Should Keep Doctor Appointments during COVID-19 The COVID-19 pandemic makes staying physically and mentally healthy more difficult. Many people now second-guess their daily choices and longer-term decisions often feel more complicated. We are facing increasingly heightened stress and anxiety as a result of the pandemic. But there is…

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The Importance of Angiograms for Treating PAD

The Importance of Angiograms for Treating PAD Too many people with peripheral artery disease (PAD) have a toe, foot or leg amputated as their first-line treatment. “53% 5,16 of the people in this country get amputations without getting diagnostic tests taken to see whether or not you can increase the…

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Racial Disparities in Amputation

Racial Disparities in Amputation African Americans are twice as likely to get an amputation than Caucasians. Hispanics are 50% more likely to be amputated compared to Caucasians.47 These numbers are disappointing and unacceptable. Our goal at Take A Stand Against Amputation is to reduce the number of unnecessary amputations. Amputation…

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Is Peripheral Neuropathy the Same as PAD?

Is Peripheral Neuropathy the Same as PAD? When you talk with your doctor about diabetes, you may hear a variety of medical terms, including peripheral artery disease (PAD) and peripheral neuropathy. It’s easy to confuse these “peripheral conditions” because both cause burning or painful discomfort in the feet or legs.…

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Be an Advocate for Your Health — Get a Second Opinion About Amputation

Is your doctor recommending amputating your leg or foot as treatment for peripheral artery disease (PAD)? It’s important to know that you don’t have to accept that prognosis before doing more research. You can — and should — advocate for yourself by getting a second opinion. Many people take a…

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What Doctors Diagnose and Treat Peripheral Artery Disease?

What Doctors Diagnose and Treat Peripheral Artery Disease? Are you worried that pain in your leg is getting worse? Or are you experiencing cold toes or feet? Sometimes you may even have numbness or burning sensations in your legs. You may be experiencing symptoms of peripheral artery disease (PAD). It’s…

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We’re Here to Stand Against Amputation with You

A lesser known health condition is making a big impact in the U.S. Every year, about 160,000 Americans undergo an amputation due to peripheral artery disease (PAD). That is a significant number for one health condition, and it’s staggering considering that it represents more amputations than all U.S. war-related amputations since the Civil War.

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Telehealth: Another Option for Medical Treatment

How it works Telehealth service helps ensure you receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time. If you are elderly, have a compromised immune system or live with people who do, you can meet with a doctor from the comfort of your own home – to…

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What is Advanced PAD? How Can It Be Treated?

There are multiple stages of peripheral artery disease (). At its earliest, you might not experience any symptoms of the disease. But as PAD progresses, the blood flow to your legs and feet can become increasingly restricted and you may start feeling symptoms of PAD, which as the disease progresses…

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Learn the Connections Between Kidney Disease and PAD

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a difficult but manageable condition with proper treatment. But did you know it is connected to other health risks, such as peripheral artery disease ()? PAD occurs when plaque, like calcium, builds up along blood vessel walls, narrowing the arteries and reducing blood flow to…

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Don’t Ignore the Signs. Early Detection Can Make a Difference in PAD.

As you get older, you might assume that some of the aches and pains you’re experiencing are just a normal part of aging. Maybe you have frequent discomfort in your legs and feet, and you figure it’s just poor circulation. But poor circulation can be an actual disease – a…

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It’s OK to Ask for a Second Opinion

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) has many treatment options, including long-term lifestyle changes and medications. However, if you have advanced PAD, these treatments might not be enough. Your doctor may recommend bypass surgery or amputation, a common treatment for the most severe stage of PAD.

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Advanced Methods for Treating an Old Problem

A diagnosis of advanced-stage peripheral artery disease (PAD) can be difficult news to take. PAD is a serious condition – left untreated, it can lead to amputation. Research shows there are more than 160,000 PAD-related amputations annually performed in the U.S. But there is some good news, too. There are many treatment options for PAD.

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Stop Smoking and Improve Your PAD Outlook

You've likely heard it many times: Smoking is bad for your health. But if you have peripheral artery disease (PAD), smoking cigarettes could have a stronger effect on your health than you realize. Smoking is a significant risk factor for PAD. The lives of patients with PAD...

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5 Things You Can Share About Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is the biggest disease that most people have never heard about. It affects up to 18 million people in the United States – more than stroke and heart failure and left untreated can be life threatening. Sadly, few people who have PAD know they even have the disease...

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See Your Doctor for An Easy Test to Screen for PAD

There's a relatively simple test that a health care professional can do to help you determine if you have peripheral artery disease, also known as PAD. The results of this basic exam can go a long way toward helping a health care professional identify your level of risk and decide if you might need treatment.

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Amputation Doesn’t Have to be the Only Outcome for PAD

There are many ways peripheral artery disease, also known as PAD, can affect a person's quality of life. Some might be minor inconveniences, while others – such as amputation – can severely affect a person's lifestyle. In the more severe stages of PAD – such as critical limb ischemia, sometimes also called CLI – amputation of a toe, foot or leg is a reality many people face.

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Diabetes and PAD: A Troubling Combination

People with diabetes are at risk for multiple medical complications. Peripheral artery disease, also known as PAD, is a disease that people with diabetes have a higher incidence of. It is a potentially life-threatening disease where plaque, like calcium, builds up along blood vessel walls, narrowing the arteries and reducing blood flow to the legs and feet.

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