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posted: October 31, 2006

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Timely Tip: Pay Attention to Peripheral Artery Disease

It's been called the most dangerous little known disease - PAD, or peripheral artery disease, affects up to 12 million Americans, most of them elderly. The disease, which affects the lower extremities and involves impeded blood flow, can lead to heart attack and stroke and eventually even gangrene and amputation.

You are at higher risk for PAD if you:

  • Are over age 70
  • Are a smoker or have a history of smoking
  • Are African American
  • Are diabetic
  • Have a family history of stroke or heart attack
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have high cholesterol
  • Are overweight
  • Do not exercise regularly

 

More specifically:

  • One in 5 people over age 70 has PAD
  • One in 3 people over age 50 with diabetes has PAD
  • PAD is the leading cause of amputation in patients with diabetes
  • African Americans are twice as likely to develop PAD as Caucasians
  • Smokers have a four times greater risk for PAD than nonsmokers

 

What can you do about PAD? Strategies for preventing PAD are similar to those used to treat other arterial diseases and include:

  • Immediate cessation of smoking
  • Eating a heart healthy diet
  • Lowering blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Exercise
  • Controlling diabetes
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Understanding family medical history

 

Learn everything you need to know about this insidious, little known disease. The October 2006 edition of Caregiver's Home Companion has detailed coverage. Click here for the full story.

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